September 17-24 is Bisexual Awareness Week. Here's why that matters. Bi-erasure is a real thing. Many people who identify as bisexual are often told to "pick a side" or that their sexuality changes when they are in a relationship to "fit' whoever they are with. They are often accused of having "straight passing" privilege that suddenly makes them no longer part of the LGBT+ community. But the "B" in the acronym still stands for Bisexual. Below are some great resources and ideas to get informed in honor of Bisexual Awareness Week.
1. The Human Rights Campaign
In addition to posts about when bisexual awareness week is, the HRC also includes some amazing resources including politicians and notable figures who identify as bisexual, statistics specifically about bisexual youth, and resources to help people realize they aren't alone.
They are using #BiWeek as a way to include resources and ways to learn about the history, culture, community, and current policy priorities of bi+ communities. GLAAD uses the term "bi+" to include those who fall under the larger term bisexual (i.e. pansexual, fluid, no label, queer, etc.)
3. Read a Book with Bisexual Main Characters
There are countless posts about books with bisexual characters from Barnes and Noble's YA blog post about it to a general search on Goodreads. Find something new to explore and enjoy it.
4. Ask a Friend
Every person is different and therefore every person's needs are different. Chances are you know someone (or you are someone) who identifies as bisexual. Ask them how you can be a better ally for them.