Today begins Bisexual Awareness Week, providing a vital opportunity to highlight the stories of bisexual, pansexual, queer and sexually fluid people. Also known as #BiWeek, which culminates on Monday, September 23 with Bi Visibility Day, this is an opportunity to raise awareness of the unique issues facing the bi+ community and celebrate our triumphs.
Studies show that as many as half of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and queer population identify as bisexual — making the bisexual community the single largest group in the LGBTQ community. Yet far too often, the unique needs of the bi+ community go unseen and unheard in both LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ spaces.
In recent years, a record number of public figures, including actors, athletes, musicians and other influencers, have come out as members of the bi+ community. These “bi-cons” unapologetically and fiercely live their truths, paving the way for bisexual, pansexual, queer and fluid youth to be proud of their identities.
Here are five public figures who shared their stories openly since last year’s National Coming Out Day, no doubt inspiring others during their journeys.