Task force celebrating Bisexual Awareness Week

The Wisconsin Gazette

The National LGBTQ Task Force is marking Bisexual Awareness Week 2015 by urging people to learn more about the realities of bisexual people’s lives.

“Much more public education is still needed as misconceptions and stereotypes about bisexual people have serious consequences. For instance, research shows that compared to heterosexual women and gay men, bisexual women experience higher rates of sexual assault, smoking, and suicide,”  said Stacey Long Simmons, director of public policy and government affairs for the National LGBTQ Task Force.

She continued, “Bisexual people are some of the most maligned and misunderstood members of our LGBTQ community. From assuming that we ‘don’t exist’ — even though statistically we comprise the largest group in our community — to the hyper-sexualizing of bisexual people; from saying we are ‘confused’ to suggesting that we can be ‘turned’ gay or lesbian or straight. This week we urge everyone in the LGBTQ community and the general public to educate themselves more about the issues affecting bisexual people. We exist in abundance and we deserve more attention to the reality of our lives.”