#BiWeek 2020 | Celebrate Bisexuality DayBy Angela Dallara • September 23, 2020 • 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, and in the current pandemic, we’ve been more likely to lose our jobs. We also suffer more from chronic health problems like obesity, alcoholism, and mood disorders, because of a lack of access to medical care.
The Supreme Court’s recent decision barring anti-LGBTQ employment discrimination will help end some of these disparities. But we still need Congress to finish the job and protect us in public places like restaurants, shops, and everywhere we need to go to live our lives.
Bi stories and all LGBTQ stories, especially stories of discrimination, can help raise awareness about the need for nationwide nondiscrimination protections.
There’s also room on the survey for you to volunteer with us, including by sharing your story—which I’d especially love to see from fellow members of the bi+ community.
VP of External Communications