(Photo Credits: Peter Salanki from San Francisco, USA)
Today—September 23, 2022—marks the 23rd Bi Visibility Day. We observe this day to “highlight biphobia, help people find the bisexual community, and to “celebrate a diverse range of bi identities, such as pan and queer people.” To check the specific activities being held worldwide around this time, click here.
Bi Visibility Day is part of Bisexual Awareness Week, which is being celebrated this year from 19 to 25 September. But is Bi Visibility Day still relevant in this day and age?
Of course, it is. As long as stereotypes and myths on bisexuality exist not to mention issues such as biphobia and discrimination then there is a need to raise awareness and understanding and to bring visibility to a community that is being continually discriminated against.
What is biphobia?
Biphobia refers to the “fear, hatred or intolerance of bisexual men and women. Biphobia is a term used to describe aversion felt toward bisexuality and bisexuals as a social group or as individuals.” Biphobia reportedly persists in both the straight and LGBT communities. Here are some beliefs people have that are considered biphobic:
- Bisexuality is just a phase you’ll grow out of eventually.
- What are you, gay or lesbian; you need to pick a side.
- Bisexuals are half-straight and will pick gender opposite theirs eventually. Alternatively, “I won’t date bisexual men (or women) because they will later on date or marry a woman (or a man).
- It is impossible to like both genders.
According to Stonewall, the first International Day of Bi Visibility was celebrated simultaneously in Bar 38 in Manchester’s Canal Street, in the UK, and in Johannesburg, South Africa at the International Lesbian and Gay Association Conference on September 23, 1999, and it has been celebrated annually since.
Also called Bisexual Pride Day, Bi Visibility Day, CBD, Bisexual Pride and Bi Visibility Day, and Bisexuality+ Day, the first Celebrate Bisexuality Day was reportedly organized by three bisexual rights activists namely Wendy Curry of Maine, Michael Page of Florida, and Gigi Raven Wilbur of Texas.
Here are some celebrities who are openly bisexual according to PinkNews: Drew Barrymore, Aubrey Plaza, Amandla, Angelina Jolie, Amber Heard, Fergie, Anna Paquin, Michelle Rodriguez, Vanessa Carlton, Kesha, Margaret Cho, and Bella Thorne.
Happy Bi Visibility Day, guys!