Bisexuality Visibility Day: Proudly Standing Together
WHEN DID BISEXUALITY VISIBILITY DAY GET STARTED?
- Bisexuality Visibility Day is celebrated on the 23rd of September every year.
- The day is celebrated as part of Bisexuality Awareness Week which aims to shine a light on bisexual identities and the cultural acceptance of bisexual people within society.
- Bisexual Pride Day was first developed by a US bisexuality organisation called BiNet USA which was founded in 1990 following the first bisexual conference in San Francisco.
- Later came, Bisexual Awareness Week, which is actively supported globally and then Bisexual Visibility Day.
- BiNet USA held its first event in San Francisco in 1990 and declared June 23rd as Bisexual Pride Day, also referred to sometimes as ‘Celebrate Bisexuality Day’.
- The day was founded in recognition of the adversities and prejudices that many bisexual people face because of their sexual identities.
WHAT IS BISEXUALITY AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
- Bisexuality is used to refer to describe a person who is attracted to more than one gender. The attraction can be sexual, emotional or romantic.
- There is a spectrum of bisexuality identities and a common myth is that a bisexual person is equally attracted to both genders. Worth noting that is routinely not the case!
- There are many different degrees to which people experience bisexuality and it is important to think broadly when we ‘think’ sexual orientation.
- Bisexuality can also be used in the context of romantic and sexual orientation regards of sex, or gender identity, which is called pansexuality.
WHY IS BISEXUAL VISIBILITY DAY IMPORTANT?
- Bi-erasure is the phenomenon of erasing bisexual identities on the basis of being confused about one’s sexual orientation.
- The means that bisexual people are commonly portrayed as confused about whether they are gay, straight, or lesbian.
- 32% of bisexual people are not open about their sexual orientation to anyone in their family, compared to 8% of gay men and women.
- 30% of bisexual men and 8% of bisexual women say they are not open about their sexual orientation with any of their friends, compared to 2% cent of gay men and 1% cent of lesbians.
- This leads to the invisibility of bisexual people in the financial services industry who are often absent from the LGBT+ conversation.
- An increasing number of the population are identifying as bisexual and this is an identity we must recognise within the LGBT+ community.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
- Does my organisation, and, or, LGBT+ network, shines a light on bisexual identities equally?
- Does my organisation, and, or, LGBT+ network, provide awareness-building education and initiatives for colleagues?
- Does my organisation, and, or, LGBT+ network, have specific and visible bisexual role models and allies?
- We welcome your views on how your organisation is, or is not, building inclusion of bisexuality into its LGBT+ diversity and inclusion agenda.
- Get in touch with us at: info@LGBTGreat.com