Image: A four cell cartoon, there are three “Characters” consisting of vaguely Human-shaped Blob Creatures with eyes. To the left there is a slightly larger Blue Creature and a slightly smaller Pink Creature. Facing them to the right is an in-between size Violet Creature. The dialogue is in Italian. And the creator is identified as @Enbee.Arlo
Cell 1: [Blue & Pink Creatures looking at the Violet Creature. The Blue Creature asks] “Are you Blue or Pink?”
Cell 2 [The Violet Creature answers] “I am Violet"
Cell 3: [The Pink Creature asks skeptically] “No, but what are you really?”
Cell 4: [The Violet Creature stares silently at them with a bemused & aggravated expression]
Marriage could be good for your health – unless you’re bisexual:
“However, unlike heterosexual and gay or lesbian adults, our study shows that married bisexuals are not healthier than unmarried bisexuals.Interestingly, among bisexuals who are married or cohabiting, those with a same-sex partner are healthier than those with a different-sex partner. Their odds of reporting good health are 2.3 times higher and the rates of functional limitation are 61% lower.
Our findings suggest that bisexuals face unique challenges in their relationships that may reduce the health advantage linked to marriage. A growing number of studies have found that bisexual individuals experience poorer health than heterosexual, gay or lesbian individuals. This includes higher rates of mental disorders, cardiovascular conditions and disability.
Bisexual people are often perceived by both heterosexual and gay and lesbian people as indecisive about their sexual orientation, sexually permissive, and unfaithful or untrustworthy as romantic partners. For example, an experimental study showed that people more often project such negative stereotypes onto a bisexual man dating a woman than they do onto a heterosexual man dating a woman or a gay man dating a man.
Researchers like ourselves still don’t fully understand the ways in which stigma influences bisexuals’ relationships and health.”
Bisexuality and health: The cost of invisibility – Harvard Health Blog:
[USA]: On September 23, 2019, the 20th anniversary of Bi Visibility Day, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) held its first-ever Bisexual Health Research Workshop. As an invited panelist at this event, sponsored by the NIH’s Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office, I joined 19 other researchers to discuss key findings, gaps in knowledge, and future directions.
You may be asking yourself: Is there really a need for this workshop? How is Bisexual Health different from the health of other groups? How many people even identify as Bisexuals?
Here are some key points covered —
(1) What is Bisexuality?
(2) Who is Bi+?
(3) How might being Bi+ affect Health?
(4) Why are Bi+ people more likely to experience Poor Health?
● Bi+ Invisibility can affect the quality of Medical Care.
● Double Discrimination can harm Mental Health.
(5) What steps can you take to counter these issues?
Christopherson: Where Were the Bi Flags at Campus Pride Week?:
Leaving the bisexual flag out of Campus Pride Week, or any other event or discussion of queer pride — even down to the emoji keyboard — sends two messages that directly conflict with the purposes of celebrating pride in the first place.
First, it reinforces my sense — and, I imagine, many others’ senses — of existing outside the bounds of the queer community, that I am “not gay enough” to qualify.
Second, it erases the realities of my experience by treating it as simply part of the broader gay experience, forcing it under the rainbow umbrella … Of all places, we deserve to be represented, visibly, in our school’s string of pride flags one week out of the year.
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