Today, September 23rd, is the 18th annual Bisexuality Visibility Day, which hopes to raise aware for those who are the B in LGBT. Some people call this day Bi Pride Day or even International Celebrate Bisexuality Day, and it allows people who are or support bisexuals to celebrate this occasion by speaking about the importance of acknowledging and accepting bisexuality.
Kate Harrad, bisexual author of Purple Prose: Bisexuality in Britain, said Bisexuality Visibility Day “started in America about 17 years ago, but it now takes place around the world. It was created by activists who were sitting around trying to work out some way of increasing the profile of bisexuality. They chose the 23rd of September because it was one of their birthdays. It’s also the month of Freddie Mercury’s birthday, who’s one of the most famous bisexual people.”
Bisexuals often feel like they are not understood not just by heterosexuals but by the rest of the LGBT community as well. Biphobia is quite common even in the gay community. In fact, bisexuals often have worse mental health and more instances of domestic violence then their gay and lesbian friends.
Harrad says “Biphobia is not homophobia. We share a lot of the same issues, but we can get rejected by lesbian and gay communities. I’ve heard so many bisexual people talking about how they come out to gay and lesbian friends, and the response has been that they can’t hang out any more. I’ve also heard stories of bisexual people calling up gay switchboards and they’ve been told ‘you’re going through a phase’. To get rejected from somewhere you were hoping to find acceptance is particularly worse in some ways. You’ll get rejected from a lot of the straight communities, but at least you’re prepared for it.”
To commemorate Bisexuality Visibility day, many local events are held such as poetry readings, discussion groups, panels, and various other events. You can learn more about the day and what is happening around you here.