Bisexuals are not a very visible part of the LGBT community. Unfortunately, biphobia is very much alive within the Lgbt community. This unfortunate issue has been cause for Bisexuals to come together to organize and gain more visibility in the LGBT community.
When I moved to UK in 2009, I was eager to join the LGBT community and be part of the bisexual community. I soon realized that although it is easy to have a social life beyond virtual interactions with Lesbians and gays activists, it is very difficult to actually meet bisexual activists.
Almost all the LGBT events I attended were dominated by gay and lesbian concerns; there was nothing much about bisexuality. I had to raise the question of more bi visibility at these events.I also noticed that it is one thing to find Bisexual events, it is quite another to find people of colour represented at these events. Unlike most lgbt events (which are actually gay dominated events), there are at least a noticeable number of people of colour, the few bisexual events I have attended failed in this area.
After making enquires about bi groups and events in UK, a Bi friend who lives outside UK sent me a link to a bi weekend event organized by bisexual activists in UK. I was glad to attend and was happy that one of the main themes for the weekend was Race. The event was held outside London and I had to travel a bit to get to the destination, optimistic that it was going to be a great weekend with fellow bi activists.
I had of course notified the organisers that I was coming. I arrived at the venue at the same time with a white woman who was also attending the program for the first time. One of the orgainsers came to get the door to usher us in. I must say, that was the point my bubble began to burst. She was all over the other woman, asking about her journey and all, while all I got was a cursory, suspicious “hello” that got me wondering, “Have I done something wrong?”
However, there is a growing call in the atheist movement for better representation and visibility of Atheists people of colour. While I appreciate this call, one thing that continuously bugs me is that people of colour who are part of a minority group never are contacted unless the group wants to do a feature on people of colour or to promote a PR stunt about its diversity policy.