Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Windy City Times Covers LGBTI Health Summit

Good bi (research)
by Yasmin Nair

The annual LGBTI Health Summit was held at the Chicago Hilton and Towers, 720 S. Michigan, Aug. 14-18, and the five-day international event kicked off with an entire day devoted to the issues and needs of bisexuals. According to the organizers, this is only the second event with a focus on bisexuality and health, the first being the Bi Health Summit at the 2003 North American Conference on Bisexuality in San Diego.

On Aug. 14, a keynote session included a welcome and introduction to bisexual health issues by Julie Ebin, a member of the Bi Health Summit Coordinating Committee. Ebin said that issues around bisexual health revolved the questions of "whether bi individuals take care of their own individual health, whether and how an individual's sexuality impacts their own individual health, and whether and how an individual's sexuality affects their access to resources."

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Stopping Violence
by Andrew Davis

The annual LGBTI Health Summit continued Aug. 15 with workshops covering a wide variety of topics, including "LGBTI Cancer 101" and "The Future is Fluid—New Tools to Negotiate Pleasure and Risk."

Another workshop that took place was "Moving Queer Communities to Take Action to Stop Violence." During this forum, advocates in Chicago and Wisconsin discussed approaches to assessing communities' readiness regarding interpersonal and relationship violence in LGBT relationships.

Gary Hollander, executive director of the LGBT group Diverse and Resilient, and Molly Herrmann, contract manager for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, presented a survey conducted in different areas of Wisconsin ( Chippewa Valley, Fox Valley, Madison and Milwaukee ) regarding intimate partner violence ( IPV ) . The study resulted from surveys taken at various Pride events, among other venues. Results included that 22 percent of respondents were hit by a boyfriend or girlfriend within the past 12 months.

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