A bisexual writer and activist has started the hashtag #DoBetterBiUs, urging queer media to report better on bisexual issues and avoid buying into biphobia.

Lois Shearing’s article posted on The Queerness said that queer media must stop perpetuating common myths about bisexual people, including that all bi people are really either straight or gay.

Shearing took to Twitter with the hashtag, suggesting ways the rest of the LGBTI community can be supportive of bisexual folks.

She posted that queer media shouldn’t assume that covering gay issues automatically included bisexual issues.

“Separate us out. Give us the space we deserve,” she wrote.

She also wrote that bisexual people must be believed and supported in relation to experiencing sexual violence—statistics suggest bi women are far more likely than either lesbians or straight women to be sexually assaulted.

Other Twitter users have begun using the hashtag to talk about their own experiences of biphobia.

New Zealand’s Beyond Binaries Aotearoa shared a number of stories.

“When I told a gay guy that I’d hooked up with that I was bi, he said, ‘Nope, you’re gay. There’s no such thing as bi and I should know because I used to say I was bi, too.’ That made me feel like I wasn’t real, that I was confused, that I had something wrong with me,” read one story.

“When I came out as bi, one relative said, ‘Stick to girls so you don’t get AIDS’… It made me feel like being bi was dirty and risky, not something to celebrate,” said another.

Beyond Binaries Aotearoa also called attention to the erasure inherent in the names of many LGBTI organisations that are called “Gay [Whatever]”.

They suggested that such organisations consider adopting more inclusive names to explicitly welcome bi and other diverse LGBTI community members.

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