Bisexual Pride Day 2021 - All You Need To Know
The 23rd of September every year is Bisexual Pride Day, also known as Celebrate Bisexuality Day, or Bi Visibility day. The week that Bisexual Pride Day falls in is also Bisexual+ Awareness Week. In this post, we’ll answer some common questions and give some ideas of how you can celebrate bisexuality!
What is bisexuality?
Bisexuality is the romantic and/or sexual attraction to people of two or more genders. This doesn’t mean bisexuals are attracted to everyone (or that they’re likely to cheat or sleep around or any other biphobic misconceptions.) Instead, it’s more about the potential for attraction.
There are several orientations that might be considered to fall under the ‘bisexual umbrella’ such as pansexuality, polysexuality, omnisexual, or queer. There aren’t strict definitions for the labels—it’s up to the individuals which they prefer.
What is Bisexual Pride Day?
Bisexual Pride Day is a day to celebrate bisexuality and raise awareness of bisexual issues. You might see the day also called Bisexuality+ Day by various organisations in order to recognise other orientations under the bisexual umbrella.
Previous years have seen radio shows, picnics, parties, educational talks, protests, and meetings with legislators. Like many pride days, there’s no central body organising the international event. Instead, local groups are encouraged to plan their own and focus on the things that are most important to them.
When is Bisexual Pride Day?
Bisexual Pride Day is every 23rd September, with the 7 days surrounding it Bisexual Visibility Week. September was chosen because that’s when bisexual icon Freddie Mercury’s birthday is. The 23rd was chosen because it was one of the organisers Gigi Raven Wilbur’s birthday and it fell on a weekend in 1999, the year it started.
Why is there a Bisexual Pride Day?
The 3 original organisers, Wendy Curry, Michael Page, and Gigi Raven Wilbur, felt that a Bisexual Pride Day was needed because, although after the Stonewall Rebellion, gay and lesbian visibility had grown, bisexuals were still invisible in many ways in both queer and cishet spaces. A same sex couple is usually assumed to be gay, while a mixed-sex couple is usually assumed to be straight. Bisexual celebrities such as Freddie Mercury and Billie Joe Armstrong often have their bisexuality ignored.
An event to celebrate bisexuality helps raises awareness and visibility in a fun way, but can also be used to start important conversations. For example, in 2013 the White House had a meeting with 30 bisexual activists from across America to discuss issues that were important to the bisexual community specifically.
Didn’t we already have a Pansexual Pride Day?
Although Pansexuality and Bisexuality have a lot of overlap, the difference is important to many people and so in 2015 Pan Visibility Day was begun to have a specific time to celebrate pansexuality separately.
How can I celebrate bisexual pride day?
But if you fancy something a bit more lowkey, you could read a book by a bisexual author, listen to your favourite bisexual musician, or watch a film with your favourite bisexual character.