Bisexuality can be defined as “…those who are attracted to two or more genders. By this definition, being pansexual also falls under the bisexual umbrella, since pansexuals are generally attracted to most or all genders.”

Despite huge progress being made towards equality and tolerance towards those who identify as LGBTQ+, many bisexual people still face discrimination from society about their sexuality when they come out.

Studies have shown that just 28% of bisexual people are out to all the people they love and only 49% of bisexual people are out at work.

This all points to the need for a bisexual visibility day – because bisexual people aren’t often that visible to the other people around them.

Part of the reason for this is that there are still many common misconceptions around bisexuality. It’s not unusual to hear the following statements/questions being said to a bi person when they come out:

‘You are actually gay but you haven’t come to terms with it yet’

‘You’re actually straight, this is just a phase’

‘You just can’t make your mind up about who you like’

(To a woman) ‘If you date a man in the future, you’ll be straight again’

‘Because you are all attracted to both or all genders – does that mean you fancy everyone?’

‘Bi people don’t have monogamous relationships’

Comments such as these are undermining and potentially harmful, yet many people still say them when a bi person comes out.

Studies have shown that those who aren’t open about their sexuality or parts of their home life in the workplace perform significantly worse in than those who feel able to be open. Covering up who you are on a daily basis comes at a cost: it takes time and energy and is psychologically exhausting.

It is for all these reasons that we need to try harder to dismantle and address bi-phobia and LGBTQ+ micro aggressions in the workplace, creating a more supportive environment for our bisexual colleagues so they feel able to be visible at work as well as in their homes.

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Stafford Long run two yearly LGBTQ+ focused events looking at helping to support LGBTQ+ students to find more information about jobs in the workplace. Links to them both can be found below…

AuthentiCity: https://authenticity-event.com

Inside & Out: http://www.insideandout-banking.com

If you work for a company that wants to have a discussion around diversity and inclusion recruitment, training, consultancy or support please email georgina.court@staffordlong.co.uk

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Other useful sources about bi visibility day

https://www.facebook.com/attn/videos/1053624661339659/

https://www.buzzfeed.com/…/bisexual-women-almost-twice-as-l…

http://www.universityherald.com/…/bisexual-men-and-women-fa…

http://everydayfeminism.com/2016/01/bisexuals-mental-health/