To Kick Off Bisexual Awareness Week, Freedom for All Americans and BiNet USA Partner on #BiStories Project

By Adam Polaski • September 18, 2016 • 8:46 pm

This week, September 19 through 26, marks Bisexual Awareness Week a time to celebrate and acknowledge the unique contributions and experiences of bisexual, pansexual, fluid, and queer (bi+) people across the world. The week includes the 18th annual international Celebrate Bisexuality Day on Friday, September 23, and it’s all devoted to sharing the stories of bi+ people and their experiences, dispelling stereotypes or misunderstandings in the media about what bisexuality is, and celebrating the history and resilience of the bi+ community.

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Freedom for All Americans is proud to be a leading partner for Bisexual Awareness Week – and in addition, we’re thrilled to be partnering with BiNet USA, the nation’s most prominent advocacy group dedicated to the bi+ community, on the #BiStories Project.

The #BiStories Project focuses on the personal narratives and experiences of bi+ people, their families, and their loved ones. The stories will be collected as part of a program aimed at raising awareness of the discrimination bi+ people face, as well as showcasing the journeys of those who love and support them. Every day this week we’ll be debuting one or more stories of bisexual or bi+ Americans calling for LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination protections. Click here to add your own voice to the #BiStories project.

The LGBT community includes so many people – and millions of them are bisexual. That’s why as an LGBT movement, this week is the perfect opportunity to come together in specific support of bisexual people. Bisexuals, in fact, comprise the majority of LGB people in America according to the Williams Institute – yet their unique experiences are often dismissed or ignored in law, public policy, and culture.

Being bisexual means someone has in themselves the potential to be attracted romantically, physically, or mentally, to people of more than one sex and/or gender – not necessarily at the same time, not necessarily in the same way, and not necessarily to the same degree, according to the definition of bisexual popularized by gender and sexuality expert Robyn Ochs. Bisexual equality and visibility is important in order to ensure a world where we respect people no matter who they love or could love.

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Like lesbian, gay, and non bi+ identifying transgender people, many bisexuals feel an important pride in their bisexual identity. Bisexuality is a significant part of their lives and inner sense of self, one that does not disappear or depend on any factor other than a bi person’s own capacity to love.

All week on social media we’ll be using the hashtag #BiWeek on social media – and on Friday, September 23, Celebrate Bisexuality Day, Freedom for All Americans will be a part of  a great panel event on Capitol Hill. To find local events to cover or attend in your area, visit www.bivisibilityday.com


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