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Bisexual Invisibility Impacts and Recommendations (adopted March 2011)

Bisexual Invisibility Impacts and Recommendations (adopted March 2011)

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On March10, 20011, the San Francisco Human Rights Commission unanimously adopted a groundbreaking report , "Bisexual Invisibility: Impact and Recommendations", which looks at the wide range of consequences-- including multiple health disparities, higher rates of suicidality, and fewer targeted services-- when bisexuals are rendered invisible invisible by both the heterosexual world and gay/lesbian communities.
On March10, 20011, the San Francisco Human Rights Commission unanimously adopted a groundbreaking report , "Bisexual Invisibility: Impact and Recommendations", which looks at the wide range of consequences-- including multiple health disparities, higher rates of suicidality, and fewer targeted services-- when bisexuals are rendered invisible invisible by both the heterosexual world and gay/lesbian communities.

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Published by: Cecilia C Chung on Mar 21, 2011
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Bisexual Invisibility:
Impacts and Recommendations
25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 800San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 252-2500www.sfgov.org/sfhumanrights 
 
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San Francisco Human Rights Commission Bisexual Invisibility: Impacts and Recommendations
 
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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