Bi+ folks are speaking up about this notable instance of bisexual erasure. BOP Chair Camille Holthaus wrote an excellent piece on her blog called Bi Erasure or Why Presidential Hugs Don’t Mean We’re Visible.
Bi erasure is complicated. It is done to us when bisexuals are relabeled as gay, lesbian or straight by the media or historians. It is done to us when headlines, event announcements and “inclusive” pride parades don’t say bisexual. We do it to ourselves whenever we allow someone to assume that we are straight, gay or lesbian.
You can read more about the Executive Order and the signing ceremony here: President Obama Signs a New Executive Order to Protect LGBT Workers and watch video of the ceremony below.