Celebrate Bi Visibility Day On September 23

It’s fairly well known that bisexual people often find themselves on the receiving end of biphobia, and unfortunately it can come from within the LBGT community as well as outside of it.

That’s why Bi Visibility Day is very important, as not only does it show support for bisexual people, it also raises awareness in numerous ways and there are also various events for people to attend.

In a press release, Stonewall chief executive Ruth Hunt had this to say: “We know that bi people suffer from dual prejudice – both from within the LGBT community and outside of it. Bi Visibility Day should not be used as one day to address a call to action. It should serve as a reminder that we must all tackle bi erasure, bi invisibility and biphobia whenever we witness it.”

Biphobia is also, unfortunately, prevalent in the workplace and as Ruth points out in her press release “in the workplace alone, we know that bi people are significantly less likely to feel comfortable being out to their colleagues when compared to lesbian and gay employees.”.

The aim of Bi Visibility Day isn’t just to have a single one off day, but to take steps to educate and raise awareness about the issues bisexual people face. Stonewall themselves are going to be continuing to “platform bi role models”, and are even looking for people to share their stories.

If you’re interested in finding out more, you can find their website here, and a full list of events in the UK and US below, with all international ones here. You can also support them on Twitter, by taking part in the “Big Bi Tweet”, which you can find out about here

United Kingdom

11 September: Bristol.  Bi clubbing.  More here.
18 September: Manchester screening of the film Acceptable Behaviour & after-film talk. More here.
19 September: Leeds – Running for visibility in purple in the park. More info here.
20 September: Gaydio breakfast show talks Bi Visibility. More here.
20 September: Manchester coffee meet. Details here.
20 September: London: Queer Alternative bi meetup in Camden. Details here.
21 September: Manchester: Fly the bi flag in the gay village. Details here.
23 September: Bolton. Library display. More info here.
23 September: Bournemouth. Bi Visibility flashmob, 10.30am. Details here.
23 September: Brighton. Coffee meet from 5pm, details here. Pub meet from 7pm, details here.
23 September: Bristol bi chat at a bookshop. Details here.
23 September: Derby evening of films, cake and more.  Details here.
23 September: Grimsby bi talk – more here
23 September: Leeds Bi Student Stall. More here.
23 September: Leeds Central Library bi exhibition. More here.
23 September: Leeds early evening workshop/training on bisexual visibility in the workplace. More here.
23 September: Manchester BiPhoria outreach stall. More here.
23 September: Manchester Bi park afternoon picnic. More soon.
23 September: Manchester University flies the bi flag. More here.
23 September: Nottingham Robin Hood and the bi colours photo. Details here.
23 September: Nottingham Bi chat. Info here.
23 September: Swansea. University info stall. Details here.
23 September: Swansea. Films & more as the Unity Centre becomes the Bi Centre for the day & evening. More here.
23 September: Winchester. Talk at university. Details here.
24 September: London social at the O Bar. Details here.
25 September: Edinburgh. Bi film night. Details here.
25 September: London. Bi women & lesbians – panel discussion at Goldsmiths college. Details here.
26 September: Salford. Bi Coffee morning at the Imperial War Museum. Details here.
26 September: Manchester – BiPhoria bi picnic, wide game and bi history project filming, details tbc.
Tuesday 8th to Wednesday 30th September: Bradford bi exhibition. Details here.

USA

22 September: Washington DC -HRC, AmBi and the Mayor’s office team up. Details here.
23 September: Carlisle, PA.  Student info stall. More here.
23 September: Chicago, Illinois. Panel discussion at Center on Halstead. More here.
23 September: Denver, Colorado: Eliel Cruz guest speaker. Details here.
23 September: Fairborn, Ohio. University campus stall. Info here.
23 September: Kennesaw, Georgia. University campus “Stand Bi Me” event. More here.
23 September: Lafayette, Indiana.  Pub meetup. Details here.
23 September: Los Angeles, California.  LA Bi Arts Festival. Lots more info here.
23 September: Minneapolis/St Paul – BOP’s annual Community Recognition Awards and much more. Details here.
23 September: Montclair State University, New Jersey – bi tie-dye & free t-shirts. Details here.
23 September: New York – Open mic night. Details here.
23 September: Philadelphia – Flying the flag and much more. Info here.
23 September: San Francisco – music, burlesque & more. Details here
23 September: Salt Lake City – party & open mic. More here.
24 September: Birmingham, Alabama – mingle & discussion spaces. More here.
25 September: Chicago, Illinois. Play, burlesque & much more. More info here.
25 September: Columbus, Ohio.  Burlesque, spoken word & more. Details here.
26 September: New York – My Brother’s A Keeper stage performance. Details here.
28 September: Salt Lake City – film screening. More here.
All week: Atlanta bookstore bi writers and characters celebration. Details here.

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