Friday, March 29, 2013

Bi Survey: Sexual Minority Men's Gender Attitudes and Wellbeing

My name is Laurel Watson, and I’m an assistant professor of counseling psychology at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. I am currently conducting a study regarding sexual minority men’s (e.g., gay, bisexual, questioning, queer) gender attitudes and wellbeing.

If you are interested in participating, you will be asked to complete an anonymous online survey that will take approximately 30 minutes, one time only. If you are interested in participating, please click on the following link: Or, if you would like further information, please email Laurel Watson at

For your participation, you may choose to enter a raffle to win one of eight $25.00 gift cards.

This study, protocol number 12-291, has been approved by University of Missouri, Kansas City’s Institutional Review Board. If you have any concerns about your rights as a participant your concerns please call 816-235-5927

Thanks for your consideration,

Laurel B. Watson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Counseling & Educational Psychology

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

2013 Bisexual Fact Sheet

Not all people are bisexual but half of the LGBT community certainly is.

Bisexual men were 50% more likely to live in poverty than gay men, and bisexual women were more than twice as likely to live in poverty as lesbians. - 2011 Bi Invisibility Report

In comparison with lesbian and gays, bisexuals have a higher lifetime prevalence of sexual victimization - CDC
Bi men and women are at least one-third less likely to disclose their bisexual identities to their doctors than gay men or lesbians. "Rates of nondisclosure to healthcare providers were significantly higher among bisexual men (39.3 %) and bisexual women (32.6 %) compared with gay men (10 %) and lesbians (12.9 %)." - Journal of Sexuality Research and Social Policy

40% of LGBT People of Color identify as bisexual according to a 2009 Human Rights Campaign Study.

Bi women are almost 6 times more likely than heterosexual women to have seriously considered suicide, and 4 times more likely than lesbians. Bi men are almost 7 times more likely than heterosexual men to have seriously considered suicide, and over 4 times more likely than gay men. - Rainbow Health Ontario, Top Ten Bi Health Issues

Bisexual employees are eight times as likely to be in the closet compared to lesbian and gay counterparts. Only 7 per cent of lesbians and gay men, but 55 per cent of bisexual employees, are not out to anyone at work. - Workplace Equality Index 2010 - Stonewall

From 2008 to 2012 only $5,000 in grants were awarded to bi specific projects or bisexual organizations (out of over $100 million tracked) - 2008-2010, 2010-2012

Between 1970 and 2010 there were 19 total grants for the bisexual population totaling $84,356.  In comparison, Gay Men and Lesbian populations had 4,469 grants totaling $64,644,177 and Transgender/Gender Nonconforming populations received 1,029 grants totaling $16,748,928.  40 years, $84,356 for grants directed at the bisexual population of America. - "40 Years Of LGBT Philanthropy" by
At this  time, no major LGBT organizations have bisexual projects, do bi specific outreach, or have bisexual board members. 

Want more data on health disparities for bisexual identified people?  Check out the Healthy Peoples 2020 fact sheet from the Healthy People 2020 Bisexual Health Fact Sheet that covers a decade of bi data!  It reviews epidemiological data reported in behavioral risk studies and needs assessment surveys conducted in the U.S. and published from 2000 to 2010.


Tuesday, March 05, 2013

The Full Spectrum of LGBT Issues in Gaming, Thurs Mar 7th in NYC


You Are Invited to EA's LGBT Full Spectrum event
March 7, 2013 | New York, NY
EA and the Human Rights Campaign Address the Full Spectrum of LGBT Issues in Gaming

Join Electronic Arts, a leading creator and advocate for LGBT issues in entertainment and media, as we host a half-day of open dialogue and panel discussions covering the origin of homophobia in games, the development of authentic LGBT characters and scenarios, the difference between exclusive and inclusive language as well as creating and promoting inclusive work environments for LGBT employees in the digital entertainment industry. This event features members of the HRC, Ford Foundation and videogame developers and professionals to discuss the leading issues facing equality in the videogame industry.

The Full Spectrum will feature a fireside chat with NFL linebacker and Super Bowl Champion Brendon Ayanbadejo of the Baltimore Ravens to discuss the challenges in creating an inclusive culture and supporting the legalization of same-sex marriage despite harsh criticism and opposition.

When: Thursday, March 7, 2013

Time: 9:30am-1:30pm (lunch will be provided)

**Registration opens at 9:00am

Ford Foundation
320 E 43rd Street
New York, NY 10017


To RSVP or for additional info:

BECAUSE Conference Call For Proposals

BECAUSE will be held June 7th, 8th and 9th at Augsburg College in Minneapolis.

One BIG thing will be the combination of BECAUSE with BiReConUSA. What's that you say? BiReConUSA is an academic research conference on bisexuality  It is a fantastic opportunity to find out the latest on what's going on regarding bisexual research. 

  • Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Meg Barker (, founding member of BiUK and author of "Rewriting the Rules". Here's Meg giving an introduction to bisexuality research in the United Kingdom!
  • BOP has sponsored a new Bi Needs Assessment of Minnesota and the results will be presented by the lead researcher, Bill Burleson.
  • Bi films will be shown throughout the conference and Sunday will feature the World Premiere of "QUEER!", an original play of monologues giving voice to the too often voiceless members of LGBTQQIIAA communities, written and produced by Gadfly Theatre Productions. 

BECAUSE invites YOU to participate in this incredible opportunity!   We need workshops for our community like: Bi* 101, Trans* 101, Coming Out, Bi People of Color, Being Trans and Bi, and How to be an Ally.  We also need workshops for our allies like our monosexual partners/spouses, co-workers, and other folks who want to support us but may not be sure how to. 
We want to celebrate every single one of us! We want to provide the tools for us all to not just be out, but to be out, happy and THRIVING! What's the ideas you have that work?

Go to and  enter your information. Workshop applications will close April 1st, so don't delay!

If anyone has questions, do not hesitate to email me at


Lou Hoffman
BECAUSE community programming