Fritz takes 2006 Dutch Bi-Award

The Bi-Award 2006 has been granted posthumously to researcher/bi-activist Fritz Klein by the National Bisexual Network (LNBi). The award was presented during the Autumn Party Nijmegen, organised by the local bi-organisation Gobi and the national bi-organisation LNBi. The award was presented Luc Houtkamp, LNBi’s president to Ron Fox, bi author, researcher, and activist, who accepted the award on behalf of Klein’s partner Tom Reise. According to the National Bisexual Network (LNBi), the Bi-Award is granted annually to a Dutch person who has made an extraordinary contribution in the area of bisexuality. This was the first year, in recognition of the work of Fritz Klein that the award was granted to someone from outside the Netherlands.

Dr. Fritz Klein (USA), who died on May 24, 2006 at the age of 73, was an exceptional researcher in the field of bisexuality. With his Klein Sexual Orientation Grid (KSOG) – a model of sexual orientation which leaves the either/or binary thinking of hetero/homo behind – he developed a vision which has for ever changed thinking about sexuality, gender, and sexual orientation. He created a multidimensional and more inclusive basis for the scientific study of bisexuality.

Fritz Klein, with his organization, the Bisexual Foundation, and his website www.bisexual.org was a committed activist as well. His 1978 book “The Bisexual Option” (published in 1979 in Dutch as “De biseksuele keuze”) continues to be a standard work on bisexuality (republished in a second edition in 1993), supporting people with bisexual feelings all over the world. Apart from the fact that Fritz maintained a very special relationship with that country, his efforts have had a tremendous effect on the emancipation of the Dutch bisexual community. These are the reasons why LNBi decided this year to grant the Bi-Award posthumously to Fritz Klein.