September 18, 2017

Bisexual Awareness Week, aka #BiWeek, is celebrated every year starting September 16th and ending on September 23rd, which is Celebrate Bisexuality Day. Bi Week exists to increase the visibility of the bi community, honor the community’s achievements, and advocate for bisexual rights. 

What is bisexuality? 

The PFLAG National definition, as shared in our glossary, is as follows:

Commonly referred to as bi or bi+. According to bi+ educator and advocate Robyn Ochs, the term refers to a person who acknowledges in themselves the potential to be attracted--romantically, emotionally and/or sexually--to people of more than one gender, not necessarily at the same time, in the same way, or to the same degree. The "bi" in bisexual can refer to attraction to genders similar to and different from one's own. People who identify as bisexual need not have had equal sexual or romantic experience—or equal levels of attraction—with people across genders, nor any experience at all; attraction and self-identification determines orientation. 

Sexuality can be fluid and our language around it is constantly evolving. There’s no right or wrong way to define yourself—you don’t even need to define yourself at all. Choose the words that feel right for you. 

How many people are bi? 

According to a 2022 Gallup poll, more than half of LGBTQ+ Americans identify as bisexual, making them largest single group in the LGBTQ+ community. The percentage of U.S. adults who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or something other than heterosexual has doubled in the past decade. This study shows that roughly 21% of Generation Z Americans (those born between 1997 and 2003) identify as LGBT. Bisexual is the most common LGBT status among Gen Z, millennials, and Gen X. 

Ultimately, discovering who you are is a personal journey. No matter how you identify, you are special, unique, and loved. 

Resources

Bisexual.org

Bisexual Resource Center

GLAAD – Bisexual

LGBT Foundation – Coming out as bisexual

HRC’s Guide to Coming out as Bisexual

Planned Parenthood – Sexual Orientation

 

Trevor Project’s Understanding Bisexuality

 

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