Today, HRC marks the start of Bisexual Awareness Week, also known as #BiWeek. The week will culminate on Friday with 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 lesbian, gay and bisexual population identify as bisexual. In other words, bisexual–– or bi –– people comprise the largest single group in the LGBTQ community.
As bisexual people continue to gain visibility and awareness through advocates and leaders such as Anna Paquin, Shane Dawson, Oregon Governor Kate Brown, Alan Cumming, Stephanie Beatriz and Evan Rachel Wood, it is vital to remain cognizant about the issues facing the bisexual community.
For example, compared to other groups in the LGBTQ community, bisexuals face striking rates of poor health outcomes ranging from cancer and obesity to sexually transmitted infections to mental health problems. Additionally, bisexual youth face a unique set of challenges that affect their ability to flourish in their families, schools and communities.
Stay tuned to HRC’s blog to learn more about Bisexual Awareness Week and check out hrc.org/bisexual for more information about the community and the issues it currently faces.
What does it mean to be bisexual? How many people are bisexual? What concerns do bisexual people have? Check out these answers to some basic questions about bisexuality.