Bisexual and transgender communities have a long and deep history of allyship and solidarity. Bisexual transgender people have stood at the forefront of the struggle for LGBTQIA+ rights: at Stonewall, at Pride, and in leadership positions in organizations and legislative bodies across the world.
Today, as transgender, cisgender, and nonbinary representatives of the bisexual, pansexual, fluid, and non-monosexual community, we are here to reaffirm that relationship and to show that we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the trans community.
Vitriol and hate directed against the trans community proliferates in the press and online and fuels real world violence against trans individuals. We cannot allow it to continue any longer.
Recent statistics from Stonewall UK confirm that many trans people feel uncomfortable existing in public spaces because of fear of harassment or violence. This is an indictment of all of us. We must all do our utmost to crush transphobia and strive for radical trans acceptance.
Bisexual trans people are one of the most vulnerable demographics within the LGBTQIA+ community, particularly in terms of the rates of sexual violence. Trans and nonbinary people of colour especially, are incredibly vulnerable to rape and sexual assault. Our commitment against transphobia must be mindful of the ways it intersects with other marginalisations; especially racism, classism, misogyny, and ableism.
We see the wedge that some sections of the LGBTQIA+ community and their supporters are trying to drive between cisgender gay, lesbian, and bisexual people and our trans and nonbinary siblings and we refuse to allow them to succed.
It was not long ago that bisexual people were not welcome under the rainbow umbrella. Even today, we face significant biphobia from both within the LGBTQIA+ community and outside it. But we refuse to be silenced. We refused to allow biphobes to take our community backwards and exclude any member of the rainbow family and we refuse to let transphobes do the same.
The rhetoric of transphobia is driven by hate. It is hate not just for trans and nonbinary people but for all of us. We reject this divisive rhetoric and stand strong with our trans and nonbinary siblings. We stand with cisgender lesbian and gay trans allies, also.
We see those who seek to divide us dominating the conversation and we say ‘enough’. Our unity is our power. We will not be cowed.
Trans people are valued and vital members of the bisexual community and we will not let hateful people divide us. We must continue to speak out for and support trans people of all walks of life.
If you support this message and want to do more to help trans lives, please consider donating to:
- Action for Trans Health
- Gendered Intelligence
- Mermaids Gender
- Trans media watch
- Or any of the wonderful organisations listed here
Signed in solidarity,
Libby Baxter-Williams – Director, Biscuit
Pip Williams – Copywriter, My Kid Is Gay and Freelance Journalist
John G. – Organiser, London Bisexuals Meetup Group
Karen Pollock – Psychotherapist/ Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Bi Pride UK
Peter Herold – Bisexual activist
Ron J Suresha – Bisexual activist and author
Tess Brooks – Bisexual counsellor
Jon Ribbens – Bisexual activist
Marta Croche Trigo – Member, Mount Vernon High School Diversity Club
Frank Thies – Founder, Bi & Friends HH
Hafsa Qureshi – Stonewall Bi Role Model of the Year 2019
Theresa Enghardt – Bisexual activist
Rachel Hallows – Bi rep, NHS Lothian LGBT+ Staff Network
Arianna Ceraolo – BiFamlies
Jane Wallace – Researcher and Independent Scholar
Carissa Nicole Winn
Chris Bee – Support worker
Dominic Arnall – Memeber, London Bi Network
Rosie Nelson – University of Bristol PhD, Researcher of Bisexuality
Nevo Zisin – Trans & bi activist
Julie Cohen – Author/founder, Romantic Novelists’ Association Rainbow Chapter
Vaneet – Writer, producer and activist
Robin Goodwin – Scottish Bi+ Network
Lorna Ward – Scottish Bi+ Network
Jax Jacki Brown – LGBTIQ Disability Rights Activist
Misty Farquhar – Founder, Bisexual+ Community Perth
Julia Butler – Co-organizer, LGBTQ Anime Austin
Evan Slash Reed Peterson – Activist/Co-Editor, Bisexual Books
George Alabaster – Co-chair, Stonewall’s Bi Network
Diana Adams – Executive Director, Chosen Family Law Center, Inc.
Maggie Woodward – Director, Denton Deviants
Jen Yockney MBE – Editor, Bi Community News
Beth Sherouse, PhD – Bisexual writer and advocate
Madeline Seel – Bi activist/founder, bisexual advice and resource blog gettin-bi-bi-bi
Hana S. – VP, Queer student association
Emily Wright – BiPhoria
Manchester Sharks LGBT Water Polo Club – Bi-inclusive sports club
Jennie Rigg – Chair, LGBT+ Lib Dems
Alisdair Calder McGregor – Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate/ member of the LibDems Federal Policy Committee/FPC liaison, LGBT+LDs
Richard Gadsden – Parliamentary candidate, Liberal Democrats
Luigi Ferrer – South Florida Bisexual+ Network (SFBN+)
Faith Cheltenham – Independent Black bi and intersex liberty worker
Holly Matthies – Bisexual activist/volunteer, Biphoria
Catherine S Goodacre
Calum Shepherd – Co-Founder, Scottish Bi+ Network
Cat Telford – Activist, feminist and human rights campaigner
Kerry Rush – Positive Change Arts Projects
Graeme Thomson – Chair, Friends of Cumbernauld’s Stations
Nic Bullen – Co-Chair, Stonewall’s Bi Network Group/Grants Manager, Stonewall
Angela Anderson – Committee Member, Bi+ Glasgow
Nico Gomez – Bi Writer/Creator, reFAB Magazine
Ralf Eckstein – Board Member, Bisexuelles Netzwerk e.V.
Donna Reynolds – Committee Member, Bi+ Glasgow
John Bennett – Committee Member, Bi+ Glasgow
Dawn Wilson – Coordinator, Clydebank High School LGBTQ+ Committee/ Trade union activist
Molly Maher – Senior Campaigns Officer, Stonewall
Laura Russell – Director of Campaigns, Policy and Research, Stonewall
Marcus Morgan – Chair, The Bisexual Index
Inga B – Development Council Member, Stonewall
Hilde Vossen – Coordinator, European Bisexual Network for Activists