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What Is Bisexuality?

This is a question that many people ask or have misconceptions about.

Here is one definition:

Bisexuality is the potential to feel attracted to and to engage in sexual and/or romantic relationships with people of any sex or gender. A bisexual person may not be equally attracted to men and women. The degree of attraction to any sex can be fluid and may change over time.

Bisexuals, like all people, have a wide variety of relationships. Sexual involvement with both a man and a woman at the same time is not necessary for all bisexuals. Just like anyone else, bisexuals may be single, have one partner or have more than one partner.

Self-perception is the key to a bisexual identity. Many people engage in sexual activity with partners of more than one sex over the course of their lives but do not identify as bisexual. People who have had sex with only one gender, or who have not had sex at all, may identify as bisexual because of their attractions, fantasies or openness to a sexual or romantic relationship with someone of any sex.

Celebrate Bisexuality Day

Celebrate Bisexuality Day takes place each year on September 23rd. Started by bi activists in 1999, Celebrate Bisexuality Day puts bisexuality on the map with its call to promote bi visibility and celebrate the wonderful diversity of bisexual lives. Events are held all over the world on and around this date to raise the profile of bisexuality and bring people's attention to the uniqueness of our lives.

Bisexual Symbols

Bisexual Flag

The pink color represents sexual attraction to the same sex only (gay and lesbian), the blue represents sexual attraction to the opposite sex only (straight) and the resultant overlap color purple represents sexual attraction to both sexes (bi). The key to understanding the symbolism in the Bi Pride Flag is to know that the purple pixels of color blend unnoticeably into both the pink and blue, just as in the 'real world' where most bi people blend unnoticeably into both the gay/lesbian and straight communities. (Michael Page, creator of the Bi Pride Flag)

The following link contains information on the history of the bi pride flag.

Double Triangle

Bi Triangles

The double triangle is a well known bisexuality symbol and is full of meaning. The colour symbolism is the same as in the Bi Pride Flag. The significance of the triangles comes from WWII, where homosexual prisoners were forced to wear a triangle in Nazi camps; black for lesbians and pink for gay men. Triangle symbols in these two colours have been reclaimed by gay, lesbian and bisexual communities, with the bisexual community adding a second triangle and colours from the Bi Pride Flag to represent itself specifically.



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