Bisexual daters are three times more likely to have never had a queer dating experience than other members of the LGBTQ+ community, according to Hinge’s first-ever LGBTQ+ dating report.
Researchers at the dating app partially attributed this to biphobia, which often takes the form of discriminatory rejection from other dates.
More than two in 10 (21%) of bisexual daters explained that they had never had a queer dating experience because of not being out to family and/or friends. “I spent a good portion of my life feeling shame and guilt around the topic of sexuality, and I don’t want to let that affect my choices while dating in the future,” said musician Grant Knoche. “Having my sexuality ‘visible’ on my profile helps me and my dates avoid confusion.
And while that kind of openness is hard at times, putting everything on the table means I’m connecting with someone who truly understands, and wants to be with all of me.