More than 100 people gathered July 9 to discuss bisexual health and community building at an event that was Chicago Bisexual Health Task Force's ( CBHTF's ) largest event to date.
The Bisexual Health Summit featured local activists, healthcare providers and researchers discussing key issues facing bisexual people, such as discrimination, violence, mental health, substance use and access to healthcare.
The summitheld at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mileas a part of the 2019 National Sexual Health Conference. The event followed the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and connected earlier activism to current health concerns among bisexual people.
Some of the panelists included activists Michael C. Oboza and Paige Listerud; Howard Brown Heatlh nurse Aiden Harrington; and the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing's Dr. Christina Dyar, Ph.D.
The Task Force was officially formed in 2018 after a group of community members, researchers, and health providers started meeting in August 2017 to discuss bisexual health. Lauren Beach and Brian Feinstein are the CBHTF co-chairs.