March receives a lot of attention as Women’s History Month, but it’s also Bisexual+ Health Awareness Month.
It’s an opportunity to raise awareness about the social, economic, education, and health disparities for people who identify as bisexual, pansexual, fluid, or queer.
The Bisexual Resource Center (BRC) leads the effort. Twenty twenty-one marks the eighth year the group has organized efforts on social media. This year’s campaign focuses on equity. The diverse bi+ community achieves equity when its unique needs are met, and discrimination against BIPOC, transgender, and disabled members of the bi+ community is eliminated.
According to GLAAD, bisexual+ people are already at greater risk than our gay and straight peers for things like poor physical and mental health, intimate partner violence, and living in poverty. Health disparities are even worse for bi+ people of color and trans people.
“Although bisexual+ people are the majority of the LGBTQ+ community, we don’t benefit from the same research, resources, or attention as our gay or straight peers," said Belle Haggett Silverman, president of the Bisexual Resource Center, in a widely released statement. "At work, at school, and the doctor's office, our needs are often overlooked, creating serious challenges to our health and well-being."
Throughout March, the BRC will partner with a diverse array of leading organizations, including #StillBisexual, AIDS United, Gender Stories, American Psychological Association, Athlete Ally, Bi+ Podcast, BiRequest, BiSocial Network, CenterLink: the Community of LGBT Centers, Equality Florida, Family Equality Council, Open Door Health, PFLAG National, Bi Women Quarterly, SAGE, the Ally Coalition, the Task Force, the Trevor Project; and more to feature engaging and informative content, events, research, resources, and actions.
The BRC invites individuals, organizations, media outlets, companies, and more to participate all month long by posting online using #BiHealthMonth.
For more on #BiHealthMonth and to learn more about events during the remainder of March, follow the Bisexual Resource Center on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.