Boston University Honors Bi Activist Julia Canfield
BRC Board Members (left to right: Julia Canfield, Ellyn Ruthstrom, Heather Benjamin, and Alana Lynch) attended the BECAUSE Conference in Minnesota in early June. The BRC presented two workshops at the conference: one on Bisexual Health Awareness Month and another on bi support groups.
Julia Canfield, president of the Bisexual Resource Center has been awarded the Student Excellence in Public Health Practice Award from Boston University for her practicum that involved initiating the first year of the Bisexual Health Awareness Month.
Bisexual Health Awareness Month launched on March 2 on the BRC’s Twitter (with hashtag #bihealthmonth), Facebook, and Tumblr pages. Individuals and organizations both in the United States and from around the world became involved with the campaign and raised awareness about bisexual mental health disparities in their own communities.
Canfield emphasized the need for this campaign: “Bisexual people have long been impacted by the negative effects of biphobia and bisexual erasure from both LGBTQ and straight communities. They have also been denied access to critical services and resources that can enhance their mental and emotional well-being. Therefore, Bisexual Health Awareness Month aims to increase awareness about these issues and feature ways we can effectively address them.”
Canfield worked as an intern from in 2013 and 2014 and created Bisexual Health Awareness Month (BHAM) as part of her graduate practicum project. She also serves as Co-Chair of the BRC Social Media Committee, is a member of the BRC Publications Committee, and is one of the facilitators of the monthly Bisexual Social and Support (BLiSS) Group in Boston.