Yesterday, openly bisexual actress Evan Rachel Wood tweeted several times about bisexuality awareness and the issues facing the bisexual community.

Wood highlighted her experience as a bisexual woman and HRC’s newest report, Health Disparities Among Bisexual People.

 

Ahead of Bisexual Awareness Week, Wood is helping to shine a light on the dangerous but largely hidden crisis--the striking physical, mental and sexual health disparities bisexual people face.

The new report highlights research showing that: 

· Bisexual women have higher rates of cancer than the general population of women, higher rates of heart disease and obesity than heterosexual women, and are more likely than all other women to suffer from mental and emotional stress;

· Bisexual adults have double the rate of depression than heterosexual adults, higher rates of binge drinking, and are more likely to engage in self-harming behavior, including attempting suicide;

· Bisexual men are less likely than gay or heterosexual men to get tested for HIV, leading them to be disproportionately affected by the infection; and bisexual people are less likely to be screened for the human papilloma virus (HPV), which can increase the risk of cancer in both men and women. 

As bisexual people continue to gain visibility and awareness through advocates and leaders, including Wood, Shane Dawson and Oregon Governor Kate Brown, it is vital to remain cognizant about the issues facing the bisexual community. 

To learn more about the bisexual community, visit hrc.org/bisexual.

Whether it's for the first time ever or the first time today, the experience of coming out and living openly is a deeply personal and arduous journey. Visit HRC’s Coming Out Center to learn more.


Filed under: Bisexual, Coming Out, Community

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