Bridge of Light is a cultural tradition established in 2004 for celebrating both the beautiful uniqueness of the LGBTQ community and our fullest humanity. The festival is not a religious holiday in the traditional sense, but a cultural tradition intended to address the social and spiritual needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community … and of all people.
The holiday’s name describes the secret, higher Unity hidden behind the spectrum of colors in the rainbow, the symbol most closely identified with the international Gay and Queer Liberation movement. The metaphor of the bridge simultaneously describes the rainbow, the transition to the New Year, and the interconnectedness of all things. The celebrations will include candle-lighting ceremonies on December 31 and January 1 of each year.
Among ancient peoples from cultures throughout the world, the beginning of the year has been recognized as an opportunity to affirm the goodness of life and strengthen the bonds of fellowship. We are giving ancient traditions a contemporary expression.
We hope that everyone in the GLBT community will join us in embracing Bridge of Light and in bringing this exciting new cultural tradition to your own families, neighborhoods, and community. And we invite our friends and allies from throughout the world to join with us in endorsing and celebrating the Bridge of Light.