March 1 marks #ZeroDiscriminationDay and the beginning of Bisexual Health Awareness Month
🚫 On March 1, Zero Discrimination Day is celebrated. Its purpose is to build a momentum for the elimination of prejudice embedded in our norms, social institutions, legal system, or the economy. More importantly, this day serves as a reminder that everyone deserves to live a full, productive, and dignified life.
✍️ With this year’s theme “Save lives: Decriminalize,” we are taking the opportunity to highlight the suffering of vulnerable populations whose identities, beliefs, or occupations are unfairly prohibited.
🌍 In many regions of the world, homosexual acts, sex work, or anti-establishment thoughts are punishable by law, pushing many groups of people into a powerless position and leaving them without crucial protection. It is a situation of blatant discrimination that is rooted in fear, ignorance, and resistance to change, and one that needs to be rectified.
💗💜💙 Fittingly, today also marks the beginning Bi+ Health Awareness Month, which aims to raise awareness of the invisibility of bisexual people in healthcare. The health issues faced by bisexual people are greatly concerning, such as higher suicide rates than gay men or lesbians, or higher likelihood to have eating disorder when compared to lesbians. However, only limited attention is given due to a myriad of myths around bisexuality.
❗️With persisting discrimination against bisexual people, we cannot effectively address their struggles, and bi persons will continue to lead less than meaningful lives.
#WeAreManusyhan ♾️ Equal Human Beings
✊ Manushya Foundation does not tolerate discrimination of any forms and is committed to putting its effort into ending discrimination based on gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, and disability. The world has no place for hate. Acceptance of differences is the only way to move forward.
UNAIDS, Zero Discrimination Day 2023, available at: https://www.unaids.org/en/2023-zero-discrimination-day
Bisexual Resource Center, Why Bi+ Health Matters, available at: https://bihealthmonth.biresource.org/resources-content/why-bi-health-matters/