Saturday, February 28, 2009


Part of the 2009 National LGBTI Health Summit
Deadline for proposal submission - March 31

The Bisexual Health Summit will be on August 14, 2009 at Hilton and Towers in Chicago, IL. This event will be held in conjunction with the National LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex) Health Summit as a one-day event and as a broader presence within the larger conference.

As 2009 marks the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, Chicago is especially proud to host this year’s LGBTI Health Summit. At present, the passage of Proposition 8 in California has put LGBTI concerns at the forefront of our national community. LGBTI health care is its own grassroots movement, striving to incorporate the whole person – mentally, physically, and spiritually – rather than being disease-based.

The Bi Health Summit is a grassroots conference drawing roughly 75 community health workers, activists, and professionals as participants. We are coming together for an update on the field of bisexual health with an emphasis on strategizing about future directions.

The purpose of the Bi Health Summit is to educate and empower participants by communicating vital information on health issues affecting people with multi-gendered sexuality. This summit aims to share plans to advance the bi health movement, allowing attendees to receive and discuss reports on effective paradigms and policies. We look forward to a dynamic conversation on the most pressing needs for information and organizing among bisexuals, allies, and health care providers.

Topics at the Bi Health Summit will include:

• Clinical Care – who serves the bisexual community and how we are best served
• Community Initiatives – latest strategies
• Research – what we have learned and what we need to explore
• Education & Training – models used and their success
• Publications – most up-to-date resources
• Advocacy and Policy Work – next steps for the bisexual health movement

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The theme of the 2009 National LGBTI Health Summit is “Health Through the Life Course”. The LGBTI Health Summit is dedicated to preserving and improving the emotional, physical, spiritual, intellectual, psychological, environmental, and social health and wellness of LGBTI people. We are a diverse range of communities who each experience significant health disparities because of our sexual orientations and/or gender identities.

To submit a proposal for or register to participate in the Bi Health Summit, please click the “Bi Health Summit” tab on the main 2009 National LGBTI Health Summit site. The main site also has information on hotel, alternate housing, registration for the full Summit, scholarships, and offers a number of ways to get involved with the planning activities already underway. Please visit the site today and join the nearly 200 volunteers from across the country and the world working on the Summit.

The deadline for proposal submissions is March 31. This deadline is for the Bi Health Summit and the broader LGBTI Health Summit. Please consider submitting bisexual-themed proposals for both. Contact the organizers with any questions.

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