• journeywork

    I find it demoralizing that right after the quote about bisexual youth having the HIGHEST prevalence of health risks overall, you launch into a stream of stats about “gay and lesbian” youth. [Note: The report only looked at sexual orientation, not gender identity.] I know that the data is sorted by comparing GL/hetero and B/hetero, but why not highlight bi youth as well? This is particularly unconscionable when bi youth score highest on almost all of the suicide-related statistics. 

    The ongoing invisibility of bisexual/pansexual/fluid people has serious consequences, especially in health outcomes. If you haven’t already seen it, I recommend reading the “Bisexual Invisibility” report recently approved by the San Francisco Human Rights Commission.

    http://tinyurl.com/bi-invisibility

  • terrapin

    Journeywork,

    The author of the article is summarizing a CDC report, not cherry picking stats from here and there. It seems to me that your beef is with the CDC, not her. I understand that bisexual youth need help and that you feel quite passionately about it, but your comment has an us-versus-them tone to it. We already have far too much of this in the general political arena. Surely those who care about the GLBTQ community can work together, regardless of which part of the acronym applies to what they care about most. Why not try an approach that encourages much-needed teamwork? Something like: “I’m glad that the dismal stats on gays and lesbians are now being reported, but would like to see a lot more emphasis on the desperate status of the bisexual youths.”

    I wish to make it clear that I am not arguing with the substance of your comment, but am encouraging us to work in the spirit of togetherness rather than merely criticize.

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