The Bisexuality Report, the first of its kind in the UK and the product of research led by Dr Meg Barker, senior lecturer in Psychology at the OU, looks at bisexual inclusion and equality issues.
The report was launched on February 15 at 2012 BiUK in collaboration with the Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance and the Faculty of Health and Social Care at The Open University. It summarises national and international evidence and draws out recommendations for future bisexual inclusion in many different settings.
The report is part of Meg Barker's research on the bisexual community, particularly in the UK. She said: “Government policy and equalities agendas generally consider lesbian, gay and bisexual issues together.
“However, bisexual people often face prejudice from within lesbian and gay groups as well as heterosexual communities. They are invisible – not represented in mainstream media, policy, and legislation or within lesbian and gay communities.
“Government and communities need to single out bisexual people as a separate group in order to address this equality gap.”
The Bisexuality Report: Bisexual inclusion in LGBT equality and diversity was written by Meg Barker; Rebecca Jones, Lecturer, Health & Social Care at the OU; Christina Richards; Helen Bowes-Catton, PhD student in the Psychology Department at The Open University; and Tracy Plowman – all of BiUK, with Jen Yockney, of Bi Community News; and Marcus Morgan, of The Bisexual Index.
Listen to Dr Meg Barker and Rebecca Jones, both lecturers at the OU, talk about the topics covered in The Bisexuality Report in this podcast.
And in this two-minute video Meg sums up the key findings of the report…
Find out more:
- Read The Bisexuality Report
- Study with the OU – Psychology
- More about Dr Meg Barker
- BiUK, national organisation for bisexual research and activism