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Did Hillcrest forget the 'B' in LGBTQ this week?

The Bisexual Pride flag is absent on the flagpole in Hillcrest during Bisexual Pride week.
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Look up!

No, not at the enveloping rain clouds that smothered sunny San Diego at the beginning of the week. Look up at the towering LGBTQ Pride flag in Hillcrest.

I’ll tell you what you won’t see, you won’t see the pink, purple, and blue hues of a waving Bisexual Pride flag.

But why would that matter?

It matters because it would mean something to every single Bi+ person who has ever felt alone, invisible, and/or ashamed of his or her identity.      

Monday, Sept. 19, marked the beginning of #BiWeek: A week dedicated to raising awareness for the Bisexual+ community. We get a whole week! *sarcasm *

Chances are many people, both LGBTQ and straight, didn’t even know this week existed. While it may seem trivial to some, visibility matters.

The inclusion of Bi+ individuals is inadequate to say the least, even among Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender people.

Far too many still question the very existence and/or legitimacy of bisexuality.

I’ll let you in on a secret – it’s not a phase.

I know these demeaning attitudes exist even today. I have experienced them first-hand as a bisexual man, countless times.

It really makes you question the meaning of “community” after the letters LGBTQ.

Many in the LGBTQ community have referred to 2016 as the “Year of the T.”

Indeed, it has been amazing to see trans issues and transgender people receive the recognition, understanding, and visibility that they have always deserved.

I want to see that same recognition, understanding, and visibility for the Bi+ community in San Diego.

It starts with Hillcrest honoring the bisexual community in the same way the transgender community was honored.

This week, the bisexual pride flag should be flying high above Normal and University.  

Bisexual representation does matter.

Celebrating and including the Bi+ community also matters, immensely.

The least that Hillcrest can do is to honor an important week with an important symbol soaring high above San Diego’s best neighborhood.