Task Force denounces New York Times story promoting bisexual stereotypes

July 11, 2005

Roberta Sklar, Director of Communications

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force denounces New York Times story, 'Straight, Gay or Lying? Bisexuality Revisited,' promoting bisexual stereotypes

WASHINGTON, July 11 — The New York Times published a story July 5 titled "Straight, Gay or Lying? Bisexuality Revisited," covering a forthcoming study on bisexuality in males. The article, which concludes that the study "casts doubt on whether true bisexuality exists, at least in men," fails to note several serious and obvious questions about the study's methodology and underlying premises; fails to report the serious controversies that have plagued one of the study's authors in the past; misstates some of the study's conclusions; and fails to reflect the views of any leaders in the bisexual community. The study’s senior author, J. Michael Bailey, maintained that "there is no hint" that bisexual orientation exists among men. The Times failed to note that Bailey's past research has been roundly criticized and that he has been accused of misconduct by some of his research subjects.

Statement by Matt Foreman, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

"We remain stunned that the New York Times Science section would carry such a shoddy, sensationalistic and downright insulting story. It — and the profoundly flawed 'study' it purports to cover — are laced with biased premises, misstatements and inaccuracies. It equates sexual orientation with sexual arousal, as supposedly measured by a crude device — considered highly suspect by researchers — in the hands of an individual with a long history of controversial research. It defames the truth in the lives and loves of millions of bisexual men. The Times should be ashamed."

The Task Force has also been working with bisexual leaders and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) to consider a coordinated response to the Times article.

Additional Media Contacts from the Bi Community:
Sheeri Kritzer, Bisexual Resource Center 857.205.9786
Loraine Hutchins
Paula Rust
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