23rd September is Bi Visibility Day, a time for bisexual people and our allies to stand up and celebrate an identity often erased and invisible in both straight and LGBT circles.
Bisexual means a person attracted to people of more than one gender. It’s also used as an umbrella term for all polysexual identities:
Tips on How to be a Bi Ally
- say or imply that bisexuality isn’t real, doesn’t exist, or is a just phase
- say or imply that bisexuals are greedy, promiscuous, confused, indecisive, attention-seeking straight people or closeted gay people
- ask us to ‘pick a team’
- assume that we no longer identify as bi because we are in a monogamous relationship with a person of a particular gender
- ask for ‘proof’ of our identity in our current dating behaviour or past experiences
- say or imply that monosexual (straight or gay) identities are more valid.
- respect people’s identities when they share them with you
- recognise that bisexuality is a spectrum, and includes a range of identities
- know that some us identify somewhere on the Kinsey Scale, and others find it outdated, binary and not reflective of our diverse identities
- call out biphobia whenever you encounter it
- inform yourself about the higher rates of depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicide among bisexual people and the higher rates of sexual violence and domestic abuse experienced by bisexual women
- read up on bisexual inclusion research
- take the Monosexual Privilege Checklist test
- make us a nice cup of tea.
To mark Bi Visibility Day, we’ve launched our Tackling Biphobia: A Guide for Safety Services factsheet today- check it out for information on how to approach biphobia and biphobic hate crime.