A day to recognize and celebrate bisexual history, community and cultureA day to recognize and celebrate bisexual history, community and culture.
We are marking Bi Visibility Day on 23 September , as part of our ongoing efforts to bring employees with shared characteristics together in a safe space and offer them a range of opportunities.
Bi Visibility Day, which is also known as International Celebrate Bisexuality Day, has been marked each year since 1999 to highlight biphobia and to help people find the bisexual community. This day is a call for the bisexual community, their friends and supporters to recognize and celebrate bisexual history, bisexual community and culture, and all the bisexual people in their lives.
Charley Crabb, an Enfys member has said the following:
“I would say raising awareness of bi identities is so important and I can personally attest to the benefits, particularly working in PHW when Enfys have been so supportive. Biphobia and bi-erasure is so prolific not only in attitudes generally but also sometimes unfortunately from within the LGBTQIA+ community itself. Having a network such an Enfys saying ‘your identity is valid and accepted’ makes me feel stronger to tackle biphobia in my everyday life too, especially as a lot of the time is it just a lack of education that leads to negative views/comments (which is massively exacerbated in pop culture).
"When I approached the Enfys team and spoke about my experience as a bisexual person and the fact that this is the first work place I have felt comfortable enough to voice my identity clearly in, I was met with such warmth and immediately given resources for talking to colleagues about common issued faced by bi folx which was hugely validating and the resources are really useful!”
Public Health Wales is proud to support our LGBT+ staff, and have signed up as a Stonewall Diversity Champion, and in January this year we came into the Stonewall Top 100 Employers for the first time.
We are committed to ensuring we have a workplace that is free of discrimination, where everyone can be themselves, and have prepared the attached factsheet so people can find out more:
Our Enfys Network welcomes all LGBT+ Staff, and also staff who do not identify as LGBT+ as allies. If you would like to find out more about the Enfys Network, or would be interested in signing up as an Ally to show your support, please contact Lewis Owen and Gavin Collins, Co-chairs of the Enfys Network, or visit the LGBT+ Page of our Intranet.