Thursday, March 19, 2015

LABTF Needs Assessment Release Event

Official Flyer

LABTF Needs Assessment Release Event
Results of the 2014 Bisexual/Pansexual/Fluid Community
Needs Assessment of Greater Los Angeles

Plummer Park, Art Room 2 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90046

“Los Angeles Survey Reveals Bisexuals Want More Connection to Gays and Lesbians and That 45% of Bisexuals Aren’t Out to Healthcare Providers!”

As part of Bisexual Health Awareness Month, on Sunday, March 22, 2015, from 2:00PM – 4:00PM, the Los Angeles Bi Task Force (LABTF) will host Dr. Mimi Hoang’s report to the media, select members of the LGBT community and other interested parties regarding the results of the 2014 Bisexual/Pansexual/Fluid Community Needs Assessment of Greater Los Angeles. Faith Cheltenham, President of BiNet USA, will also speak on #BiHealthMonth, the Bisexual Resource Center’s national campaign.

How out are bisexual/pansexual/fluid individuals? Do they feel closer to the heterosexual community, gay/lesbian community, or bisexual community? What kinds of experiences have they had coming out to their doctors and therapists?

These questions and more were answered as part of the LABTF Needs Assessment of almost 300 bisexuals in LA, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura Counties.

Dr. Hoang says that “These results are exciting and important because this is the first needs assessment targeting the bisexual community in the LA area, and will help
LGBT service providers and medical and mental health professionals better serve our community, which is the largest subgroup in the LGBT population and yet is often most invisible and has the highest rate of many health concerns, including cancer, substance abuse, depression, and suicidality.”

Since the beginning of the gay/lesbian movement in the 70s, bisexuals have been the “silent B” in LGBT. It is only recently that bisexuals have been recognized as a community separate unto themselves with their own physical and mental health needs, socioeconomic differentiations, and coming out issues. Now armed with results of the survey, LGBT community leaders, healthcare providers, academicians, and members of the media who report on LGBT issues are able to better serve the bisexual community, this “invisible majority,” and make a difference!

Mimi Hoang, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist, Co-Founder of LABTF, and one of the attendees of the landmark 2013 White House Bisexual Community Roundtable. Dr. Hoang has been a bisexual community leader for over 16 years and currently works as a Staff Psychologist at Loyola Marymount University and a Professor at Antioch University Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Bi Task Force (LABTF) was established in 2008 and is a non-profit organization that promotes education, advocacy, and cultural enrichment for the bisexual/fluid/pansexual communities in the Los Angeles area.

This event is FREE, and open to the public, and there will be games, prizes and giveaways.

Contact: Robert Ozn, LABTF Chair
(323) 860-5837