Task Force Celebrates Bisexual Awareness Week



WASHINGTON, DC, Sept. 24, 2014 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is celebrating the first annual Bisexual Awareness Week, which focuses on educating the public about people who identify as bisexual.

“Bisexual people are some of the most misunderstood members of our LGBTQ community. From assuming that we ‘don’t exist’ — even though statistically we comprise the largest group in our community — to the hyper-sexualizing of bisexual people; we know that public education is still needed as these stereotypes can have serious consequences.

“For instance, research shows that when compared to straight women and gay men, bisexual women, experience higher rates of sexual abuse, smoking, and suicide.

“This week we urge everyone in the LGBTQ community and the general public to educate themselves about the issues affecting bisexual people. We exist in abundance and we deserve more attention to the reality of our lives,” said Stacey Long Simmons, Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

Yesterday the Task Force hosted a training on bisexuality and published two blog entries written by bisexual staff members in observance of the 15th anniversary of Celebrate Bisexuality Day. Suggested reading on issues affecting bisexual people includes “Understanding Issues Facing Bisexual Americans,” a report published by Movement Advancement Project in partnership with BiNet USA and the Bisexual Resource Center.

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