23% of young black women in the US now identify as bisexual

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According to the latest General Social Survey, 23% of Black women between 18 and 34 in the US now identify as bisexual.

The scientists who conducted the study said the figure in the recent survey was three times higher than previously.

The survey, which is carried out every couple years, asks respondents about everything from race relations to drug use.

In 2008, the survey started including a question on sexual identity, according to African American news site, The Grio.

‘As sociologists who study sexuality, we’ve noticed how more and more women are reporting that they’re bisexual’, The Grio reported the scientists as saying.

‘But in the most recent survey, one subset stood out: 23% of Black women in the 18 to 34 age group identified as bisexual – a proportion that’s nearly three times higher than it was a decade ago.’

Female bisexuality on the rise

In fact nearly all of the growth in bisexuality was among women, the survey noted.

In the 10 years that the General Social Survey has included a question on sexual identity, rates of identification among gay men, lesbian women and bisexual men in the US haven’t changed much.

Bisexual identifying women, though, account for virtually all of the growth among those who say they’re lesbian, gay or bisexual.

Decade of change

Of all of the women who responded to the 2018 survey, more than 1 in 18 identified as bisexual. One decade ago, only 1 in 65 did.

The most dramatic shift among bisexual identifying women is happening among young people, the site reported.

In the 2018 sample, more than 1 in 8 women from the ages of 18 to 34 identified as bisexual.

There were more than twice as many young female bisexuals as there were young lesbians, gay and bisexual men combined.

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