Bi Visibility Day, also known as International Celebrate Bisexuality Day, is an annual event that aims to raise awareness and celebrate the unique experiences of bisexual individuals. The day seeks to promote understanding, dispel myths, and combat biphobia and discrimination faced by bisexual people. This observance also provides an opportunity for the wider LGBTQ+ community and its allies to express solidarity and support for bisexual individuals.
Bi Visibility Day was established in 1999 by Wendy Curry, Michael Page, and Gigi Raven Wilbur, three American bisexual rights activists. In the United Kingdom, the day is particularly significant since research suggests that bisexual people often face distinctive challenges compared to their lesbian and gay counterparts. According to Stonewall UK, a leading LGBTQ+ rights charity, bisexual people are more likely to experience anxiety, depression, self-harm, and suicidal thoughts than gay and lesbian individuals due to a lack of visibility and support, resulting in isolation.
In the United Kingdom, various events and activities are organised to observe Bi Visibility Day. These include panel discussions, workshops, film screenings, and social gatherings that create safe spaces for bisexual persons to connect and share their experiences. Additionally, LGBTQ+ organisations, allies, and media platforms utilise this day to raise awareness on biphobia and the issues faced by the bisexual community through social media campaigns and educational resources. Bi Visibility Day is celebrated worldwide on September 23rd, making a conscious effort to include and empower the bisexual community in the United Kingdom and across the globe.
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