It’s Bi Visibility Day on Sunday (23 September) and there are a number of ways PCS members can get involved in celebrating the day and support many people in the bisexual community who continue to face prejudice, isolation and erasure within the straight and LGBT+ community.
In 2017, LGBT+ rights organisation, Stonewall found that one in six bisexual (bi) people had experienced a hate crime or incident due to their sexual orientation. Today many in the bisexual community continue to face prejudice, isolation and erasure within the straight community, but also from others within the LGBT+ community.
Our union believes that all of our LGBT+ members deserve to be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
Proud, PCS’ LGBT+ members’ group, has a dedicated bi members’ rep on their national committee, ensuring the voice of our union’s bi members are heard as part of Proud’s work. For more information, contact Proud at email@example.com . All contact is in confidence.
You can support Bi Visibility Day and your union by:
- Reporting unacceptable language or behaviour wherever you see it to your manager, local PCS rep or the police
- Joining Proud, PCS’ LGBT+ members’ group
- Organising an event in your branch/workplace – resources are available from the PCS equality department
- Attending a local Pride event to show your support for LGBT+ members and the wider LGBT+ community
- Joining PCS, the campaigning union today
- Getting more involved in PCS.
Bi Visibility Day also marks the start of #BiWeek – Bisexual Awareness Week, which runs until 30 September. To #BiVisibilityDay and #BiVisibilityWeek some individuals and organisations have added the whole month September as Bi Visibility Month. This offers more chances to learn and celebrate. #BiVisibilityMonth
Read the blog by Eddy Nixon, PCS Proud secretary and bi representative, explaining the importance of the day and the need for inclusivity for Bi people within the larger LGBT+ community.
Let us know what you’re doing on the day and report back on your event by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org