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Bifocus: Non-monosexual community support
May 23, 2018 by Zoey G. and Mil R., volunteer co-facilitators, QMUNITY (BC’s Queer, Trans & 2-Spirit Resource Centre)
What is Bifocus?
Bifocus is a Vancouver-based, peer-led social and support group for bisexuals and non-monosexuals.
Non-monosexual may be defined as anyone who experiences their sexuality or attraction as connected to people of more than one gender. This attraction may not necessarily be at the same time, in the same way, or to the same degree.
This umbrella term can encompass a wide variety of identities including bi-, pan-, omni-, ambi-, or poly-sexuals, queer, fluid, heteroflexible, homoflexible, bi-questioning, and many more!
Why a support group?
Bisexual/non-monosexual populations experience many health disparities as compared to both their heterosexual and lesbian/gay counterparts. They face higher rates of depression, anxiety, suicidality, sexual assault, and substance use, among other concerns.[1-3]
Biphobia, racism and transphobia intersect such that transgender people and people of colour who identify as non-monosexual experience the highest health disparities within the community.
Given the systemic marginalization that non-monosexuals face, building strong community support systems that help build connection, self-worth, and resilience are crucial.
What does Bifocus offer?
Through a talk-based support group, Bifocus offers a community where non-monosexual folks of all genders (transgender, two-spirited, non-binary, gender non-conforming, cisgender and others) can exchange diverse perspectives on their issues and experiences.
Each month, alongside our sharing, Bifocus delves into a theme such as biphobia and invisibility, bisexual health and mental health, relationships, loneliness, or celebrating bi-culture. We share feelings, fears, knowledge, and questions in a non-judgmental space, striving to empower folks of all backgrounds.
If you have a patient or work with a community member who you think would benefit from the support of Bifocus, please let them know about our monthly meetings.
When: The second Monday of each month, 7:30-9pm.
Where: At the QMUNITY Accessible Office, located at 610-1033 Davie Street in Vancouver, BC
- Salway, et al. A systematic review and meta-analysis of disparities in the prevalence of suicide ideation and attempt among bisexual populations. Archives of Sexual Behavior 2018;e-pub. http://rdcu.be/H24d
- Hequembourg, A. L., Livingston, J. A., Parks, K. A. Sexual Victimization and Associated Risks Among Lesbian and Bisexual Women. Violence Against Women 2013 19(5), 634-657. Retrieved from http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1077801213490557
- Walters, M. L., Chen, J., Breiding, M. J. National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010 Findings on Victimization by Sexual Orientation. National Criminal Justice Reference Service. 2013. Retrieved from https://www.ncjrs.gov/App/Publications/abstract.aspx?ID=263171
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