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What is the ‘B’ in LGBTQ? And why it matters on Bi Awareness Day 2022

bisexual awareness week it happens every year September 16-23, culminating in Bi Awareness Day on September 23. LGBTQ organizations, including GLAAD, Bisexual Resource Center and Still Bisexual, participate in social media campaigns and history lessons to celebrate people who identify as bisexual.

According to a 2022 Gallup poll, a record 7.1% of American adults self-identify as LGBTQ. Leading the pack is Gen Z. A little more twenty% of americans born between 1997 and 2003 identify as LGBTQ.

More than half of LGBTQ Americans identify as bisexual, the largest category in the community.

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What does the ‘B’ stand for in LGBTQ?

The B in LGBTQ stands for bisexual. LGBTQ is an acronym that is both an identifier and a work in progress for the last few decades.

What each letter in LGBTQ means:

  • L: lesbian
  • G: gay
  • B: Bisexuals
  • T: Transgender (differs from all other acronyms when it comes to gender identity)
  • Q: It was added to the lineup at the turn of the century to represent people who identify as queer, a more ambiguous term (brought back from its use as a derogatory term for LGBTQ people) that allows people to avoid rigid labels. Some also take the Q to mean questioning.

In recent years, many have added I and A, intersex and asexual, to the lineup. The plus sign is often added to the end to signal identities in the community that may not fit the other letters, according to PinkNews, such as pansexual, polyamorous, two-spirited, or others who don’t want to label their sexuality.

What does bisexual mean?

A bisexual person is someone who is attracted to more than one gender, but the term is often used to describe a broad spectrum of identities.

One of the most advocated definitions of bisexuality comes from activist and editor Robyn Ochs:

“I call myself bisexual because I recognize that I have in myself the potential being attracted, romantically and/or sexually, to people of more than one sex and/or gender, not necessarily at the same time, not necessarily in the same way, and not necessarily to the same degree,” says Ochs.


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