Studies suggest that bisexual/pansexual/fluid individuals comprise nearly half of all people who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual, making the Bi+ population the single largest group within the LGBTQ community. Yet bisexuals and bisexuality are still nearly invisible in mainstream popular culture and even within queer community. Our training as clinicians is most often focused on the “L “and the “G”, sometimes the “T”, but rarely the “B” even though Bi+ folks have higher rates of anxiety, depression and other mood disorders compared to lesbian, gay and straight individuals and Bi+ women experience much higher rates of intimate partner violence and sexual violence compared to lesbian and straight women. At this workshop, we’ll explore the mental health impacts of biphobia and bi erasure through an intersectional lens and to understand the complexity of non-monosexual identity.
This workshop will be held at the Living Room in the Ravenna neighborhood of Seattle. For more information and to register, contact Stacey Prince: email@example.com
Christina Malecka, MA, LMHC is a bi/queer-identified psychotherapist with a private practice in downtown Seattle. She works with people who experience themselves as outsiders to the dominant culture: creative artists, performers, activists, LGBTQ, and gender-nonconforming folks, and anyone else who feels “other” due to cultural or family bias. Her approach is anti-oppression-focused, social-justice oriented and politicized, and she has provided trainings on affirmative care for LGBTQ children and youth for Cascadia Training, The Saying it Out Loud Conference and Gender Odyssey. Christina currently serves on the Advisory Board on the Children’s Hospital Gender Clinic and is passionate about supporting her community.