September 23rd marks Bisexual Visibility day, a day for recognising and celebrating the B in LGBTQIA!
Bisexual identity is often misunderstood, misrepresented or erased all together, so we’re bringing you a very quick Bisexuality FAQ!
Q: What does bisexual even mean?
A: Bisexual means a person attracted to people of more than one gender. Usually that’s defined as being attracted to people of their own gender and other genders, but there are many many ways to experience bisexuality or to fit under the bi umbrella:
Q: Are bisexual people split 50/50 in their attractions? Half the time they’re attracted to people of their own gender and half the time to other genders?
A: Not necessarily! Bisexual people might experience an even split in the kinds of people they’re attracted to or they might not. Even if it’s 20/80, if someone experiences attraction to multiple genders, they’re still 100% valid and right to call themselves bisexual (if they choose to!)
Q: Doesn’t bisexuality exclude trans / non-binary people?
A: No! The ‘bi’ in bisexual doesn’t stand for ‘binary’ – there are bisexual people of all genders & who are attracted to people of all genders.
Q: Is biphobia really a problem?
A: It is. Biphobia is prejudice, fear, or hatred directed toward bisexual people. It can include making jokes or comments based on myths and stereotypes that seek to undermind the legitimacy of bisexual identity, like “bisexuality is a phase” or “bi people are greedy.” Because of biphobia and bi erasure, bisexual people suffer significantly higher rates of depression and anxiety, domestic violence, sexual assault, and poverty than many other people.
Q: Where can I learn more about bisexuality and bi people?
A: Glad you asked! There are so many great resources out there, but here a just a few…
- The Bisexuality Report is an amazing resource on bi exclusion/inclusion
- The Bisexual index has tons of info on the Bi community in the UK
- Galop has plenty of advice on how to spot and combat biphobia!