Recent studies have shown that young people are more willing to label themselves as bisexual than ever before. And they would love to talk to people about their ideas and experiences on some bisexual chat rooms or clubs.
Indeed, in the government's recent report, half of 18 to 24 year old teens say they are not ‘100% heterosexual’. Similarly, in the report of the Human Rights Campaign, the high frequency of bisexual labels was also shown. So what is the reason that more and more young people want to label themselves as bisexual?44
This may be the problem of data acquisition
Data statistics is a long process, and the rise of bisexual is only in the last twenty years, people did not pay attention to the situation of bisexual before. Recent statistics may indicate that we are doing more detailed data collection now.
This may be a change in people's mindset
According to this study, about 1/3 to 2/3 of Millennials admit the existence of bisexual (at least in the United States, Britain and Israel). Culture is clearly a factor of identity, but sexual orientation itself is unlikely to change from culture to culture (or from generation to generation). This suggests that recent poll results do not prove that androgyny (as an orientation) is more common than before. On the contrary, these results show that more and more young people openly admit this. Androgyny may be as common in the past few generations as it is now. It's just more and more people who come out and admit it.
Do they have a safer environment for today's bisexual people?
Although bisexual visibility is still not good enough, it certainly is much better than a few decades ago. Some celebrities come out to be bisexual, and there are more and more images of bisexual in movies and novels, and BIS has more examples. This is a process of progress, so the environment for bisexual people will be better and better. Today's bisexual is easier to be accepted than twenty or thirty years ago. Visibility has encouraged more and more people to understand bisexual, which makes more people think it's good to identify themselves with "bisexual".
Even with these advances, mainstream culture still has a lot of resistance to bisexual, such as bisexual erasure and biphobia. Even though we have a large LGBT community, the Bi community is still facing more discrimination than gay groups. In many LGBT circles, in the media, in some religious circles, and even in some mundane spaces, biphobia is still evident.
Encouragingly, the problems that bisexual people face today are the most prominent among the older generation. But now young people come to realize that they need to be bisexual for themselves. There will be more and more people who admit and accept their ‘bisexual’, and they can help create a culture that is more acceptable by everybody. This will help more people feel comfortable and claim to be bisexual.