News from AllianceQ: September 2020

Bi+ Pride

#BiWeek is September 16-23. Co-founded by GLAAD, Bisexual+ Awareness Week seeks to accelerate acceptance of the bi+ (bisexual, pansexual, fluid, no label, queer, etc.) community. #BiWeek draws attention to the experiences, while also celebrating the resiliency of, the bisexual+ community. Bi+? Visit the Bisexual Resource Center for a wealth of resources. From Bi+ 101: What are “Bisexual” and “Bi+”? The BRC uses “bisexual” and “bi+” as umbrella terms for people who recognize and honor their potential for sexual and emotional attraction to more than one gender (bisexual, pansexual, omnisexual, fluid, queer, asexual, and other freeidentifiers). We celebrate and affirm the diversity of identity and expression regardless of labels. Doesn’t the word “bisexual” mean attraction to men and women? It’s a common misconception that people who identify as bisexual are only interested in the binary genders of male and female. While it’s true that this may have been the origin of the word, we prefer the broader definitions of “being interested in genders like yours and genders different from yours” or “moving bi-directionally on the Kinsey scale.” These help create a more inclusive model of bisexuality. Bi the way–the Disciples LGBTQ+ Alliance affirms that each of us embodies the image of God.Setting a place at the table for persons of all gender expressions and sexual identities.