Ireland: 10% quit work due to discrimination

ROI flagOne in ten bisexual and gay people in the Republic of Ireland have quit a job because of discrimination, and three times as many report they have been harassed at work, according to new research.

“Working It Out: Driving Business Excellence by Understanding Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Workplace Experiences” published yesterday by GLEN, the Republic’s equivalent of Stonewall, gives a mixed picture, with the majority of the 600 respondents saying they were out about being bisexual or gay at work.

You can read more here.

Bisexual Health Month

US flag in bi colours

US flag in bi coloursInspired by the historic first White House Roundtable on Bisexual Issues held last Bi Visibility Day, 23 September 2013, USA bi project Bisexual Resource Center (BRC) have declared March to be Bisexual Health Awareness Month.

It’s a social media initiative to raise widespread awareness about bisexual health disparities, using Facebook and Twitter. This year’s theme—“Bi the Way, Our Health Matters Too!”—will highlight the unique ways that the bisexual community experiences physical and mental health disparities and will encourage more research and services be developed to address them. The campaign will highlight work that is already being done by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) organisations across the USA and urge more action in the future.

Some UK bi projects, such as BiPhoria and BiUK will be joining in too highlighting work and research around bi health over here.

BRC’s president, Ellyn Ruthstrom, says, “The Bisexual Health Awareness social media campaign will be focusing attention on important health issues that are affecting the bisexual community. With more research indicating that bi people are experiencing severe physical and mental health disparities, we think it is imperative to bring this information out of the shadows so that we can build more effective ways to address them. Our community is suffering and we can no longer afford to be the invisible majority of the LGBT community.”

The Bisexual Health Awareness campaign will focus on the following bisexual health issues over the coming month:

• March 3-7 – Mental Health & Biphobia: The BRC will highlight important statistics about mental health disparities in the bisexual community, including the high rates of suicidality, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse.

• March 10-14 – Safer Sex & Sexual Health: The focus this week will be on the incidence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and risky s exual behaviors among bisexuals, as well as bi-specific safer sex practices and resources.

• March 17-21 – Nutrition & Physical Activity: This week we’ll point out cardiovascular-related disparities in the bisexual community, i ncluding higher blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and encourage ways to improve health through nutrition and exercise.

• March 24-28 – Intimate Partner Violence & Sexual Violence: The final week of the campaign will draw attention to the high rates of rape, physical violence, and stalking experienced by bisexuals via an intimate partner.

Bisexual Health Awareness Month launches this Monday, March 3rd on the BRC’s Twitter page (@BRC_Central) with a 12-hour Tweet-a-thon introducing bisexual health issues and related topics. The month-long awareness event will continue on both the BRC’s Twitter (with hashtag #bihealthmonth) and Facebook pages. The BRC invites participants from across the country and around the world to become involved with the discussion and to raise awareness about bisexual health issues in their own communities.

 

Journal of Bisexuality focuses on Education

Journal of Bisexuality coverThe new edition of USA academic quarterly the Journal Of Bisexuality is out now. 

This edition is Volume 14, Issue 1, and subtitled “Special Issue: Bisexuality in Education: Exploring the Experiences, Resourcing, and Representations of Bisexual Students, Bisexual Parents, and Educators in Educational Systems” which probably tells you everything about it you need to know!

It looks at experiences in schools in the USA, New Zealand and Australia, and how bisexual erasure impacts the health and educational attainments of bi students.

LGBT History Month

@bisexualhistory - Putting the B in LGBT History Month

@bisexualhistory - Putting the B in LGBT History MonthFebruary is LGBT History Month in the UK.

Here are some resources on bisexual history that might be useful to anyone running LGBT History Month events this year – or interesting to anyone wanting to pick up on some snippets of bisexual history.

The @BisexualHistory twitter and facebook account gives a daily (for most days!) snippet of bisexual history “on this day…”.  It’s here on twitter and here on facebook.

In 2012 we ran a series of pieces here on BiMedia with moments of bi history from the UK. Click here to see those articles and any others tagged for LGBT History Month.

And Getting Bi in a Gay / Straight World from BiPhoria has a bi history timeline on pages 12 & 13. Here it is on issu or you can order print copies from their website.

Report puts bi & lesbian women’s health needs in focus

"beyond babies" lgf report cover‘Beyond Babies & Breast Cancer – Expanding our understanding of women’s health needs’ is a new report for all those interested in providing appropriate and equitable health services published by Manchester-based Lesbian & Gay Foundation.

The report has been produced following a large-scale research review of over seventy pieces of research from Britain and across the globe. It brings together evidence from many different sources including large-scale general population studies, smaller scale community studies and qualitative research to paint a vivid picture of the health needs of lesbian and bisexual women and of their experiences of accessing health care.

Pleasingly, it frequently separates out bisexual and lesbian experience – sometimes highlighting some stark differences.

The health needs of lesbian and bisexual women are sometimes doubly hidden – both within information on ‘women’s health’ and information on the health needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities in general. We believe ‘Beyond Babies and Breast Cancer’ is the first large-scale report which tries to bring together evidence to address this invisibility, in a similar way to how the Bisexuality Report assembled information about bi life.

As well as bringing together evidence, the report makes five central recommendations. These are:

  • COMMUNICATE in a non-discriminatory way, without making assumptions about sexual orientation, to create a safe and respectful environment for everyone.

  • MONITOR sexual orientation as part of your equality data and use the findings to inform future plans.

  • INCLUDE lesbian and bisexual women’s needs in mainstream health information, services, policies and strategies.

  • TARGET bisexual & lesbian women with specific health information and campaigns.

  • DEVELOP specialist health and support services for bisexual and gay women, their partners and families.

The report is accompanied by four action plans, aimed at Clinicians, Commissioners, Managers, Decision Makers and Researchers, which give practical advice on how these recommendations can be implemented. The report and action plans can be downloaded as pdfs here.

If you would like a paper copy of the report, or have any questions about healthcare for lesbian and bisexual women, please email women@lgf.org.uk or call 0845 3 30 30 30.

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