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Berkeley council approves bisexual visibility day

September 19, 2012 |  6:30 am

The third letter in the alphabet soup of sexual identity will get official recognition this weekend, after lawmakers voted 9 to 0 Tuesday night to proclaim Sept. 23 "Bisexual and Bi Visibility Day in the city of Berkeley" -- an event distinct from the more widespread LGBT celebrations.

In a letter to fellow City Council members, Kriss Worthington said the day would be a call for "bisexual people, their friends and supporters to recognize and celebrate bisexuality history, bisexual community and culture, and the bisexual people in their lives."

In 1999, Worthington wrote, three bisexual rights activists launched organized, unofficial events in major cities. And although the bisexual community has grown in strength over time, the letter said, its members were in many ways still invisible:

"There are often negative and inaccurate connotations inaccurately associated with bisexual people.... This celebration of bisexuality in particular, as distinct from general LGBT events, was conceived as a response to the prejudice and marginalization of the bisexual persons by some in both the straight and greater LGBT communities."

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