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DID YOU KNOW?
Bisexuality refers to an emotional or sexual attraction to more than one gender or sexuality, or attraction to a range of genders and sexuality. Today, most developed societies acknowledge and respect this community, and some progress is being made in other countries. Legislation has been enacted to protect the employment, social, criminal, relationship and property rights of bisexual individuals in a large number of countries.
Studies at the Williams Institute surveying the LGBTQ community note that among adults who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual, bisexuals comprise a slight majority. Nevertheless, only 23% of bisexual individuals state that they are open about their sexual orientation.
While more and more individuals are coming out as bisexual, there remains only a small number of bisexual individuals that are activists for recognition and rights for the community. An explanation for this may reside in the belief that a bisexual individual can be comfortable passing off as heterosexual, thereby avoiding any direct phobia or discrimination.
Bisexuality is often believed to be a myth and that such an individual does not really exist. Those bisexuals that are activists report that their activism is based on society's pressure for them to identify as either heterosexual or homosexual. Many believe that those who say they are bisexual are either on their way to being gay/lesbian, are confused, or are unfocused. As a result, bisexuals feel marginalized, ignored, and silenced in their sexual preferences.
There is also the traditional view that because Bi means two, bisexuality as a concept is conferred only on men and women. However, activists have now embraced the fluidity of the notion of both gender and sexuality when using the term.
Many prominent bisexuals today are those in the entertainment industry. Others are writers, academics and scientists.
We have identified prominent bisexual activists from Bolivia, Finland, Great Britain, Israel, Singapore, Spain, Turkey, and the United States. To read more and see the complete list CLICK HERE
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The goal of QueerBio.com is to be the definitive online biographical reference source for the international LGBTQ community. Its database lists over 15,000 contemporary and historical figures who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, two-spirit, or gender fluid (LGBTQ) and includes artists, sports figures, politicians, entertainers, business leaders, academics, activists, and more. The database is widely international in scope and is an ideal source for research and analysis with full search and sort functionality.
The mission is to inspire, educate, and motivate all generations of LGBTQ individuals and others through a collective knowledge of this international community.
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A Path to Diversity: LGBTQ Participation in the Working World (Mark S. Bonham, 2017) investigates the current state of employment markets around the world for the LGBTQ community. Included is a discussion of equality in the workplace and why it is important to both the employer and employee, the wage gap, which professions are attractive to LGBTQ individuals and why, and the role of unions and government legislation. A survey of seventy five professions provides a status report for each, and seventy two biographies of influential LGBTQ professionals from around the world is included. 242 pages
Notables: 101 Global LBGTQ People Who Changed the World (Mark S. Bonham, 2015) reveals a group of select global Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) individuals whose accomplishments in their profession changed the world in some relevant way. Included are founders of various social movements, innovators in sports, leaders in business and politics, explorers and discoverers, instigators in religious movements, thinkers in philosophy, infamous villains, creators of new academic fields of study, and risk takers in the arts, culture, and entertainment worlds. 212 pages.
Champions: Biographies of Global LGBTQ Pioneers (Mark S. Bonham, 2014) reveals a group of select artists, writers, politicians, lawyers, sports figures, activists, and religious figures from around the world who have helped shape the history of the LGBTQ community. Presented in a convenient notebook format. 114 pages.
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