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Bisexual visibility day

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Bi Visibility Day, also known as International Celebrate Bisexuality Day, was created to highlight biphobia and help people to find the bisexual community. It is recognised and celebrated by more than forty countries across the world.

First observed in 1999 at the International Lesbian and Gay Association in Johannesberg South Africa, the concept for day attributed to three prominent American bisexual rights activists: Wendy Curry, Michael Page, and Gigi Raven Wilbur.

Wilbur said that since the Stonewall rebellion, the gay and lesbian community has grown in strength and visibility, however the bisexual community in many ways remained 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,ā€ said Wilbur.

Berkeley in California became what is thought to be the first city in the U.S. to officially proclaim a day recognising bisexuals. The Berkeley City Council unanimously and without discussion declared Sep 23 as Bisexual Pride and Bi Visibility Day.

On this day in 2013, 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.

Many individuals and organizations, including GLAAD, currently refer to this holiday as Bisexuality+ Day, with the inclusion of the "+" sign intended to include the broader bi+ community of people who prefer to use terms to describe their sexual orientation such as pansexual, polysexual, omnisexual, fluid, or queer.

#BiVisibilityDay also marks the start of #BiWeek ā€“ Bisexual Awareness Week, which runs until 30th September.

For more information, visit http://www.bivisibilityday.com

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