LGF asked me for a news writeup of Bi Visibility Day. Lots of what it promoted were events in the days before the 23rd, so it was frustrating that it only went live on the 23rd, but maybe that'll remind me to have all the things ready a month early next time! Here's what it ended up saying when it went live on their website here.
Monday 23rd September is the 15th Bi Visibility Day, with bisexuals
and allies organising events around the world and awareness-raising
"In the 90s when most lesbian and gay organisations moved from ‘LG’ to
‘LGBT’, there was an awareness that trans - being about gender rather
than sexuality - was a new area of work. Often there was less work to
address bisexuality as distinct from homosexuality." says Jen Yockney,
chair of BiPhoria – the UK’s longest-running bisexual social &
support group. "But last year's Bisexuality Report helped crystallise how and why it is different for
bis for campaigners and policy-makers"
Two key challenges for bis are biphobia and invisibility, and September
23rd gives an opportunity to challenge the one through breaking down
the other. Biphobia is a complex issue, says Jen: "It comes in many
flavours - that which is analagous to homophobia and heterophobia, with
added suggestion of deception and indecisiveness. But there is also
biphobia from how organisations and society is structured, that silences
and erases bi experience. And the internalised biphobia that makes us
not want to own the ‘b word’ as a label, due to the negative
connotations ofbisexuality that we have absorbed from the culture around
Biphobia takes its toll: research shows bis are significantly less
likely to feel they can be ‘out’ at work than lesbians and gay men, and
facehigher incidence of mental health issues too, perhaps linked to the
pressure to be ‘one thing or the other’.
Bi meetups and events like BiPhoria, BiCon and Birmingham’s upcoming BiFest give a rare breathing space from that pressure.
In Manchester there is a celebrate bisexuality event organised by
BiPhoria at The LGF on Sunday 22nd from 2pm-5pm and a bi quiz downstairs
at Taurus from 6pm.
On Monday 23rd the Co-Op have a grand reception in the evening at their
national HQ, with speakers from Bi Community News magazine, the BiUK
research group, and LGF.
Meanwhile LGF has a film screening on Wednesday 25th.
You can find all those events and find out more about Bi Visibility Day at september23.bi.org and about BiPhoria at www.biphoria.org.uk