Celebrate Bisexuality Day
Also known as
Bisexual Pride and Visibility Day
Bisexual Pride Day
Bi Visibility Day
International Celebrate Bisexuality Day
annually on September 23rd (since 1999)
Celebrate Bisexuality Day, which goes by a variety of other names such as Bisexual Pride Day, Bi Visibility Day, CBD, International Celebrate Bisexuality Day, Bisexuality+ Day, and Bisexual Pride and Bi Visibility Day, is a day for people to recognize and celebrate bisexual history, bisexual culture, the bisexual people in their lives, bisexual activists and artists, and the bisexual community as a whole. LGBTQ organizations work to increase inclusivity and sensitivity for bisexual individuals on the day. The day is marked with film fests, parties, educational forums, and various community activities.
Celebrate Bisexuality Day came about in response to prejudice and marginalization that bisexuals experienced from both straight people and from those within the LGBT community. It was first observed in 1999, after being thought up by three bisexual rights activists: Wendy Curry, Michael Page, and Gigi Raven Wilbur. It was decided that the day would take place during September because Freddie Mercury, the singer of Queen, who was a bisexual, was born during the month. It was then decided that the holiday would be on September 23 because that was Gigi Raven Wilbur's birthday.
During its first year, Celebrate Bisexuality Day was observed internationally at the International Lesbian and Gay Association Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, as well as in Manchester, England, at an event organized by BiPhoria. The day has officially been proclaimed in some localities. For example, Bisexual Pride and Bi Visibility Day was proclaimed to take place on September 23, 2012, in Berkeley, California. In 2013, the Obama White House held a meeting with bisexual advocates, the first meeting or event devoted specifically to bisexuality that ever took place at the White House. Since 2014, Celebrate Bisexuality Day has taken place during Bi Awareness Week, also known as Bisexual+ Awareness Week, which begins on the Sunday prior to today's holiday. Celebrate Bisexuality Day has expanded across the globe since its start, having been marked in over 30 countries by 2018.
How to Observe Celebrate Bisexuality Day
Some ideas on how to observe the day include:
- Read A History of Bisexuality or another book about bisexuality.
- Attend a film festival devoted to bisexuality, or watch a film that focuses on bisexuality.
- Check for events related to the day taking place near you, or explore events from past years.
- Support or become part of an organization devoted to bisexuality such as the Bisexual Resource Center or BiNet USA.
- Pay recognition to the bisexuals in your life.
- Follow the Twitter and Facebook pages devoted to the day.