What is Bi Visibility Day?
Bi Visibility Day is a day to recognise the bisexual community and celebrate bi sexual people globally.
When is Bi Visibility Day?
Bi Visibility Day 2022 takes place on Friday 23rd September.
One of the day’s founders stated:
“We were sitting around at one of the annual bi conventions, venting and someone – I think it was Gigi – said we should have a party. We all loved the great bisexual, Freddie Mercury. His birthday was in September, so why not Sept? We wanted a weekend day to ensure the most people would do something. Gigi’s birthday was Sept 23rd. It fell on a weekend day, so, poof! We had a day.”
Why is there a Bi Visibility Day?
The bisexual community is frequently referred to as the “forgotten” part of the LGBTQ+ community, and they face a number of negative stereotypes and expectations.
Bisexual Visibility Day is an opportunity to celebrate bisexuals, learn about biromantic erasure, and discover the difficulties that many members of the bisexual community face.
The history of Bi Visibility Day
Bi Visibility Day began (and is still sometimes referred to) as “International Celebrate Bisexuality Day.”
Bi Visibility Day is also known in some places as:
- Bisexual Day
- International Bisexual Day
- Bi Pride Day
- Bi Day
- National Bisexual Day
Wendy Curry, Michael Page, and Gigi Raven Wilbur, three bi activists from the United States, founded the day in 1999. Michael Page is well-known in the bisexual community for designing the bisexual flag.
Jen Yockney started the day in the UK and coined it Bi Visibility Day, which has since spread worldwide.
The importance of Bi Visibility Day
It is important to recognise and celebrate Bi Visibility Day for a variety of reasons. Take a look at some of the reasons why the day is significant below:
It helps tackle biphobia
It is an opportunity to combat biphobia by learning more about the community and celebrating their existence.
Many people may be confused about what bisexuality is, but the day is an opportunity to raise awareness and share knowledge.
It gives visibility to the bisexual community
As we’ve mentioned before, the bisexual community is frequently forgotten and feels invisible or excluded from the larger LGBTQ+ community.
This day provides visibility to the bisexual community, raises bisexual awareness and allows them to celebrate who they are with others.
Opportunity for people to learn about bisexuality
Some people may be unaware of what it means to be bisexual. The day provides an opportunity for others to learn about and understand the community.
Call for change
The day is a call for change in the way many members of the bisexual community are treated. Some people feel they don’t fit in with any community because they are bisexual, which should not be the case. It’s an opportunity for everyone to speak up, share their stories, and encourage acceptance.
How to celebrate Bisexuality Day
Don’t worry if you’re stuck for ideas for Bi Visibility Day; we’re here to help.
Here are a few ideas to get your Bi Visibility Day celebrations started in the workplace:
Provide training on bisexuality and the community’s history. This is an opportunity for others to learn about bisexuality’s history, which is rarely discussed.
Attending Bi Visibility Day events, whether at work or on your own time, is a great idea. Consider participating in a flag raising or march. There are numerous events to attend, whether you are a member of the bisexual community or an ally.
Consider bisexual history
Bisexual history is an extremely important aspect of the day that should be taken into account. Consider the history of the bisexual community and how they got to where they are today. It is critical to look back in time to see how the past shaped the present.
Discuss the importance of allyship
Support for all is vital, and by discussing allyship and the numerous benefits it provides, you are equipping people with the knowledge to help many communities.
Offer the chance to share experiences
Provide your bisexual coworkers with a platform and the option to share their experiences if they feel comfortable. By learning more directly about how bisexuals feel in the workplace and what support is available, you can plan actions and strategies to help them.