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Celebrate Bisexuality Day 2004 on September 23

Date: 
September 21, 2004

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Sponsored by: BiNetUSA, The Bisexual Resource Center, The Bisexual Foundation and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

On September 23, 2004 bisexuals all over the world will celebrate the Sixth Annual Celebrate Bisexuality Day (CBD).

"Celebrate Bisexuality Day is a day to recognize and honor our bisexual brothers and sisters for their contributions and their integral part of the vibrant and diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community," said Matt Foreman, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director. "Each of our offices will take time on September 23 to celebrate this occasion and we encourage other organizations to do the same."

Also today, the Task Force issued a press release titled, "Bisexuals Overlooked in the Debate on Equal Marriage Rights." Read that statement in our press release library.

Background on Celebrate Bisexuality Day

Similar to the annual National Coming Out Day for Gays and Lesbians (celebrated each October), CBD is a day that bisexuals may choose to come out to others. The day was created in 1999 by Gigi Raven Wilbur and other bisexual activists and since then September 23rd has been set aside as a day each year to celebrate bisexual visibility.

"It is exciting to see how this has taken off since the first year," said Wilbur. "We realized that there are a lot of bisexuals who aren't part of an organization. We thought about how isolated some bisexuals are, so we chose a day to celebrate. We chose the 23rd of September because it happened to fall on the Fall Equinox that year, which is a day of calling. It is a coming out day for some and a day to educate and just enjoy being bisexual for others."

For bisexual activists who attended the 1999 International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) World Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, it was inspiring to see the official Bisexual Flag, with its pink, blue and lavender colors flying over the conference on the First Annual Celebrate Bisexuality Day on September 23. The conference, "Building Partnerships for Equality," was the most successful and biggest-ever ILGA World Conference, with 200 delegates from 40 countries gathered at the plenary session. For the first time in its 22 years of existence, an ILGA World Conference was held on the African continent.

The following Proclamation was made: "On International Celebrate Bisexuality Day, ILGA calls on people, researches, organizations, services and governments to apply the same respect, recognition and rights to bisexual peoples as they do to any other group of people in society. Around the world today, September 23rd, from the cities of North America to those in Australia, from Japan to Europe and here in Johannesburg, South Africa, bisexual people, their partners, families, friends and their lesbian, transgender, gay and straight allies, are joined in solidarity for the 1st international Celebrate Bisexuality Day."

Since that time, bisexuals and bi organizations all over the world have celebrated CBD every year in their own unique way.

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Links to bisexual resources can be found on the Task Force Web site at: http://www.thetaskforce.org/community/statelocal.cfm#10

Information about International Celebrate Bisexuality Day: http://biresource.org/category/celebrate-bisexuality-day/

Post your event by e-mailing cbd@biresource.org

To find out what is being planned or get ideas for your own event, go to http://binetusa.org/.

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Resources Include:

BiNet USA

Bisexuality Resource Center

Bisexuality.org

More resources available in the Task Force online llinks resource page.

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