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Bisexual community

Various bisexual community groups celebrating in LGBT pride events such as Bisexual Pride Day

The bisexual community (also known as the bisexual/pansexual, bi/pan/fluid, or non-monosexual community) includes members of the LGBT community who identify as bisexual, pansexual, or sexually fluid.[1]

People who identify as bisexual or pansexual receive specifically directed hatred and distrust (biphobia), stereotyping, and denial (bisexual erasure) from both straight and gay people. People may say bisexuals are just unsure of their feelings or going through a "phase" and will or should "decide" or "discover" which sex they are attracted to.[2][3][4] On the other hand, there is also increasing support, inclusion and visibility of bisexuals in the LGBT community.[5][6][7][8][9][10]


  • Defining the community 1
  • Visibility 2
    • Feature films and television 2.1
    • Equality campaigns and pride celebrations 2.2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • Further reading 5
    • General 5.1
    • Magazines 5.2

Defining the community

Bisexual pride flag, designed by Michael Page in 1998

The social networks of some bisexuals, sometimes called gay- or lesbian-identified bisexuals, are heavily concentrated inside the LGBT communities. But others, sometimes called straight-identified bisexuals, may rarely participate in LGBT culture. Others choose to maintain their primary social contacts mainly with other bisexual/fluid/pansexual and queer-identified people.[11][12][13]

A series of groups have been working together and focusing on issues that are important to the bisexual community such as biphobia, dating, coming out, bisexuals visibility in the news and entertainment, and bisexual erasure. These groups are queer-identified and closely allied with the gay, lesbian and transgender communities, but their main focus is the bisexual community.[9][14][15] There has also been a movement to combat biphobia and myths about bisexuals.[16][17]

The bisexual community has many bi-specific events and conferences,[18][19][20] publications,[21][22] websites and organizations,[23][24] magazines,[21][22][25][26][27][28] writer's groups,[29] media,[30] leaders and politicians,[31][32] and even mental health associations.[33] There are bisexual groups in several cities.[34][35]

These communities come together with the gay, lesbian and transgender communities for bigger LGBT events such as LGBT pride parades, civil rights marches and advocacy, conferences and other nationwide causes where the interests of the communities intersect, such as the National Equality March. Often, conferences have separate seminars on bisexual and transgender topics, and several LGBT pride parades now include special bisexual sections as well.[36][37]

Heterosexual and homosexual people can often be included in the bisexual community and are typically termed as allies, "straight-but-not-narrow", bi-friendly or bi-inclusive as they often support political rights and social dignity for bisexual and pansexual people as well as for other LGBT people. Other communities also tend to be welcoming of wide range of different orientations.

September 23 is known as Celebrate Bisexuality Day.[38]


Some bisexual, fluid, pansexual and queer-identified contingents display their banners at the 2009 National Equality March.

Feature films and television

Kevin Smith's 1997 feature, "Chasing Amy" portrayed a relationship between two comic book artists, the straight Holden McNeil, played by Ben Affleck, and the lesbian Alyssa Jones, played by Joey Lauren Adams. The two have a tumultuous relationship, and face disturbances from Holden's friend and business partner, Banky Edwards, played by Jason Lee, due to his distrust in Alyssa. Eventually, Banky admits his love for Holden, who suggests a "threesome," but Alyssa declines and dissolves the relationship. Banky also leaves shortly after the incident.

Beginning in 2009 a web TV series Rose by Any Other Name...[39] produced by FenceSitter Films.[40] began showing on YouTube. The story follows the main characters Rose a comfortably out woman who identifies as lesbian and Anthony a straight man who serendipitously meet and then unexpectedly find themselves falling for each other. Rose has to navigate the reaction of her friends (they aren't thrilled) and her family (they are) while Anthony too has to deal with his friends who are equally displeased.[41]

On December 30, 2009, MTV premiered their 23rd season of the show The Real World.[42] The series took place in Washington DC, and features two bisexual characters,[43][44] Emily Schromm,[45] and Mike Manning.[46] Manning's sexuality appears to have generated some controversy, with both bloggers and many comments on blogs saying that he is really gay,[47][48] although he himself identifies as bisexual and has dated both sexes.[46]

The film Maurice, based on the book by E.M. Forster released in 1987 featured Alec, a bisexual character who is Maurice's lover.

Equality campaigns and pride celebrations

The Courage Campaign. Kip Williams and Robin McGehee served as co-directors. This was the first national march in Washington, D.C. for LGBT rights since the 2000 Millennium March.

There was a specific bisexual, pansexual and queer-identified contingent that was organized to be a part of the march.[49] Several bisexual, pansexual and queer-identified groups including BiNet USA, New York Area Bisexual Network, DC Bi Women and BiMA DC, came together and marched, showing bisexual, pansexual and queer solidarity.[50] There were four out bisexual speakers at the National Equality March rally: Michael Huffington, Lady Gaga, Chloe Noble, and Penelope Williams.

In October 2009, LGBT activist Amy Andre[51] was appointed as executive director of the San Francisco Pride Celebration Committee, making her San Francisco Pride's first bisexual woman of color executive director.[52][53]

See also


  1. ^ Estraven (April 20, 2009). "We are all somewhere between straight and gay".  
  2. ^ Michael Musto, April 7, 2009. Ever Meet a Real Bisexual?, The Village Voice.
  3. ^ "Lesbian Life About Bisexuality". 
  4. ^ "We Have Some Bones to Pick About the end of Angela and Roxie". 
  5. ^ "Queers United". 
  6. ^ "Task Force Report On Bisexuality". 
  7. ^ "HRC article on bisexuality". 
  8. ^ "GLAAD TV Report" (PDF). 
  9. ^ a b Maria, September 24, 2009. "How Far Have We Come?", Bi Social Network
  10. ^ "Thirteen On House". 
  11. ^ Peter Ruggerio, July 1, 2009. "Where the Community Is", Bi Social Network
  12. ^ Maria, May 20, 2009. "A Bisexual Space to Call Our Own", Bi Social Network
  13. ^ Adrienne Williams, May 26, 2009. "Got Bisexual Bars?", Bi Social Network
  14. ^ Adrienne Williams, September 23, 2009. Bi Social "Network Celebrates Bisexual Day: Moves into Activism", Bi Social Network
  15. ^ "Bi Social Calendar". 
  16. ^ "BinetUSA writes about biphobia". 
  17. ^ Maria, May 7, 2009. Bisexuals, the Hetero-Privilege Myth, Bi Social Network
  18. ^ "BiCon UK". 
  19. ^ "Because Conference". 
  20. ^ "Bi Camp USA". 
  21. ^ a b "The Fence". 
  22. ^ a b "Bi Women Boston". 
  23. ^ "Binet USA". 
  24. ^ "Bi Resource Center". 
  25. ^ "Bi Magazine". 
  26. ^ "Bi Social Network". 
  27. ^ "Bi Community News UK". 
  28. ^ "Bi Community Netherlands". 
  29. ^ "Bi Writers Association". 
  30. ^ "Bi Media". 
  31. ^ Robyn Ochs
  32. ^ Maria, August 11, 2009.Micah Kellner, New York's Openly Bisexual Assemblyman,BiSocial News.
  33. ^ "Bi Mental Health Group". 
  34. ^ "BinetUSA Group link". 
  35. ^ "BinetUSA Media". 
  36. ^ "Bipride LA". 
  37. ^ "Bipride NYC". 
  38. ^ "Yes, 23 is everywhere. Here are 23 examples in the GTA". Toronto: The Planet Star. February 15, 2007. 
  39. ^ "Rose By Any Other Name". 
  40. ^ "Fencesitter Films". 
  41. ^ "From Out Bi Director Kyle Schickner". 
  42. ^ "Real World DC". 
  43. ^ "Real World Bisexuals". 
  44. ^ "Show me your bisexuals". 
  45. ^ "Emily Schromm talks". 
  46. ^ a b "Mike Manning Metro Weekly". 
  47. ^ "Mike Manning Bi history and controversy". 
  48. ^ "Bi Now, Gay Later". 
  49. ^ "Bi/Pan March Contingent". 
  50. ^ Maria, October 15, 2009. "My Experience at the National Equality March", Bi Social Network
  51. ^ "Amy Andre to head San Francisco Pride". 
  52. ^
  53. ^ Adrienne Williams, October 19, 2009. Interview with Amy Andre: New Bisexual Executive Director of SF Pride, BiSocial Network.

Further reading


  • Bi Any Other Name : Bisexual People Speak Out by Loraine Hutchins, Editor & Lani Ka'ahumanu, Editor ISBN 1-55583-174-5
  • Getting Bi : Voices of Bisexuals Around the World by Robyn Ochs, Editor & Sarah Rowley, Editor ISBN 0-9653881-4-X
  • The Bisexual Option by Fritz Klein, MD ISBN 1-56023-033-9
  • Bi America : Myths, Truths And Struggles Of An Invisible Community by William E. Burleson ISBN 978-1-56023-478-4
  • Bisexuality in the United States : A Social Science Reader by Paula C. Rodriguez Rust, Editor ISBN 0-231-10226-7
  • Bisexuality : The Psychology and Politics of an Invisible Minority by Beth A. Firestein, Editor ISBN 0-8039-7274-1
  • Current Research on Bisexuality by Ronald C. Fox PhD, Editor ISBN 978-1-56023-288-9


  • Bi Magazine (USA)
  • Bi Community News (UK)
  • Bi Social Network (USA)
  • Bi News Magazine (Netherlands)
  • The Fence (Canada)
  • Bi Women Boston (USA)
  • Raspberry Mousse (USA)
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