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.
Bisexuality Week (also called #BiWeek, Bisexual Awareness Week and Bisexual+ Awareness Week) takes place each year from September 16 – 23, concluding on International Bisexuality Day (Sept. 23). Not sure where to start your learning? Check out great resources from PFLAG National and our partners!
PFLAG Academy Online On-Demand
- What the +?: Understanding and Supporting Expansive LGBTQ+ Identities
- Bi+ 101 Allyship: How to Not Let Things Fall Bi the Wayside
- Advanced Bi+ Allyship: Going beyond the “Bi”nary
Additional PFLAG National Resources
- Something to Talk About Live – The Impact of Bisexual Erasure – July 2, 2020
- Something to Talk About Live – LGBTQ+ Demographics in 2021 – March 4, 2021
- Something to Talk About Live – Queerbaiting, Rainbow Washing, or Bi+ Erasure? – September 15, 2022
- Something to Talk About Live – The Power of Media for Bi+ Youth – September 7, 2023
- 3 Steps to Being a Better Ally to People Who Are Bi+
- PFLAG National Glossary of Terms
- Claiming the B in LGBT
- Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution
- A Guide to Pansexuality
- Bisexual and Pansexual Identities: Exploring and Challenging Invisibility and Invalidation
Additional Resources & Research
- [RESEARCH] Invisible Majority: The Disparities Facing Bisexual People and How to Remedy Them
- [RESEARCH] A Closer Look: Bisexual Transgender People
- [RESEARCH] Health Disparities Among Bisexual People
- [RESEARCH] Exploring the Intersectionality of Bisexual, Religious/Spiritual, and Political Identities from a Feminist Perspective
- The Unicorn Is Real: Defying the Myth of Bisexuality
- It’s Time To Stop Doubting Bisexuals
- GLAAD Media Institute: Media Advocacy Essentials for Bisexual+ People
- GLAAD Blog: Some questions to ask yourself as you become a better bi+ ally