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There are many other resources produced by bi and ally organizations that provide bi-specific and bi-supportive information on essential topics. This page supplies you with links to some of those resources. Contact the BRC (brc at biresource dot org) if you have a resource you would like to have listed here.

 


Print and Web Resources


MAP report

The Movement Advancement Project (MAP), an independent think tank that provides research, insight and analysis to help speed equality for LGBT people, has just released "Understanding Issues Facing Bisexual Americans" to coincide with Celebrate Bisexuality Day 2014. BRC and BiNet USA partnered with MAP to help disseminate the new report that highlights the severe physical and mental health and economic disparities that the bisexual community experiences. The report also makes recommendations to improve research, bi visibility and encourages LGBT organizations to become culturally competent on bi community issues.


The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has released a new groundbreaking report highlighting findings about bisexual youth that it gathered from its 2012 survey of 10,000 LGBT youth. "Supporting and Caring for Our Bisexual Youth" shares important information about social disengagement, differences around coming out, lack of knowledge about programs and services that target LGBT youth, and much more. Many of the findings coincide with research about bisexual adults, so we can see how early some of these trends begin. HRC is launching the report with the support of the BRC and BiNet USA.


Two important bi-specific reports are now available for download in Spanish. The San Francisco Human Rights Commission Report on Bisexual Invisibility and UK's Open University Bisexual Report. Thanks to a persistant Spanish bi activist, these two great reports are now accessible to Spanish-speakers worldwide.

 

Bi Zone has created a directory of bisexually-aware therapists which is listed alphabetically by state. We don't know how current the listings are, but we hope they can be of use to you.
BiZone's therapist listing

 

The Network/La Red, an organization working to end abuse in lesbian, bisexual women's and transgender communities, distributes handouts specifically targeting the bisexual community. Download and use these publications in your own community to educate others about how bi/pan/fluid people can be effected by partner abuse. Visit www.tnlr.org to learn more the organization's services and resources and how to order copies.
Handout on bi partner abuse
Spanish language handout on bi partner abuse

 

ontario posters

Rainbow Health Ontario produces a poster and postcard campaign, This Is Our Community: Bisexual Anti-Stigma Campaign, which focuses on biphobia and highlights four groups within the bi community that have been particularly marginalized: bisexual mothers, trans bisexuals, bisexuals of color and bisexual youth.

 

Rainbow Health Ontario also produces a fact sheet about bisexual health that details some of the health disparities and suggests more areas research is needed into bisexual health.

 

The Stonewall organization in Great Britain produces a range of resource materials for the LGBT community. They publish a wonderful report entitled Bisexual People in the Workplace: practical advice for employers, which includes issues for bisexual staff, tips on how to develop effective policy and procedures, and how to engage bisexual employees. PLUS, now there is a Spanish language version, Personas Bisexuales Trabajo.

 

The LGBT Advisory Committee of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission produced an incredible report in 2011, Bisexual Invisibility: Impacts and Recommendations. This report gives the community at large important information about how bisexual invisibility is perpetuated and how it detrimentally effects the community's mental and physical health.

 

Visit the Radical Bi blog and find gems like The Monosexual Privilege Checklist.

 


Bisexual Research


The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) was released in January 2013 and gives the most detailed data ever on how partner violence affects women's lives, with results broken down by sexual orientation. The numbers don't lie: Nearly half of bisexual women, 1 in 8 lesbians, and 1 in 6 straight women have experienced rape at some point in their lifetime. These statistics are significant because we can see how bi women's experience is distinct from women of other orientations and the urgent need to address partner violence within the bi community.

 

The UK's Open University published a report in 2012, The Bisexuality Report: Bisexual Inclusion in LGBT Equality and Diversity, that informed UK policy and practice on LGBT equality in relation to the inclusion of bisexuality and issues specific to bisexual people. The report includes key recommendations to enhance bi representation in education, workplace, sports, media, and other important areas.

 

George Mason University releases new study showing that bisexual women suffer more from health risk factors than males. Researcher Lisa Lindley is looking for the reasons behind this disparity. “Bisexuals are often invisible,” she says. “There’s a lot of prejudice against them. They’re told ‘You’re confused — pick one.’ There tends to be this expectation or standard that a person picks one sexual identity and sticks with it. I think there’s a lot of misunderstanding about bisexuals. I think their risk has a lot more to do with stigma.”

 

Northwestern University researchers released findings in 2011 that updates and contradicts earlier research that suggested that bisexual men couldn't be sexually aroused by more than one sex. The new research made a more concerted effort to recruit men who identified strongly as bisexual and had been in relationships with men and women. The New York Times led the media frenzy created by the new findings. Though obviously pleased that the information was positive this time, the Bisexual Resource Center and others in the community already feel very confident that bisexual men exist. This article in the Northwestern University student paper has some great reactions from bi-identified students on their campus.

 

 

Bisexual Invisibility

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"Bisexuals experience high rates of being ignored, discriminated against, demonized, or rendered invisible by both the heterosexual world and the lesbian and gay communities.3 Often, the entire sexual orientation is branded as invalid, immoral, or irrelevant. Despite years of activism and the largest population within the LGBT community, the needs of bisexuals still go unaddressed and their very existence is still called into question. This erasure has serious consequences on bisexuals’ health, economic well-being, and funding for bi organizations and programs."

—from Bisexual Invisibility: Impacts and Recommendations

 
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