Bisexual Women and Substance Misuse
Kate Bishop, MSSA
April 27, 2022, 1:00pm-3:00pm EST
Though LGBTQ people in general report higher rates of substance use, bisexual women are particularly vulnerable to substance use disorders. Studies have consistently shown bisexual women at the highest risk among sexual and gender minority groups, including significantly higher rates of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, opioid misuse and binge drinking than lesbians or heterosexual women. Studies have looked at the constellation of pressures that may contribute to this alarming disparity, including higher rates of sexual trauma, poverty, and discrimination coming from both heterosexual and LGBTQ communities. This webinar will describe the scope of bisexual women's substance use, what factors may contribute to drug and alcohol dependence, and ways prevention workers can support bisexual women who are dealing with chaotic substance misuse in their lives.
- Describe the scope of substance use among bisexual women.
- Explore the unique challenges many bisexual women face which may contribute to elevated rates of substance use disorders within the population.
- Identify intervention strategies to support bisexual women who wish to address chaotic substance use in their lives.
Kate Bishop, MSSA, the Education Coordinator at the LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton, is a seasoned professional development trainer with expertise in working with LGBTQ populations, sexual and reproductive health care, adolescent development, intimate partner violence, and sexual trauma. She is certified as a trainer through GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network) as well as SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders). Before joining the Chase Brexton team, she developed the capacity building program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s STAR TRACK Adolescent HIV program, providing cultural responsiveness trainings for agencies that serve sexual minority youth of color. Ms. Bishop holds a Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studies from Hiram College and a Masters in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University.