Chicago, IL —
Today marks the annual Bisexuality Day, also known as Bi Visibility Day, an initiative to celebrate and raise awareness about bisexuality.
Since 1999, the LGBT community has been encouraged to celebrate the day and today the Obama administration holds the first forum with bisexual people at the White House.In addition to discrimination and violence, the bisexual community often experiences lack of understanding and acceptance by society in general and also lesbian and gay communities.A 2011 report by the San Francisco Human Rights Commission noted: "Bisexuals experience high rates of being ignored, discriminated against, demonized, or rendered invisible by both the heterosexual world and the lesbian and gay communities. Often, the entire sexual orientation is branded as invalid, immoral, or irrelevant. Despite years of activism, the needs of bisexuals still go unaddressed and their very existence is still called into question. This erasure has serious consequences on bisexuals' health, economic well-being, and funding for bi organizations and programs."To celebrate Bisexuality Day in Chicago, Center on Halsted, the city's LGBT community center, will host a panel discussion with with special guest pioneer, Wendy Curry from first Celebrate Bisexuality day.The Bisexuality Day with Bisexual Queer Alliance of Chicago at Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted, is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Monday, Sept. 23.For more information visit CalendarQ or www.centeronhalsted.org.Related: Gay Chicago TV tackles bisexuality, biphobia and bi erasure