Network MindOut webinar: The Impact of Bisexual+ Invisibility on Mental Health

National LGBTI Health Alliance, Recorded 24th March 2020

Bisexual+ people are thought to be the largest group in the LGBTIQ+ population, yet are commonly misunderstood by mainstream society and often invisible in the broader LGBTIQ+ discourse. Although many bisexuals are comfortable with, if not proud of their identity, research from around the world tells us that bisexual+ people are more vulnerable to systemic and individual victimisation than lesbians and gays, and mental health outcomes are particularly poor as a result. This webinar will explore the impacts of bisexual+ invisibility on mental health, and will offer practical tips on how to be more inclusive.

Presenter: Misty Farquhar is a PhD Researcher at the Curtin University Centre for Human Rights Education, where they also teach. Misty’s research explores how people living outside binary ideas of sexuality / gender experience recognition in Australia. Misty is extremely active in community outreach, education, and advocacy efforts and is the founder of Bisexual+ Community Perth.

Supportive social networks can mitigate LGBTI mental health risk, study finds

The Guardian, Thursday 9 February 2017

Sexuality poses no risk to mental health, a new study has found, challenging a common perception that homosexual and bisexual people are at risk of poor mental health and suicide because of their orientation.

The research, carried out over eight years and led by the Australian National University, found that the risk commonly attributed to sexual orientation was driven by other factors, including negative social interactions, the absence of support, adversity in childhood such as sexual trauma, and even smoking.

  • Read more of article here 
  • Access the Personality & Total Health (PATH) Through Life Study website here
  • Access abstract of journal paper The long-term mental health risk associated with non-heterosexual orientation here

Women on average are physiologically sexually aroused to both male and female sexual stimuli

University of Essex, 05 November 2015

When it comes to what turns them on, women are either bisexual or gay, but never straight, according to a new study by the University of Essex.

Whereas previous research has shown that women generally are sexually aroused by both men and women to varying degrees, it overlooked the differences between women who are straight or gay.

  • Read more of press release from University of Essex here
  • View article abstract for ‘Sexual Arousal and Masculinity-Femininity of Women’ here

Bisexual women have worse mental health than lesbians

Eureka Alerts, 13-Jan-2015

Bisexual women are more likely to experience poor mental health and mental distress than lesbians, according to new research published in the Journal of Public Health.

Read more here

Is Bisexuality A Distinct Sexual Orientation In Men?

Kinsey Confidential, Posted October 7, 2014

Research by The Kinsey Institute’s Erick Janssen and Jerome Cerny reveals unique sexual arousal pattern in bisexual men.
Read more here