As gay news site PinkNews.co.uk unveils their list of the “50 most influential LGBT people in politics”, BiMedia.org is left asking: where are the bisexuals?
Sure, there’s Lib Dem Party President and London MP Simon Hughes, and Green MSP for Glasgow Patrick Harvie. There are a few debatable names in there too: does Michael Portillo count for your definition of bisexuality? But the whole list reflects the relative strengths of the L, G, B and T strands of the queer community. Lots of gay men, quite a smattering of lesbians, not a lot else.
But it shouldn’t be like this. Every half-decent bit of research out there says there are more bisexuals than lesbians and gay men put together, almost no matter how you happen to define “bi”. Bisexual politicians should be making up more than half the list.
Here’s hoping 2008 is a year when a few more people in political life can put their heads above the parapet as openly and proudly bisexual politicians.