Senate debates

Thursday, 20 September 2018


Bisexual Awareness Week

12:35 pm

Photo of Janet RiceJanet Rice (Victoria, Australian Greens) Share this | | Hansard source

I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

  (i) this week is International Bisexual Awareness Week (Bi Week), and 23 September 2018 is Bisexual Visibility Day,

  (ii) Bi Week and Bisexual Visibility Day recognises and celebrates bisexual history, bisexual community and culture, bisexual people and identities, and also calls for greater visibility of bi+ stories,

  (iii) research has consistently shown that mental health for bisexual people is poorer than for heterosexual, gay or lesbian people—bisexual people report heightened feelings of isolation, anxiety, distress and self-doubt, and

  (iv) biphobia and bi-erasure lead to discrimination against bisexual people from both heterosexual communities and LGBTIQ+ communities; and

(b) calls on parliamentarians to:

  (i) recognise and celebrate the many contributions of bisexual people to Australian society,

  (ii) commit to elevating the voices and stories of bisexual people in this Parliament, and

  (iii) support the provision of essential health, social, cultural, and community services for bisexual people and their families, delivered with the meaningful input and involvement of these communities.

Question agreed to.