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Sixth sense

MOVE OVER GAYDAR, A NEW SURVEY SHOWS THAT BISEXUALS USE “BI-FI” TO DETECT WOULD-BE PARTNERS

“Gaydar” is an almost universal concept. Most people, whether they are part of the LGBT community or not, know what it means. Even in a world where it’s becoming much more accepted and common to be a femme lesbian or a butch gay man, it’s not considered preposterous to claim you have a fairly good gaydar. Beyond looks, cultural and relationship references plus general “spidey-sense” seem to cover the rest. However, the idea of its bisexual equivalent – sometimes referred to as “bi-fi” – is less talked about.

Over at Biscuit (thisisbiscuit.com), a website for bi women which I founded a couple of years ago, we’ve been conducting a survey for the past month which so far shows that 32% of respondents say they have no bi-fi at all, 30% have one sometimes, 30% report rarely having one and just 8% are normally right when they guess someone might be bi.

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Our August issue cover star is former Bake Off contestant Ruby Tandoh. Also in this issue: Brexit: how could leaving the EU affect lesbian and bi women? After Orlando: why the world needs to change Iconic lesbian poet speaks to DIVA about being an outsider Wentworth is back – we speak to your favourite inmates Edinburgh Festival: we select this year's best LGBT shows Eleanor Margolis asks what makes lesbian music sound so, um, lesbian? Berlin: lesbian historian Cyd Sturgess steps through sapphic time in the German culture capital Chitra Ramaswamy on her compelling new book about pregnancy Forget “gaydar” have you got “bi-fi”? Do social attitudes surveys about LGBT people tell us all we need to know? Plus all the very best in life, scene, books, film, music and TV.
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