Bisexual women are often forgotten or overlooked in health statistics.
That’s a focus that the The Human Rights Campaign is looking at this month, which is called Bisexual Health Awareness Month.
This well-detailed opinion piece was submitted by Jeff Krehely, Chief Foundation Officer, and Tari Hanneman, Associate Director, Health and Aging Program.
The piece discusses how the Williams Institute, about 9 million Americans identify as LGBT — and a majority of those are bisexual women. While one in every four people living with HIV in the United States is a woman, we can’t find a single study that identifies how many of them are women who have sex with women. The article points out the LGBT community includes bisexual women, not to mention lesbians who — for a variety of reasons — have sex with men. These women are simply discounted in today’s research.
Almost a quarter of bisexual and lesbian women are poor, according to the Williams Institute. There are also high rates of workplace discrimination, harassment and health care inequities faced by these women, and you begin to see why these women should be part of the conversation when it comes to HIV and the LGBT community.