Activist and author Nicole Kristal created Still Bisexual in 2015 after growing frustrated with the lack of social acceptance for bisexuals despite wider gains for gays and lesbians. It was 2015 and bisexuality was still seen as “a phase,” and bisexuals were still being labeled “greedy,” “confused,” “unfaithful,” and “promiscuous.” Kristal thought if we could make folks realize the bisexual identity for most was lifelong and that bisexuals in committed monogamous relationships hadn’t “picked a side,” but instead were still bisexual, we could finally start to debunk some of the stereotypes. Kristal filmed a video of herself and two bisexual friends, flipping handwritten cards to music, discussing how they came to realize their bisexual orientation was lifelong and that they were in fact still bisexual.
The #StillBisexual social media campaign exploded, leading to coverage in NBC News, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, The Advocate, The Daily Mail, The Huffington Post, and The Daily Beast. Still Bisexual was listed as a “must-have resource” for bisexual health by the Human Rights Campaign. People around the country and the world started to participate and tell their stories. Still Bisexual now has more than 100 videos of bi+ people of all ages, races, and gender identities flipping handwritten cards outlining their journey to self-acceptance and has nearly 20,000 followers on Twitter and Facebook.
Still Bisexual expanded beyond a social media campaign to become a full-fledged 501(c)(3) bisexual education and health advocacy organization representing folks across the nation who identify as bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer—or prefer to use no label at all to define their attraction to multiple genders. In 2018, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, which provides sex education to Los Angeles Unified School District, began using Still Bisexual’s LGBTQIA+ curriculum videos to train 60 peer advocates in LGBTQIA+ competency, reaching 15,000 students. Still Bisexual is currently a subcontractor for #Out4MentalHealth, for the California LGBTQ Health and Human Services Network, helping facilitate new mental health policy for LGBTQ Californians.
Our mission is to foster public acceptance, awareness and understanding of bisexual, pansexual, fluid, and queer identities and the challenges they face; to develop and promote self-acceptance, personal empowerment and visibility among bisexual, pansexual, fluid, and queer people; and to foster inclusivity and acceptance for bisexual, pansexual, fluid and queer people among the larger LGBTQIA+ community.