Organizers of the first Bisexual Pride Day in the District of Columbia have scheduled a single event on Monday, Sept. 23 to commemorate the occasion — a community forum at a downtown hotel to discuss issues of interest to the bi community.
Organizers, including longtime D.C. LGBT rights advocates A. Billy Jones-Hennin and Loraine Hutchins, are encouraging members of the bi community and their supporters to hold their own Bi Pride events such as pool parties, potluck dinners, and panel discussions.
The forum, entitled “Bisexual at Any Age,” is scheduled to take place from 6:30-8 p.m. on Sept. 23 at the Residence at Thomas Circle Hotel, 1330 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., in the first floor conference room.
“In response to the prejudice and marginalization in both the straight and LGBT communities, many bisexuals are made to feel, and/or remain, invisible,” a statement released by organizers says.
“Washington, D.C.’s first official ‘Bi Pride Day’ aims to raise awareness about bisexuality in the metro area, to educate the community about bisexual issues, and to encourage bisexual people and those who love them to come out about bisexual visibility,” the statement says.
According to the statement, the forum will include a panel discussion in which Jones and D.C. LGBT rights advocate Sabrina Sojourner will share their experiences as bisexuals.
The event is being sponsored by Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) of Metro D.C., the Alliance of Multicultural Bisexuals (AMBi), and the D.C. Center for the LGBT Community.
“We also encourage everyone to create their own events to commemorate the day,” the statement says. “Whether simple or elaborate, the DIY (do-it-yourself) style for family and friends offers creative ways to celebrate: pool parties, BBQ’s, fundraisers, potlucks, masked balls, panel discussions, art exhibits, talent shows, concerts, bi ‘kiss-ins’ at local venues or flash mobs,” says the statement. “Have fun and post it online. Let’s get visible!”