LGBT students voted to use the term ‘bi+’ instead of ‘bisexual’


The news comes from the National Union of Students’ LGBT Conference, which took place in the beginning of March. The conference passed a motion to rename its Bi caucus and Bi students’ rep and rewrite all documentation about bisexual people to instead refer to ‘Bi+’, because there are more than two gender identities, there are non-binary, gender-fluid, and gender non-confirming people, to whom one may be attracted as well, belonging to bi+ category. “A person does not have to experience all forms of attraction (sexual Romantic, sensual, aesthetic or platonic) towards multiple gender identities to still fall under the Bi+ umbrella,” the motion reads, On its Twitter account, the NUS LGBT+ Campaign – which doesn’t seem in a hurry to rename itself the NUS LGB+T+ campaign – confirmed: “Motion 406: Bye Bi, Welcome Bi+ has passed.” As Heat Street notes, students at the LGBT conference also tabled a motion to rename the black students’ caucus to the QTIPOC caucus, because “the current definition of Black [is not] inclusive”. The new acronym apparently stands for “Queer Trans Intersex People of Colour”.Students claimed that “the use of the term ‘black’ as an umbrella can present itself as a barrier and a silencing mechanism, to the voices of ethnically black individuals within the student movement.”The motion was “sent to Black caucus following a procedural motion”, but the national students’ body has already started using the new acronym.


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