Gigi Raven Wilbur

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Gigi Raven Wilbur is an American bisexuality rights activist. [1] She identifies as pansexual, and according to herself has been active in the BDSM community for over twenty years. [2] She has a bachelor's degree in philosophy and a master's degree in social work. [1]

Wilbur was a state organizer in Texas with a bisexuality radio show, and a coordinator for BiNet USA. [3][4] In 1999, the first Celebrate Bisexuality Day was organized by her, Wendy Curry, and Michael Page; 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." [4][3]

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. [1]

In 1999, Wilbur was awarded the American Institute of Bisexuality Globe Award for outstanding service to the bisexual world community. [1]

As of 2008, she lives in Houston, Texas, and is the coordinator of the adult campground and the sex-positive Temple of Aphrodite at Dragons Wylde Ranch. [5]

Wilbur stated in 2008, "my birth gender was altered shortly after I was born...I am hermaphrodite. That is my true gender." [5]

She is the author of The Dominant’s Handbook: An Intimate Guide to BDSM Play, and published the essay “Walking in the Shadows: Third Gender and Spirituality” (about being intersex) in Trans/Forming Feminism, Trans-feminist Voices Speak Out, edited by Krista Scott-Dixon. [6][7][5] As of 2008, she publishes a column in the pagan publication "Rogue Moon." [5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "'Celebrate Bisexuality Day' Exists Because Of These Three LGBT Activists". Huffingtonpost.com. 2013-09-24. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  2. ^ "Raven's Lair". Myravenslair.com. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  3. ^ a b "BiNet USA". BiNet USA. 1990-06-23. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  4. ^ a b http://www.binetusa.org/regional/chicago/Chicago_Bi_Newsletter_CBD2013.pdf
  5. ^ a b c d Tim Brookover (2008-01-01). "Beyond Two Genders". OutSmart Magazine. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  6. ^ "Raven's Lair". Myravenslair.com. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 
  7. ^ "Raven's Lair". Myravenslair.com. Retrieved 2014-01-07.