Date and Time
Wednesday 17 November 2021 (10:00 - 12:00)
£20.00 (£35.00 non-members)
According to some studies, bisexual people and other orientations that are attracted to more than one gender (Bi+) are the biggest group under the LGBT+ umbrella, and yet specific prejudice towards Bi+ people remains a significant issue. Research shows Bi+ people face greater stigma, discrimination and prejudice than lesbian and gay people, feel less comfortable coming out, and do not see themselves positively represented. This has led to increased mental health problems within the Bi+ community.
We are delighted to welcome back Sam Hope (they/them) to deliver this session. Sam is a BACP-accredited therapist, supervisor and EDI trainer, and author of “Person-Centred Counselling for Trans and Gender Diverse People”. Using an interactive and engaging presentation style, Sam will provide opportunities to network and to share experiences of how we work to improve students’ and colleagues’ understanding of the issues raised.
Overall, the session content will explore the cross-cultural history of the Bi+ movement, along with the language and cultural competence required to understand the diversity of Bi+ identities. Topics for discussion will include:
- The specific issues facing Bi+ people and how these impact mental health
- Culturally competent language around Bi+ identity
- Bi, pan or queer – what’s the difference?
- Bi+ history and cross-cultural understandings
- Debunking myths and stereotypes, unlearning bias
- The Minority Stress model and how it affects Bi+ people.
Facilitated by Karen Plowman (Head of Professional Development, Skills and Education Group) and Dr Alison Scott (Lead Professional Development Advisor), the final part of the session will discuss plans for a TeachMeet event in the spring term to focus on good practice in promoting understanding of groups and individuals under the LGBT+ umbrella. We look forward to hearing your ideas about what you would like to see within this event.