Bi Visibility Day is one of the busiest days of the year for bisexual activists all over the world. For bisexuals in Tel Aviv it was not only a busy day, it was a historical one.
“I am not Schrodinger’s bisexual. I’m not lesbian when you see me with a woman and I’m not straight when I’m dating a man. I am BISEXUAL and I don’t need you in order to define myself” (Photo by Theresa Leheman)
On September 23, Tel Aviv had its first Bisexual Pride Parade, making it one of only two cities worldwide to do so.
Organized by the Bi/Pan/Poly Forum, a group founded by around 18 activists and which recently agreed to join the Israeli National LGBT Task Force, the event began as a parade on some main roads in Tel Aviv and ended in Gan-Mei’r were bisexuals and their allies gathered for speeches by members of the community.
Omer T., a bisexual who attended the historic event shared her experience and why this event means so much to the bisexual community of Israel.
“It was a liberating experience,” Omer began. “It felt like I’m not alone…there was an extremely strong sense of community.”
According to Omer around 200 individuals showed up to the parade, which was a “heartwarming surprise” since the predicted numbers for attendance were low.