The other day I had a really good idea for a story:
A high school Shakespeare club angrily splits into two groups when they can’t agree on the correct interpretation of Romeo and Juliet. One group thinks it’s a cautionary tale about the stupidity of youth and shallow lust; the other group think it’s a beautiful tragedy about poisonous hatred conquered by love. Reconciliation seems impossible-
-then a person from one group falls in love with a person from the other
For the past few years, there has been a new and positive trend for some LGBTQ research to break down health data into separate gay, straight and bisexual orientations. This has been significant for the bisexual community because it has uncovered hidden issues within our midst that are greatly affecting our lives. These are just a few statistics that illustrate the severe physical and mental health disparities affecting our community:
-Forty-five percent of bisexual women have considered or attempted suicide, followed by bisexual men (35 percent), lesbians (30 percent), gay men (25 percent), and much lower rates for heterosexual women and men.
-Bisexual women are twice as likely to have an eating disorder than lesbians.
-Bisexual women report the highest rates of alcohol use, heavy drinking, and alcohol-related problems when compared to heterosexual and lesbian women.
-Bisexual men and women report the highest rates of smoking of all orientations.
These statistics are important for the obvious health-related reasons, but they are even more overwhelming when you consider that none of the major LGBTQ organizations or LGBTQ health initiatives have any bi-specific programs addressing any of these issues."
- Bisexual Health Awareness Month to Amplify Urgency Within the Bi Community | Ellyn Ruthstrom for the Huffington Post Gay Voices