For immediate release:
February 15, 2017
Bisexual Resource Center
P.O. Box 170796
Boston, MA 02117
BISEXUAL RESOURCE CENTER DESIGNATES MARCH AS BISEXUAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH
Fourth year of social media campaign to highlight health disparities and spark action is focused on social health
Boston, MA – The Bisexual Resource Center (BRC) will celebrate Bisexual Health Awareness Month (BHAM) for the fourth consecutive year with the launch of a social media campaign beginning March 1st, 2017. BHAM aims to raise awareness of health disparities within the bisexual+ community and promote resources and action; this year, the campaign focuses on social health disparities and steps to build social support and resiliency. The campaign will run on the BRC’s Twitter @BRC_Central (using #BiHealthMonth and #BHAM17), Facebook, Tumblr, blog, and campaign website. The BRC invites individuals and organizations to participate in the campaign online and within their own communities.
Throughout the month of March, the BRC will partner with various LGBTQ+ organizations, including the BiCast, BiNetUSA, Bi Tennessee, COLAGE, GLSEN, the Movement Advancement Project, the National Coalition for LGBT Health, and the Vanderbilt Program for LGBTI Health to feature statistics, resources, and action across various spheres of social health:
- March 1-3: Background information on social health
- March 6-10: (Friends) Social/geographic isolation, finding bi+ community, volunteer opportunities in bi+ organizations
- March 13-17: (Family) Chosen family vs. family of origin, coming out to family, resources for family of bi+ folk
- March 20-24: (Partners) Mixed orientation relationships, characteristics of healthy relationships, resources for healthcare providers
- March 27-30: (Community) Showcasing bi+ experiences of community relationships, resources to improve bi+ competency in schools, workplaces, healthcare settings, etc.
“Now more than ever, communities need to come together to offer support, stand up to injustice, and plan our continued efforts to survive and thrive,” said BRC Co-Presidents Heather Benjamin and Kate Estrop in a joint statement. “This year’s Bisexual Health Awareness Month, focusing on the social health of the bi+ community, will help followers do just that. It will showcase the challenges we have with finding and forming community, and lay out the steps we can take to overcome them.”
For more information, please visit the BHAM campaign website: www.bihealthmonth.org.
The Bisexual Resource Center (BRC) has been advocating for bisexual visibility and raising awareness about the needs of bisexual people throughout the LGBTQIA and straight communities since 1985. The BRC envisions a world where love is celebrated, regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression.
Visit www.biresource.org for more information.
BHAM Social Media Toolkit
Follow the Bisexual Resource Center on their various social media outlets to stay connected with BHAM campaign updates:
Join the conversation! Use the following sample Tweets/posts to begin engaging in the campaign:
- Did you know March is Bisexual Health Awareness Month? Follow @BRC_Central for updates. #BiHealthMonth
- This year’s #BiHealthMonth is focused on Social Health. @BRC_Central will provide stats, resources, & opportunities for action during March!
- Celebrate #BiHealthMonth with @BRC_Central by engaging with their campaign on Social Health in March!
After March 1st:
- #BiHealthMonth is here! Follow the campaign at @BRC_Central.
- I’m celebrating #BiHealthMonth by following @BRC_Central’s campaign on Social Health!
- We’re celebrating #BiHealthMonth by following @BRC_Central’s campaign on Social Health!
Calling all those passionate about the health of the bi+ community!
Bisexual Health Awareness Month (BHAM) is an annual social media campaign dedicated to raising awareness about the bi+ community’s social, economic, and health disparities. The campaign also aims to promote resources, interventions, and actions that work to reduce these disparities.
The Bisexual Resource Center (BRC) is seeking volunteers to assist BHAM’s Project Coordinators with planning, implementation, and evaluation of the March 2017 campaign (theme: Social Health).
This is a great opportunity for public health and communications majors, sexual and mental health advocates, social workers, licensed mental health counselors, and anyone interested in bi+ health.
The BRC is seeking volunteers to fill the following roles:
Social Media Lead
- Assist with development and scheduling of social media posts, blog entries, infographics, etc.
- Regularly update the campaign’s website (bihealthmonth.org).
Community Outreach Team
- Provide support to BHAM’s promotional efforts, including planning/organizing community partner involvement and drafting/distributing campaign press release.
Data Evaluation Team
- Assist with campaign evaluation, including tracking and compiling media coverage and analyzing social media statistics.
These positions are unpaid and may require 2-4 hours of remote work per week from January-March 2017. Necessary for all roles: consistent access to a computer with Internet connection, word processing software, and email; strong time management and written communication skills; bi+ competency.
Email email@example.com to help contribute to a successful 2017 BHAM campaign!
About the Bisexual Resource Center:
The Bisexual Resource Center (BRC) is the oldest national bi+ organization in the U.S. that advocates for bisexual+ visibility and raises awareness about bisexuality throughout the LGBTQIA and straight communities. The BRC envisions a world where love is celebrated, regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression. Because bisexuals today are still misunderstood, marginalized and discriminated against, the BRC is committed to providing support to the bi+ community and raising public awareness about bisexuality and the needs and experiences of bi+ people.
(Bi+ is an inclusive term for those who are non-monosexual/non-monoromantic and can include those who identify as bisexual, pansexual, omnisexual, fluid, queer, two-spirit, and asexual, among other free identifiers, including those who do not wish to use a label.)
Many thanks to all our campaign partners and volunteers who made the third year of #BiHealthMonth a huge success! Join us again in March 2017 when we focus on another health issue or topic impacting the bisexual+ community.
Want to become involved with next year’s campaign? Have any questions? Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org