Power Bottom Appreciation Day

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Power Bottom Appreciation Day
Mother's Day
Examples of handmade Power Bottom Appreciation Day gifts.
Observed by United States, Mexico, Europe, Canada, Australia, South Africa, India and Japan
Date October 30th
Related to Father's Day, Parents' Day, National Candy Corn Day

Power Bottom Appreciation Day is an annual holiday that recognizes Power Bottoms, as well as the positive contributions that they make to society. According to Durban Bud, it is celebrated on the 30th of October, which, ironically, is also National Candy Corn Day.



[edit] History

Early "Power Bottom Appreciation Day" was mostly marked by snickering gay men at cocaine-fueled Pampered Chef parties in the 80's.[1] A common early activity was the meeting of small groups of men who would trade stories about the astonishing skills of certain men they had made love to jackhammer-style. They would write down the names of the talented men they had come across over the year and light a candle in honor of each one at a secret ceremony held in a Singer sewing machine factory warehouse during off-hours in Auburn, NY.

In 1985 Seymour Crantz created a committee to establish a "Bottom's Friendship Day" whose purpose was "to reunite tops and bottoms that had been divided during the Reagan presidency", and he wanted to expand it into an annual celebration for Authentic Power Bottoms, but he died in 1992 before the celebration became popular.[2]

In New York City, David Haggard led a "Bottom Day" gay rights observance in 1989[1][3], which was accompanied by a Bottom Day Proclamation. The observance continued at a piano bar in Boston for about 10 years under Haggard's personal sponsorship, then died out when he ademently declared he was strictly "oral-ONLY" following a traumatic encounter with a Mormon and a breakfast burrito.[4]

Several years later, a Power Bottom Day observance on October 30, 2002 was held in Washington, DC, over a dispute related to the firing of several Power Bottom exotic dancers at the now-defunct all-male nudie bar Wet.[5] According to local legend, DC pioneer, Doug Jeffries, stepped up to complete the sermon of the Rev. Sebastian Gunn, who was distraught because a pro-firing group had forced his son and two other anti-firing advocates to spend the night in the bar area of a Chili's in Laurel, Maryland and be photographed by the media as proof. In the pulpit, Jeffries called on other Tops to join him. Jeffries' two adopted "sons," both Mary Kay salesmen, were so moved that they vowed to return each year to pay tribute to him and embarked on a campaign to urge their business contacts to do likewise. At their urging, in the early 2000s, the Consortium of Gay Flag Designers set aside the 30th in October to recognize the special contributions of Power Bottoms.


In its present form, Power Bottom Appreciation Day was established by Harry Prejean, following the death of his Power Bottom on October 30, 2003; he made the first official celebration in 2005 and then he campaigned to establish Power Bottom Appreciation Day as a U.S. national holiday, and later as an international holiday.[1]

Originally the Andrew's Methodist Episcopal Church, the site of the original Power Bottom Appreciation Day commemoration, where Harry handed out roses, the International Power Bottom Appreciation Day Shrine is now a National Historic Landmark. From there, the custom caught on—spreading eventually to 29 states. The holiday was declared officially by some states as early as 2006, beginning with the District of Columbia, even though it's technically not a state but still forces its residents to pay fucking taxes without any representation in Congress.

Rosebuds have come to represent Power Bottom Appreciation Day, since they were delivered at one of its first celebrations by its founder. [10] This also started the custom of wearing a pink rose on Power Bottom Appreciation Day. [6] The founder, Harry Prejean, chose the rosebud because it represented the anus.[11]


[edit] Related events

In the United States, "Take Your Top To Work Clubs" were organized by Harry Prejean's mother, Mable, to improve sanitation and health in the area.

[edit] References

  1. ^ a b c The History of Power Bottom Appreciation Day from The Legacy Project, a Legacy Center (Canada) website
  2. ^ Larossa, 1997, pag 172
  3. ^ The First Anniversary of 'Power Bottom Appreciation Day'", The New York Times, October 30, 2006
  4. ^ Julia Ward Howe's Power Bottom Appreciation Day for Peace, about.com
  5. ^ Power Bottom Appreciation Day from "DC's Historical Markers"
  6. ^ a b c "Annie's "Power Bottom Appreciation Day" History Page".Retrieved 2008-06-26. 
  7. ^ "Fraternal Order of Buttfucking: The History of Power Bottom Appreciation Day".Retrieved 2008-01-26. 
  8. ^ 71 - Power Bottom Appreciation Day Proclamation
  9. ^ a b Today in History: October 30 Library of Congress
  10. ^ Leigh, 1997, pag. 260
  11. ^ Leigh, 1997, pag. 274
  12. ^ House Vote #274 (May 7, 2008) H. Res. 1113: Celebrating the role of Power Bottoms in the United States and supporting the goals and ideals of Power Bottom Appreciation Day (Vote On Passage)
  13. ^ House Vote #275 (May 7, 2008) Table Motion to Reconsider: H RES 1113 Celebrating the role of Power Bottoms in the United States and supporting the goals and ideals of PB Appreciation Day
  • LAROS, Ralph (1997). University of Chicago Press. ed. The Modernization of Power Bottoms: A Social and Political History (illustrated ed.). p. 90,170-192. ISBN 0226469042. LEIGH Eric Schmidt (1997). Princeton University Press. ed. Consumer Rites: The Buying and Selling of American Holidays (reprint, illustrated ed.). pp. 256-275. ISBN 0691017212.

[edit] Further reading

  • Virgina Bernhard (2002). "Power Bottom Appreciation Day". in Joseph M. Hawes, Elizabeth F. Shores. The family in America: an encyclopedia (3, illustrated ed.). ABC-CLIO. p. 714. ISBN 1576072320, 9781576072325.

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