By Robyn Ochs
“Where do you get your Vitamin B+?” This was the opening question at the digital brunch on December 5th, 2021.
The research is clear: bi+ people face significant identity stress. We are misunderstood, erased, and gaslighted. All too often, our very existence is denied. That given, where do we find affirmation and validation? Where do we find nourishment for our identities?
Here’s what was shared by brunch participants:
Spending time with bi women friends.
Hanging out with a group of bi and otherwise queer friends.
Watching shows with positive bi+ and queer portrayals such as the reboot of One Day at a Time, Schitt’s Creek, and Good Trouble.
Reading books with a bi+ main character and young adult books with bi+ and queer characters. Examples given were: That Inevitable Victorian Thing, by E.K. Johnston, and Untamed, by Glennon Doyle.
Watching short films or web series that are lesbian-themed.
Watching queer content on YouTube.
Reading Lesbian Connection.
Mentioning bi things to folks who may or may not be part of this community.
Having bi-colored hair and wearing queer pride t-shirts.
Wearing my BI-dentity very openly: bi pride earrings, pins, t-shirts, having a bi decal on my car, etc.
Participating in bi groups and events; marching with the bi group in my pride parade.
Attending Bisexual Organizing Project’s BECAUSE Conference.
Writing. And dreaming.
Writing for Bi Women Quarterly.
Attending these digital brunches! From this group!
Here’s food for thought: Where do you get your Vitamin B+? Are you getting enough to thrive? If not, what will you do to increase your intake?
Robyn Ochs is the editor of Bi Women Quarterly.