Today Bisexual Health Awareness Month highlights ways to support and protect bisexual+ youth at school.
A recent reportfound that 37% of gender-expansive youth are verbally harassed at school, and another reportfound that 44% of bisexual youth were bullied about their weight or physical appearance one or more times during the past month. In addition, a report by the GSA Networkchronicles harsh discipline and school push-out often faced by LGBT youth of color. Therefore, it is important to build safer, more inclusive and accepting environments for bisexual+ (e.g. bisexual, pansexual, queer, fluid, no label) youth in schools.
A report by the Human Rights Campaign provides several recommendations on how to better support bisexual+ youth in schools:
Use bisexual-inclusive language when talking to youth about bullying and harassment
Be an ally to bi+ youth by calling out biphobia and stereotypes about bisexuality when you see it
Be inclusive of bi+ youth in programs and resources. Listen to them and their stories, and use terms like LGBTQ+ whenever possible
Invite bi+ leaders to speak at LGBTQ+ events so that bi+ youth can see themselves represented
Other tips and steps include:
Call out all forms of discrimination and oppression in schools and classrooms – biphobia, transphobia, racism, ableism – that affect bi+ youth
Implement stronger policies in schools that protect bisexual+ youth of color from harassment and discriminatory discipline
Learn about issues affecting the bisexual+ community in order to effectively address the needs of bi+ youth
What do you think we can do to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of bisexual+ youth at school?Let us know in the comments!
Today Bisexual Health Awareness Month provides action steps for healthcare professionals who treat youth in order to boost their bisexual+ competency.
Bisexual youth are less likelythan gay and lesbian youth to disclose to their physician about their sexuality. Therefore, there are many ways that healthcare providers can better care for their bisexual+ (e.g. bisexual, pansexual, queer, fluid, no label) clients — Because our health matters too!
A report by the National LGBTQ Task Forceprovided several tips to healthcare providers who treat bisexual individuals, including:
Not making assumptions when working with bisexual clients; Treat us as individuals, not stereotypes!
Supporting and validating people’s diverse experiences and identities; Listen to bisexuals and what we need
Knowing that a person’s sexual behavior and sexual orientation are two different things
Including “bisexual” when talking to clients about sexual orientation; It’s not just gay and lesbian!
Other tips and action steps you can follow as a healthcare professional are:
Recognizing that sexual orientation can be complex. Learn more about this particular area with the Klein Grid
Having bisexual+ materials in your waiting area, like our brochure about mental health in the bi+ community
Knowing that your bisexual+ clients are not just impacted by biphobia; They also experience other forms of discrimination such as transphobia, racism, ageism, and ableism that significantly impact their health
Today’s Featured Resources: E. shares their experienceswith therapists in hopes more will become bisexual+ competent. And, for Bi Health Month this year, Samati Niyomchai shares his experienceswith his doctor, which are more exception than rule.
How do you think health providers can better care for bi+ youth?Leave your thoughts and ideas in the comments!
This week Bisexual Health Awareness Month focuses on action steps at home, in school, and within communities for better supporting bisexual+ youth. Today’s post provides tips for parents and guardians!
With low coming out rates, bisexual+ (e.g. bisexual, pansexual, queer, no label) youth need more support and affirmation, starting at home from parents, guardians, and family members. Bisexual adolescents in particular report less family and school connectedness than their straight peers.
Are you a parent or guardian of a bisexual+ youth? Two reports by the Human Rights Campaign provide several recommendations for caring for bisexual+and gender-expansive youth:
Talk to your children about being LGBQ+ and tell them you will support them no matter their sexual orientation
If your child comes out to you as bisexual+, reach out to relevant organizations and support groups to learn more
Read as much as you can about gender and connect with organizations, support groups, and online forums for resources
Insist that others around your gender-expansive child are respectful and affirming
Other tips and places to start include:
Learning about bisexuality+ here and here — and listening to your child when they tell you what being bisexual+ means to them
Celebrating bisexuality+ with your child! Check out this extensive list of famous bisexuals
Becoming a better bisexual+ ally by following these steps
On the last day of this week, Bisexual Health Awareness Month promotes mental health resources for bisexual+ youth.
Bisexual+ (e.g. bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer, no label) youth often experience higher levels of mental health issues than their gay and straight peers, including suicidality, substance use disorders, depression, and anxiety. Therefore, it is important to connect these youth with bisexual-specific and -inclusive resources, programs, and services that can best serve their mental health needs.
Today Bisexual Health Awareness Month aims to provide resources on building safer, more inclusive spaces for bisexual+ youth!
Unfortunately, bisexual+ youth are often told that their sexual identities “don’t exist” or are “just a phase.” This biphobia and bisexual erasure causes a lot of harm, distress, and invalidation. Therefore, it’s important to recognize and address biphobia and bisexual erasure (in addition to other forms of discrimination and oppression, including transphobia, racism, and ableism) in schools, communities, and homes to improve the health of bisexual+ youth.
Today’s Bisexual Health Awareness Month focus is on bullying and interpersonal violence resources for bisexual+ youth.
In one study, 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 likelyto 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.
Get connected! Today Bisexual Health Awareness Month focuses on sexual health resources, information, and services for bisexual youth+.
Among female youth, bisexuality was found to be associated with unprotected intercourse during their last sexual encounter. Young men of color (ages 15-22) who have sex with men are at disproportionate riskof acquiring HIV, and gay, lesbian, and bisexual homeless youth have greater HIV risks and these risks are greater among bisexual female youth. Therefore, bisexual+ (e.g. bisexual, pansexual, queer, fluid, no label) youth are in critical need of programs, services, and resources that can improve their sexual health.