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Bisexual pride flag to fly on Hillcrest Pride Flag pole to honor #BiPride Week 2020

Bisexual pride flag to fly on Hillcrest Pride Flag pole to honor #BiPride Week 2020

The bisexual pride flag will fly in Hillcrest for a week starting today in honor of #BiWeek 2020.

Thanks to the efforts of local community member Matthew Phy, the bisexual flag has flown on the Hillcrest Pride Flag pole each year since 2017. That year, Phy realized that since its inception in 2012, the flag pole had flown other community flags like the transgender pride flag, but the bisexual flag had never been raised. Phy quickly reached out to several local groups including the San Diego Democrats for Equality, the Log Cabin Republicans of San Diego, and the San Diego LGBT Community Center to raise funds to purchase a custom bisexual pride flag to fly on the pole.

Noting that the initial fundraising project for the bisexual pride flag was not partisan in any way, Phy told SDLGBTN in 2017 that it was important to him to reach out to each of the groups and organizations that he did. 

"I think that working together and partnering with people who may have different views is more important than ever in our world today," said Phy.

Read SDLGBTN's full story on the first year the bisexual pride flag flew in Hillcrest here.

Co-founded by GLAAD, Bisexual+ Awareness Week seeks to accelerate acceptance of the bi+ (bisexual, pansexual, fluid, no label, queer, etc.) community. #BiWeek draws attention to the experiences, while also celebrating the resiliency of, the bisexual+ community.

Throughout #BiWeek, allies and bi+ people learn about the history, culture, community, and current policy priorities of bi+ communities. Learn more about #BiWeek here.

The Hillcrest Pride Flag was installed at the intersection of Normal Street and University Avenue in 2012 after a major push and fundraising by local community members. The flag pole, base, and surrounding area is managed and maintained by the Hillcrest Business Association (HBA). The flagpole most recently switched out the traditional LGBT pride flag for the "progress flag pride" with plans to keep that flag up for several months (the progress flag will return to the flagpole after flying the bisexual pride flag this week). The Hillcrest Pride Flag has also flown the transgender pride flag, the leather pride flag, the bear pride flag, and the United States flag (on federal holidays).