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We, the undersigned, petition the Council to mark Bi Visibility Day, 23 September, each year, either by flying the bisexual flag, or illuminating the town hall in the bi flag colours of pink, purple and blue.

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Bi Visibility Day has been marked around the world on the 23rd September each year for the past 18 years. The first time it was celebrated, 23 September 1999, it was marked in three countries - the USA, South Africa, and here in Manchester.

Research shows that bisexual people are less likely than gay or lesbian people to feel they can be out at work, and face significant physical and mental health inequalities.  Bisexual erasure & invisibility contribute to those problems.  In addition to helping raise visibility, the day celebrates bi communities and the support they give.

As the city that is home to both Bi Community News magazine and the UK's longest-running bi support organisation, BiPhoria, Manchester has marked Bi Visibility Day in some way every year. 

However the council - which earned a reputation in the 80s and 90s for biphobia and bi erasure - has yet to give its support.

In 2016 the UK's celebrations included a ministerial message of support from Justine Greening MP, and many town halls either flying the bi flag as in Brighton, Camden, Wakefield, Oxford and others; or in the case of Leeds lighting up the Civic Hall in purple for the night.  It is time our council showed its support too.

Submitted by BiPhoria
Open from 28 Sep 2016 to 26 Jun 2017
Signatures: 24   [Go to signatures]

BiPhoria, the e-Petition Creator, joined by:

  1. Mr Alexander Warren on 15 Jun 2017
  2. Ms Sophie Crane on 31 May 2017
  3. Miss Jocelyn Hordern on 05 May 2017
  4. Miss Dawn Wright on 02 May 2017
  5. Mr Scott Glynn on 22 Apr 2017
  6. Ms Natasha Franklin on 03 Apr 2017
  7. Ms R J Eliot on 28 Feb 2017
  8. Miss Emma Coyle on 25 Feb 2017
  9. Miss Sian Millward on 25 Feb 2017
  10. Mr Mark Beards on 25 Feb 2017
This is the list of the 10 most recent signatures. View all 24 signatures