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When is Bisexual Visibility Day 2023 and what does it mean?

Bisexual Visibility Day is an annual event that takes place on September 23rd each year. The day is dedicated to celebrating bisexuality and raising awareness of the bisexual community. It is an opportunity to recognise the accomplishments and contributions of bisexual people and to make their visibility more visible.

Bisexual Visibility Day is a day to celebrate bisexual pride and to support those who are bi-identified or those who are still exploring their sexuality. It is also a day to recognise the discrimination that bisexual people still face in many areas of life, such as employment, education, housing, and health care. It is also a day to address persistent bisexual erasure that has been happening in many parts of society for many years. 

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The message of Bisexual Visibility Day is that no one should have to hide their true identity in order to be accepted. It is a day to celebrate bisexuality and to show that bisexuality is a valid and natural form of sexuality. By recognizing bisexual people and their contributions, we can create a world that is more accepting and understanding of bisexuality and all other forms of sexuality.

What does bisexual mean? 

A bisexual person is romantically, emotionally, and/or sexually attracted to people of the same gender, and people of different genders as themselves. Bisexuality is also commonly understood to mean having attraction to 2 or more genders. 

One doesn't need to have any sexual experience to identify as bisexual. Bisexuality is also separate from sexual promiscuity (having multiple sexual relationships), or polyamory (having multiple romantic or intimate relationships).

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Bisexuality is often misunderstood to mean attraction to only men and women. This misunderstanding is probably rooted in the fact that the prefix “bi” means 2, and the fact that many used to think that there are only 2 genders (man and woman). In reality, bisexuality does not exclude non-binary genders in its definition.

When is Bisexual Visibility Day 2023? 

Bisexual Visibility Day is celebrated annually on 23 September. 

In 2023, Bisexual Visibility Day will fall on Saturday, 23 September 2023. 

How did Bisexual Visibility Day first start off? 

Bisexual Visibility Day was first celebrated in 1999 as a way to recognise and celebrate bisexual people, bisexual history, and bisexual culture. The day was founded by three bisexual activists: Wendy Curry of Maine, Michael Page of Florida, and Gigi Raven Wilbur of Texas.

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The goal of Bisexual Visibility Day is to create a safe space for bisexual people to come together, share their experiences, and support one another. It is also a time to recognise the unique struggles that bisexual people have faced and continue to face.

Bisexual Visibility Day encourages people to recognise and celebrate bisexuality in all its forms. By coming together and celebrating bisexuality, the bisexual community is able to create an even stronger sense of visibility, acceptance, and understanding.

What is the significance of Bisexual Visibility Day?  

Bisexual Visibility Day is dedicated to recognising and celebrating bisexuality and the bisexual community, as well as raising awareness about issues facing bisexual people. This day is important because it brings visibility to bisexual people, who are often overlooked or erased from conversations about the LGBTQ+ community. 

Bisexual erasure is a form of discrimination and erasure of the bisexual community and its members. It is a form of invisibility and erasure of bisexual people in society and the media, as well as their stories, experiences, and identities.

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This erasure can take the form of jokes or the assumption that bisexual people are “just confused”, or that they are either gay or straight, depending on the partner they are with. It can also manifest in the form of a lack of representation of bisexual people in the media, or the erasure of bisexual people's stories and experiences from public discourse.

Bisexual erasure can have serious consequences for bisexual people's mental and physical health. It can lead to feelings of isolation and invisibility, which can have a long-term impact on their well-being. It can also lead to a lack of access to resources and support, which can be particularly damaging for bisexual people who are already part of a marginalised group.

Bisexual erasure can be combated by increasing visibility and representation of bisexual people in the media, as well as raising awareness and educating people on the issue. It is also important to create safe spaces for bisexual people to share their stories and experiences, and to create meaningful connections with one another. It’s important to support bisexual people's rights and fight against discrimination and erasure on both an individual and a systemic level. 

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Bisexual Visibility Day highlights the accomplishments and struggles of bisexual people, and it also gives bisexual people the opportunity to celebrate their identity in a safe and affirming space. The day also serves as a reminder that bisexual people exist and deserve recognition, acceptance, and support. 

By recognizing Bisexual Visibility Day, it sends the message that bisexual people are valid, and their identities and experiences are worthy of being seen and heard. This day is also a reminder that there is still work to be done to ensure that bisexual people have access to the rights, resources, and support they need. 

Other relevant LGBTQ+ awareness days

In addition to Bisexual Visibility Day, there are many other LGBTQ+ awareness periods throughout the year. These days help to raise awareness of the LGBTQ+ community and fight discrimination. 

Check out these other relevant LGBTQ+ awareness days: 

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