#BiWeek 2021 | Celebrate Bisexuality DayBy Angela Dallara • September 21, 2021 • 10:50 am
We know there’s a lot going on in the country right now, but we’re not slowing our fight to win nationwide LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections. Visibility of LGBTQ people is an important part of that fight. That’s why we hope you’ll take a minute to read this message from our VP of External Communications, Angela Dallara, about Celebrate Bisexuality Day.
Today is Celebrate Bisexuality Day. It comes at the end of Bisexual Awareness Week, seven days for celebrating bisexual history, the bisexual community, and all the bisexual, pansexual, and non-monosexual people in our lives.
I wanted to speak out today because I’m bisexual—and the visibility of bisexual people is critical to winning nationwide LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections.
Visibility is uniquely hard for us. We’re often assumed to be gay or straight, unless we say otherwise. When we do say we’re bisexual, even people in the LGTQ community can respond with ugly stereotypes: that we’re “confused,” “denying the inevitable,” or don’t face any discrimination. All of this adds up to bi erasure.
That’s not good for our movement, because bisexual people do face discrimination.
Bisexuals earn less than our gay and lesbian peers. We also suffer more from chronic health problems like obesity, alcoholism, and mood disorders, because of a lack of access to medical care. And compared to our gay counterparts, bisexual people are less likely to be out to our doctors because of the fear of rejection or discrimination.
The U.S. Senate has a historic opportunity to end some of these disparities and fully and explicitly protect bisexual+ people – and all queer people – under federal law by passing the Equality Act. The Equality Act would update our nation’s civil rights laws to prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people in virtually every area of life.
I’m lucky to live in New York, where my city and state laws protect LGBTQ people. But it’s not enough. I want all LGBTQ people – especially members of the bi+ community – to feel safe and protected wherever they call home and anywhere they may travel. That’s why we need the Equality Act.
Will you join me in showing support for the bisexual+ community today by doing your part to help advance the Equality Act?
VP of External Communications