Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Invisible Majority: The Disparities Facing Bisexual People and How to Remedy Them




On Tuesday, BiNet USA, the Movement Advancement Project, and a broad coalition of partners released a new report finding thauht while more than half of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community identifies as bisexual, bisexual people experience alarming rates of invisibility, societal rejection, violence, discrimination, and poor physical and mental health—often at rates higher than our lesbian and gay peers.

Invisible Majority: The Disparities Facing Bisexual People and How to Remedy Them examines the “invisible majority” of the LGBT community, the nearly five million adults in the U.S. who identify as bisexual and the millions more who have sexual or romantic attraction to or contact with people of more than one gender. The report shows how bias, stigma, discrimination, and invisibility combine to create serious negative outcomes for bisexual people, and it provides concrete recommendations for change.

“Bisexual people’s sexuality is often invisible in broader society as we are frequently assumed to be gay, lesbian, or heterosexual based on the gender of our partner,” said Faith Cheltenham, president of BiNet USA. “Yet when bisexual people are open about our sexuality, we face increased levels of violence from intimate partners; rejection by our communities, families, and peers; and skepticism from the people and organizations to whom we turn for help, resources, and services."

This report serves as a clarion call to policymakers and service providers across the country: in order to fully serve the LGBT community, they must also fully serve the bisexual community.


Monday, September 26, 2016

Bisexual Community Briefing at White House Livestream Today at 4:30pm ET

Image credit: Freedom For All Americans

For the first time the B in LGBT is coming live from the White House!

"This briefing will focus on policy and cultural issues of significance for the American bisexual community as a part of the White House's effort to help increase visibility of bisexual people during Bisexual Awareness Week (September 19th - 26th, 2016)."

(https://www.whitehouse.gov/live/white-house-bisexual-community-briefing)

Thank you in advance for sharing widely with your networks this historic event celebrating bi, pan, fluid, queer (bi+) communities as part of the 3rd annual Bisexual Awareness Week (#BiWeek), first begun by BiNet USA and GLAAD.

Learn more about BiWeek at: glaad.org/biweek

This is the first time the administration has granted us the opportunity to acknowledge the diversity and fortitude of bi communities in such a public way. This is a true sign of the progress made on creating acceptance for bi+ communities. If President Obama can say the word "bisexual," so can you!

We are especially grateful this year for support from #BiStories partner Freedom For All Americans via a grant from the Haas Foundation, whom we wholeheartedly thank as well.

Learn more about the #BiStories project at: binetusa.org/bistories

Friday, September 23, 2016

BiWeek: Happy Celebrate Bisexuality Day!



About Celebrate Bisexuality Day

Official name:    Celebrate Bisexuality Day
Also called:    Bisexual Pride Day, Bi Visibility Day, CBD, Bisexual Pride and Bi Visibility Day
Observed by:    Bisexual, pansexual, queer, and fluid (bi+) community and their families, friends, allies and supporters

September 23 is Celebrate Bisexuality Day (often abbreviated CBD), where bi+ community members and our allies speak out about who we are and the challenges we face. It is also referred to as Bi Visibility Day and Bisexual Pride Day. Three bisexual advocates--Wendy Curry, Michael Page and Gigi Raven Wilbur--conceived of and launched the event in 1999 as a way to increase bisexual visibility. Decades later, we observe this day as part of Bisexual Awareness Week, with events around the world celebrating bisexual culture, community, and history. In 2013, the White House held its first ever bisexual community issues roundtable on Celebrate Bisexuality Day, and in 2015, bi advocates were invited back to the White House for another event.

 

About The Bisexual Pride Flag


Image caption: The Bisexual Pride Flag

Designed by Michael Page, the bisexual pride flag is comprised of three stripes: one pink, one blue, and a purple middle strip. The stripe colors and widths, from top to bottom, are pink (40%), purple (20%), and blue (40%). It is not patented, trademarked, or service marked. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

BiWeek: That Time Tangela Roberts Met President Obama

Bi activist Tangela Roberts celebrated at the White House for her work in advocacy and pursuit of justice

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[Image caption: Bi Activist, Tangela Roberts with President Barack Obama at the White House, June 9, 2016]

During #BiWeek, we’re highlighting the amazing stories of bi+ people and advocates across the country. Check out this podcast where activist Tangela Roberts talks with BiNet President Faith Cheltenham and listen to them share their #bistories about navigating the world as Black bisexual women.


Check out the Podcast with BiNet USA President Faith Cheltenham and Tangela Roberts for Black History Month here!

BiWeek: That Time Robyn Ochs Met President Obama

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[Image caption: Bi Activist. Educator. Teacher. Challenger of false binaries, Robyn Ochs with President Barack Obama at the White House, June 2016 at the 2016 LGBT Pride Reception at the White House]

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During #BiWeek this year, we’re highlighting the stories of bi+ people and activists across the country. Robyn Ochs is a renowned bisexual speaker, author, and lifelong advocate who has been a leading voice for the bi+ community. She leads workshops on gender and sexuality on college campuses and other venues across the country.

Check out her website for more info https://robynochs.com.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Happy Bisexual Awareness Week 2016!

Image caption: Image says Happy Bisexual Awareness Week, hashtag #biweek and BiNet USA logo with #bipride flag colors on it. Learn more about #biweek at glaad.org/biweek2016. Image Credit: Deborah Atwater/BiNet USA.

Last year’s Bisexual Awareness Week (#biweek) resulted in hundreds of news articles and hundreds of thousands of social media engagements. This year BiNet USA’s #bistories partner, Freedom For All Americans (FFAA), joins the BiNet USA + GLAAD #biweek partnership to support the first-ever national survey of the discrimination experiences of bi+ people, as well as the stories of those who love them. Learn more about #BiStories: binetusa.org/bistories


Bisexual Awareness Week provides educational opportunities and bi+ resources to LGBT and mainstream communities about bisexuality.



The official hashtag of Bisexual Awareness Week is #biweek.
This year #biweek runs from 9/19/16 - 9/26/16.



OFFICIAL #BIWEEK EVENTS
(Having a bisexuality related event this week? Register your event with bivisibilityday.com so bi people in your local area can find you!)



Tuesday 9/20/16
GLAAD's "Bi+ Representation in The Media: A #BiWeek Panel Discussion"
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GLAAD's "Bi+ Representation in The Media: A #BiWeek Panel Discussion" will be moderated by Matthew Rodriguez (Mic), and will include bi+ media experts Alex Berg, (Producer, HuffPost Video), Eliel Cruz (Executive Director, Faith in America; YouTuber; journalist), Bryan Ellicott (trans* & bi advocate; brought lawsuit against NYC for anti-trans discrimination; BiNet USA board member), Ashley C. Ford (Matter Studios, Authorized, BuzzFeed, ELLE), and Denarii Monroe (Black Girl Dangerous, Everyday Feminism, Ravishly). Be sure to RSVP and get event details here.



Friday 9/23/16

9/23/16, 8:30am PT/ 10:30am CT/ 11:30am ET
Join @binetusa in the USA #bivisibilityday Thunderclap! Sign up now!
Use the #bipride tag on social media to help people find each other and bi, pan, fluid, queer (bi+) events and resources around the world.
Sign up now and stay visible the whole #biweek!

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Image of a purple megaphone and the words The big bi tweet 2016, #BiVisibilityDay, help spread the word!. Photo Credit: bivisibilityday.com



"Can You See Us Now?"
BiNet USA presents a historic #BiStories panel on Capitol Hill
9/23/16, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Image caption: Image promoting #BiStories panel, "Can You See Us Now?" on Friday 9/23/16, 2:30pm - 4:30pm in the Cannon Building 122 on Capitol Hill



Join BiNet USA, GLAAD and Freedom For All Americans for a historic #biweek Capitol Hill panel centered on the #bistories of bi, pan, fluid, queer (bi+) women in celebration of the 18th annual Celebrate Bisexuality Day. Open to all bi, pan, fluid, queer (bi+) community members and their allies. Light refreshments served throughout the day.


Panelists: Dr. Lauren Beach, Esq., Director of LGBTI Health at Vanderbilt University; Alexandra Bolles, Senior Programs Strategist at GLAAD; Angela Dallara, Director of External Communications for Freedom for All Americans; Eliot Sutler, Esq., Co-founder of Bi Women of Color Collective and USDA Civil Litigator; and Kayley Whalen, Social Media Manager for the National LGBTQ Task Force. Moderated by Faith Cheltenham, BiNet USA President. The panel event is co-sponsored by the National LGBTQ Task Force. Partners include GLAAD (#BiWeek) and Freedom for All Americans (#BiStories). Cannon House Office Building 122, Capitol Hill.


Sunday 9/25/16

The #BiStories Unconference 
9/25/16, 12pm - 8pm
Image caption: #bistories unconference logo with purple circle and blue rectangle. Find out more about the #bistories project at binetusa.org/bistories.
Bisexual community leadership will convene for an opportunity to self organize, plan future events, and discuss necessary strategic steps towards seeing full inclusion of bisexual communities in public policy and non-discrimination protections. Come and get interviewed for the #bistories project or to film your own video to visibilize bi, pan and fluid communities. Open to all bi, pan, fluid, queer (bi+) community members and their allies. Light refreshments served throughout the day. Human Rights Campaign Equality Forum and A, B, and C: 1640 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036


Are you an ally celebrating your bi+ son, daughter, grandchild, parent, grandparent or family member this #biweek? Join the #bistories project and share your story of support for bi people: binetusa.org/bistories
Image of United States with bi pride colors highlighting states with statewide LGBT protections, no statewide protections, those for sexual orientation only and those with limited or no protections for public accommodations.
Image Credit: Freedom For All Americans

Friday, September 16, 2016

Celebrate Bisexuality Day Thunderclap

Image of a purple megaphone and the words The big bi tweet 2016, #BiVisibilityDay, help spread the word!. Photo Credit: bivisibilityday.com


Excited about #bipride day and #biweek being just around the corner?

Join @binetusa in the USA #bivisibilityday Thunderclap! Sign up now!

Use the #bipride tag to help people find each other and bi, pan, fluid, queer (bi+) events and resources around the world.


Friday September 23rd, 2016
8:30am PT/ 10:30am CT/ 11:30am ET
Sign up now and stay visible the whole #biweek!

For more about #biweek, please visit glaad.org/biweek2016

Are you an ally celebrating your bi son, daughter, grandchild, parent, grandparent or family member this #biweek? Join the #bistories project and share your story of support for bi people: binetusa.org/bistories

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Why We Use The Word Bisexual

Bisexual has a historical significance for the bisexual community


Bisexual is a Community Identity Label (similar to “lesbian,” “gay,” “straight,” or “queer”). Many bisexuals use Personal Identity Labels that serve a vital function in describing differences while giving each individual a space to be unique.

 Personal Identity Labels can include (but would never be limited to): fluid, multisexual, non-monosexual, pansexual, polysexual, pomosexual, and omnisexual.

 The internal conversation between bi, pan, fluid, queer (bi+) community members about labels should not be used as a rationale for not serving the needs of the same community.

 “Bisexual or Pansexual?” can be considered the bisexual equivalent to internal community conversations many gay and lesbian people have regarding personal approaches to identification (e.g. “masculine,” “butch,” “femme,” or “queer”).

Some older bisexuals only prefer bisexual, some younger folks only prefer bi, and some only prefer using a personal identity label like non-monosexual or pansexual.

All bi+ identifications are equally valid so don’t “identity police” but DO spend time acknowledging the diversity that exists within the “B in LGBT”.


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From the 1990 Anything That Moves Bisexual Manifesto

Bisexuality is a whole, fluid identity. Do not assume that bisexuality is binary or duogamous in nature: that we have "two" sides or that we must be involved simultaneously with both genders to be fulfilled human beings. In fact, don’t assume that there are only two genders. Do not mistake our fluidity for confusion, irresponsibility, or an inability to commit. Do not equate promiscuity, infidelity, or unsafe sexual behavior with bisexuality. Those are human traits that cross all sexual orientations. Nothing should be assumed about anyone’s sexuality, including your own. 

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More links on bi+ identity:



Photo of BiNet USA President that in a "Say Bisexuality Is Binary One More Time" meme. Meme type first created by Shiri Eisner, Radical Bi. Photo Credit: Faith Cheltenham, thefayth.tumblr.com


#biweek Public Policy Priorities

Biweek 2016 logo, credit Deborah Atwater/BiNet USA




Bisexual Public Policy Priorities

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2013 Bisexual Community Issues Roundtable at the White House participants at the offices of the National LGBTQ Task Force *Source: BiNet USA



Bisexual people have been a driving force in the LGBTQ community since before Stonewall and continue to be leaders within local, regional and national organizations and issue-based campaigns. Every day, bisexuals work side by side with the larger LGBT community to effect change and equality. What does it mean to be bisexual? Renowned gender and sexuality advocate Robyn Ochs puts it this way: “Bisexuals are people who acknowledge in themselves the potential to be attracted—romantically and/or sexually—to people of more than one gender, not necessarily at the same time, not necessarily in the same way, and not necessarily to the same degree.”  

In 2015, in preparation for a White House Bisexual Community Policy Briefing, Heron Greenesmith, JD (@HeronD), Lauren Beach, JD, PhD (@LaurenBBeach), and Dr. Herukhuti (@DrHerukhuti) compiled existing research, interviewed bisexual researchers and experts, and drafted federal-level policy briefs in the following eight public policy areas:


Data Collection

Although the data showing health, economic, violence, employment and other disparities faced by bisexuals continue to mount, serious problems with data collection remain. Many studies of sexual minorities report the results of their research in an aggregated fashion that does not distinguish the outcomes of bisexual people from those of lesbian and gay people. In the realm of sexual and gender minority behavioral health risk analysis, federally funded research studies and reports often conflate gay and bisexual men and transgender women under the umbrella of “men who have sex with men,” ignoring the unique disparities and needs of men who have sex with people of more than one sex or gender and of transgender women. These studies also often fail to account for both sexual orientation and gender identity, rendering transgender people who have sex with people of more than one sex or gender invisible. These practices result in commingled data that do not facilitate setting targeted research priorities or tailoring interventions to improve outcomes for all bisexual people. LGBT data ­collection leaders such as The Fenway Institute and The Williams Institute agree that disaggregated data analysis that reports research results of self­-identified and behaviorally bisexual people separately from gay, lesbian, and MSM and WSW is a best practice for LGBT health research.


Education

Bisexual students and youth have needs and experience challenges different from those of gay, lesbian, and straight youth. These challenges include but are not limited to bullying, harassment, difficulty establishing social relationships with peers, and lack of family and other adult support.


Employment and Entrepreneurship

Bisexuals experience a unique form of prejudice and discrimination in heterosexual and LGBT workplaces and business environments––biphobia. Biphobia and stigma make being publicly bisexual risky for workers, business leaders, and entrepreneurs and makes it difficult for them to be productive and successful. These challenges make bisexuals vulnerable to poverty and poor quality of life.


HIV Prevention, Treatment and Care

The experiences of bisexual individuals in HIV prevention, treatment, and care have been obscured by combining the data on bisexual and gay men and transgender women into the category of “MSM” or men who have sex with men. Bisexual individuals are an under-­researched segment of the population. Therefore, we do not know if current interventions developed and tested based primarily on data from gay men and lesbian women are or will be effective for bisexual people. Preliminary evidence suggests, for example, that current HIV prevention interventions geared toward MSM do not effectively address the sexual health needs of bisexual men, particularly sexual risk behaviors with female partners. We do not know enough about the situations and contexts in which bisexual individuals are making decisions regarding HIV prevention, treatment and care, particularly in relation to the sex or gender of their sexual and relationship partners.


Immigration and Asylum

Bisexual immigrants, asylees, and refugees have unique needs and valid claims. Honoring the experiences and validating the claims of bisexual immigrants, asylees, and refugees, regardless of misapprehensions surrounding bisexual persons’ ability to “pass” as straight or to “choose” whom to partner with, is crucial for treating bisexual persons with competence.


Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Bisexual youth and adults have higher rates of suicidal ideation and attempts than gay, lesbian, and heterosexual youth and adults. The factors that lead to higher rates of ideation and attempts are complex and may include anti­bisexual stigma and discrimination Culturally competent urgent interventions and crisis management services are needed from mental health care providers, teachers, family members, and peers.


Physical Health

Self-­identified and behaviorally bisexual people have higher rates of obesity, smoking, cardiovascular disease, and mental health disorders (e.g. depression, anxiety, eating disorders, alcohol and substance use disorders) compared to their gay, lesbian and heterosexual counterparts. Bisexual populations are less likely to access needed health care services, with bisexual adults less likely to have a consistent health care provider and more likely to be uninsured. Expansion of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance System (BRFSS) to include sexual orientation and gender identity questions in all states is warranted to further evaluate and assess the physical health disparities that bisexual populations face nationwide. It is essential that future studies also focus on the unique health disparities experienced by bisexual people of color, bisexual youth and elders, bisexual people with disabilities, transgender and gender non­-conforming bisexual people and bisexual people living in poverty. Government investment in outreach to bisexual people to increase their utilization of public health insurance plans provided under the Affordable Care Act is urgently needed to decrease the number of uninsured bisexual people, and reduce their number of emergency room visits. Cultural competency training for health care providers is also crucially needed to ensure bisexual people are welcomed and retained within healthcare settings.


Violence

Bisexual youth and adults experience higher rates of intimate partner violence, domestic violence, and sexual assault, compared to gay male, lesbian, and heterosexual youth and adults. Investment in the development of comprehensive, evidence-­based interventions to prevent emotional, physical and sexual violence in bisexual populations as well as the development and implementation of culturally competent supportive services for bisexual survivors are crucially needed. These undertakings should include targeted efforts to address the needs and experiences of youth and college-­aged adolescents as well as incarcerated populations.


FOR MORE INFORMATION

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Bisexual Resource Center has designated March as Bisexual Health Awareness Month to raise awareness about bisexual health disparities. Source: Bisexual Resource Center


Statistics show quite clearly that bisexual people report higher levels of physical and mental health disparities, sexual and domestic violence, and poverty than gays and lesbians. Often these disparities can be attributed to bisexual discrimination and anti-bisexual bias. Wendy Bostwick’s study on microaggressions against bisexual people points out that many of these negative interactions are initiated by lesbian and gay people, so it is not surprising that Pew research has shown that bisexual people report much lower levels of feeling connected to the LGBTQ community. For more on the important issues facing Bisexual Americans please check out Movement Advancement Project’s Understanding Issues Facing Bisexual Americans report.


About Bisexual Erasure

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Bisexual erasure plays a critical role in reducing access to the resources and support opportunities bisexually oriented people so desperately need. Source: Bisexual Resource Center

Bisexual erasure/bisexual invisibility is a pervasive problem in which the existence or legitimacy of bisexuality (either in general or in regard to an individual) is questioned or denied outright. For example, two married women might spend time in community spaces dominated by lesbians. Perhaps one of the women is bisexual and objects to the assumption that she is a lesbian (i.e., when others call the two women a “lesbian couple”). However, every time she mentions this, others insist that she can’t really be bisexual or that her orientation doesn’t matter (perhaps with the subtext that she shouldn’t talk about it) now that she is partnered. Bisexual scholar, activist and theorist, Dr. Herukhuti has cautioned, "By selecting which loved ones and sexual partners in someone's life are worthy of being recognized, bisexual erasure is a violent amputation of a person's chosen family and community."

About Bisexual Stigma and Visibility

Thankfully the bisexual community has displayed a high level of resiliency and despite many challenges has worked to create awareness of important bisexual public policy priorities. Whether it be speaking with President Obama about the bisexual community, launching bisexuality related social media campaigns or advocating for fair treatment in the media, the bisexual community’s hard work towards equality should be recognized and supported. Every day is a day you can support people who identify as bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer, non-monosexual, no labels, pomosexual, bi-romantic, pan-romantic, polysexual, multisexual or any of the several dozen “labels” the bisexual community celebrates and supports as equally valid and equally brave.

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Examples of anti-stigma campaign done by the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health, Toronto. Posters, buttons, and postcards available for sale at http://www.rainbowhealthontario.ca/rhostore

Bisexual cultural competency training is a necessity to understand bisexual history, identity, culture, politics and community. Please contact one of the three U.S. based bisexual non-profit community organizations to be connected to trainers affiliated with The Bisexual Resource Center, Bisexual Organizing Project and/or BiNet USA.  

#biweek Story Ideas

#biweek 2016 logo, credit: Deborah Atwater/BiNet USA


#biweek Story Ideas


BISEXUALS AT HOME

  • Mixed-orientation couples’ marriages (i.e., in which one person is bisexual and the other is straight, lesbian or gay); what challenges do mixed-orientation couples face and how have they addressed them? For example, did one person face coming out to the other? Or were there external challenges, such as one person’s family not being accepting of his or her partner’s bisexuality? What are the positive ways in which partners or spouses of bisexuals have responded to learning about their bisexuality?

Bisexual Public Policy Priority: Physical/Sexual Violence
Slide from BiNet USA bisexual cultural competency training focused on sexual violence. Credit: BiNet USA.
  • Families that include bisexual parents. A July 2014 Williams Institute report indicates that of lesbian, gay and bisexual parents in the U.S., about 64% are bisexual. The report is available online here.
  • Bisexual youth: how does their experience differ from that of their lesbian, gay and straight peers, especially when their identity is not accepted or taken seriously by adults?
  • Physical/sexual violence disparities
  • The asexuality and bisexuality spectrums can cross at times. Some asexuals are aromantic and do not want romantic relationships. Others, though, may have non-sexual romantic attractions to members of the same or similar sex and/or members of different sexes. Identity words that might be used for asexual people with romantic feelings toward more than one gender include “panromantic” and “bi romantic.”


BISEXUAL COMMUNITY AND IDENTITIES

  • The role of bisexual advocates in LGBT equality throughout history whether it be the bisexual co-founder of the first gay student group, Stephen Donaldson or ABilly S. Jones-Hennin, Black LGBT Icon.
  • Examples of bi* advocates working with the greater LGBT community to effect equality
  • Bisexual erasure, biphobia and bisexual invisibility: what is it like for bisexual people to be visible in lesbian/gay and heterosexual environments?
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  • Bisexual community advocacy including the Bisexual Leadership Roundtable, BiRCH and other bisexual advocacy groups.


BISEXUAL HISTORY

  • The history of community labels and their links to the larger LGBT community. Bisexuals like Bill Beasley and Matt LeGrant who fought for the term LGBT to be used for the first time at major gay event or the "bisexual queers" of New York in 1991 who fought for the right to use the queer label. Or the emergence of terms like pomosexual, pansexual, polysexual, non-monosexual and multisexual over the past twenty-five years.

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Slide from BiNet USA bisexual cultural competency training focused on bisexual history. Credit: BiNet USA.


BISEXUALITY, RACE AND GENDER

  • The experiences of Bisexual People of Color (BiPOC) with multiple marginalized identities (e.g., racial and sexual)
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Book cover image for Recognize: the voices of bisexual men edited by Robyn Ochs and H. Sharif Williams. Photo Credit: BiResource.net
  • Bisexual people who are also transgender, genderqueer, agender, non-binary or intersex. Note that some intersex people identify as part of the LGBT community (with the longer version, LGBTQIA including an I for intersex) whereas others do not. The Intersex Initiative explains some of the reasons for this on its website. Advocates for Informed Choice is also a useful resource, and can be found at aiclegal.org.
  • Differences/similarities of experience between bisexual women and men
  • Destroying the myth of the invisibility of bisexual men


BISEXUAL PUBLIC POLICY CONCERNS

  • What are the similarities and differences in the needs of bisexuals compared to gays, lesbians and straight people? How do needs based on sexual orientation differ and overlap with needs based on gender identity? Keep in mind that there are transgender people who are gay, lesbian or bisexual as well as trans people who are straight.
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Bisexual Resource Center has designated March as Bisexual Health Awareness Month to raise awareness about bisexual health disparities. Source: Bisexual Resource Center
  • The legal challenges that bisexual people face. Heron Greenesmith addresses bisexual invisibility in the legal realm in her paper“ Drawing Bisexuality Back in the Picture,” which is available online here.
  • Health problems that disproportionately affect bisexual people
  • HIV/STI-prevention in bisexual communities; are prevention strategies and messages inclusive of bisexual men?
  • Cultural and policy advances resulting from the work of bisexual advocates
  • Mainstream attitudes about bisexuality and the degree to which they have changed over time, e.g. is there a difference in public reception for notable figures who’ve come out as bisexual recently?
  • Tools for ending biphobia (prejudice, fear or hatred directed toward bisexual people).


BISEXUALITY AROUND THE WORLD

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Book cover of Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World edited by Robyn Ochs and Sarah E. Rowley. Credit: BiResource.net
  • What is life like for bisexual people around the world? What are the national and cultural differences?
  •  What does the bisexual movement look like outside of the United States? Who are its leaders? What are the movement priorities in other countries?
  • Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World, Second Edition, edited by Robyn Ochs and Sarah Rowley, is the broadest single collection of bisexual literature available today. Getting Bi collects 220 essays from around the world that explore bisexual identity.


BISEXUAL PUBLIC FIGURES

  • June Jordan The black author and poet came out as bisexual in the 1970s. She wrote an essay called “On Bisexuality and Cultural Pluralism.”
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  • Alan Cumming Talking about his bisexuality to NPR, Cabaret star Cumming said that “sexuality in this country especially is seen as a very black and white thing, and I think we should encourage the gray.”
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  • Margaret Cho Comic and LGBT activist Cho regularly speaks publicly about being bisexual and has referenced her bisexuality in her stand-up material.
  • Anna Paquin True Blood star Paquin in 2010 made a PSA video for the Give a Damn campaign (backed by Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund). Paquin has continued to speak openly about her sexuality, including in a recent Larry King interview.
  • Travon Free Comic Travon Free, a writer for The Daily Show and a former Long Beach State basketball player, came out as bisexual in 2011. Free is featured in the forthcoming anthology, Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men.