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#BiHealthMonth Social Media Share Kit

Thank you for supporting #BiHealthMonth!

Bisexual Health Awareness Month (#BiHealthMonth), led by the Bisexual Resource Center (BRC), annually raises awareness about the bisexual+ (bi, pansexual, fluid, queer, etc.) community’s social, economic, and health disparities; advocates for resources; and inspires actions to improve bi+ people’s well-being.

This year’s 6th annual campaign, lasting throughout the month of March, centers on bisexual+ representation in media, politics and advocacy, healthcare, and education.

Want your materials included in this share kit, to be added to the list of official #BiHealthMonth partners, ask questions, or write a guest post? E-mail bham@biresource.org.  

 

Bisexual Resource Center social media handles and websites:

 

Thank you to our official campaign partners, #StillBisexual; ACLU of Illinois; The Ally Coalition; American Psychological Association; the Anti-Violence Project; the BiCast; Bi+ Georgia; BiNet USA;  Bisexual Organizing Project; Bisexual Research Collaborative on Health; Bisexual Queer Alliance Chicago; Bi Women Quarterly; Body Politic; Boston Teachers Union; Center for Culture, Sexuality, and Spirituality; Chicago Bi Health Task Force; DoSomething; DOVE Inc.; Family Values @ Work; Fenway Health; Freedom for All Americans; GLAAD; the Harry Potter Alliance; Human Rights Campaign; Indiana University School of Public Health Center for Sexual Health Promotion; LOCS Collective; Los Angeles Bi Task Force; Mini Productions; Movement Advancement Project; the National LGBTQ Task Force; New York Area Bisexual Network; No Homo No Hetero; Northwestern Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing; Our Bodies Ourselves; OutServe-SLDN; PFLAG; PRIDEnet; Program in Human Sexuality at the University of Minnesota; Queer Women Who Tech, the Religious Institute; SpeakOUT Boston; the Trevor Project; and Victory Institute. The BRC invites individuals, organizations, media outlets, companies, and more to participate all month long.

 

Key facts & talking points:

  • Bisexual+ people make up the majority of the LGBTQ community, but receive less than 1% of all funding that supports LGBTQ advocacy, and they experience significantly higher rates of physical, sexual, social, and emotional violence and disparities than gay and straight people, as well as poorer physical, mental, and social health.  
  • Despite comprising over half of the LGBTQ community, only 29% of people report personally knowing a bisexual person, compared to 73% of people who report knowing a gay or lesbian person. As a result, media representation of bisexuality+, which is often harmful and reductive, heavily shapes the general public’s understanding of who bisexual+ people are and perpetuates dangerous stereotypes. 
  • Fair, accurate, inclusive representation matters in media, as well as in areas that impact bisexual+ people’s day-to-day lives, like education, healthcare, politics, and advocacy. These fields impact a person’s well-being from every angle, including physically, emotionally, socially, financially, academically, and more.  
  • Bisexual+ youth are less likely than their gay peers to be out to their loved ones, but account for 8% of 18-34 year olds, whereas gay and lesbians only account for 3% of that age bracket. They’re also less likely to attend queer youth groups. It’s vital for schools & youth spaces to be bi+ affirming and welcoming in order to best serve LGBTQ young people.  
  • 37% of gender-expansive youth are verbally harassed at school, and another report found 44% of bisexual youth were bullied about their weight or physical appearance one or more times during the past month. A report by the GSA Network chronicles harsh discipline and school push-out often faced by LGBT youth of color. It’s important to build safer, more inclusive and accepting environments for bisexual+ (e.g. bisexual, pansexual, queer, fluid, no label) youth in schools. 
  • Bisexual+ people often experience higher levels of mental health issues than their gay and straight peers, including suicidality, substance use disorders, depression, and anxiety. It’s important to connect with bisexual-specific and -inclusive resources, programs, and services that can best serve bi+ people’s mental health needs. 
  • 44% bisexual youth reported being bullied about physical appearance one or more times during past month, and a report by the Human Rights Campaign found that 37% of gender-expansive youth were verbally harassed at school. In addition, bisexuality was associated with a history of forced or unwanted sex among female high school students, and compared with gay male youth, bisexual male youth were 5.4 times as likely to have been threatened with outing by a date or partner. Therefore, it is important to build safer, more inclusive school environments for bisexual+ youth, and to connect these youth with interpersonal violence services, resources, and prevention programs that can support and protect them.

Resources for talking about bisexuality+:

 

Suggested social media copy (please feel free to create original, edit the below copy, and/or reach out for messaging assistance):

  • It’s #BiHealthMonth! Join us and @BRC_Central all month long in calling attention to #bisexual+ representation in media, politics, advocacy, education, & healthcare: bihealthmonth.org [“BHAM 2019 Square-01” graphic (find in dropbox)]
  • This #BiHealthMonth, we’re helping @BRC_Central spotlight #bisexual+ representation in all areas of life. Learn more about the bisexual+ community’s well-being here. [link to any of the below blog posts/articles]
  • Want to learn more about supporting the #bisexual+ community this #BiHealthMonth? Check out this great resource from @BRC_Central.  [link to/upload pics (in dropbox) of any of the pamphlets listed below]
  • #Bisexual+ people make up more than half of the LGBTQ community, but receive minimal funding to tackle the major physical, emotional, & social health disparities they face at higher rates than their gay peers. Help us & @BRC_Central raise awareness this #BiHealthMonth. [“BHAM 2019 Square-01” graphic (find in dropbox)

  • #RepresentationMatters for the #bisexual+ community in media, politics, advocacy, education, & healthcare. Without including & affirming #bisexual+ people, more than half the LGBTQ community gets left behind. Learn more during @BRC_Central’s #BiHealthMonth www.bihealthmonth.org
  • Health is physical, as well as social, emotional, social, sexual, and spiritual. This #BiHealthMonth, we’re helping @BRC_Central spotlight all aspects of #bisexual+ people’s well-being. Check this out, for starters: [link to any of the below resources]
  • Representation in media, advocacy, politics, healthcare, and education impacts #bisexual+ people’s day-to-day well-being. This #BiHealthMonth, learn more about the largest part of the LGBTQ+ community. [link to any of the below resources]
  • Comparte esta infográfico en español para #BiHealthMonth: población #bisexual en los Estados Unidos. ¡Lee y comparte! http://www.lgbtmap.org/bisexual-espanol

 

Shareable resources and content:

Graphics

Blog posts & articles

Digital pamphlets:

Reports:

Additional resources:

 

Want your materials included in this share kit, to be added to the list of official #BiHealthMonth partners, ask questions, or write a guest post? E-mail bham@biresource.org.