September 20, 2018 -- In honor of Bisexuality Awareness Week and Bisexuality Visibility Day, the members of OUtlet -- Oglethorpe University’s gay straight alliance and queer community club -- come together to discuss what it means to be bisexual. They started the meeting with facts about the origins of the word and how it has worked its way through history.
Some historical facts include:
1940s - 1950s: Alfred Kinsey, who was bisexual himself, brings attention to bisexuality with his creation of the Kinsey Scale.
1966 - The Student Homophile League at Columbia University is founded by Robert A. Martin and is the 1st group to be recognized as a school organization led by student members of the LGBT community.
1972 - The National Bisexual Liberation Group was founded in New York.
During the meeting, there was also discussion about the various definitions of bisexuality, one being, “The sexual attraction between men and women”, and another being, “The potential to be attracted romantically, and /or sexually, to people of more than one sex.”
Members presented the argument that, some of these definitions, and others that were listed, gave way to biphobia, or stereotypes about bisexual people. Others argued that some definitions were too limiting in their translation and were not being true to what “bisexual” means. For example, one member stated that being bisexual only refers to being attracted to one born as a man and one born as a woman, whereas another claimed that transgender males and females should be included in the definition.
According to the members, the stereotypes of bisexual people include insulting phrases and questions such as:
“You are not gay enough.”
“You just haven’t found the right man/woman yet.”
“Are you half-straight and half-gay?”
Or perhaps the most frustrating and appalling of all, “Do you want to have a threesome with me and my partner?”
Bisexuality as a term in the LGBT community has faced much scrutiny over the years, with some even trying to claim that being bisexual is not valid in the community and therefore should not be the “B” in LGBT.
Regardless of the repeated offenses against them, the Bisexual Community continues to promote their worth with events such as Bi Visibility Day on September 23rd, and BisexualiTEA, where members of the Bi Community can come together and talk about these issues and how to solve them, both within in the LGBT Community and outside in other communities to bring awareness.