GLAAD, BiNet USA kick off #BiWeek to celebrate bisexuality+

Today, #BiWeek (Bisexual+ Awareness Week) launches for the fourth year in a row to accelerate acceptance for the bisexual+ (bi, pansexual, fluid, queer, unlabeled, etc.) community. #BiWeek, the annual viral digital campaign, runs from Sunday, September 17 through Sunday, September 24, and is presented by GLAAD and BiNet USA, America’s oldest advocacy organization for bi+ people.

You can learn more about how to get involved at glaad.org/biweek.

GLAAD and BiNet USA were among the co-founders of #BiWeek in 2014 to draw attention to the bi+ community’s experiences and challenges, including erasure. This year, with the theme, “Past, Present, and Future,” #BiWeek will highlight the community’s strong contributions throughout history, current and up and coming bi+ advocates, and what the future holds for the largest subset of the LGBTQ community.

For the first time since the campaign began, #BiWeek will not include a White House event dedicated to the bisexual+ community. You can check out pictures from and read about the groundbreaking 2015 and 2016 events.

#BiWeek will include a Twitter chat, moderated by the Victory Institute and GLAAD, on Thursday, September 21 at 2 P.M. ET/11 A.M. PT with bi+ history-making politicians, including Governor Kate Brown (OR), Representative JoCasta Zamarripa (WI), and Representative Mary Gonzalez (TX). The chat will focus on the current political climate and its implications for the bi+ community, the importance of bi+ people running for office, and their own experiences as being bisexual+ in American politics.

Gov. Brown is the nation’s first openly bisexual governor, Rep. Zamarripa is the first Latina woman elected to Wisconsin’s legislature, and Rep. Gonzalez is the first openly pansexual elected official in the country. You can submit your own questions to these game-changing women during the chat using #BiWeek on Twitter.

Additionally, GLAAD will debut a video with some of your favorite bi+ celebrities offering heartfelt messages of support to bi+ youth, a photographic spotlight on bisexual people over the age of 50, a collaborative video with Planned Parenthood and BiNet USA, sharable graphics for bisexual+ people and their allies, guest posts from leading bi+ advocates, profiles of notable bi+ change-makers, and much more. Follow GLAAD on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and check GLAAD’s blog for daily updates on #BiWeek.

"BiNet USA is excited to partner with GLAAD for #BiWeek. By working together, we have created great change for our community,” said Lynnette McFadzen, President of BiNet USA. “We anticipate making further strides in improving our community’s issues and concerns."

“At a time when bi+ people are often erased from entertainment media, news, and even LGBTQ advocacy, Bisexual+ Awareness Week is a crucial initiative that brings much-need awareness to bi+ people and issues,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President and CEO. “GLAAD is proud to have co-founded #BiWeek and to continue to give platforms to stories of bi+ people that accelerate acceptance.”

“Once again, #BiWeek provides a rare opportunity for bisexual+ people to see the community represented and respected in a national conversation,” said Alexandra Bolles, GLAAD’s Associate Director of Campaigns and co-founder of the campaign. “In a time when bisexual+ people are often erased or excluded, #BiWeek helps amplify diverse experiences fairly and accurately to a broad audience.”

To join in the #BiWeek celebration, show your support on social media all week long using #BiWeek and visit glaad.org/biweek for more ways to take action. To learn more about fairly and accurately covering the bisexual+ community in the media, check out GLAAD’s In Focus: Reporting on the Bisexual Community.


How will you be celebrating bisexuality+ this #BiWeek? Tell @GLAAD on Twitter using the hashtag!

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