LGBTQ+ News and views
Bisexual Visibility Day- 23 September
Bisexual Visibility Day or Bi Day is on 23 September. It is celebrating the B in LGBTQIA+. The day is a culmination of BiWeek (16-23 September) that focuses on bisexual awareness and celebrates the achievements of bi people.
There are lots of misunderstandings, negative stereotypes, and prejudices about what it means to be bisexual, often leading to biphobia in society or at work. However, people who identify as bisexual exist, and are real and valid.
LGBTQ+ allies play a vital role in supporting the LGBTQ+ community. We can all play a role against biphobia. Advice on how to be an ally of the Bi community can be found here on the Bisexual Resource Centre and also on the Stonewall UK website page ‘Why Do We Need Bi Visibility Day?’
Knowledge and acceptance go hand in hand. Thankfully, there is more and more research being done about bisexual experience. You can check some of it at The Bisexual Research Group.
Recent research by Stonewall shows that bi people are less likely to be out than lesbian or gay people. They can also face double discrimination from both straight people and lesbian and gay people. You can find the Stonewall report ‘LGBT in Britain- Bi Report’ at the end of the article on their web site. This has implications on all sorts of areas of life. For employers, making all LGBTQ+ people feel included and welcome to be their true self will offer many benefits to their company.
So, whether you consider yourself straight or a member of the LGBTQ+ community, learn more about bi people to be able to support them better.
We celebrate bi people and offer our support always!
[Image ID: this is a photo of the Bi Pride flag, which is part of an installation by Guillaume Vandame of 30 flags from the LGBTQ+ community at Leadenhall Market in the City of London]