Since 1999, September 23 has been International Celebrate Bisexuality Day, also known as Bi Visibility Day. Even though studies show the “B” in LGBT is the largest component, bisexual people often feel ignored, and removed from the LGBT movement.
“Despite years of activism and the largest population within the LGBT community, the needs of bisexuals still go unaddressed and their very existence is still called into question. This erasure has serious consequences on bisexuals’ health, economic well-being, and funding for bi organizations and programs,” a 2011 San Francisco Human Rights Commission report states.
Often, the word “bisexual” shows up in an organization’s name or mission statement, but the group doesn’t offer programming that addresses the specific needs of bisexuals (see the chapter on organizations and programs serving bisexuals). Even when an organization is inclusive, the press and public officials often fall back on the “safety” of saying just “gay and lesbian.” There is even a growing trend of talking about the “gay, lesbian, and transgender” community or “lesbian, gay, and transgender” movement. But words matter. Invisibility matters.
Read the full report:
Image: Bisexual pride flag via Bi Visibility Day on Facebook
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