Bisexual Invisibility: Impacts and Recommendations

Published: February 22, 2011

Table of Contents
Acknowledgments……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………ii
About the Sidebars…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. ii
A Note on Language………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………iii
Bisexual Invisibility………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….1
An Invisible Majority ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 1
An “Eclipsed and Conflated” Identity …………………………………………………………………………………………. 3
Not Just a Phase………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….3
An Invisible Place in History ……………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 5
Bisexual Exclusion……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….5
Bisexual and Transgender Allies in Invisibility ……………………………………………………………………………… 8
Other Forms of Biphobia ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………. 8
Impact of Bisexual Invisibility on Health ………………………………………………………………………………………. 11
A Hidden Effect of Conflated Data ………………………………………………………………………………………….. 13
Why Focus on Bisexual Health? ………………………………………………………………………………………………….13
Impact on Mental Health …………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 14
Race, Ethnicity, and Bisexuality …………………………………………………………………………………………………..14
Bisexual Health Issues within HIV and STI Prevention …………………………………………………………….. 20
Invisible Resources………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..27
Economic Discrimination ………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 27
Lack of Institutional Support …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 27
LGBTAC Organizational Survey ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 29
Survey Findings…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………30
The Need for Systemic Consideration ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 32
Recommendations………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..34
Glossary…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………35

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