CELEBRATE BISEXUALITY DAY
On September 23rd, Celebrate Bisexuality Day unites the bisexual community, their friends, and their supporters. It also raises awareness and provides an opportunity to educate the public about bisexuality.
The day aims to counteract prejudice of bisexuals by both the straight and greater LGBT communities. Across the country, organizations will hold events in communities designed to dispel myths and increase awareness.
HOW TO OBSERVE #CelebrateBisexualityDay
There are several opportunities to celebrate this day. The day encourages education and understanding and calls to both supporters and those who are still developing an understanding.
- Attend a poetry reading or a seminar. Through these venues, a better understanding can be gained.
- Celebrate positive relationships or visit a festival. Share in the love and support of both the relationships and the community.
- Listen to a podcast. Sometimes, seeking answers to questions on your own can also lead to enlightenment.
- Find out how to support friends or family members who are bisexual. Ask questions. Listen to their stories. You may discover a new-found appreciation for a friend or family member’s relationships.
- Share your story. By speaking up, you’re able to help raise awareness for others.
Embrace bisexuality and use #CelebrateBisexualityDay to post on social media.
CELEBRATE BISEXUALITY DAY HISTORY
Three United States bisexual rights activists, Wendy Curry of Maine, Michael Page of Florida, and Gigi Raven Wilbur of Texas started Celebrate Bisexuality Day in 1999. The founders chose the birthday of Freddy Mercury (Queen’s lead singer) to establish the date. The date perfectly represented the dedication to raising awareness and the need for eliminating prejudice.
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September 23rd Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History
The first organized baseball team is named the New York Knickerbockers. Thirty-six years before, the knickerbocker word became popular for describing New Yorkers and the style of pants worn by boys – short and tucked in at the knee – when author Washington Irving wrote the satirical book A History of New York from the Beginning of the World to the end of the Dutch Dynasty. The Manhattan-based baseball team was the first to use it for a sports team. However, the name would later apply to the New York basketball team now known as the Knicks.
John Curtis begins selling the first commercially available chewing gum. His product, State of Maine Pure Spruce Gum, would later be joined by flavors named American Flag, Yankee Spruce, White Mountain, Biggest and Best.
Long before Mario the plumber made his appearance, Fusajiro Yamauchi founded Nintendo Koppai, later named Nintendo Company, Limited. The business originally produced playing cards. However, it also dabbled in other businesses, including a taxi company. Does anyone need an Über or a Lyft?
Patent No. 219,828A is granted to Richard S. Rhodes for his invention of an audiphone. The device improved the hearing of those with conductive hearing loss and is considered the first of its kind. While the device successfully transferred sound vibrations through bone, it was cumbersome to use. However, he later modified the invention, earning him a medal in 1883 at the World’s Columbia Exhibition in Chicago.
The mail officially takes flight. Earle Ovington became the first airmail pilot when he carried the mail in his Bleriot “Queen” monoplane. His route ran between Garden City Estates and the post office in Mineola, New York.
Entrepreneurs Norman B. Larsen, Gordon Dawson and John B. Gregory found Rocket Chemical Company. The company produced and marketed WD-40.
The film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid premieres. Directed by George Roy Hill, the movie starred Paul Newman and Robert Redford.
When the Detroit Tigers win 4-1 over the New York Yankees, Sparky Anderson became the first Major League Baseball manager to win 100 games in both the National League and the American League. He started his management career with the Cincinnati Reds.
September 23rd Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Victoria Woodhull – 1838
As a leader of the women’s suffrage movement, Woodhull was a woman of many firsts. From becoming the first woman to own a Wall Street brokerage firm to the first woman to run for president in the United States, she exemplified equal rights.
Robert Bosch – 1861
The German engineer established the engineering firm Robert Bosch GmbH. He is also credited with inventing the spark plug and magneto used in automobiles.
Mary Church Terrel – 1863
The first president of the National Association of Colored Women was a champion of civil rights and the suffrage movements. She also taught in the first African American public high school.
Mary Mallon – 1869
The Irish cook became known as Typhoid Mary. As a carrier, she was suspected of infecting 53 people with the disease while Mallon remained asymptomatic.
Walter Lippmann – 1889
The syndicated columnist began writing his column “Today and Tomorrow” in 1931. He earned to Pulitzer Prizes and wrote several books about politics and government.
Dottie Wiltse Collins – 1923
The right-handed pitcher in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League earned a reputation for strikeouts. Throughout her six seasons, Dottie brought home the wins and became a fan favorite.
Andre Cassagnes – 1926
The French inventor created the popular children’s toy, the Etch A Sketch.
Ray Charles – 1930
The musician lost his eyesight in childhood. However, losing a sense didn’t hinder his ability to compose and perform some award-winning songs. Some of his best songs include “Hit The Road Jack,” “Georgia on my Mind,” and “I Can’t Stop Loving You.” During his career, the multitalented musician earned 17 Grammy’s.
Bruce Springsteen – 1949
The New Jersey-born singer/songwriter earned a reputation for his rock anthems. He earned 20 Grammy awards during his career including Song of the Year for “Streets of Philadelphia” and record of the year for “Born in the U.S.A.”
Hasan Minhaj – 1985
The American comedian gained recognition for his work on The Daily Show. In 2018, Netflix began airing his weekly comedy show, Patriot Act.