The City Council will fly the Bi Pride flag over the Town Hall for the first time on Friday 23 September to mark International Bi-visibility Day.
Bi-visibility Day celebrates bisexuality, bisexual history, and bisexual community and culture.
Bi-visibility day was first celebrated in 1999, and this year the pink, purple and blue Bi Pride flag will be flown over the 1930’s extension of Oxford Town Hall to acknowledge our support of Bi-visibility. The Council also plans to mark the International Trans Day of Remembrance by flying the Trans Pride flag on 20 November.
Bi-visibility Day also aims to raise awareness of biphobia, which is intense dislike of bisexuality and bisexual people as a social group or as individuals. Biphobia is a source of discrimination against bisexual people, and may be based on negative bisexual stereotypes or irrational fear.
Cllr Ed Turner, Deputy Leader of Oxford City Council, said: “As a council we are aware of the real problems still faced by the Bi community, and that having greater visibility will be important in tackling these. Flying this flag was an initiative of those with first-hand knowledge of these issues and we are very glad to be doing so, especially on Bi-visibility Day. We want Oxford to be a city which is welcoming and tolerant to all, and where discrimination has no place.”