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WHEREAS, Bisexual Awareness Week, also known as #BiWeek, was co-founded by GLAAD and BiNet USA, to celebrate the contributions of those who identify as bisexual, as well as raise awareness on the issues facing the bisexual plus community; and
WHEREAS, September 23rd, the final day of Bisexual Awareness Week, is observed as Celebrate Bisexuality Day, which was first celebrated in 1999 by the International Lesbian and Gay Association Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa; and
WHEREAS, Bisexual Awareness Week also acknowledges the diversity, resiliency, and courage of those who identify as bisexual and help educate people on the stigma, stereotypes, and discrimination faced by the bisexual population; and
WHEREAS, bisexuality can be described as an attraction to more than one gender or gender identity, though that attraction does not necessarily occur simultaneously, in the same manner or to the same degree; and
WHEREAS, it is imperative that we dismantle beliefs and assumptions about those who identify as bisexual – and that all identities that fall under the bisexual plus umbrella should be acknowledged, fully accepted, and validated; and
WHEREAS, members of the bisexual community are often more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety; and
WHEREAS, it is critical that an intersectional perspective and inclusive practices and policies are needed to effectively address the needs and concerns of individuals who identify as members of the bisexual plus community; and
WHEREAS, leaders, LGBTQIA+ organizations, activists, and allies help raise awareness of the importance of diversity, protections, and respect for those who identity as bisexual; and
WHEREAS, artists, performers, politicians, and athletes who identify as bisexual have helped other individuals to find the courage to come out, invite in, be proud of who they are, and live their truth; and
WHEREAS, it is imperative that Virginians work together to dismantle beliefs and ingrained assumptions of gender identities, expressions, and sexual orientations;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize September 16th – 23rd 2021, as BISEXUAL AWARENESS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.