VCU Students to hold Bisexual Visibility Day rally as part of National movement
Bisexuals, pansexuals, queer folk, and everyone else in the bisexual-spectrum are invited to come make their presence known as VCU’s Feminist Student Organization (FSO) takes part in national Bisexual Visibility Day 9/23 from 11AM-2PM.
“Bisexuality is not taken as seriously as any other sexuality,” said Maureen Bashir, a third year Education student at VCU with a minor in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. “Many straight and gay people alike seem to have a distrust of bisexuals… Because of this… bisexuals in a sense feel like they can never leave the closet, because they do not feel welcome in straight atmospheres, nor do they feel welcome in gay or lesbian atmospheres.”
Bashir has been working with FSO since the groups inception last year. Planning for this year’s Bisexual Visibility Day started back in April. They plan to borrow ideas from past events and have several self-identified bisexuals walk around campus with signs proclaiming “Ask a bisexual anything” hoping to educated passerby’s with any questions they might have.
Those who want to show support are encouraged to bring their own signs, and be unafraid to participate in the day as needs arise.
National Bisexuality Visibility day was started in 1999 to help build energy behind bisexual members of the LGBTQ movement.
“Since folks often face exclusion from gay, lesbian, and non-LGBT circles, Celebrate Bisexuality Day provides an international space for members of fluid communities to be seen, heard, and celebrated,” wrote GLADD back in June when early discussions of this year’s Bisexual Visibility day first began.
“We all rally for the gays, we cheer for the lesbians, but when we talk about bisexuals,” said Bashir, “there is faint whispering.”
So come take part in this local even and celebrate 15 years of bisexual visibility, 9/23 between 11-2 PM at the VCU compass. MORE DETAILS HERE
Folks interested in helping out or anyone with questions should email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tomorrow’s event comes on the heals of the Human Rights Campaign’s plan to release one of the first and most comprehensive reports on what it’s like to be young and bisexual in America.
“Those who work with LGBT youth can use this heartbreaking report to make positive changes to their programs to be more bi-inclusive and bi-supportive. These changes can and will save lives,” said Faith Cheltenham, president of BiNet USA about the report.
GayRVA will cover tomorrows rally, as well as examine the report, tomorrow afternoon.
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