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.
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.
The term bi+ has also gained strength in recent years. Some use it as a general term to describe people who experience some degree of attraction to more than one gender. This includes people who identify as pansexual, queer, omnisexual, fluid, and more. The most important thing for many people who identify under the umbrella term bisexual or bi+ is that the label feels right to them. Not everyone is comfortable with or desires a label about their sexual and romantic attraction.
When was the word bisexual first used?
The earliest known use of the word bisexual. dates from 1859 when anatomist Robert Bentley Todd used the term to describe what we now call intersex: the possession of male and female physical characteristics on the same body.
According to Stonewall, the word described a combination of male and female characteristics, now known as androgyny, in the early 20th century. Only from the 1910s was the word used to describe sexual and romantic attraction. In 1915, Sigmund Freud wrote of universal bisexuality as a combination of masculinity and femininity in gender and more fluid sexual and romantic attraction.
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What are the colors of the bisexual flag?
The bi pride flag colors are blue, pink and purple. the flag was created in 1998 by Michael Page, pink represents same-sex attraction, blue means opposite-sex attraction, and a purple stripe between the two indicates attraction to more than one.
What does pansexual mean?
While bisexual broadly describes attraction to more than one gender, pansexuality is attraction regardless of gender, but the two often overlap in ways that are nuanced and entirely personal to the individual.
One of the best known explanations of pansexuality is presented in the comedy Schitt’s Creek. In season 1, episode 10, David Rose and Stevie engage in a brief sexual relationship, shocking Stevie because she assumed David was gay.
“I only drink red wine,” says Stevie, referring to the fact that she is only attracted to men. “And until last night I was under the impression that you, too, only drank red wine. But I guess I was wrong?”
“I drink red wine, but I also drink white wine, and I’ve also been known to try the occasional rosé,” explains David. “And a couple of summers ago I tried a Merlot that used to be a Chardonnay, which got a bit complicated… I like the wine and not the label, does that make sense?”
Celebrities you may not know are bisexual:
- Megan fox: “Put the B in #LGBTQIA for over two decades,” Fox said on his Instagram last June.
- Jason Mraz: The “I’m Yours” singer wrote a pride month poem for Billboard in 2018 by coming out as bisexual.
- Kristen Stewart: The “Spencer” star explained to The Guardian in 2017 that being bisexual doesn’t mean to be confused.
- Lili Reinhart: Reinhart told Flaunt that while his bisexuality has not been a secret in her personal life, she worried about being accused of “faking it for attention” in the media.
- Aubrey Plaza: Plaza told the Advocate in 2016 that having a large LGBTQ following is “the last compliment”, while sharing that she “can’t help” falling in love with both boys and girls.
- Angelina Jolie: the actor has spoke openly about relationships has had with women and men in the past.
- Cardi B: When Cardi B’s bisexuality was questioned on Twitter, she responded with a quick return about how she doesn’t owe anyone proof of her sexuality.
- Lady Gaga: An icon in the queer community, the “Rain On Me” singer told Rolling Stone how being bisexual has impacted your life and relationships
- Billie Joe Armstrong: The Green Day frontman said he believes he “has always been bisexual” in a 1994 interview, saying “It’s a beautiful thing.”
- Halsey: The singer has been openly bisexual for quite some time, as she told her fans at an awards show. acceptance video who is working to be a better representative of the LGBTQ community.
- Stephanie Beatrice: The “Charm” actor is famous for his outspoken bisexual character from Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
- Auli’i Cravalho: The “Moana” star opened up to Vogue about receiving “encouraging” roles to play. homosexual or bisexual characters.
- Willow Smith: Smith opened up to her mother and grandmother on an episode of “Red Table Talk” about being bisexual and polyamorous.
- Tyler Blackburn: The “Pretty Little Liars” veteran told the Advocate in 2019 that he’s identified as bisexual since I was a teenager.