ÌýProfessor Sube Banerjee (Executive Dean, Faculty of Health)
Why do we need Bi Visibility Day?
Bi people face challenges unlike those faced by their gay and lesbian peers and often erased or forgotten about both in and outside of the LGBT+ community. Almost half of bi men (46 per cent) and a quarter of bi women (26 per cent) arenâ€™t open about their sexual orientation to anyone in their family, compared to 10 percent of gay men and just five percent of lesbians.
Bi Visibility Day is here to change that on 23 September and every single day of the year; bi voices matter and are celebrated at the University of Plymouth.
The Invisible Letter 'B'
Perception is everything. It impacts our public image, as well as our personal relationships. Being open about one's orientation is a risk, but one that can pay off by living a fully authentic life. Visibility can break down stereotypes, eliminate shame and secrecy, and create accessible, realistic representation and role models.
Misty Gedlinske is the founder of Fond du Lac Pride Alliance, a community outreach effort connecting local LGBTQ+ individuals and their allies with services, resources, and welcoming organizations in Wisconsin, USA. This TEDx talk focuses on the need for us all to be open and authentic in order to live our best lives.