History of Homosexuality
Bisexuals, Poussaint said, are in an even bigger closet than homosexuals. Young people 18 to 30 seem more accepting of bisexuality than older people. Women often talk about it more openly than men, and most men of color are hesitant to share their thoughts. (www.gayhistory.com)
A recent poll in August 2002 taken by the Advocate, a national gay and lesbian newsmagazine, found that its female readers, who made up 20.5 percent of the 1,829 respondents, were more than three times as likely to identify themselves as bisexual as men were.
The bisexual movement is about 15 to 20 years behind the gay movement, according to Melissa White, co-director of the network. It wasn't until the late 1980s to mid-1990s that gay and lesbian organizations, such as the Harvey Milk Institute,
To place homosexuality in perspective, we first need to distinguish homosexuality from homosexual behavior. Where homosexuality refers to the sexual preference for members of one's own sex, homosexual behavior refers to sexual behavior between people of the same sex, regardless of whether they prefer same-sex partners or not.( Lynne Segal, Washington Square,P.86,1997.) Many male prisoners, for example, prefer to have sex with women, but, since they can't, they engage in homosexual behavior.
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