It’s after 12:00 am in Austin, TX (where I live) which means it’s officially September 23rd, which means it’s #celebratebisexualityday
Unbeknownst to many around 50% of LGBTQ Americans also identify as bisexual (According to the Williams Institute along with the HRC Foundation) and I am among those in that very demographic.
Bisexuality to me is a capacity to be attracted to both men and women in equal measure both sexually and romantically. But that is far from the only definition for bisexuals. We can be romantically and sexually attracted to men but only sexually attracted to women, or only romantically attracted to women but sexually attracted to men. Truly there are so many different ways bisexual individuals can identify and that doesn’t mean they’re “wrong” or “incomplete” bisexuals.
Some people still think individuals who identify as bisexual “don’t really exist” and are still figuring out “what team they’re playing for”, or that “they’re just going through a phase” - and while this isn’t to discredit anyone identifying as sexually fluid - so many of us are very happy, comfortable, and proud of being bisexual. Whatever that may mean to us.
There is a great deal of bisexual erasure even in the LGBTQ+ community so Celebrate Bisexual Day is a day that I find important for several reasons. Bisexuals aren’t the only LGBTQ+ members that struggle with erasure and visibility, others among our community that do include: asexuals, pansexuals, demisexuals, trans individuals, genderqueer individuals, intersex individuals, queer-identifying minorities. The list goes on!
Also, anyone can celebrate on Celebrate Bisexuality Day. Bisexual, queer, straight, ally, questioning... it’s all good!
Ask questions! Start a dialogue! Get into your queer communities! Let’s end not only bisexual erasure, but all queer erasure!
To bisexuals and and allies alike:
HAPPPY CELEBRATE BISEXUALITY DAY!
#bipride #lgbtqpride #queerpride