Join us in celebrating Bi Visibility Day
Monday 23 September is Bi Visibility Day, and each year this international day of recognition is an opportunity to celebrate diverse bi+ identities and recognise the work still needed to make bi-phobia a thing of the past.
Celebrating international LGBT+ awareness days such as Bi Visibility Day is just one way that the University supports workplace equality and inclusion for our staff and students.
Bi is an umbrella term used to describe a romantic and/or sexual orientation towards more than one gender. Bi people may describe themselves using one or more of a wide variety of terms, including, but not limited to bisexual, pan, bi-curious, queer, and other non-monosexual identities, according to Stonewall.
Adam Parkin, Bi male committee representative on the LGBT+ staff network, said: “Bi visibility matters for people who know they aren't gay or straight, to know those aren't the only options. It helped me find other bi people, accept myself and give me confidence to be part of the LGBTQ+ community”.
Sarah Shahid, Bi female committee representative, said: “Being bi is just part of who I am. Being a visible role model as a Bi of colour with hidden disabilities, has shown me that I can be accepted both within and outside of the LGBT+ community."
Be a Bi ally
LGBT+ inclusion is everyone’s responsibility.
Ways in which you can help improve visibility of bi+ people include learning about bi experiences and the unique challenges faced, calling out biphobia and harmful stereotyping, not assuming sexual orientation on the basis of someone’s current partner and increasing the representation of bi people whenever you can.
For more information and guidance.
Our LGBT+ allies programme, Open@TUoS, launched in January 2016 and now has over 2,300 staff supporters who can wear a rainbow lanyard to visibly demonstrate their commitment to LGBT+ equality and inclusion.
Additional visible resources are now available including door signs, tote bags and badges. All staff can become an Open@TUOS supporter, regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
Meet the Network
Our LGBT+ staff network will be hosting a stall in the Activities Zone Students Union foyer on Monday 23 September from 10am onwards. Come along for a chat and find out more.
Don’t forget to collect a free bi button badge to show your support for bi visibility.
Being a role model
We are looking to further develop our LGBT+ role models webpage including bi+ identities.
If you would like to be included please contact email@example.com. Our LGBT+ role models are work colleagues or local community members. Visible role models are important to develop a stronger sense of self.
Have your say
The University is a proud member of Stonewall and for six years running has been in the Top 100 Workplaces for LGBT+ equality. We all have a role to play in helping build an LGBT+ inclusive workplace. One way to do is to help us identify where we are doing well and the areas where we need to do more work. You can do this via the annual Stonewall survey.
The information you provide is entirely anonymous. Use the University Organisation Code: 1699.