why ‘bi privilege’ is a harmful concept

Lana Ka’ahumanu at the 1984 Lesbian and Gay Freedom Day Parade

Bisexuality was first used, as sexual attraction to men and women, in 1892 by American neurologist Charles Gilbert Chaddock, though it didn’t gain popular traction in Western culture until the 1970s. In 1987, when we were starting to understand more about gender, major bi activist Lani Ka’ahumanu defined bisexuality as “attraction regardless of gender,” and the 1990 bi manifesto says to not assume that there are only…