Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Bisexual rapper Lil Peep died

The 'Post-Emo' rapper come out as bisexual on Twitter in August.

Budding rap artist and fashion trendsetter Lil Peep died on Wednesday of a suspected overdose of Xanax in his tour bus ahead of a performance in Tucson, Arizona.

The musician, whose real name was Gustav Ahr, spoke candidly about being bisexual and about his battles with mental illness. His first full-length album, "Come Over When You're Sober, Part 1," was a confessional project that explored themes of substance abuse, suicide and depression.

His death came a day after he posted a photo on his Instagram with the caption:"When I die, you'll love me."

Sarah Stennett, CEO of First Access Entertainment, who worked with Lil Peep last year, has released a statement confirming the news of his death. "I am shocked and heartbroken," she said.

I do not believe Peep wanted to die, this is so tragic.He had big goals and dreams for the future which he had shared with me, his team, his family and his friends.

Greenesmith said ostracization in predominantly heterosexual spaces and traditional LGBTQ spaces also contributes to bisexual mental health disparities, something corroborated by a recent American University study.

"Bisexual people are often invisible, rejected, invalidated [and] stigmatized in the heterosexual community as well as the traditional LGBTQ communities," Ethan Mereish, an assistant professor at American University and the study’s lead author, told NBC News in a September interview.  "Given that isolation and discrimination, bi people might be experiencing increase factors that might make them more lonely or isolated."

Monday, November 20, 2017

Cardiff vice-chancellor: I'm bisexual

The vice-chancellor of Cardiff University has revealed he is bisexual, saying he fears people like him are "invisible".

And he said: "I wanted to show it was a good thing, to help stop making bisexual people feel invisible."

Colin Riordan, 58, said he never intended to keep his sexuality a secret but decided to come out after he was referred to as the "straight friend" of the university's gay community.

He made his announcement in a monthly email to staff about academic news and campus matters.

Professor Riordan, who has held the job for five years, also kept his sexuality private in his previous post as vice-chancellor or Essex University, but said it was not an intentional decision.

"I never deliberately kept it a secret but I never felt the need to mention it either," he said.

That said, speaking out about his bisexuality dating has not been easy.

"Although this is not a big thing for me, I knew it would be seen as a big thing by others.

"It feels quite exposing, and I knew some people might react badly.

"I don't suppose I'd have done it had I not felt it to be so important."

Reaction to the news, however, has been nothing but positive - with staff emailing him to say it has helped give them courage and think about their own issues.

But perhaps most surprising of all, has been Prof Riordan's own relief.
He said: "Already I feel more myself and that a weight has been lifted. I am now being truly honest with those around me, and there is a certain freedom in that."

More young people in the UK identify as LGBT, Bisexual, disabled and looking for love.