50 shades of gay

A fascinating Ted talk arguing that most people are somewhere between completely gay and completely straight. Good to hear the Kinsey idea given some new energy.

Lack of bisexual community leading to adverse mental health?

From The British Psychological Society:

Lack of bisexual community leading to adverse mental health?

The lack of a bisexual community could be negatively impacting the health of men attracted to both males and females. This is the suggestion of new research published in the Journal of Bisexuality, which showed guys believe a lack of such a group – that would enable them to be more involved with likeminded adults – significantly affects their wellbeing.

Brian Dodge, Associate Professor in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation and Associate Director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion, found the stigma bisexual people experience at the hands of both heterosexual and homosexual individuals plays a big part in making them feel isolated.

The investigation revealed this biphobia also contributed to the social stress felt by bisexual males in their everyday lives.

Mr Dodge stated: “Being bisexual, not having a community to be involved with, not having people they could disclose to, homosexual or heterosexual, was tied to their experiences of adverse mental health.

Meg comments: When we put together The Bisexuality Report early this year, we reviewed the evidence from a number of countries and found that bisexual people consistently experienced more mental health problems and distress than heterosexual, and lesbian and gay people. This concurs with Brian Dodge’s recent findings.

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Vote bi at the LGF Homo Heroes awards!

Each year the Lesbian and Gay Foundation runs their ‘Homo Heroes‘ awards to recognise and celebrate the heroes of the LGBTQ communities. This year there are bi-related nominations in four out of the seven categories: most appropriate given that the awards night is happening to day before Celebrate Bisexuality Day on September 23rd. Many of BiUK’s own heroes are included in the shortlists…

Natalya Dell has been shortlisted for volunteer of the year for her fantastic work organising BiCon 2011 and many previous bi events, as well as her major role in UK bi activism.

Marcus Morgan has been shortlisted for Role Model. Marcus set up bi visibility group The Bisexual Index and recently spoke for bi people on TV’s Vanessa show, as well as organising bi events and speaking for bi community for many years.

Jen Yockney has been shortlisted for Community Champion for all her wonderful work editing the longest running bisexual magazine, Bi Community News magazine, organising the long-running social & support group BiPhoria, and so much more.

Bi Community News magazine itself has been shortlisted in the community organisation category.

Do your bit towards bi visibility and vote today! Voting is open until September 7th.

BiUK will be there on the night and will report back here.

BiCon this week

The annual UK bisexual conference, BiCon 2011, is happening from 1-4 September 2011. All details can be found on the BiCon website.

BiUK will be facilitating a workshop on all things research-related on the afternoon of Friday 2nd. Hope to see you there!

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