@Regranned from @lgbt_history - “As more bisexuals refuse to be closeted, and as we organize more visibly within the lesbian/gay community, we are challenging the stereotypes and proving that they, like all stereotypes, are fundamentally false. As we stand up and define ourselves and our contributions, we and the communities we belong to are seeing who and how many of us there are, thereby recognizing another community existing within the community which makes up the whole. Bisexuals, both in and out of the closet have given time, energy and money, and have been putting our lives on the line for the basic right of sexual freedom of expression without regard for gender since the beginning of the gay rights movement.
“It is clear that homophobia is at the root of biphobia. Bisexuals have no intention of undermining the gains made by lesbians and gay men in the struggle to be a free people. Coming out as a bisexual is not something that is done to acquire or flaunt heterosexual privilege. I am bisexual because I am drawn to particular people regardless of gender. It doesn’t make me wishy-washy, confused, untrustworthy, or more sexually liberated. It makes me a bisexual.
“There is no question that heterosexual privilege exists, and because bisexuals relate to the opposite sex, there is an inherent privilege in that scenario. But I am tired of the issue of heterosexual privilege being used to invalidate bisexual existence, and to minimize the considerable energy bisexuals have given and continue to give to the lesbian/gay community. It is as if bisexuals alone can do something to eradicate that privilege beyond being conscious of it and thoughtful not to abuse it. The issue is trust. The issue is building trust. The issue is the right of every one of us to be able to love whom we choose. Each of us must work to end sexual privilege of any kind if we are to accomplish what needs to be done.” – Lani Ka’ahumanu, “The Bisexual Community: Are We Visible Yet?”, 1987
Picture: “BI POWER” pinback, c. 1995. c/o @lgbt_history. #lgbthistory #haveprideinhistory #Resist #biweek #bipride #bivisibility #bivisibilityweek #bivisible #stillbisexual