HRC Foundation, in partnership with the University of Connecticut, released the 2019 Bi+ Youth Report, a groundbreaking resource detailing the experiences of bisexual, pansexual, queer and sexually fluid (bi+) LGBTQ youth. The report, which analyzes responses from nearly 9,000 young people who participated in HRC’s online 2017 LGBTQ Teen Survey, reveals elevated levels of stress among these 13-to-17-year-olds, as well as an overwhelming lack of comfort in being open about their identity at home and in school.
HRC and researchers at the University of Connecticut found that:
Bi+ youth are far less likely to be out about their identities to people in their lives -- including family, friends, doctors, teachers and peers -- compared to gay and lesbian youth;
68% of bi+ youth report being teased or treated poorly because of their sexual orientation;
Just 13% of bi+ youth received information about safer sex that is relevant to their identity;
58% of transgender & gender-expansive youth identify as bi+; and
- Only 11% of bi+ youth of color think their racial/ethnic group is regarded positively or very positively in the U.S.
The U.S. lacks reliable data about LGBTQ people, especially about the experiences of bi+ youth. Supportive parents, school administrators, teachers, counselors and other youth-serving professionals play an essential role in the lives of bi+ youth. These findings will inform a variety of HRC Foundation programs for youth and youth-serving professionals, including the HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools and All Children-All Families programs; and the Time to THRIVE conference.