British bisexuality: A snapshot of bisexual identities in the United Kingdom

Barker, Meg; Bowes-Catton, Helen; Iantaffi, Alessandra; Cassidy, Angela and Brewer, Laurence (2008). British bisexuality: A snapshot of bisexual identities in the United Kingdom. Journal of Bisexuality, 8(1) pp. 141–162.



This article summarizes the state of bisexuality in the United Kingdom today. First we provide an overview of the United Kingdom Bisexual Conference (BiCon) and the studies conducted at the Conference by the Bisexual Research Group in the Summer of 2004. Then we provide an in-depth examination of the representations of bisexuality in the British media to give a picture of the prevailing context in which United Kingdom bisexuals live. Following this we present the results of the two pieces of research: a survey questionnaire and a focus group discussion. The purpose of this research was to produce a report by and for the United Kingdom bisexual community on the kind of people who attend this BiCon and their understandings and experiences of bisexuality. Specifically we focus on: who constitute the active bisexual community, how they identify themselves, and what bisexuality means to them in relation to the dominant societal perceptions of bisexuality exemplified in the mainstream media. We conclude with some reflections on the United Kingdom bisexual dcommunity today and the possibilities and pitfalls in embarking on such research in this area.

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