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Council mark Bi-Visibility day

Besi Besemar September 24, 2014

Brighton & Hove City Council flew the bi-flag from council buildings yesterday (September 23) to mark Bi-Visibility Day.

Bi Visibility Day

The council’s LGBT workers forum organised a walk from Brighton Town Hall to the bandstand on Brighton seafront to raise awareness of the issue.

In a message to Stonewall supporters, new CEO Ruth Hunt, wrote:¬†“At Stonewall we know that we can always do more to represent and reflect the lives and unique experiences of bisexual people. That‚Äôs why this year we‚Äôre proud to celebrate¬†Bi Visibility Day.¬†

¬†“The day was started in 1999 when a small group of committed campaigners got together to get people thinking about bi issues. They were and still are working hard to bring down the barriers that bi people face, including prejudice from within LGBT communities, the challenges of having to repeatedly come out to friends and partners, and simply being ignored and overlooked. But they also wanted to celebrate and be proud to love who they love.

“Bisexuality makes up an extremely large proportion of LGBT communities¬†‚Äď perhaps the largest ‚Äď and there are many organisations who do an incredible job in representing individuals and groups who identify as bisexual.

“Groups including¬†BiUK,¬†The Bisexual Index,¬†Bi‚Äôs of Colour¬†and¬†Bi Community News¬†help to support bisexual communities and act as an information point both for them and their allies.

“And there‚Äôs still much to be done. 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 per cent of¬†bisexual people¬†said they could bring their whole self to work, compared to 84 per cent and 82 per cent respectively for their gay and lesbian colleagues.¬†
“That‚Äôs why today we‚Äôre marking Bi Visibility Day and some of the fantastic work that bi groups are doing to support and promote role models in all walks of life.”
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Bi Visibility Day