Celebrate Bisexuality Day

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Celebrate Bisexuality Day
Official name Celebrate Bisexuality Day
Also called Bisexual Pride Day, Bi Visibility Day, CBD, Bisexual Pride and Bi Visibility Day
Observed by Bisexual, pansexual, fluid community and their families, friends, allies and supporters
Observances Teach-ins, Poetry reading, Concerts, Festivals, Parties, Picnics
Date September 23
Next time 23 September 2014 (2014-09)
Frequency annual
Related to LGBT Pride

Celebrate Bisexuality Day is observed on September 23 by members of the bisexual community and their supporters.[1][2][3]

This day is a call for the bisexual community, their friends and supporters to recognize and celebrate bisexuality, bisexual history, bisexual community and culture, and all the bisexual people in their lives.[4][5][6]

First observed in 1999,[7][8] Celebrate Bisexuality Day is the brainchild of three United States bisexual rights activists: Wendy Curry of Maine, Michael Page of Florida, and Gigi Raven Wilbur of Texas.[9] Wilbur said,

Ever since the Stonewall rebellion, the gay and lesbian community has grown in strength and visibility. The bisexual community also has grown in strength but in many ways we are still invisible. I too have been conditioned by society to automatically label a couple walking hand in hand as either straight or gay, depending upon the perceived gender of each person.[10]

This celebration of bisexuality in particular, as opposed to general LGBT events, was conceived as a response to the prejudice and marginalization of the bisexual persons by some in both the straight and greater LGBT communities. To quote Wendy Curry, "We were sitting around at one of the annual bi conventions, venting and someone--I think it was GiGi--said we should have a party. We all loved the great bisexual, Freddie Mercury. His birthday was in September, so why not Sept? We wanted a weekend day to ensure the most people would do something. GiGi's birthday was Sept 23rd. It fell on a weekend day, so, poof! We had a day." [11][12] In its first year, an observance was held during the meeting of the International Lesbian and Gay Association, which occurred during the week of the 23rd.

While at first it only took hold in areas with an extremely strong bisexual presence, it is now celebrated in some countries outside the United States, including Canada and Australia. It features discussions, dinner parties and dances in Toronto, and a large masquerade ball in Queensland, Australia.[citation needed] At Texas A&M University, the week featured discussion panels and question-and-answer sessions. It has also been celebrated in Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Sweden and the United Kingdom.[13][14][15]

On September 18, 2012, Berkeley, California became what is thought to be the first city in the U.S. to officially proclaim a day recognizing bisexuals.[16] The Berkeley City Council unanimously and without discussion declared Sept. 23 as Bisexual Pride and Bi Visibility Day.[17]

In 2013 on Celebrate Bisexuality Day, the White House held a closed-door meeting with almost 30 bisexual advocates so they could meet with government officials and discuss issues of specific importance to the bisexual community; this was the first bi-specific event ever hosted by any White House.[18][19]

On the same day in the UK, government minister for Women and Equalities Jo Swinson MP issued a statement saying, "I welcome Bi Visibility Day which helps to raise awareness of the issues that bisexual people can face and provides an opportunity to celebrate diversity and focus on the B in LGB&T."[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yes, 23 is everywhere. Here are 23 examples in the GTA". Toronto: The Planet Star. February 15, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Weekend Festivities Celebrate Bisexuality". Nl.newsbank.com. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  3. ^ Celebrate Bisexuality Day. University of Calgary Undergraduate Student Newsweekly.
  4. ^ BiSexuality Day. Celebrate Bisexuality Day.[dead link]
  5. ^ "Celebrate Bisexuality Day" press release.
  6. ^ Toronto Bisexual Network: Celebrate Bisexuality Day
  7. ^ Day celebrates bisexuality, dispels myths. The Michigan Daily.[dead link]
  8. ^ Bi Community Celebrates. Bay Windows; 9/25/2003, Vol. 21 Issue 41, p3-3, 1/4p
  9. ^ Scene Around Town. Bay Windows; 9/28/2000, pN.PAG, 00p
  10. ^ Wong, Curtis (2013-09-24). "'Celebrate Bisexuality Day' Exists Because Of These Three LGBT Activists". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  11. ^ http://www.binetusa.org/regional/chicago/Chicago_Bi_Newsletter_CBD2013.pdf
  12. ^ "BiNet USA". BiNet USA. 1990-06-23. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  13. ^ Paul ColichmanChief Executive Officer (2013-10-23). "Bisexuality Day". Planetout.com. Retrieved 2013-12-03. [dead link]
  14. ^ "Bikonferens - Bisexual Conference in Sweden during Celebrate Bisexuality Day!". Ilga-europe.org. 2006-09-23. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  15. ^ "UK Events to mark International Celebrate Bisexuality Day". September23.bi.org. Retrieved 2013-12-03. 
  16. ^ "Berkeley becomes first US city to declare Bisexual Pride Day, support ‘marginalized’ group". The Washington Post. Retrieved 19 September 2012. [dead link]
  17. ^ "Berkeley Lawmakers Recognize Bisexual Pride Day". Mercury News. Associated Press. September 18, 2012. Archived from the original on September 20, 2012. 
  18. ^ "In Historic First, Bi Activists Gather at White House". http://www.bilerico.com. September 25, 2013. Retrieved October 10, 2013. 
  19. ^ "White House to hold closed-door session on bisexual issues next month". http://www.washingtonpost.com/. August 22, 2013. Retrieved October 10, 2013. 
  20. ^ "UK equalities minister welcomes Bi Visibility Day". http://www.bimedia.org/. 23 September 2013. 

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