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SOME PEOPLE ARE BI. GET OVER IT

DO BI WOMEN EXPERIENCE POORER MENTAL HEALTH THAN LESBIANS? CHARLOTTE DINGLE INVESTIGATES

It’s not easy being a bisexual on the female spectrum. We’re not a part of the straight world and we often feel like an addendum to the LGBT one. We are frequently fetishised, disbelieved and branded as promiscuous. It’s no wonder then that we allegedly suffer poorer mental health than our lesbian and straight counterparts. A 2015 study from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, based on the results of a 2007 Stonewall survey, showed that bisexual women experience the highest levels of substance abuse, eating disorders, self-harm and suicidal ideation. A 2016 study from Drexel University in the US yielded similar results.

Kate, 28, is bisexual and has borderline personality disorder, also known as emotionally unstable personality disorder, and post traumatic stress disorder. Like many bisexual women, her partner struggled to accept her sexuality. “She was convinced I would leave her ‘for a man’”, Kate explains. “It got to the point where she would slap me for talking to the man behind the counter in the corner shop. All my male friendships had to be dissolved. I started to believe that maybe I was somehow wrong, somehow a traitor to the gay community, even though I hadn’t so much as thought about cheating on her.” Kate eventually left her ex-partner but the emotional wounds remain open. “I haven’t been able to date anyone since, and this was three years ago.”

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Gracing our cover this month is content creator and professional clown, Elle Mills. In her first interview with an LGBTQ magazine, the Shorty Award winner tells Carrie Lyell all about that coming out video, representing the bisexual community, and how she feels about being the next face of YouTube. Also in this issue…. Saara Aalto tells Roxy Bourdillon about finding love and finding herself We meet New Zealand national treasures, The Topp Twins Holly Miranda spills the tea on love, loss and Laura Dern Sapphic Serbia? DIVA investigates the curious case of the lesbian prime minister #DoBetterBiUs: The story behind the hashtag What’s in an aubergine: What do the emojis we use say about us? Top Trumps: A political twist on a classic card game Plus: travel, family and much much more!