Indiana University School of Public Health – Bloomington researcher Dr. Brian Dodge is helping shine a light on bisexual health with a recent contribution in one of the world’s most prominent sexuality research journals.
Dr. Dodge, associate director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington, alongside Dr. Wendy Bostwick of the University of Illinois at Chicago, recently guest edited a special section of Archives of Sexual Behavior focusing on bisexual health research. This is the first time the journal has dedicated a section to health concerns specifically faced by bisexual people.
Archives of Sexual Behavior is one of the oldest and highest-impact journals in the field of sexuality research, so having a section completely devoted to health among bisexual people, a group that has been invisible for so
Drs. Bostwick and Dodge’s “Introduction to the Special Section on Bisexual Health: Can You See Us Now?” is intended to highlight “the next generation of bisexual research.”
Instead of presenting further research “proving” bisexuality exists, Dr. Bostwick said, the research in the special section seeks to further our understanding of the status of bisexual people’s physical, mental and overall health. It includes over a dozen quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research contributions from renowned researchers across North America and elsewhere focusing on a wide range of issues related to health and well-being among diverse groups of bisexual individuals.
Drs. Dodge and Bostwick have dedicated the special section to the memory of their colleague Dr. Judith Bradford, former co-director of The Fenway Institute and pioneer in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) health research in the U.S. who passed away in 2017. Dr. Bradford organized an international bisexual health research roundtable in 2014 that resulted in the formation of the Bisexual Research Collaborative on Health. That collaboration led to many of the papers featured in the journal.