Celebrate Bisexuality Day
|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/Non-Monosexual Queer-identified and Questioning people along with their families, friends, allies and supporters|
|Observances||Teach-ins, Poetry reading, Concerts, Festivals, Parties, Picnics|
|Next time||23 September 2016|
|Related to||LGBT Pride|
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.
First observed in 1999, 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. 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.
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."  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. 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.
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. The Berkeley City Council unanimously and without discussion declared Sept. 23 as Bisexual Pride and Bi Visibility Day.
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.
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."
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- Events to mark Bi Visibility Day
- Celebrating Bisexuality by Wendy Curry in BiWomen Vol. 17 No. 6 Dec 1999/Jan 2000 at Bisexual Resource Center website, archived 2007 May 25 by Internet Archive's Wayback Machine
- What's in a Name? by Wendy Curry in Curried Spam September 2007