Popular representation of “LGBT,” to scale.
Except that it’s false. Not meaning to go into an oppression olympic here, but there is far more trans visibility in my world than bi visibility. Even here on tumblr, where most of the people I follow are bi, I get way more trans* stuff than bi* stuff, and of course the bi* stuff is much less widely circulated. The same goes for every other part of my world, including the LGBT movement, conversations with friends, facebook discussion, articles, books, blogs, conferences and whatever else you can think of.
So really, images like this promote the false notion that bisexuality is actually acknowledged or talked about in the GGGG community when it’s really not at all.
shhhh … don’t you know that’s one of those “Emperor’s New Clothes” type secrets?
But in all seriousness, there is a reason for this and that is because So Many people in the Bisexual Community either are or are partnered with Trans*, Genderqueer, or Androgynous type folks (… cue hysterically flappings and squawkings from the ‘anything but bisexual® ‘ crowd… but they CAN”T Be bisexual! Bisexuals are all cisgender heteronormative uncool trans-haters, my straight cisgender teacher said so…) and so there is a natural closeness to, affinity for and concern with those topics that pertain to both the “T” and the “B” in LGBTQ+.
As bisexual activist & author Robyn Ochs was just reported as discussing at a recent appearance in Chicago, “Studies show that bisexuals and transgender individuals have the highest minority stress in the LGBT community and for that reason, Ochs connects their struggles both inside and outside LGBT spaces.”