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The Story: New survey data reveal that almost one-in-four young black women in America now identify as bisexual. The Background: Since 1972, the biannual General Social Survey (GSS) has provided politicians, policymakers, and scholars with data on what Americans think and feel about a variety of issues. In 2008 the survey began including a question on sexual identity. The 1995 obituaries of E. Lynn Harris — the man who wrote controversial yet popular novels about black bisexual married men on the “ downlow ” — revealed the era’s trend towards widespread bisexual erasure; almost all of them exclusively refer to Harris as gay, though a People Magazine article says he realized he was bisexual in college.