Bi Visibility Day, also called Celebrate Bisexuality Day, is celebrated every year on September 23 to recognize the bisexual community.
Why September 23?
Bisexual activists Gigi Raven Wilbur, Michael Page, and Wendy Curry created the day. As Curry explained to BiNetUSA.org:
We were sitting around a 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 September? 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.
And this is separate from overall Pride events in June, I’m guessing, given that they are three months apart?
Yes, these are separate, both on the calendar and in focus. As Curry explained to BiNetUSA.org, she said she, Wilbur, and Page didn’t want to have to just celebrate their bisexuality during existing Pride events:
Pride is an outward act, letting the world know we were not ashamed of who we were. Celebrate Bisexuality Day was meant to be an inward act. Getting our community together to celebrate who were we and how privileged we were to be who we are. We picked the name for a reason. Screw what anyone else thinks. We rock! We are fabulous! Their loss if they can’t see it. There were 364 other days of the year where we can grovel for the B in LGBT. The one day was just for us.
What does she mean by grovel for the B in LGBT?
People who are bisexual can often feel left out of overall LGBTQ+ discussions, particularly Pride events. There are several people who are bisexual who are assumed to be gay or straight. That’s one of the reasons this day exists: so that bisexual people can be more visible.
What do you mean by “visible”?
Recognized or acknowledged. Curry once said that “because most people will look at a couple and decide they are straight or gay based on the combination of apparent genders, we fly under most people’s radar. As a result, many people are isolated and the stereotypes remain unchallenged.”
So having a day allows bisexual people to come together and be seen.
That’s part of it. According to the website for Bi Visibility Day, the purpose of the day is to “highlight biphobia and to help people find the bisexual community.”
So what all does Bi Visibility Day or Celebrate Bisexuality Day include?
In 1999, Celebrate Bisexuality Day’s inaugural year, it was held during the meeting of the International Lesbian and Gay Association. Since then, it’s grown to be celebrated worldwide. The website for Bi Visibility Day includes a list of several events, by country. Events will vary; as bi activist and author Kate Harrad told VICE in 2016, “The bi community is a very grassroots community. It tends to be local events where bi groups get together. There are book launches, poetry readings, discussion groups, and workshops.”
And this is just for one day?
Bi Visibility Day is one day, yes. But there are also people who celebrate Bi Visibility Week and Bi Visibility Month.
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