To Celebrate Bisexual Awareness Week, We’re Lifting Up The Stories of Bi+ Americans With Our #BiStories ProjectBy Megan Clayton • September 18, 2017 • 11:05 am
Yesterday marked the start of Bisexual Awareness Week (Sept. 17–23)—a time to celebrate the unique contributions and experiences of bisexual, pansexual, fluid, and queer (bi+) people around the globe.
The week will finish up with the 19th annual international Celebrate Bisexuality Day on Saturday, Sept. 23, a day specifically for recognizing bi+ history and bringing visibility to bi+ people and their experiences.
But first, to kick off this week of celebration, we’re highlighting the #BiStories Project, a collaboration between Freedom for All Americans and BiNet USA, the nation’s most prominent advocacy group dedicated to the bi+ community.
The purpose of the #BiStories Project is to lift up the experiences of bi+ people and their families, including experiences that make the case for LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination protections—like the story of Gregory Ward, who, as a construction worker in Phoenix, Arizona, has confronted discrimination on the job more than once because of his bisexuality.
We’re also recognizing high-profile bisexual people like singer-songwriter Halsey—who has made her bisexual identity a constant theme of her work—and Grey’s Anatomy star Sara Ramirez, who came out last year at the 40 to None Summit while delivering a powerful speech about LGBTQ youth homelessness.
According to the Williams Institute, a majority of the LGB community identifies bisexual, yet their unique experiences are often dismissed or ignored in law, public policy, and culture. For #BiWeek, we’re making the point that bisexual visibility is critically important to the LGBTQ community if we want to ensure people are respected and treated equally no matter who they are or who they love.
That’s why each day this week we’ll share more stories of bi+ Americans who are raising their voices for LGBTQ-inclusive non-discrimination protections. Click here to add your own story to the #BiStories project.
We’ll also be using the hashtag #BiWeek to highlight people and events that are bringing visibility to the bi+ community. To find local events to cover or attend in your area, visit www.bivisibilityday.com.