Excellent idea, long overdue. In reality sexuality doesn’t fit snugly into one of two defined categories.
The only thing that bothers me is that it clearly points out that the LGBT community has a lot of discrimination within its own ranks, which is a shame really.
We all know what it is like not to be accepted for who we are, people telling us that our orientation or gender identification is not ‘real’ or can be changed. And we all know this is not true, yet we say it ourselves to others and divide our own group where we should battle together.
Great for bisexuals to have their own gatherings and pride, but a shame part of the reason for its existence is not feeling acknowledged by gay men and lesbians.
Ohh….please, don’t. I am bisexual but I think this is ridiculous. Each specific group trying to have individual events and dismantle the LGBT community only hurt our whole cause. I am transexual too and I would be equally appalled if transexuals tried to have a personal pride parade separated from the LGBT pride parade too. I know we bisexuals don’t get much respect, with both straight and gay people thinking we are either heterosexuals or homosexuals in denial, but this isn’t going to help either.
I see Felipe’s point. I’m also bi and want to spend my energies on fostering greater inclusion and more of a genuine coalition within LGBT/Queer communities. As a one-off or done in several places for a limited time, I think it could increase visibility and foster inclusion — but I would hate to see a Bi Pride permanently created and run indefinitely. In the end we are stronger supporting one another and ending bigotry within our ranks.
This sucks as off shooting unless it is done under the umbrella of the LGBT community in which case it shows diversity as opposed to division.
While i understand the need for bisexual visibility I simply don’t buy the idea that bisexuals are so overwhelmingly discriminated against compared to the rest of the LGBT panoply.
There has been a growing (and often aggressive) campaign notably coming from the States putting forward the idea of chronic two way discrimination ‘sufferd’ by bisexuals.
I simply don’t believe this to be true or accurate.
There is also, worryingly, a chronic misunderstanding of what they dub ‘gay’ prejudice towards them.
While I do believe the issues of bisexuality do need to be properly explored, there has to be so proper owning up the fact that bisexuals have often discriminated against other LGBT people, particularly gay men.
Given the relative privilege that bisexuals have historically had compared to gay men in particular it’s crass to suddenly amass and declare gay men to be the ‘oppresors’. Especially given so many gay men’s experiences of dealing with bisexual and so-called bisexual closeted men.
What is needed is a frank and open debate, not a one-sided ‘look at me! look at me! look at me!’ just because bisexuals are now collectively stepping forward and declaring their sexuality (at long last)
I’m in two minds about this…
Go to a pride event as a bisexual, and there’s a 99% you will not be able to go the day without facing biphobia. At my first pride event, multiple people came up to the bisexual stand to talk about how they didn’t believe bisexuality exists, and how we and their bisexual ‘friends’ were fooling ourselves. It was incredibly disheartening that such a thing could happen at an event supposedly about acceptance.
So we finally get a day where we can actually celebrate our bisexuality without facing that kind of treatment, and people use it to shame us because we’re being ‘divisive’. Tell you what, why don’t you focus that anger against the biphobia in the gay/lesbian community instead, rather than blaming us for it?