The Bi Pride Flag, Representing Bisexuality

What is Bisexuality?

Bisexuality is classified as a romantic attraction, sexual behavior or sexual attraction towards both females and males or to more than one gender or sex. It may also be described as a sexual or romantic appeal to individuals of any sex or gender identity, also referred to as pansexuality. A bisexual identity doesn’t essentially add up to equal sexual desirability to both sexes. Generally, people who have a unique but not select sexual preference for a particular sex over the other also classify themselves as bisexual.

Bisexuality as such has been discerned in several human societies and also in the animal kingdom throughout history. The term “bisexuality” on the other hand, like the terms “homosexuality” and “heterosexuality” was only invented in the nineteenth century.

A Bit of History

Bisexuality isn’t a new concept and has been around for a very long time in various cultures, including ancient Greeks, Japanese and Native Americans. But even though it has been around for centuries, it hasn’t prevented bisexuality from being invalidated as imaginary or side-lined. Sigmund Freud even went as far as declaring: “A man’s heterosexuality will not put up with any homosexuality and vice versa.”

On days such as Bisexuality Awareness days, it is easy to reminisce and keep in mind that our contemporary ideas of collated sexual identity and sexual orientation have not been existent throughout history. Many cultures had no notion of “classifying” as bisexual, and many of them had awkward attitudes towards homosexuality at large. Things started to change in 1948 when Alfred Kinsey’s range of sexuality rated attraction to similar or different genders along a scale of zero to six. Only then did the current idea of bisexuality fully emerged, but despite the long history, there is still a long way to go.

The Bi Pride Flag

The Bisexual flag is one of the most recognized among the bi pride symbols. It can be seen waved alongside other pride flags such as the rainbow LGBT pride flag, pansexual pride flag, transgender pride flag, etc., at Pride events. Many distinct identities that fall under the LGBT + umbrella have their own symbols or flags with unique color schemes including the bisexual community.

The flag was designed by Michael page in 1998 and has three colors consisting of:

  • A wide magenta stripe on top – representing same-gender attraction (lesbian or gay)
  • A wide blue stripe on the bottom – representative of opposite-sex attraction (straight)
  • A thin lavender stipe in the middle – representing a blend of blue and pink which is indicative of both opposite- and same-gender attraction (bi).

The flag was revealed on 05 December 1998, the BiCafe’s first-anniversary celebration. Apart from the rainbow LGBT+ pride flag, is the bi pride flag most well-recognized.

The symbolism behind the colors on the Bi pride flag has a deeper meaning. The purple pixels or unnoticeable color blending of blue and pink just like the real world where bi people unnoticeably blend into either straight or lesbian/gay communities.

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