Today as I am writing this post it’s bi visibility day which is an internationally recognised day. This day has been marked since 1999 and it is so important in overcoming problems that bisexual people have such as bisexual erasure as well as the myths and stigmas surrounding bisexuality as a whole.
Before I get into this post I thought it would be good to begin with a definition of what bisexual erasure actually is as I don’t expect everybody reading this post to know exactly. By definition bi erasure is ‘the tendency to ignore, remove, falsify, or reexplain evidence of bisexuality in history, academia, the news media, and other primary sources. In its most extreme form, bisexual erasure can include the denial that bisexuality exists.’ (Source: Wikipedia).
Bisexual erasure is awful and we don’t just get shit from the straight community, but it can also come from the lgbtq+ community too. In a sense it can sometimes feel like you’re in limbo – you don’t belong totally to the straight community but at the same time not everyone in the lgbtq+ community are accepting either. I’m so grateful that I’ve only come in to contact with people from the lgbtq+ community that are accepting, but I know this won’t always be the case because not everyone is as accepting, which is such a shame may I add.
Bisexual erasure might also occur for us because we apparently upholding the gender binary and this article explains this well, I definitely recommend that you give the article a quick read if anything.
One thing that I would like to mention here is that not all bisexuals define themselves as liking their own sex and the opposite sex. Alayna Fender on YouTube described her bisexuality in one of her videos as being attracted to her own gender and other genders plural, therefore there are still two categories without being as restrictive in its definition. If I find the link to the exact youtube video then I will make sure I link it here, but it was definitely when she was collabing with another person.
When I heard her describe her bisexuality in this way it sat with me well to say the least. Through watching that video I had found the perfect way to define my bisexuality that in a way that I hadn’t thought of before until then. I know I’ve gone a little off topic to my title but I hope you don’t mind. Now let’s get a little back on track.
Why is bisexual visibility day so important? That’s the main question here. It’s so important in order to overcome problems such as bisexual erasure which tries to ignore bisexuality and it’s existence as a real sexuality. Its important to dispel the myths and stigmas around bisexuality and to make people aware and more educated.
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