Posted on: Tuesday, September 15th, 2020
On September 23, we celebrate Bisexual people and bring bisexuality to light, which is the ‘B’ of the LGBTQ+ acronym. Bisexuality can be defined as a person who is attracted (physically and/or emotionally) to people of the same or different genders. Bisexual people do not necessarily have an equal attraction to men and women or are attracted to both men and women simultaneously. Bisexual visibility day has been celebrated for the last 20 years and brings attention to the stigma, judgment, and misunderstanding bisexual folks face in our society. Biphobia can be explained as discrimination, dislike, and/or a prejudiced attitude against bisexual folks.
Comments such as: “you like men and pass as straight”, “it’s just a phase”, or you are being “being promiscuous or indecisive”, are just a few examples that illustrate the devaluing of bisexual people and their orientation. A research study conducted in 2018 showed that “46 percent of bisexual men and 26 percent of bisexual women aren’t open about their sexual orientation with anyone in their families”. Statistics have also shown that bisexual individuals are, “likely to suffer from a higher level of anxiety” and are 40 percent likelier to depict themselves as unhappy in comparison to other LGTQ+ identities. These findings show why Bisexual Visibility Day is significant in fighting against stigmatizing information shown in media and in society.
By acknowledging and celebrating bisexuality as a real and valid orientation, it can start demonstrating to the bisexual community that they are accepted and loved for who they are. Educating ourselves and talking with people who identify as bisexual, are helpful ways we all can learn more about bisexuality and factual information. By supporting and praising bisexual folks for who they are, we are supporting their mental health and wellbeing.
If you or someone in your life requires further support for one’s mental health/facing of stigma, please reach out to Journey Counselling and meet with a psychologist (403-619-8558). Contact the Distress Centre if you are in need of immediate assistance (403-266-4357).