What does Bisexual mean?

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Bisexual (bi):

Individuals who experience sexual or romantic attraction to individuals of 2 or more genders OR attraction to your own gender and others.

Many bisexual individuals experience a stigma around their sexuality. They are told “you are just gay” or “you are just straight” or they are told they are simply looking for attention. This is not the case. Bisexuality is a valid sexuality that many people use to define how they feel attraction.

In 1772, Robert A. Martin Jr. and several others decided to organize an impromptu workshop on bisexuality at a gathering of Quakers. They announced the meeting, and over 130 people showed up. The group created a statement by consensus. This statement became known as The Ithaca Statement on Bisexuality. It is believed to be the first statement made about bisexuality by any United States religious or political group in history.

Starting in the 1960s, activists began fighting for LGBTQ+ rights. The Stonewall riots began on June 28th following the police raid of the gay club at the Stonewall Inn. The Stonewall Riots have become a symbol of the LGBTQ rights movement.

See also: Biromantic