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Bisexual/pansexual+ individuals are students, faculty, staff, library colleagues, community members - family & friends.
This guide shares information that will help you and your library be more supportive of members of the bisexual/pansexual+ communities.
Bisexual+ people make up the majority of the LGBTQ community, but receive less than 1% of all funding that supports LGBTQ advocacy, and they experience significantly higher rates of physical, sexual, social, and emotional violence and disparities than gay and straight people, as well as poorer physical, mental, and social health.
Despite comprising over half of the LGBTQ community, only 29% of people report personally knowing a bisexual person, compared to 73% of people who report knowing a gay or lesbian person. As a result, media representation of bisexuality+, which is often harmful and reductive, heavily shapes the general public’s understanding of who bisexual+ people are and perpetuates dangerous stereotypes.
This guide created for "The B in LGBT is Not Silent: Supporting Bisexual/Pansexual+ College Students", Roundtable Discussion held at ACRL 2019: Recasting the Narrative, Cleveland, OH. Moderated by Melinda Brown, Deborah Lilton & AJ Robinson.
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Widely Used Definition of Bisexuality: "I call myself bisexual because I acknowledge that I have in myself the potential to be attracted - romantically and/or sexually - to people of more than one sex and/or gender, not necessarily at the same time, not necessarily in the same way, and not necessarily to the same degree. Activist - Robyn Ochs
Flanders, Corey E., et al. “Defining Bisexuality: Young Bisexual and Pansexual People’s Voices.” Journal of Bisexuality, vol. 17, no. 1, Jan. 2017, pp. 39–57. Taylor and Francis+NEJM, doi:10.1080/15299716.2016.1227016.
Belous, Christopher K., and Melissa L. Bauman. “What’s in a Name? Exploring Pansexuality Online.” Journal of Bisexuality, vol. 17, no. 1, Jan. 2017, pp. 58–72. Crossref, doi:10.1080/15299716.2016.1224212.
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