When LGBT issues are being discussed, the word “bisexual” is often left out, leaving the bi community feeling invisible and ignored. “Things You Can Do to Put the ‘B’ in LGBT” is a handout I developed for the Bi Writers Association to help people, organizations and the press learn how to be truly inclusive of bisexual people. This is first in the “Things You Can Do to Put the ‘B’ in LGBT” series. Feel free to reprint.
What Lesbian, Gay and Transgender People Can Do to Put the ‘B’ in LGBT
- Dont assume that everyone in the room at an LGBT event or group is lesbian or gay: some are most likely bisexual.
- Stand up for bisexual people when you hear negative or stereotyping comments about bisexuals.
- Support efforts for bi & transgender inclusion.
- Say “LGBT” or “queer” instead of “lesbian and gay” community, rights, couples, families, seniors, youth, etc.
- Ask your LGBT group or organization to be fully inclusive of the “B” in LGBT in its literature, press releases, speeches, website, name and other aspects.
- Don’t assume that everyone who has had a same-sex relationship or sex is automatically gay, they might be bisexual. (See Famous Bisexuals in History list.)
- If you see biphobia online, post comments defending the bi community.
Remember that LGBT rights issues affect bisexual people and that bi people participate in the LGBT community.
- Marry their same-sex partners (or are prevented from doing so)
- Serve in the military (or have been kicked out of the military for being bisexual)
- Get fired from jobs or don’t get promoted because they are bi
- Get harassed and bashed on the street for looking: butch/flaming/dykish/bear/trans/queer, holding hands, wearing a queer t-shirt or coming out of known LGBT clubs
- Vote for LGBT rights
- Frequent LGBT Centers
- Donate to LGBT organizations
- Work at LGBT organizations
- Patronize LGBT clubs & businesses
- Read LGBT magazines, papers, websites & books
- Go to LGBT film fests, plays, readings, concerts and other LGBT arts events
- Teach their kids to respect LGBT people and care about LGBT rights
- Care about transgender inclusion
- Consider themselves part of the LGBT community
*Adapted from the handout “Things You Can Do to Put the ‘B’ in LGBT” by Sheela Lambert for the Bi Writers Association. Feel free to reprint, with proper credit.
Things LGBT Organizations Can Do to Put the ‘B’ in LGBT
What LGBT Press and Bloggers Can Do to Put the ‘B’ in LGBT
What Mainstream Press Can Do to Put the ‘B’ in LGBT
What Politicians and Their Staff Can Do to Put the ‘B’ in LGBT
What Bi People Can Do to Put the ‘B’ in LGBT
Things You Can Do to Put the ‘B’ in LGBT – intro w/links to the whole series
Articles on Understanding Bisexuality