Celebrating Bisexual Visibility Day with the GBTRS Community

September 23rd is Bisexual Visibility Day, a day to recognize those who identify as bisexual, granting visibility to a historically erased and invisible community. Today we wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate some of the bisexual members of our community by giving them a platform to share the meaning and impact of bisexuality on their lives.

Emily

What do you do in the music industry?

Music Photographer, Journalist, Editor

What achievements are you especially proud of?

I’m most proud of being a part of Down The Rabbit Hole magazine, a new magazine focusing on mental health in the music industry, and i’m currently creating a new exciting project, Square One Magazine.

What does bi visibility mean to you?

I think it’s so important to be proud of who you are, it’s taken me a long time to accept it and not worry about what others think of me. Bi Visibility day gives us all, including allies, an opportunity to speak out and support each other, which some may not necessarily think to do.

Kara

What do you do in the music industry?

I work in radio, write songs (Carah Wes), music journalist and podcast (boozy tunes)!

What achievements are you especially proud of?

I’m so happy to have created my own podcast with my best friend and to have that creative outlet. But getting a job at radio.com had made me so proud.

What does bi visibility mean to you?

That when my mom says, “You might have an easier time in your industry if you weren’t so loud about your sexuality” i get to tell her that i’m not ashamed anymore. It means being open with who I was in high school and how sad and scared she was, and it means feeling more like myself all the time.

Janelle

What do you do in the music industry?

Photography for now, branching out though!

What achievements are you especially proud of?

Going out and doing the d*mn thing! There were so many things I thought would hold me back until I realized I was the one holding me back!

What does bi visibility mean to you?

Bi Visibility to me means spreading awareness and acceptance from both Hetero- and Homo- parties that there are people that exist who are not simply attracted to one sex or gender, whether it be the same or opposite, but that we are forever attracted to more than one. Just because we are committed to or seeking someone who may be the same or opposite sex/gender, doesn’t mean they are the only one! Being openly bisexual also doesn’t mean we want to “have our cake and eat it too,” and no, I’m not gonna kiss my female friends in front of a bunch of straight horny dudes because they think it’s hot. We are just people who cannot help who they are attracted to (not that we want to), just like anyone else! It just so happens to be more than one sex/gender.

Ally

What do you do in the music industry?

Publication owner, Merch Manager, VIP Coordinator

What achievements are you especially proud of?

Running my own magazine with my best friends that I’m proud of the content we put out and the program we run.

What does bi visibility mean to you?

That I don’t have to hide who I am. No matter how hard some people try to erase me, I’ve accepted myself and know who I truly am and that’s what matters.

Erin

What do you do in the music industry?

A bunch, I’m part time at Sirius XM in Talent and Events, I am part time at LiveNation in their Touring department, and I am part time at the Greek Theater in LA doing VIP and hospitality!

What achievements are you especially proud of?

I have had the unbelievable chance to work at so many incredible companies and being able to balance what I currently do is hard but I wouldn’t change it for the world.

What does bi visibility mean to you?

I’ve pretty much been openly bi since I figured out what it meant. It’s such a sense of freedom, and since I’ve never really hidden it, I’ve never really thought about it much. There’s still a ways to go for acceptance of any sexuality, but the openness in the world now is amazing to witness.

Em

What do you do in the music industry?

Festivals / Live Events

What achievements are you especially proud of?

Getting my Bachelor’s Degree a year early, getting a job right out of college, and also having the courage to leave said job once I realized it wasn’t working for me.

What does bi visibility mean to you?

I can’t even articulate the level of understanding and identity I’ve found within myself after coming out. I’m having trouble even figuring out what to write here. All I know is that things in my life make so much more sense now. For a lot of people, they don’t need a label on their identity or sexuality. For me, it’s a level of validation that is actually so important to how I carry myself. Being out has opened so many opportunities for conversation within my community, and connected me with so many amazing people. I was lucky; coming out to my friends and family was easy, and I knew they would all be accepting, so I wasn’t even afraid — mostly because I knew that as long as I married a man they wouldn’t even think twice about it. And that’s not how it should be! Bi erasure is so powerful. I even find myself second-guessing my sexuality if I’m dating a man or not really clicking with a girl. But being openly bi gives me the opportunity to whittle away at those stereotypes. I look forward to being a badass bi b*tch in the industry that others can come to for support. #BICON

Shelby

What do you do in the music industry?

Run GBTRS!

What achievements are you especially proud of?

Starting Girls Behind the Rock Show and every single person we’ve helped.

What does bi visibility mean to you?

Gosh, it’s crazy to me to think about being out. I remember when I came to terms with my same sex attraction and I cried for like 3 days. I really thought “another thing to make me different.” And I was so concerned and ashamed for a long time. It took me four years to come out to my family and friends properly, and even then I still wasn’t 100% in being out. In the past three years, I’ve grown to love myself so much in the way of not allowing my sexuality to define me. It’s allowed me to have healthier friendships, relationships and has helped to cultivate a group of people around me who are so beautifully accpeting there’s nothing more I could want. I think being openly bi has also helped me become a better leader and person. Being in any minority, you’re going to expeirience erasure of your identity, and I think my bisexuality and coming out really helped me to understand a lot of other marginalized groups. It made me want to be more educated on problems beyond the communities I identify with and fight harder for more people. It made me want to look at the world and say, we can do so much better than this, and act on it.