Blogging for LGBT Families Day: Bisexual Parenting by A.J. Walkley

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LGBT Parenting: The Bisexual Experience NOTE: Names have been changed in this story to protect the anonymity of the interviewees. Rachel and her partner, Joseph, are the proud parents of two children, both 15 years old. Although they are an outwardly appearing straight couple, both identify as bisexual. Their identities…

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2013 Bisexual Fact Sheet

Not all people are bisexual but half of the LGBT community certainly is.
 
Bisexual men were 50% more likely to live in poverty than gay men, and bisexual women were more than twice as likely to live in poverty as lesbians. – 2011 Bi Invisibility Report

In comparison with lesbian and gays, bisexuals have a higher lifetime prevalence of sexual victimizationCDC

 
Bi men and women are at least one-third less likely to disclose their bisexual identities to their doctors than gay men or lesbians. “Rates of nondisclosure to healthcare providers were significantly higher among bisexual men (39.3 %) and bisexual women (32.6 %) compared with gay men (10 %) and lesbians (12.9 %).” – Journal of Sexuality Research and Social Policy
 
40% of LGBT People of Color identify as bisexual according to a 2009 Human Rights Campaign Study.

Bi women are almost 6 times more likely than heterosexual women to have seriously considered suicide, and 4 times more likely than lesbians. Bi men are almost 7 times more likely than heterosexual men to have seriously considered suicide, and over 4 times more likely than gay men. – Rainbow Health Ontario, Top Ten Bi Health Issues

Bisexual employees are eight times as likely to be in the closet compared to lesbian and gay counterparts. Only 7 per cent of lesbians and gay men, but 55 per cent of bisexual employees, are not out to anyone at work. – Workplace Equality Index 2010 – Stonewall

 
From 2008 to 2012 only $5,000 in grants were awarded to bi specific projects or bisexual organizations (out of over $100 million tracked) – 2008-2010, 2010-2012

Between 1970 and 2010 there were 19 total grants for the bisexual population totaling $84,356.  In comparison, Gay Men and Lesbian populations had 4,469 grants totaling $64,644,177 and Transgender/Gender Nonconforming populations received 1,029 grants totaling $16,748,928.  40 years, $84,356 for grants directed at the bisexual population of America. – “40 Years Of LGBT Philanthropy” by LGBTFunders.com
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At this  time, no major LGBT organizations have bisexual projects, do bi specific outreach, or have bisexual board members. 

 
Want more data on health disparities for bisexual identified people?  Check out the Healthy Peoples 2020 fact sheet from the National LGBT Tobacco Control Network that covers a decade of bi data!  It reviews epidemiological data reported in behavioral risk studies and needs assessment surveys conducted in the U.S. and published from 2000 to 2010.


Bisexual Immigrant Nearly Deported Gets Reprieve

Excerpt from “The Curious Case of Ivo Widlak” Even as Ivo and Lale submit their marriage to review by authorities, the bisexual community has moved to embrace them, with plans for rallies, courtroom cheer sections and support across social media. Bisexual journalist Neal Boulton says, “America is the last great…

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