In August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the national Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance results for 2019. The data follow a disturbing but unsurprising trend that HRC has seen before -- LGBTQ students are more likely to experience victimization, violence and suicidality than their straight and cisgender peers. More specifically, according to HRC’s analysis of the 2019 data, it’s also clear that bisexual, pansexual, queer and fluid (bi+)* students are facing additional challenges when compared to lesbian, gay and straight students
HRC’s analysis shows that:
HRC’s Bi+ Youth Report also underscores the challenges that bi+ students face:
These data show that there’s an urgent need to support bi+ young people and ensure that they have the resources they need to not only succeed, but thrive in school and beyond. We need to ensure that all youth-serving professionals are informed and educated about bi+ identities, biphobia and the unique challenges that bi+ youth face.
Supporting bi+ youth starts with education. HRC has resources available at hrc.org/bisexual to help start the conversation. Elevating bi+ narratives, which can differ from those of gay and lesbian youth, is imperative to ensuring bi+ youth feel included. Youth should not be challenged about their bi+ identities, but instead, they should be accepted and supported when they say they are bi, pan, queer or fluid. By working together to make bi+ youth and their experiences visible, we can help make sure bi+ youth are supported.
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation will continue to support and lift up bi+ individuals, stories and narratives, and is committed to ensuring bi+ youth and adults have the support they need to thrive.
* While data on pan, queer and fluid students was not directly collected by the CDC, many students who identify with non-monsexualities, such as pan, queer or fluid, may opt-in to selecting “bisexual” as the closest representation of their identity among their choices. As a result, HRC is using the bi+ umbrella to include pan, queer and fluid students.