There are lots of dates that are special in the LGBTI calendar. And many couples from the rainbow community are making sure their wedding day is not just chosen because it happens to be a random date that’s determined by the availability of a wedding venue.
For LGBTI couples, that special date might be an anniversary of when they met, or of their first date together, or when they met face-to-face (after they’d met online), or when one of them came out. For some, it might be a date that’s a poignant reminder of people who are no longer with us – the birthday of a parent, the wedding anniversary of parents, the anniversary of the day a special friend died of AIDS, for example.
Others will want to make a statement by holding their wedding on a date that holds particular meaning in the LGBTI calendar – for example,
- IDAHOT Day (17 May)
- International Transgender Day of Visibility (31 March)
- Celebrate Bisexuality Day (23 September)
- World AIDS Day (1 December)
- the start of the Stonewall Riots (28 June)
- the date marriage equality became a reality in Australia (9 December), and so on.
And there are those LGBTI people whose religious beliefs or cultural heritage adds another dimension – they may choose dates that are significant or that indicate prosperity in other calendars, providing another overlay.
For LGBTI couples, that special date might be an anniversary of when they met, or of their first date together, or when they met face-to-face (after they’d met online), or when one of them came out.
– Bronte Price
This is one way in which LGBTI weddings are different from straight weddings. And it contributes to the couple having a wedding that reflects them, on a day that’s important to them, their beliefs and how they live their lives – ie it’s a wedding that’s authentic and unique to them.