The Bridge of Light idea was one of the fruits of the Gay Spirit Culture Summit, a gathering of over 100 spiritual leaders and luminaries in the international gay and bisexual men’s community. Although it started with a small group, now the event belongs to anyone. All are invited to celebrate a tradition to affirm the full equality of all persons, setting visions for the year ahead, and symbolize their shared hope, unity, and spiritual heritages and principles.
Nov. 2004—Joe Perez proposes a new queer winter holiday (called “Yuletide”) via a blog post (the blog now known as the MyOutSpirit.com Gay Spirituality Blog) and in an op-ed to later appear in several regional LGBT newspapers (including Contax Guide in Florida, Bay Windows in Boston, SGN in Seattle, and others in Texas and California).
Dec. 20, 2004—First celebrations of the new holiday begin. Although the holiday did not have the current name, it is regarded as the first celebration. The event was reported on Perez’s blog and later published in the book Soulfully Gay (Integral Books/Shambhala, 2007).
Jan. 2005—The name of the holiday is changed to “Bridge of Light” and a new website launched. The website’s tagline is “Bridge of Light: a celebration of the full equality and dignity of all people”, a nod to the holiday’s intention of creating an offering from the LGBT community to the whole world. About 20 public endorsements are received in the following six months.
Jan. 2006—Celebrations of a holiday named Bridge of Light reported. This is the second year for recognized celebrations.
Nov. 2006—The date of the Bridge of Light holiday is revised. Instead of celebrating the holiday on January 1, the new proposal is to celebrate the holiday on December 31.
Dec. 2009—With help from Kittredge Cherry, the Six Principles of the Bridge of Light are changed to correspond with the Chakras. A Seventh Principle for Unity, represented by a white candle, is added.
Sept. 2017—The first Bridge of Light page is launched on Facebook together with a new website at BridgeOfLight.LGBT. In the new descriptive materials, the Seventh Principle is expanded, resulting in the Three Principles of Unity.