- September 23, 2015
Today, HRC celebrates Bisexual Awareness Week and marks Celebrate Bisexuality Day.
A bisexual person is someone who can be attracted to more than one gender, and studies show that as much as half of the LGB population identify as bisexual. In other words, bisexual people comprise the largest single group in the LGBT community.
As bisexual people continue to gain visibility and awareness through advocates and leaders such as Shane Dawson and Oregon Governor Kate Brown, it is vital to remain cognizant about the issues facing the bisexual community.
Compared to other groups in the LGBT community, bisexuals face striking rates of poor health outcomes. A recent research brief from HRC found that bisexuals suffer from a variety of health issues, from high rates of cancer and obesity, to sexually transmitted infections to mental health problems.
Bisexual youth also face a unique set of challenges that affect their ability to flourish in their families, schools and communities. Additionally, bisexual women are at disproportionately high risk for sexual violence.
While HRC celebrates the bisexual community this week, HRC also recommits to working with other advocates to increase bi visibility and address the unique needs of the bisexual community.
Learn more about HRC’s work with the bisexual community here.