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Risk & Resilience Study of Bisexual Mental Health

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Published on Jul 19, 2012

The Risk & Resilience video was made by members of the The Risk & Resilience Research Team. Risk & Resilience is a research project exploring factors affecting the mental health of bisexual people in Ontario, Canada. https://www.bisexualhealth.ca

If you have questions about this study, please contact Project Coordinator Margaret Robinson at 416-535-8501 x7385, or at 1-866-371-6667.

Much thanks to:
The Re:searching for LGBTQ Health Team
The Bisexual Community Advisory Committee

and
Cheryl Dobinson
Dionne Falconer
Stephen Harvey
Timothy Hill
Ishwar Persad
Margaret Robinson
Lori Ross
Hershel Russell
Carmi Sienna
Arena Thompson

Production support by Anja Kessler
Produced and directed by Tom Lackey

This video was created in July of 2012. For more information or to get involved contact us: www.lgbtqhealth.ca

Transcript:
Stephen: I'm bisexual, and biphobia is bad for my health.
Dionne: I'm bisexual, and biphobia is bad for my health.
Margaret: I'm two-spirited, and biphobia is bad for my health.
Tim: I see myself as fluid, but biphobia is bad for my health too!

Lori: The Risk & Resilience survey is for people attracted to more than one sex or gender. If this describes you, then we want you to fill out the survey -- whether you identify as bisexual, pansexual, omnisexual, 2-spirited, fluid, queer, questioning, or choose not to use a label.

Cheryl: I'm a proud bisexual and I'm filling out this survey. I want to help develop services that meet my needs and the needs of people like me.

Hershel: And as we age, we need community supports and long term care options that respect us for who we are. I'm doing the survey and passing it on. So treat it like a hot potato: do the survey. Pass it on.

Lori: Our research team is made of bisexual, pansexual, queer, and two-spirited researchers. This research is really needed. Bisexual concerns have been ignored for too long, and this is our chance to generate knowledge by, for, and about our community.

Tim: Just because my current partner is a man, doesn't mean I'm a gay. I want a therapist who respects my identity.

Carmi : Just because I'm young doesn't mean I don't know who I am. I need a social worker who won't dismiss my identity as a phase.

Arena: Whether I'm polyamorous or monogamous, I deserve support services that treat me with respect and dignity.

Margaret: Just because my current partner is a man, doesn't mean I'm straight. I need peer-support that doesn't make assumptions about who I am based on who I'm with.

Hershel: I'm not into labels. I like all kinds of people. I'm filling out this survey because I want to share my experiences and help services take people like me into consideration.

Lori: The survey asks about your life and your health. And it's confidential. You can do it online, on paper, or over the phone.

Ishwar: To get a representative sample of bisexuals in Ontario we're using a special recruitment system. Here's how it works: you get an invitation code from a bisexual person you know. Then you go online, and fill out the survey. If you don't have a computer, give us a call and we'll mail you a paper copy or help you fill it out over the phone.

Stephen: Do the survey, and pass it on!
Tim & Chris: Come on! Fill out the survey/Do the survey!

Carmi: Do the survey.
Arena: Fill it out
Carmi: We're doing it
Arena: I'm doing it
Carmi: We're doing it.
Arena: We're doing it.
Carmi: Right now. [laughs]

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