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Watch: Bi people tell their stories at the Stonewall Inn

Nick Duffy September 26, 2014


A video has been released of bisexual people speaking outside the Stonewall Inn, to celebrate Bisexual Awareness Week.

The clip, produced by GLAAD, features several people discussing their experiences of being bisexual and the challenges they face as a result.

Organisations and individuals around the world celebrated Bi Visibility Day on Tuesday – an initiative created to celebrate bisexuality and diversity within the LGBT community.

One woman observes: “Since I’m a woman, being with lesbians, often [the myth] is that I’m going to leave them for a man. That’s something I’ve dealy with my entire life, and that is not true.

Another participant adds: “A myth that I hear on a regular basis? No, this is not a transition. This is not a phase. I will never come out as ‘full lesbian’.

Ruth Hunt of UK charity Stonewall said on Tuesday: “Our ground-breaking health research reveals that few bisexual people are open about their sexual orientation to healthcare professionals and many have had negative experiences of the NHS or healthcare providers.

At work we see that stereotypical assumptions and beliefs about bisexual people and their lives, from both straight and gay people, mean that they feel unable to access the very initiatives that are meant to support them. In our 2014 Workplace Equality Index Staff Survey only 65% of bisexual people said they could bring their whole self to work, compared to 84% and 82% respectively for their gay and lesbian colleagues.”

 

More: awareness, bi, bisexual, Discrimination, GLAAD, Stonewall Inn, US, week

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