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Half of bisexuals report experiencing 'biphobia'

Report finds "clear evidence of biphobic discrimination" Credit: DPA/Press Association Images

48% of bisexual people have said they experience "biphobic" comments while accessing mainstream services, a new report has found.

And surprisingly, the two most common sources of biphobia are the LGBT community and NHS services, according to the Equality Network. Almost a third of bisexuals never feel comfortable telling their GP, while 38% have experienced sexual harassment.

The study suggests sexual harassment often centred on negative stereotypes falsely labelling bisexual people as promiscuous or unfaithful.

Tim Hopkins, director of the charity, said: "Unfortunately, as the report findings show, bisexual people are often misunderstood and discriminated against by many services."

Being a good parent 'nothing to do with' sexuality

The success of a parent has "nothing to do with being gay or straight", a children's charity has said.

Interim chief executive of Action for Children, Jacob Tas, said:

Being a good parent has nothing to do with being gay or straight. Right now there are more than 6,000 children waiting to be adopted and an urgent need to find 8,600 foster families.

We run fostering and adoption services and help children achieve their dreams of having families.

– Jacob Tas


Prospective gay parents explain adoption fears

Nearly half of would-be adoptive and foster gay parents think they would only be approved for harder to place children because of their sexuality, a poll has revealed.

Over a third of prospective LGBT parents feared they would not be able to adopt because of their sexuality, the poll found. Credit: PA

A further 36% of the 400 LGBT prospective parents quizzed felt their sexuality would be a barrier to becoming an adoptive or foster parent.

The survey, published by Action for Children and New Family Social, also found a quarter had been told they should not be a parent because of their sexuality.

Another third (35%) thought the assessment and matching process to adopt or foster would have been easier if they were not part of the LGBT community.

Tor Docherty, director of New Family Social, said: "If just 1% of the LGBT community adopt or foster, this could plug the gap and ensure every child in the country has a loving home."

Key proposals for equal civil marriage consultation

The key proposals of the same-sex marriage consultation, released by the Home Office are:

  • To enable same-sex couples to have a civil marriage. Only civil ceremonies in a register office or approved premises will be deemed legal.
  • Civil partnership registrations on religious premises will continue as is currently possible on a voluntary basis for faith groups and with no religious content
  • To make no changes to religious marriages. This will continue to only be legally possible between a man and a woman.
  • To retain civil partnerships for same-sex couples and allow couples already in a civil partnership to convert this into a marriage.
  • Individuals will, for the first time, be able legally to change their gender without having to end their marriage.
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