Tuesday, 23 September 2014 00:00

Celebrate Bisexuality Day

Today, 23 September, is an international day for the bisexual community, their friends and supporters. 

Celebrate Bisexuality Day was first observed in 1999 during the meeting of the International Lesbian and Gay Association. It was formed by United States bisexual rights activists Wendy Curry, Michael Page, and Gigi Raven Wilbur. The date was chosen after the famous bisexual musician Freddy Mercury, whose birthday falls in September.

Bisexuality is the capacity for emotional, romantic, and physical attraction to more than one sex or gender. It is known to many as the ‘invisible majority’. According to several studies in the United States, self-identified bisexuals make up the largest single population within the LGBT community. In each study, more women identified as bisexual than lesbian.

A recent report: Bisexual Invisibility: Impacts and Recommendations published by the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, found that many people who identify as bisexual are ignored, discriminated against and demonised by heterosexual, lesbian and gay communities.

The sexual orientation has been branded invalid, immoral, or irrelevant, presenting serious consequences on the health and wellbeing of bisexuals and funding for bi organizations and programs.

Celebrate Bisexuality Day aims highlight these issues, recognize and celebrate bisexuality, bisexual history, bisexual community and culture, and all the bisexual people in their lives.

Learn more about bisexual identity and local supporting organisations through the links below.


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