LGBT activists around the world today took part in an annual celebration of bisexuality. “Bi Visibility Day”, which is sometimes also called “Celebrate Bisexuality Day”, has taken place since 1999 and encourages bisexual people to display pride in their identity and raise awareness of bisexual issues.
In the UK, events took place in Brighton, Manchester, Sheffield, Southampton, London, and Swansea to mark the occasion. Leading trade union UNISON also took the opportunity to issue a fact sheet about bi issues, identifying discrimination against bisexual workers as “clearly a trade union issue” and talking about its efforts to “tackle biphobic prejudice”.
The UK’s Minister for Women and Equalities, Jo Swinson MP, said she “welcomed” the celebration and that it “helps to raise awareness of the issues that bisexual people can face and provides an opportunity to celebrate diversity and focus on the B in LGB&T”.
Events also took place in Ireland, France, and Australia. The US hosted the greatest number of events, to little surprise: it is in the US that three bisexual rights activists – Wendy Curry, Michael Page, and Gigi Raven Wilbur – first declared 23 September as Bi Visibility Day. Page is also known for designing the now infamous rose, lavender, and blue bisexual pride flag.
Some additional events are slated to take part later in the week. More information about them and Bi Visibility Day in general can be found on the event’s official website.