Education Partnership North East’s Youth Work Team have been raising awareness of Bi Visibility Day by flying the Bi Pride Flag across all college campuses.
Marked every year on 23 September since 1999, Bi Visibility Day celebrates diverse bi identities, raises the voices of bi people while highlighting biphobia, which can be evident in both heterosexual and homosexual communities.
Working in collaboration with Sunderland University, ‘Bisexual Erasure’ was chosen as 2020’s theme. The Youth Work Team displayed posters and support networks throughout Campuses, while also disseminating specific bi erasure literature to all PD tutors whilst promoting the Award Winning student lead LBGTQ+ group.
Youth Worker, Stephen Day, said: “Bisexual people are often the target of erasure, isolation, ridicule, abuse and discrimination from those within the LGBTQ+ community, as well as outside of it. This leaves many people feeling like they are not valid, as they can be told they are not ‘straight’ enough for someone or ‘gay’ enough for someone or ‘going through a phase’.
“We believe it is important to raise awareness of these issues while creating an inclusive and safe environment for our students and staff in which everyone feels valued and able to be themselves.”
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