Unfortunately I had to come back to Houston before the White House Bisexual Policy Briefing happened on Monday. but if you weren’t aware of it. this is the second annual Bisexual Awareness Week.
It started on Sunday and #biweek is running through September 26. Bisexual Awareness Week is a series of events around the country and online designed for the bi community and its allies to get to know the ‘B’ in LGBTQ better and realize there is a reason it’s in the alphabet soup designation that covers our entire community.
“Despite comprising more than half of the lesbian, gay, and bisexual population, bisexual people are only about one third as likely to be out to their close friends and family,” said Heron Greenesmith, LGBT Movement and Policy Analyst at the Movement Advancement Project. “As shown in our new infographic, two-thirds of bisexual people report hearing negative comments at work and bisexual people are more likely to report negative health outcomes.”
And FYI, some bi peeps are proud Black folks, too.
It’s a natural outgrowth of Celebrate Bisexuality Day, that is celebrated annually on September 23 and was created in 1999 by activists Gigi Raven Wilbur, Wendy Curry and Michael Page as a way to combat the invisibility our bisexual brothers and sisters have to grapple with.
On September 23, 2013 the first ever White House bisexuality issues roundtable was held, and the 2015 roundtable as I mentioned earlier, took place on Monday.
Said BiNet USA president Faith Cheltenham, “In a world increasingly acknowledging the complexity of human sexuality, including bisexuality and sexual fluidity, BiNet USA is thrilled to support a national conversation that accelerates the cultural acceptance of our community,” said Faith Cheltenham, President of BiNet USA. “This year’s awareness week has garnered unprecedented support from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organizations who are committed to amplifying the voices of bisexual people, who are often rendered invisible in the media and public spheres.”
Happy Bisexual Awareness Week! Here’s hoping that it is one which continues to grow, does its job in ending bisexual media invisibility, educates us about the bisexual community and contributes mightily to the reduction and eventual elimination of the issues that bi people face.