A new study detailing the sexual behavior of American adults from 1973 through 2014 shows that a significantly higher proportion of the population has been engaging in bisexual sex acts since the 1990s. To be precise, the number of adults who have had sex with at least one same-sex partner doubled between 1990 and 2014.
Published Wednesday in the journal The Archives of Sexual Behavior, the study said the number of women who have had sex with at least one same-sex partner after the age of 18 jumped from 3.6 percent to 8.7 percent during this time period; for men, these numbers grew from 4.5 percent to 8.2 percent. Women started off a bit less bi, but have since surpassed the menfolk in bi behavior.
Overall, the study found that bisexual behavior more than doubled between 1990 and 2014. In the early ’90s, only 3.1 percent of adults reported having had at least one same-sex partner as an adult, but that grew to 7.7 percent by 2014. While bisexual behavior saw a considerable jump, the study said there wasn’t a similar increase among people having only same-sex sex.
The study, which was a collaboration between researchers with Florida Atlantic University, San Diego State University, and Widener University, noted that acceptance of LGBTQ people has become more widespread in recent years. In 1973, only 11 percent of people in the U.S. felt there was nothing wrong with homosexuality, while in 2014, that grew to 49 percent.
Either the country is more LGBTQ than ever before, or we’re finally getting to a place where people are more comfortable talking about how they’ve always been LGBTQ. Either way, things are getting better (and definitely gayer).