1946-12-24

BRENDA HOWARD, American bisexual activist was born on this date (d. 2005); An activist and sex-positive feminist, who was one of the important figures in the modern LGBT rights movement.

She is credited with  originating the idea for a week-long series of events around Pride Day which became the genesis of the annual LGBT Pride Celebrations that are now held around the world every June. Howard was a founder of the New York Area Bisexual Network.

In 2005 the Queens Chapter of PFLAG announced the creation of the “Brenda Howard Award”. This is the first time a major American LGBT organization has named award after an out, bisexual member of the LGBT Community.

This award, to be given yearly, recognizes an individual or organization whose work on behalf of the LGBT Community best exemplifies the vision, principals and community service exemplified by the late Brenda Howard and who serves as a positive and visible role model for the Bisexual community.  She died of cancer in 2005.