The bisexual history is not long gone. Despite being decriminalised by the Supreme Court in 2018, the community of LGBTQ faces many backlashes and are not seen with good eyes. ‘B’ stands for bisexual among LGBTQ+ people. We are going to talk about bisexual history in this blog.
1. Bisexuality is defined as romantic attraction, sexual attraction or sexual conduct directed equally at males and females or several genders.
2. Charles Gilbert Chaddock coined the term “bisexual” to describe a sexual attraction to equally men and women in an 1892 translation of Richard von Krafft- Ebing’s Psychopathia Sexualis.
3. Like the rest of queer movements, bisexual activism came into existence in the 1960s.
4. The 1970s were the decade when advocacy for bisexuals began to rise. The National Bisexual Liberation Group came into existence in 1972, in the streets of New York. They also circulated their first bisexual newsletter, The Bisexual Expression, to the members.
5. The San Francisco Bisexual Center, the oldest surviving bisexual community centre, first started operating in 1975.
6. Formally, the bisexual community was controlled by bisexual males, but in the 1980s, bisexual women began to establish places for themselves.
7. BiPOL, the first bisexual political group, was founded in 1983 in San Francisco. BiPOL became a prime participant in the bisexual movement after being formed on feminist ideals. The inaugural Bisexual Rights Rally, held outside of the 1984 Democratic National Convention, was organised by BiPOL.
8. AIDS activism and service became the primary emphasis of the LGBTQ movement as the 1980s progressed and AIDS began to destroy the LGBTQ population. The AIDS pandemic was particularly devastating for bisexuals, who were sometimes wrongly accused of infecting their partners.
9. Efforts to incorporate bisexuals as a represented group within the gay and lesbian community dominated the 1990s. Bisexuals were effectively included on the platform of the 1993 March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation as a consequence of BiPOL’s work.
10. In the late 1990s, the notion of bisexual pride became popular. Michael Page created the Bisexual Pride Flag, presented in 1998. On September 23, the first celebration of Bisexual Day was held, now known as Bi Visibility Day.
11. Under the bisexual+ umbrella, people use a variety of additional or alternative terminology to express their identities, such as pansexual, fluid and queer.
The bisexual history has been long and complex. But individuals are becoming more open about their involvement in it today. More than half of the LGBT+ community comprises bisexuals. Bisexual+ activists now describe bisexuality as embracing all genders, including non-binary individuals.
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