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Bisexuals Unwelcome in College and Lack of Acceptance Hurts Education

Bisexuals Unwelcomed in College and lack of acceptance hurts Education

Bisexuals are unwelcomed in college and the lack of acceptance results in their ability to obtain a proper education. Gallup Survey’s estimate that 4.5 percent of adults in America identify as queer.  According to a 2013 PEW Research Center survey, approximately 40 percent of the queer population identifies as bisexual. A question that we are going to answer in this article is why are bisexuals less likely to finish college?

Of the general population, 43 percent of adults have a “high school or less” level of education, while 31 percent have started college, and 26 percent have a bachelors degree or higher degree. An average of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults had an overall higher rate of higher education – 33 percent high school or less, 36 percent have started college, and 32 percent had a degree of some kind.

Unwelcomed Acceptance of Bisexuals Interferes in a college degree

However, according to the same data, bisexual people of all genders have a higher likelihood of starting college, but a significantly lower chance of finishing a bachelors degree or higher. The reasons for that are because they are significantly less likely to be accepted by their peers for who they are.
College is where many people find their communities and their safe places, but for bisexual people, it’s often even more traumatizing than primary school was, for these reasons.

Bisexual women have a significantly higher likelihood of experiencing sexual assault in their lifetime, particularly if they attend college. While rates were approximately 25 percent for heterosexual women, gay and bisexual men, 40 percent of bisexual women reported having experienced sexual assault during their four years in college, according to a 2016 report in the Violence and Gender journal.

Bisexual Individuals Unwelcomed in Queer Circles

Bisexual individuals are more likely to be considered unwelcome in queer circles than gay men or lesbian women, especially if they have a partner of a different gender. Many lesbian groups pride themselves having what they call “gold star” lesbians – or lesbians who have never dated a man. Bisexual women who attempt to join these circles are told that they are not welcome, or that they are in denial about their actual sexuality. There are similar issues for bisexual men reaching out to gay organizations. It’s also common for bisexual rejected by potential partners because they have a sexual interest in another gender. This can lead to bisexual people being very isolated even within circles that should be friendly towards them.

Gatekeeping is not a good look and doesn’t help anybody, and we know that it does actively harm people. If you are currently a college student, reach out to your queer organizations and make sure that they are welcoming space for people of all orientations and genders, to help make your college a better place for everyone in the queer community. On a personal level, check in on your bisexual friends. They could probably use it.

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