March Named Bisexual Health Awareness Month

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The Bisexual Resource Center is going to use Facebook and Twitter to tell you what you need to know about bisexuality and its unique place in the world of sexual health.

Bisexual Health Awareness Month launches Monday, March 3 with a 12-hour Tweet-a-thon introducing bisexual health issues and related topics from @BRC_Central. Using the hashtag #bihealthmonth, the mission will play back and forth between the Twitter account and BRC’s Facebook page.

It’s part of the BRC’s proclamation that March will be Bisexual Health Awareness Month. The announcement comes on the heels of a September 2013 roundtable at the White House that focused on bisexual issues. This year the theme is “Bi the Way, Our Health Matters Too!” The idea is to highlight the “unique ways that the bisexual community experiences physical and mental health disparities and will encourage more research and services be developed to address them.

“The Bisexual Health Awareness social media campaign will be focusing attention on important health issues that are affecting the bisexual community. With more research indicating that bi people are experiencing severe physical and mental health disparities, we think it is imperative to bring this information out of the shadows so that we can build more effective ways to address them,” said Ellyn Ruthstrom, BRC’s president. “Our community is suffering and we can no longer afford to be the invisible majority of the LGBT community.”

According to think tank The Williams Institute, 51 percent of people within the LGBT community are bisexual.

“I’ve been out as a bisexual for a long time, almost 25 years. I’ve seen a great deal of difference in that time. I’ve seen it improve. I have high hopes. Sometimes it’s confusing when we see the good effects in certain populations, but I can’t answer when it will finally break through,” Ruthstrom told SFGN. “These past few years have been very significant for us because of how diverse sexualities have been discussed publicly. That’s a really positive thing. It’s hitting lots of different media so people can be exposed to the concepts more.”

BRC is a 30-year-old (the country’s oldest), Boston-based organization aimed at educating and raising awareness of bisexual issues. To learn more about BRC, go to BiResource.net. 

The Bisexual Health Awareness campaign will focus on the following bisexual health issues throughout the month of March:

Mental Health & Biphobia

March 3 to 7

Statistics about mental health disparities in the bisexual community including the high rates of suicide, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse.

Safer Sex & Sexual Health

March 10 to 14

The incidence of STIs and risky sexual behaviors among bisexuals, as well as bi-specific safer sex practices and resources.

Nutrition & Physical Activity

March 17 to 21

Cardiovascular-related disparities in the bisexual community, including higher blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and encourage ways to improve health through nutrition and exercise.

Intimate Partner Violence & Sexual Violence

March 24 to 28

The high rates of rape, physical violence, and stalking experienced by bisexuals via an intimate partner.

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Bisexuals

  1. Bisexual men are 50 percent more likely to live in poverty than gay men
  2. Bisexual women are more than twice as likely to live in poverty as lesbians
  3. Bisexual men and women are at least one-third less likely to disclose their sexual identity to their doctors than gays or lesbians.
  4. In comparison with lesbians and gays, bisexuals have a higher lifetime prevalence of sexual victimization
  5. 40 percent of LGBT people of color identify as bisexual
  6. Bisexual women are almost six times more likely than heterosexual women to have seriously considered suicide, and four times more likely than lesbians.
  7. Bisexual men are almost seven times more likely than heterosexual men to have seriously considered suicide, and over four times more likely than gay men.
  8. Bisexual employees are eight times as likely to be in the closet compared to lesbian and gay counterparts.
  9. 55 percent of bisexual employees, are not out to anyone at work.
  10. From 2008 to 2012, only $5,000 in grants were awarded to bi-specific projects or bisexual organizations.

[Sources: The Williams Institute, Bisexual Invisibility: Impacts and Recommendations, National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, Sexual Research and Social Policy]


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