Because bisexual+ (e.g. bisexual, fluid, no label, pansexual, queer) youth experience higher rates of suicidality, interpersonal violence, and mental distress compared to their gay, lesbian, and straight peers, the 2016 theme for Bisexual Health Awareness Month (BHAM) was Bisexual+ Youth.
BHAM formed local and national partnerships to raise awareness about the various social, economic, and health disparities experienced by bi+ youth. The campaign ran throughout the month of March on the Bisexual Resource Center’s (BRC) Twitter (with hashtags #BiHealthMonth and #BHAM2016), Facebook, Tumblr, and newly launched blog for the following focus weeks:
- March 1-4: (Statistics) A focus on current statistics and research surrounding bisexual+ youth, including mental health, sexual health, and interpersonal violence.
- March 7-11: (Intersectionality) An emphasis on how race, ethnicity, gender, ability, and class can further impact social, economic, and health disparities among bisexual+ youth, particularly in regards to experiences of oppression and discrimination.
- March 14-18: (Resources) A spotlight on current resources, and the creation of new ones, that can improve the health and wellbeing of bisexual+ youth.
- March 21-25: (Action) The promotion of programs, policies, and services that can work to prevent or decrease social, economic, and health disparities among bisexual+ youth.
If you have any inquiries about #BiHealthMonth, or want to get involved, you can reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Because our health matters too!