Half of LGBT millennial adults haven’t come out
Half of LGBT millennial adults haven’t come out yet, according to new research.
The Australian survey, conducted by ABC, has been released just weeks after another study showed that nearly half of LGBT+ employees in the US hide their sexuality at their place of employment.
In total, 47 percent of queer 18-to-29-year-olds in Australia have come out to themselves – but not to anyone else.
The atmosphere around the country’s LGBT community was negatively affected by the same-sex marriage postal vote last year, which gave rise to poisonous anti-gay rhetoric despite the eventual victory for equality.
Actress and campaigner Magda Szubanski said that some LGBT people “did not survive” the vote and therefore did not live to see the Parliament legalising same-sex marriage in December.
Young bisexual men are the least likely to come out publicly, with gay men and lesbians twice as likely to take the often terrifying step.
Julia Taylor from the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society told Hack that “there are particular protective factors for gay and lesbian people that bisexual people aren’t privy to.
“If gay and lesbian people come out and things don’t go so well for them… they do have a big vocal community to find support and that’s something bisexual people don’t have.”
She explained: “More and more so bisexual women are depicted in television and literature… although it’s still minimal.
“But for bisexual men it’s completely invisible… there’s a lack of role models.”
There has been a wave of new bisexual characters being depicted on TV over the past year or two – for instance in Jane the Virgin, Riverdale, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Crown – but the majority are still bi women.
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