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Celebrations of bisexual pride decorated social media on Monday in honor of Bisexual Visibility Day.
According to bivisibility.com, the honorary day was designated in 1999 and has been celebrated every year on Sept. 23 to combat biphobia and help bisexuals find each other through events on and offline.
This year, people marked the day by tweeting GIFs, comics, and selfies with the hashtag #BiVisibilityDay.
Reposting this gif every damn year 💖💜💙 Happy #BiVisibilityDay my lovelies. Bisexuals are part of the LGBTQ+ community that still faces much misunderstanding, stereotyping and erasure. But you are VALID and deserving of respect, acknowledgment and love. pic.twitter.com/aembYj6ot8— 👻 Manic Pixie Dream Ghoul 🎃 (@CerianJenkins) September 23, 2019
Happy #BiVisibilityDay! 💖💜💙— KiennahhHHHHH 💖 (@KiennaS) September 23, 2019
No matter who you're dating (or not) or how you feel comfortable expressing yourself, your bisexuality is still valid, and I will fight anyone who says so otherwise
Your bi nb mom friend who's in a long term relationship with a cishet guy pic.twitter.com/mD64zmm9DG
Happy #BiVisibilityDay to those in the closet, out of it, still deciding or unsure! It's so easy to get wrapped up in everyone else's words, but the love, positivity and acceptance in this community will help drown it out❤️💜💙 pic.twitter.com/S5f5QNbuZr— ✧･ﾟ⋆ HauntyDraws *･ﾟ⋆ (@HuntyDraws) September 23, 2019
Cheekily referring to the erasure of bisexual people, some people used the hashtag to joke that #BiVisibilityDay is the only day bi people can be seen (and they should, therefore, hold off on committing crimes until a later date).
Reminder to my fellow bisexuals to avoid doing crimes today because it is #BiVisibilityDay and the only day we can be seen— Judy "Sexy Massive Wealth Redistribution" Cotter (@UnionSaltBae) September 23, 2019
Hey it’s #BiVisibilityDay the one day a year you can see bisexuals and biromantics. IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON LOOKING AT BI PEOPLE TODAY PLEASE REMEMBER YOUR SPECIAL GLASSES AS STARING DIRECTLY AT US IS NOT RECOMMENDED BY THE SURGEON GENERAL pic.twitter.com/1tnqiRhNil— Tea Berry-Blue will be at NYCC (@teaberryblue) September 23, 2019
Unless the crime we wanna do is like, public indecency, which is dastardly hard to pull off while invisible, even WITH the hypervisibility of any "indecency" attributed to us— Annalee (@LeeFlower) September 23, 2019
Today's the day to moon the law
happy #BiVisibilityDay. it's biphobic that i'm not constantly illuminated by that nice blue-pink light from the movies.— Alison Whittaker (@AJ_Whittaker) September 22, 2019
Tweets joking that it’s every bisexual person’s birthday also got traction.
What a coincidence that they were all born on the same day!— Flemking (@flemking) September 23, 2019
I can't believe it's every bisexual's birthday today #BiVisibilityDay— Connor Manning (@AConnorManning) September 23, 2019
We are v powerful— Hafsa Qureshi (@MsHafsaQureshi) September 23, 2019
Naturally, many celebrated bisexual identity, something that’s always important for young queer people to see.
Happy #BiVisibilityDay. A reminder that:— Zachary Zane (@ZacharyZane_) September 23, 2019
1. Bisexuality is inclusive of all genders
2. You don’t need to be equally attracted to men and women to label yourself as bi
3. Your bisexuality isn’t any less valid because you’re in a monogamous relationship
4. Being be is the BEST!
(not that it's a competition but the bi flag is the prettiest queer flag imho.) #BiVisibilityDay— Robbie Couch (@robbie_couch) September 23, 2019
happy #BiVisibilityDay 💗💜💙 being bisexual means i am free. i am likely to love a girl as i am likely to love a boy, and what about it ? 🦋 i’m happy and proud of who i am, don’t ever change for anyone. 🖤— ✰ 𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐥𝐞𝐱𝐢𝐬 ✰ (@alexisswilsonn1) September 23, 2019
People are taking the opportunity to share selfies and spread positivity, and some even used the hashtag to come out as bisexual.
is it #BiCulture to get your friend to do an entire photo shoot of you to celebrate #BiVisibilityDay in the middle of your university during golden hours? rt if yes 💖💜💙 #BiPride pic.twitter.com/77ofWWsqf5— wekinAAARRGGHHH (@LungolWekina) September 23, 2019
Many raised awareness of the problems bisexuals face within the LGBTQ community and beyond.
Wondering why we need #BiVisibilityDay?— Stonewall (@stonewalluk) September 23, 2019
“A huge proportion of bi people are facing the harmful effects of biphobia in their daily lives – stereotypes, invisibility, lack of belief that bi people exist” - George Alabaster, Stonewall’s Bi Network co-chair https://t.co/eyFSehC9tK
...especially to Bi+ migrants, Bi+ people seeking refuge, Bi+ people of colour and Bi+ people of marginalised intersectionalities.— London Bi Pandas (@LondonBiPandas) September 23, 2019
We will meet at 7:30pm. Please bring a candle with you.
Event page: https://t.co/jTuhKDtWW6
Hey, it's #BiVisibilityDay, so just a reminder that bi people in relationships haven't "picked a side", especially if they're with someone of a different gender than themselves ❤️💜💙🏳️🌈 pic.twitter.com/MQuVuIQlv6— Fake Gamer Ghoul 👻 (@catashtrophe6) September 23, 2019
‘I don’t like girls who like boys. I can’t be with you if you’re bisexual’ - something my ex girlfriend actually said to me months into our relationship.— charlotte (@arcticharl) September 23, 2019
I’m bisexual and I won’t let anyone take that from me again or make me feel ashamed for it. #BiVisibilityDay pic.twitter.com/CcKKt2jfuR
Siobhan Ball is a historian, archivist, and journalist. She also writes for Autostraddle and bi.org