How BGC Raises Money For Bisexuals — And Why!
- July 2, 2019
When I launched Bi Girls Club, I promised that 10% of sales would go to bi-specific resources. I saw this as an important part of my business model because so often, people are willing to capitalize off of the LGBTQ+ community but they aren’t actually willing to help us.
Bisexual-plus people (which includes pan folks and queer identifying folks who are non-monosexual — so essentially anyone with attraction to more than one gender) are more likely to suffer the effects of poverty than our gay/lesbian peers, according to the Center for American Progress. Also, 20% of all homeless youth identified as bisexual.
To better understand the issue, consider that while the LGBTQ+ community reports high rates of mental health issues, bisexual people are more likely to experience them than gay and lesbian individuals. 40% of bi+ people have considered or attempted suicide and way less bi+ youth report having an adult to support them/their identity. 61% of bisexual women have experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking from an intimate partner — compared to 37% of bisexual men, 44% of lesbians, 26% of gay men, and 35% of heterosexual women. These issues are glossed over because there is a lack of bi+ visibility and misconceptions that bisexual people are less oppressed than other members of the LGBTQ+ community. A lot of these statistics are worse for bi+ women of color, bi+ trans women/femmes, and other bi+ folks who experience additional layers of marginalization.
With that being said, bisexual-specific resources typically receive the least amount of funding. From 1970 to 2010, 19 total grants (out of 21, 794 awarded to the LGBTQ+ community) went to bisexual-specific resources. That’s less than 100k out of $487 million. This is why it was so important for me to donate to Bi Net USA (and in the future, other bi-specific resources as well).
I finally completed one month of running Bi Girls Club! Happy Monthiversary to me. And in the interest of total transparency, the brand made $455.55 after expenses — meaning I donated $45.55 this month.
Updated Donation Total: $156.34 donated to Bi Net USA, as of April 21st, 2020. Currently donating 10% of sales to COVID-19 relief funds.
If you ever have questions about Bi Girls Club’s philanthropy, feel free to shoot me an email — firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll be sure to answer ASAP.
I’m also interested in supporting other organizations/projects besides just Bi Net USA so feel free to always shoot an email if you have one you’d like to nominate. Much love to all my bisexuals, everyone else under the LGBTQ+ umbrella, and every single ally. I love us for real.