What is Bi Visibility Day & Why is it Important?

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Bi Visibility Day, also known as International Celebrate Bisexuality Day, has been marked on the 23rd of September every year since 1999. The day dedicated to celebrating and bringing visibility to the bisexual community. Many organizations mark the day by proudly flying the pink, purple, and blue bisexual flag.

According to the Williams Institute and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's research, studies suggest that about 50 percent of people who identify as either gay, lesbian, or bisexual, identify as bisexual. This makes the bisexual population the single largest group within the LGBTQ community, yet they also tend to be the most underrepresented and judged group.

 Bi Visibility Day is important because it highlights bisexual positivity and acceptance.

What Happens on Bi Visibility Day?

Across the world, organizations put on events: exhibitions, film screenings, picnics, and socials in bi-friendly bars. People are also encouraged to examine the issues surrounding bisexual visibility. 

Bisexuals Don’t Fit In

Because bisexuals don’t identify as “gay” or “straight,” both groups often shun them. There’s a belief that bisexuals have “the best of both worlds.” But, this couldn’t be further from the truth, as bisexuals often find themselves alienated.

What is Bi-Erasure?

Bi-erasure is the removal of a bisexual identity. Bisexuality isn’t viewed as valid, and bisexuals are often asked to “choose already” or “pick a side.” Many doctors, therapists, professionals, and every day people deny that bisexuality even exists, often refer to it as a phase. 

What is Biphobia?

Biphobia is aversion toward bisexuality and toward bisexual people as a social group or as individuals. 

Instances of biphobia include:

  • Not dating a bisexual because they’re perceived as untrustworthy, noncommittal, and immoral.

  • Using the terms “hasbian,” “gold star lesbians,” and “bi now, gay later.”

  • Assuming bisexual men are in denial about being gay.

  • Insinuating that being bi is inferior to being gay. 

Mental & Physical Health in the Bi Community

Bisexuals are at a greater risk for anxiety, depression, and STIs. They’re also more likely to experience domestic violence from their partners.

Misconceptions About Bisexuality

Bisexuals face a number of negative stereotypes and judgments, such as being greedy, promiscuous, and confused. These misconceptions can leave many bisexuals feeling ashamed and uncomfortable with themselves. 

Do you have plans for Bi Visibility day? If so, be sure to submit them here: http://www.bivisibilityday.com/plans-for-september-2018/, and join the conversation using the hashtag #BiVisibility.

 Are you looking for a way to bring visibility to the bisexual community? Consider volunteering with Calgary Queer Arts Society.