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Connection #BiHealthMonth 2022

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#BiHealthMonth Social Media Share Kit
Thank you for supporting #BiHealthMonth!

About #BiHealthMonth:

Bisexual+ Health Awareness Month (#BiHealthMonth), led annually by the Bisexual Resource Center (BRC), 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. 

“Connection” Theme:

Now in its 37th year, the Bisexual Resource Center proudly presents the 9th annual #BiHealthMonth campaign. Lasting throughout the month of March, this year’s #BiHealthMonth theme is “Connection.” This theme has been chosen to highlight the importance of connecting bisexual+ people to each other, to supportive communities and to health care resources that are affirming of their identities.

While there are many different ways that bi+ people can connect, the goal of connection is to build safe, inclusive spaces — in-person and online, locally and globally — for bi+ people to share their experiences and create meaningful relationships. When bi+ people are connected, it greatly improves their physical, mental and social health, particularly for bi+ people living in historically oppressed, marginalized or isolated communities.

How to Participate:

You can participate by:

  1. Posting one or more resources or infographics with the hashtag #BiHealthMonth.
  2. Hosting a virtual community event for bisexual+ people.
  3. Donating to the Bisexual Resource Center, the Visibility Impact Fund or another bisexual+ community organization.

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:

Key facts & talking points:

  • This year’s #BiHealthMonth theme is “Connection.” This theme has been chosen to highlight the importance of connecting bisexual+ people to each other, to supportive communities and to health care resources that are affirming of their identities.

    While there are many different ways that bi+ people can connect, the goal of connection is to build safe, inclusive spaces — in-person and online, locally and globally — for bi+ people to share their experiences and create meaningful relationships. When bi+ people are connected, it greatly improves their physical, mental and social health, particularly for bi+ people living in historically oppressed, marginalized or isolated communities.
  • 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. 
  • Bisexual+ people often experience higher levels of mental health distress 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. For more information, check out this pamphlet on Mental Health In the Bisexual Community.
  • The bisexual+ community includes a wide variety and many intersections of identities. Our community is at its healthiest when we are inclusive and affirming of everyone under the bi+ umbrella, and discrimination against BIPOC, transgender and those living with disabilities within the bi+ community has been eliminated.
  • Despite bisexual+ people 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 perception of who bisexual+ people are and perpetuates dangerous stereotypes.
     
  • 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 and 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 LGBTQ 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.

  • 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 to celebrate bisexual+ connection and commit to creating spaces where bi+ people can share their experiences and create meaningful relationships: bihealthmonth.org [“#BiHealthMonth 2022” graphic (find in Google Drive)]
  • This year’s #BiHealthMonth is all about connection because when bi+ people are connected to each other, it greatly improves our physical, mental and social health.  [“#BiHealthMonth 2022” graphic (find in Google Drive)]
  • This #BiHealthMonth, we’re helping @BRC_Central celebrate #bisexual+ connection, because when bi+ people are connected to each other, it greatly improves their physical, mental and social health.  [“#BiHealthMonth 2022” graphic (find in Google Drive)] 
  • The past two years of the pandemic have shown the value of finding new, creative ways to connect and build #bisexual+ spaces. We’re partnering with @BRC_Central for #BiHealthMonth to celebrate the power of bi+ connection! Join us and our partners as we celebrate bi+ connection and commit to creating and maintaining spaces where bi+ people can connect, communicate and build healthy communities.
  • #Bisexual+ people make up more than half of the LGBTQ community, but receive minimal funding to tackle the major physical, emotional and social health disparities they face at higher rates than their gay peers. Help us and @BRC_Central raise awareness this #BiHealthMonth. [“#BiHealthMonth 2022” graphic (find in Google Drive)]
  • When we build bi+ community, we can fight back against bi-antagonism in media, health care, research and education, and we can improve the physical, sexual, mental, emotional and spiritual health of bi+ people. Learn more about the bisexual+ community’s well-being here. [link to any of the blog posts/articles in the shareable resources/content section]
  • Want to learn more about supporting the #bisexual+ community this #BiHealthMonth? Check out this great resource from @BRC_Central.  [link to/upload pics (in Google Drive) of any of the pamphlets listed below]
  • One in three transgender people identify as bisexual or pansexual. Learn more about trans folks in the bi+ community here this #BiHealthMonth. https://biresource.org/bi-info/trans-folks-in-the-bi-community/ 
  • 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 resources in the shareable resources/content section]
  • Comparte esta infográfico en español para #BiHealthMonth: población #bisexual en los Estados Unidos. ¡Lee y comparte! www.lgbtmap.org/bisexual-espanol
  • Directly improve the future of bi+ health: Join the Visibility Impact Fund and help build the capacity of bi+ movements to improve the visibility, health and well-being of bi+ communities.  #VisibilityImpactFund #BiHealthMonth https://www.visibilityimpactfund.org/ 
  • Bisexual+ people are the majority of the LGBTQ community, but we don’t get the same research and resources and attention as our gay and straight peers.
    You can help support bi+ programs and research by joining the Visibility Impact Fund! #VisibilityImpactFund #BiHealthMonth https://www.visibilityimpactfund.org/ 
  • Bisexual+ people comprise over half of the lesbian, gay and bisexual community in the U.S., but receive less than 1% of LGBTQ funding. Learn more from the  #VisibilityImpactFund this #BiHealthMonth at https://www.visibilityimpactfund.org/ 

Shareable resources and content:

Graphics:

Podcasts:

Digital pamphlets:

Blog posts & articles:

Reports:

Additional resources:

Virtual Events:

Please join BRC on meetup.com to register for the following events:

  • March 1, 8PM Eastern – Treacle Screening and Q&A
  • March 2, 7PM Eastern – BLiSS Bisexual Social & Support Group
  • March 6, 2PM Eastern – Bi+ Crafternoon
  • March 23, 6:30PM Eastern – Bi/Pan+ Guyz Social Night (IN PERSON)

Partner Events Include: