Despite comprising a large portion of the LGBT community as a whole, bisexual people face disproportionately high rates of physical and mental illness, and are more likely to experience sexual and intimate partner violence than gay, lesbian, or non-LGBT people. In partnership with leading bi advocacy groups, GLAAD is shaping the cultural narrative in order to accelerate acceptance for the bi+ community.
This year, GLAAD and BiNet USA will once again participate in #BiWeek, a week-long national campaign from September 20-26 that draws attention to the stories, challenges, and public policy concerns facing bisexual, pansexual, fluid, and queer people.
On Spirit Day, it's important to remember that anti-LGBT bullying is an issue that strongly impacts young people who are bisexual. Indeed, leading bi advocates and organizations have gone purple to stand up for LGBT youth everywhere.
Though GLAAD reported on the role of bi community leaders on the historic day, bi advocates noted that most coverage from other outlets, including the Washington Post and the LA Times, referred to the executive order as an act for gay and transgender Americans, which is great, but unfortunately failed to recognize the "b" folks as well.
The legislation itself was not the only part of the day to make history; the guest list broke ground, too.
Celebrate Bisexuality Day is still three months away, but GLAAD and noted bi community advocates Faith Cheltenham (BiNet USA), Paul Nocera (BiRequest), and Dr. Herukhuti (Center for Culture, Sexuality, and Spirituality) are too jazzed to wait that long.
For the first time, a meeting of leaders from local, regional and national bisexual organizations convened at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's 25th annual LGBT conference, Creating Change.