Bi+ Visibility Day 2022

Campaign: #BiVisible
For this year’s Bi+ Visibility Day

The goal of the campaign is to empower bisexual people, to create visibility through a large number of participants as well as to highlight the diversity of bisexual people.

We understand bisexual as all people who do not have romantic and/or sexual relationships exclusively with people of a certain gender.

The campaign was initiated jointly by the PROUT AT WORK-Foundation and Accenture.

#BiVisible – Bi+ Visibility Day 2022

Bi+ Visibility Day has been established in 1999 and falls on the 23. Of September each year. Its’ goal is to raise awareness of, and celebrate the complex life situations of bisexual persons. For this day, we interviewed bisexuals about how they view their own bisexuality, and what their wishes are, related to it. We collected their answers here for you:

Sarah Schiller (she / her), Head of Trial Molds Replacement – R&D Tires, Continental

How do you experience the topic of bisexuality at work?

In the engeneering world, I perceive mostly heterosexual men, who have had homoerotic experiences, but distance themselves from bi+ or homo+. It seems that bisexuality doesnt quite fit into the world view of their colleagues. In that context, Bi+ is often associated with promiscuity or lack of decisiveness.

How do you, as a bisexual person, want to be viewed?

I dont agree with prejudiced labels. For example, I am completely monogamous by my own decision, and I am only in a relationship with one person at a time, „despite“ being bi+. I dont want to be judged as poly/mono based on my bisexuality; everyone should find happiness in their own ways; the most important thing for me is to be seen as myself.

How can this topic be taken up in a work environment?

Awareness is, same as in all LGBTIQ themes, the key to getting rid of prejudice, and prevent unreflected hurt in the future. Thats why Visibility campaigns like Bi+Visibility Day are so important!

How do you experience the topic of bisexuality at work?

I am a bisexual single mother. Most oft he time, I´m not perceived as a bisexual or part oft he LGBTIQ* Community, since I have a child from a relationship with a man. When I tell my colleagues that I am active in the LGBT* Community in my company, the first reaction is often confusion. When I out myself as bisexual afterwards, the responses are neutral. I also experienced that a lesbian colleague on an LGBT* meeting by the company suddenly, and very obviously, lost interest  in me when I told her I´m bisexual. The reality of bisexual people not being taken seriously in the LGBT* community is also sadly reoccurring reality. I have heard people refer to me with „When you still were lesbian.“ Or „when you played for the other team“ and that made me as a bisexual person, feel misunderstood. Even with neutral reactions, I feel insecure about what my colleagues think and if theyre prejudiced. It´s important to me to be able to come out to people, because my bisexuality is part of my history and what makes me me.

How do you, as a bisexual person, want to be viewed?

I fall in love with a person. Despite their gender. My Bisexuality is not a phase, I am not confused, I know very well what I wish for in a relationship. Despite that, the way to get there wasn´t easy, I myself thought I had to „pick a side“ and came out as lesbian. At some point I had to out myself again as bisexual, when I understood that I could also fall in love with men, and that it is okay. My non-binary gender Identity was overlooked for a long time. Thats what shaped my history and experiences.

How can this topic be taken up in a work environment?

The topic of bisexuality is given room, if there is conversation about the LGBT* Community on a company level. (Presentations, Diversity & inclusion)

Rafaella Fabris (she / her), Quality Manager, Infineon Technologies
Frank thies (he/him), teacher, diversity representative

How do you experience the topic of bisexuality at work?

I am not only a teacher who is concerned with diversity at my school, but also diversity representative who gives advice and coordinates projects. I am openly bisexual. Colleagues have talked to me regarding my newspaper interviews, and congratulated me on them. They approve of me.Nowadays, I experience more and more students coming out, especially as bisexual, non-binary or trans*. Gay and bisexual boys are more apprehensive.On the 23. Of September, we will raise the bisexual flag in my school.

How do you want to be viewed as a bisexual person?

Fundamentally, my bisexuality is only one of many properties of my person. I am also creative, reliable, empathic, often impatient, hilarious, I love board- and cardgames, fantasy, writing and yoga.But visibility is extremely important to bisexual people, because theyre often overlooked or actively made to be invisible.I think bisexuality is a gift, and thats why I want beauty to be seen in it.

How can this topic be taken up in a work environment?

Trough diversity-working groups, trough the raising oft he Bi-Flag, trough normalizing that people can love other people with different genders. Even more than one person at the same time. Trough supporting Bi+Pride. By attendance of #TeachOut (if you habe a teaching background). The own coming out encourages others, thats why if you have a good relationship with work colleagues, and are well liked/accepted-what are you waiting for? If not for yourself, do it for others!


In addition to the Bi+ hashtag campaign, there will also be a panel discussion on 23 September. We will talk to bi_sexual people about the (in)visibility of bisexuality in society and in the workplace, biases and what each individual can do to contribute to a better, more open environment for bi+ people. #WeAreFamily

The panel discussion is free of charge for all interested parties and will take place from 5 pm to 6:30 pm.

Tips for bisexual people

Coming out as bisexual today can still be fraught with difficulties and experiences of discrimination. If it helps you,

  • Look for allies / role models in the company.
  • Network with the LGBT*IQ network.
  • Seek support in dealing with inappropriate comments or discriminatory behavior.
  • Always remember: you determine the timing and nature of your coming out.

Tips For Companies

  • Sensitize for unconscious bias
  • Create clear requirement profiles
  • Anonymize hiring process
  • Establishment / strengthening of the internal LGBT*IQ network.

TIps for Allies

  • Inform yourself about bisexual topics.
  • Use gender inclusive language.
  • Do not fetishize bisexual relationships.
  • Stand up for the rights and against the discrimination of bisexual people. For example, support the nodoption campaign, which opposes stepchild adoption among rainbow families and advocates for the recognition of parenthood.
We look forward to a successful campaign!

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.