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Bi Visibility Day: “I was invited to the White House to discuss bisexuality.”

purplehouseThe White House asked me to come talk to them.” Every time I say those words, I can’t help but grin. The bisexual/bi-plus community has had other meetings with members of the administration (as far back as the Carter administration), but they were requests from us to talk to them. On Monday (22nd September), they asked us to visit.

Whenever the administration requests an off-the-record meeting, attendees are not allowed to discuss specifics. The privacy allows individuals to talk freely. As much as I’d love to share the details, I need to respect the condition.

The eight policy briefs decided, however, have been made public. These focus on the following: Data Collection; Education; Employment and Entrepreneurship; HIV Prevention, Treatment and Care; Immigration and Asylum; Mental Health and Suicide Prevention; Physical Health; and Violence. More information on these is available here

For this piece, however, I would like to share… Continue reading

Human Rights Commission Report: “Bisexuals Are At Greater Risk Of Health Problems.”

depression-824998_1280The “Health Disparities Among Bisexual People” report shows that bisexuals experience worse health than people of any other sexual orientation, including gay men and lesbians.

Bisexual women were found to have higher rates of cancer, heart disease, obesity and mental health problems than any other group of women. Bisexuals of all genders were found to have higher rates of depression and display the most incidences of binge drinking, self-harming and suicidal behaviours.

“Bisexual people are the largest single group within the LGBT community, but we’re not addressing their specific healthcare needs,” said Tari Hanneman, Deputy Director of the Health and Aging Program at the HRC Foundation.“The reality is that bisexual people face discrimination not only outside of our community, but also from within. And that can discourage them from engaging in and benefiting from the work that LGBT advocates are doing to address our mental, physical and sexual health.”… Continue reading

Event: “Identity v Misbehaviour: Miscommunication Between Lesbian & Bi Women”

portrait-828398_1280(1)Friday 25th September
Goldsmiths, University of London
SE14 6NW
6.30-8.30pm
Run by Gracey Morgan for the Goldsmiths LGBTQ* Society

Marking Bi-Visibility Day by bringing together leading bi activists, writers, thinkers, and community leaders to discuss this important topic.

Speakers include:

Prof. Surya Monro – A leading academic specialising in sexuality

Jacqueline Applebee – Renowned writer and poet

Elaine McKenzie – Prioprietor of Glass Bar Events

Faith Cheltenham- President of BiNet USA

Hopefully we will touch on questions such as:
▼ “Why is there such a big separation within the LGBTQ Community, especially among lesbian and bi women of color?”
▼ “Why is there so much distrust between lesbian women and bisexual women?”
▼ “Why do some lesbian sisters within the LGBT community still continue to ostracise their bi sisters?”
▼ “When did communications began breaking down between the two?
▼ “Are there similarities/differences between the two, and does identity… Continue reading