A California publisher says a city adopting a day to recognize
bisexual people is known for having the "craziest" policies in The
Berkeley has become possibly the nation's first city to declare
a day of recognition for bisexuals. City officials unanimously
voted without discussion to name September 23 as "Bisexual Pride
and Bi Visibility Day." According to KTVU.com, bisexual activists have claimed that
date since 1999 to celebrate their community with events routinely
held in Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago and other cities.
Councilman Kriss Worthington, who introduced the resolution,
contends that people should support the event because it recognizes
that bisexuals are "marginalized." But Stephen Frank, publisher of
Political News and Views, says the government is straying away
from its purpose.
"The bisexual community in Berkeley is upset that there's a 'Gay
Pride Day' and not a day representing them. This is why government
is too big. Instead of providing the basic services, the city
government of Berkeley is wondering and caring about who sleeps
with whom. Isn't it about time for Berkeley and other cities to
start worrying about protection of the citizens, rather than
citizens that go unprotected?"
The resolution approved Tuesday, September 18 states, "While
many advancements have been made with respect to equitable
acceptance of bisexual people in our nation, the bisexual community
remains a distinct one from the gay community and seeks acceptance
as such, making it important for the City of Berkeley to
demonstrate support for the community individually."
Councilman Worthington tells KTVU the celebration of Bisexual
Pride Day will be small, "along the lines of a brunch or a
American Heritage Girls, a Christian alternative to the
Girl Scouts of America, will soon have its National Day of Service
to honor the organization's 17th birthday.