It’s rare that I can say I witnessed a piece of history, but I was there when the discussions of the first Bisexuality Day was being bounced around. I know all three of the original organizers and became close friends with them: Wendy Curry of Maine, Michael Page of Florida, and Gigi Raven Wilbur of Texas.
Now, they have a Wikipedia page and their own flag, and a Celebrate Bisexuality Day that is recognized around the world. And the celebrations are going on all week.
That was 15 years ago, in 1999. I remember Gigi telling me that Bisexuality Day should be on the birthday of the most prominent and cool bisexual we knew of at the time—Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. His birthday is on Sept. 5, and I suggested that may be too close to Labor Day and get muddled.
As Wendy explained in the Wiki entry: “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.”
It’s also known as Bisexual Pride Day, Bi Visibility Day, CBD, Bisexual Pride and Bi Visibility Day. And, in 2013, A bunch of bi activists were at the White House to discuss bi issues on Celebrate Bisexuality Day.
Michael Page first unveiled the bi flag. It’s simple, it’s sensible, and shows three stripes: one pink, one blue, and a purple middle strip. The stripe colors and widths, from top to bottom, are pink (40%), purple (20%), and blue (40%). He gave it to the community and insisted that it never be patented, trademarked,or service marked.
There is an arts festival, informative panels and parties going on all over. Also the first book to win the Bisexual category of the Lambda Literary Awards: “The Bisexuals Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips & Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways” is now available digitally, on Kindle and more (CLICK HERE). Also, the book “Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men” is being released this week.
Look for these Hashtags this week on Twitter, and check out the #WhatDoesBisexualityLookLike Tweets too!
Sunday 9/21 #BiHistory – Post, status update and tweet about important moments in bisexual movement history and/or the names and images of famous bi* people throughout history
Monday 9/22 #BiFacts – Post, status update and tweet facts about being bi* e.g., stories and statistics about bi* health, safety/security, quality of life, or funding and social disparities
Tuesday 9/23 “My #bisexuality looks like…” – Post, status update and tweet “My #bisexuality looks like” finishing the sentence to express bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer and fluid pride and experience
Wednesday 9/24 #BiMedia – Post, status update and tweet the names and images of your favorite bisexual blogs, films, tv shows, authors, artists, cultural workers, and thank them for their work
Thursday 9/25 #RecognizeBiMen – Post, status update and tweet selfies of bisexual men. Allies can post, status update and tweet selfies with bisexual men in their lives or holding up an image of the book Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men
Friday 9/26 #BiTrans – Post, status update and tweet affirming statements and images about being bi* and trans*
Look for complete celebrations on the LA Bi Task Force website and Facebook and BiNet USA (http://www.binetusa.org), but here are some highlights.
On Tuesday, Sept. 23 the Celebrate Bisexuality Day Party is going on in the Big Apple at The Stonewall Inn, 53 Christopher Street (upstairs room) beginning at 6 p.m. There’s a light buffet, entertainment and more by BiRequest.
Saturday, Sept. 27 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. is the Best Bi Short Stories reading at the Word Up Community Bookshop, 2113 Amsterdam Ave. crnr 165 St. see: tinyurl.com/nf7t466 . The anthology offers a smorgasbord of genres that show bi characters through their own unique prism including sci-fi, vampire, fantasy, mystery & noir, historical fiction, romance, experimental, magical realism, slash fiction, as well as contemporary bi fiction.
See more about Celebrate Bisexuality Day in New York (click here)
Monday night, Sept. 22 is a panel discussion at 7 p.m. at the ONE National Archives at 909 W. Adams at the University of Southern California. CLICK HERE for more info
Tuesday, Sept. 23 is the Bi Arts Fest see more at the Facebook page CLICK HERE
6pm – 9pm
The Village at Ed Gould Plaza
1125 N. McCadden Place
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Tickets: $10 pre-sale, $15 at the door. Pre-sale tickets CLICK HERE The Spectrum Artist Collective will be presenting a selection of music with Cindy Jollotta, Colette von, Jess Furman and B-Ryan; dance performances by Kai Hazelwood and Michelle Denise Soto ; an exhibit of poetry, paintings and illustration featuring the work of Tara Madison Avery, Dan Reynolds, Paz, Michelle Denise Soto, Jason Patti, Charlie Lowrey, Colette Von, Jessica Verma, Sam Saturday and Annelys PM Casanova .
Sunday, Sept. 28, the very bisexual play COCK will be performed at the Rogue Machine Theater in Los Angeles, and Bisexuality Examiner Mike Szymanski will be on the panel discussing the play afterward. This toe-curling play by Mike Bartlett is a must-see for anyone of any persuasion. You’ll laugh and think, and may even blush a bit. 7 p.m. 5041 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90019 (855) 585-5185
Celebrate Bisexuality Day & Recognize Book Launch Event will be on Friday, Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Calamus Bookstore, 92B South St, Boston, MA
This year they will be handing out our community awards as well as launching the new book, “Recognize: Voices of Bisexual Men.” Editor Robyn Ochs and several writers from the anthology will speak about the new book. 6:30-7pm: Book reading and awards at 7pm.
The Center for Sex & Culture always has something provocative going on, at 1349 Mission Street (between 9th & 10th)
* Folsom St. Fair, Folsom at Juniper (btw 10th & 11th) All day 9/21
* Doing Your Dirty Work 3: Deeper, Closer Closing Reception: Folsom Fair Sunday September 21, 4-7 pm
* San Francisco Jacks Monday, 9/22 (and every 2nd and 4th Monday)
*The Erotic Reading Circle BOOK LAUNCH! Sex Still Spoken Here. Wednesday, 9/24, 7:30-9:30pm
* School of Shimmy —Burlesque 101: SEP 27 Sat 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.
The Human Rights Campaign is holding a national panel on Sept. 23 (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO) with Faith Cheltenham of BiNet USA, Ellyn Ruthstrom of Bisexual Resource Center, Dr. Herukhuti of the Center for Culture, Sexuality and Spirituality, bi youth anti-bullying activist Katy Butler, report coauthor Amy André, and Ari Pomerantz of HIPS. It is 6pm to 8pm on at the HRC Equality Forum in Washington, D.C.
Have fun, and see how you fit in!
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