BBC World Service airs rare bisexuality doc
Journalist Nichi Hodgson has recorded a documentary for BBC World Service exploring what it means to be bisexual.
The 30-minute programme, created by radio indie Made in Manchester, will air at 1330 and 2200 BST today (Tuesday).
The focus of the doc is to explore what it is like to be bisexual for both men and women in different parts of the world.
Producer Ashley Byrne says: “Bisexuality can mean different things. There are people who identify more straight or gay, but still feel bisexual. Others who feel completely 50:50 and others for whom sexuality is fluid and has shifted hugely over time.
“Being Bisexual is one of the few programmes in the entire current season of programmes on the BBC around LGBT that focuses exclusively on bisexuality. Bi-invisibility is a huge issue which goes under the radar. The B in the acronym is often overlooked in society and the media. So it’s great to be able to do this programme. Let’s hope it’s the start of a few more programmes across all media to look at bisexuality.’
During the programme, Nichi reflects on how bisexual men and women are often treated differently, and asks if it is more difficult to be a bi man than a bi woman. She also hears how misunderstandings about what being bisexual means often leads to prejudice from both the straight and gay communities.
The programme also goes along to the world’s first bisexual themed Pride event in Tel Aviv, hears what it is like to be bisexual in Iran, and finds out how activists are trying to develop safe spaces for bisexual people in South Africa. Nichi also challenges her own mother about her perception of her daughter’s sexuality.
The Documentary: Being Bisexual is being broadcast alongside a season of programmes on the BBC marking the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK in 1967.