The Promotion and Protection of the Human Rights of Bisexual Persons

NGO Side Event 37th session of the Human Rights Council Geneva, March 2018

Several recent studies such as The Report on Bisexual Invisibility San Francisco Human Rights Commission, The Bisexuality Report, Bi UK show the high index of depression, isolation, mental health problem and one of the highest rates of suicide within LGBT community. This data indicates that the welfare of bisexual persons needs to be taken into account in a more coherent and effective way. The actions taken from state organizations are scarce or nonexistent. Around the World , bisexuality and bisexual persons are marginalized.

According to statistics in the United States: more than 40% of bisexual people have considered suicide compared to 8.5% of heterosexuals and 27% of homosexuals. Almost half of bisexual women are rape survivors, compared to 17% of heterosexual women and 13% of lesbians. 45% of bisexual youth have suffered from bullying on the internet compared to 19% of heterosexual youth, and 30% of homosexual youth.

The reality of bisexuals persons is unknown to the official institutions, even to LGTI community and human rights defense. There is an absence of data raised by official institutions and organizations regarding health, education, access to reproductive rights. Bisexuality is highly invisible in Human Rights practice and discourse as well. At global level bisexual persons and activists attend the first bisexual preconference, on November 29 ,2016 marked as part of the World ILGA conference , in Bangkok Thailand. During that conference , bisexual persons an activists adopted central actional agenda based upon needs of bisexual persons that should be globally conducted:

  1. Visibility: To make our reality visible as bisexual people
  2. Human Rights: Defense of the human rights of bisexual people
  3. Research: Scientifically documenting the needs of bisexual people globally
  4. Global fund: Establish a global bisexual