Shining a light on the ‘B’ in LGBTQ+
Thursday 23rd September, is Bisexual Visibility Day – a day to recognise and celebrate bisexual people, the bisexual community, and the history of bisexuality. It was first celebrated in 1999 and is a way to combat biphobia and bisexual erasure through celebration and awareness of people within the bisexual community.
What does bisexual mean?
Bisexual is one of the many ways that someone may define their sexuality and how they experience attraction towards other people. It can be defined as being attracted to your own gender and other genders or being attracted to more than one gender.
You may see terms such as ‘Bi+’ being used, which seeks to include people who use other terms such as pansexual (attraction regardless of gender) or queer (not straight). These are separate terms to bisexuality but are sometimes included when we discuss experiences of people who are attracted to more than one gender.
The Bisexual Pride Flag
First unveiled on 5 December 1998, the bisexual pride flag was designed by Michael Page to represent and increase visibility of bisexuals in the LGBTQ+ community and society as a whole. The top 40% of the flag is pink, the middle 20% is purple, and the bottom 40% is blue. The various colours represent attraction to multiple genders.
Some things to note
- Bisexuality is not a phase and people who identify as bisexual are not ‘confused’. It is simply how they experience attraction just like someone who is straight or gay.
- Being Bi+ doesn’t mean that someone is attracted to everyone all the time! It does not mean they are more promiscuous or more likely to cheat. Bi+ is the capacity to be attracted to someone regardless of their gender.
- Someone is bisexual regardless of who they are dating. Often Bi+ people are assumed to be straight or gay depending on who they are dating. A Bi woman dating a man is still bisexual.
- Bi+ people make up the largest part of the LGBTQ+ community yet they are largely invisible or erased (see point above!).
- Bisexual people are the largest cohort within KPMG’s LGBTQ+ employees according to a 2020 people survey.
- According to the 2021 Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) survey, bisexual men are the least likely to be out in the workplace. Read more here
TV Shows with Bi+ Characters
- Brooklyn 99
- Schitts Creek
- Sex Education
- Legends of Tomorrow
- Wynonna Earp
- Station 19
- Good Trouble
This Bisexual Visibility Day I encourage everyone to take a moment to appreciate the bi people you know, read up on the experiences of people within the Bi+ community and challenge your own perceptions about bisexuality.
And to all people who are bisexual – whether you are out or not – you are valid and valued members of our community, we see you and support you.