More than ten thousand people have now signed a petition challenging Google’s decision to block ‘bisexual’ from its predictive search. When users type words like ‘gay’ or ‘lesbian’ into the Google search page, it suggests what they might be looking for – gay dating, gay pride, gay marriage, gay support… but for ‘bisexual’, it offers no suggestions.
That makes it that bit harder for bis seeking advice and support to find what they’re looking for online – and to find out about groups like Manchester BiPhoria, Bisexual Underground or Brighton BothWays, events like BiCon and BiFest or publications like Bi Community News and the Bisexuality Report. And it signals that ‘bisexual’ is a bad word – Google’s blocking settings are supposed to be there to prevent people accidentally seeing offensive or disturbing content.
The petition has now passed 13,000 signatures.