Bisexual Health

March is Bisexual Awareness Month so today we have a guest blog written by bisexual Person-centred Counsellor Becki Clitsome (She/Her) .

This month is a time to break down the barriers and raise awareness of bisexual issues, particularly the community’s social, economic and health disparities.

As a bisexual woman, I’ve personally felt those disparities for a variety of reasons.

Bisexual people make up the ‘majority of the LGBTQ community, but received less than 1% of all funding that supports LGBTQ advocacy, and experience significantly higher rates of physical, sexual, social and emotional violence’, as well aspoorer physical, mental and social health.’ (BiHealthMonth, 2021)

To give a little context to myself, I want to share some of my own words that I wrote as part of LGBTQ Awareness Month: As a teenager I knew that I was bisexual – I was attracted to both men and women. But there was no education about different sexualities, and it certainly wasn’t something I could talk about at home.

So my bisexuality was kept completely secret for years. I had seen many friends come out and be referred to as promiscuous, greedy, indecisive and deceptive.

Misconceptions and stereotypes made coming out challenging.

How would I be treated?

How would my family feel?

Would I be rejected?

The fear was exponential and so I didn’t talk about my sexuality with my family until I was 29.