Friday, July 22, 2016

Meet The #bistories Comic Con Panelists!


This weekend, BiNet USA is launching a new campaign, the Bi Stories Project at Comic-Con in San Diego, CA (July 21-24). The project launches in conjunction with a Comic-Con panel on Sunday, July 24th at 3pm, “Bisexuality and Beyond: New Frontiers in Popular Culture.” Sponsored by the BiNet USA Bi Stories Project and Prism Comics, the panel features these amazing panelists in a conversation with BiNet USA President Faith Cheltenham:


Steve Orlando, DC Comics

R.J. Aguiar, Youtube star

Marissa Lee, photo credit Angry Asian Man blog


Sarah Stumpf, Bisexual Books


Bob Schreck, Legendary Comics


Tara Avery, Gooch and ALPHABET



The panel will focus on bi representations in popular culture and what imaginings of bisexual identity mean for the bi+ community. 

If you're attending Comic Con, we hope you'll join us. You can also livestream Comic Con panels here, and we'll be live tweeting from the panel using the hashtag #bistories.

Panel Details:
Sunday, July 24 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Bisexuality and Beyond: New Frontiers in Popular Culture
Room 28DE

Come visit us at the Prism Comics booth #2144 IN HALL C!


And check out the Prism LGBTQ guide to Comic-Con: 
Here is the link to our booth partner's PRISM GUIDE TO ALL THINGS LGBTQ AT COMIC CON.



Tuesday, July 19, 2016

BiNet USA to Launch Bi Stories Project and Present Panel on Bisexuality at 2016 San Diego Comic-Con

Image of what the #bistories t-shirts being handed out for FREE at Comic Con will look like! Visit us at the PRISM COMICS BOOTH #2144 IN HALL C!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 19, 2016
Faith Cheltenham • faith@binetusa.org • 646-498-3216


BiNet USA to Launch Bi Stories Project and Present Panel on Bisexuality at 2016 San Diego Comic-Con


San Diego - BiNet USA, the nation’s umbrella organization and voice for bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer (bi+) people, will launch a new campaign at this week’s upcoming Comic-Con (July 21-24), focused on bi+ people and their families and loved ones sharing their stories. The stories will be collected as part of a program aimed at raising awareness of the discrimination bi+ people face, as well as the journeys of those who love and support them.


“It’s so important to uplift the voices of bi+ people and empower them to tell their stories,” said BiNet USA President Faith Cheltenham. “Too often, the media sensationalizes our identities and experiences, and fails to represent the incredible diversity of our community. Bisexual people and those who know and love them need to see stories that represent their lives and the challenges they face.”


The BiNet USA Bi Stories project will launch in conjunction with a Comic-Con panel on Sunday, July 24th at 3pm, “Bisexuality and Beyond: New Frontiers in Popular Culture,” sponsored by the BiNet Bi Stories Project and Prism Comics, and featuring Cheltenham, Bob Schreck (Legendary Comics), Marissa Lee (Racebending.com), Tara Madison Avery (Gooch, Anything That Loves), RJ Aguiar (YouTube's "TheNotAdam," NotAdamAndSteve.com), Sarah Strumpf (Bisexual Books) and Steve Orlando (Midnighter, Batman & Robin Eternal). The panel will focus on bi representations in popular culture and what these images of bisexual identity mean for the bi+ community.


“We’re supporting bi comics creators at Comic-Con with the major venue debut of ALPHABET, an anthology featuring creators of a broad variety of genders and orientations,” said Tara Madison Avery of Stacked Deck Press and Prism Comics.


The panel and the Bi Stories project, along with BiNet’s other work, is meant to raise awareness and visibility about the numerous disparities the bi+ community faces –– including higher rates of physical and mental health problems, and lower levels of social support –– compared to both their lesbian/gay and non-LGBTQ counterparts. Bi+ people also face discrimination and biphobia from within the LGBTQ community, making it more difficult to be out and connected with a supportive community.  


Earlier this month, BiNet USA’s Bi Stories Project co-sponsored programming at the annual Netroots Nation conference, including a “chill space” for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) people of color, and an event highlighting the voices and experiences of bi+ people of color, #BiPOC Speak Out.


“We’re so excited to continue bringing greater visibility to the bi+ community,” said Cheltenham. “The more people who see us as human beings, and who understand our struggles and experiences, the closer we get to true equality and inclusion.”

To participate in the program, please visit binetusa.org/bistories and use the #bistories hashtag on social media to follow along with all of our Comic Con activities!

As America’s umbrella organization and voice for bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer (bi+) people, BiNet USA facilitates the development of a cohesive network of independent bisexual and bi-friendly communities; promotes bi-inclusive visibility; and collects and distributes educational information regarding sexual orientation and gender identity with an emphasis on bisexual communities.

BiNet USA at Netroots Nation 2016

BiNet President Faith Cheltenham participated in a panel focused on the experiences of Black queer women and Black femmes (#BlackQueerMagic)











Thursday, July 14, 2016

Announcing The Bi Stories Project

The Bi Stories Project


BiNet USA is working to collect stories from people who believe in the values of hard work, freedom and opportunity — and agree it’s time to end discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people nationwide. We are focusing on stories of discrimination against bi people.  Why?
  • Because studies show that bisexual people are vulnerable to poverty, discrimination, and poor physical and mental health outcomes — often at rates higher than their lesbian and gay people.
  • Because 44% of bisexual youth report thinking about suicide each month, compared to 33% of LGBTQ students and 7% of straight youth. Bisexual youth are also at elevated risk of attempting to die by suicide, with more than 21% reporting that they had made at least one attempt during the prior year.
  • Because 25% of bisexual men and 30% of bisexual women live in poverty, compared to 20% of gay men and 23% of lesbians.
  • Because 20% of bisexual people report experiencing a negative employment decision based on their sexual orientation and nearly 60% say they have heard biphobic jokes or comments in their workplace, making it a hostile work environment.
Yet, even though bisexual people make up more than one-half of the lesbian, gay and bisexual population, our stories of discrimination rarely appear in the media or in testimony before legislative committees.  We need to educate the general public, policymakers and mobilize the bi community and our allies to demand change.
This project is designed to start fixing this shameful reality by putting a spotlight on the real stories of discrimination bi people face every day. We need your help to do this!
If you are bi, a parent of a bi person or sibling, aunts/uncle or grandparents of a bi person and you or your bi relative has experienced discrimination because of sexual orientation, your voice matters and we want to hear from you!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION ON ORLANDO

HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE ATTACK IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
 A PROCLAMATION

   As a mark of respect for the victims of the act of hatred and terror perpetrated on Sunday, June 12, 2016, in Orlando, Florida, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, June 16, 2016. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twelfth day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth. 

-BARACK OBAMA

 Presidential Proclamation -- Honoring the Victims of the Attack in Orlando, Florida

 


Photo Credit:

#standwithorlando  #orlandostrong  #orlandorising

Equality Florida GoFundMe Pulse Victims Fund

BiNet USA Statement

To find out about vigils in your area happening today or tomorrow, please visit: #WeAreOrlando http://www.weareorlando.org



 
Please see below for President Obama's full statement.

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
For Immediate Release                                                                                                                         June 12,2016

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
ON MASS SHOOTING IN ORLANDO

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room


THE PRESIDENT:  Today, as Americans, we grieve the brutal murder -- a horrific massacre -- of dozens of innocent people.  We pray for their families, who are grasping for answers with broken hearts.  We stand with the people of Orlando, who have endured a terrible attack on their city.  Although it’s still early in the investigation, we know enough to say that this was an act of terror and an act of hate.  And as Americans, we are united in grief, in outrage, and in resolve to defend our people.

I just finished a meeting with FBI Director Comey and my homeland security and national security advisors.  The FBI is on the scene and leading the investigation, in partnership with local law enforcement.  I’ve directed that the full resources of the federal government be made available for this investigation. 
We are still learning all the facts.  This is an open investigation.  We’ve reached no definitive judgment on the precise motivations of the killer.  The FBI is appropriately investigating this as an act of terrorism.  And I’ve directed that we must spare no effort to determine what -- if any -- inspiration or association this killer may have had with terrorist groups.  What is clear is that he was a person filled with hatred.  Over the coming days, we’ll uncover why and how this happened, and we will go wherever the facts lead us.

This morning I spoke with my good friend, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, and I conveyed the condolences of the entire American people.  This could have been any one of our communities.  So I told Mayor Dyer that whatever help he and the people of Orlando need -- they are going to get it.  As a country, we will be there for the people of Orlando today, tomorrow and for all the days to come.

We also express our profound gratitude to all the police and first responders who rushed into harm’s way.  Their courage and professionalism saved lives, and kept the carnage from being even worse.  It’s the kind of sacrifice that our law enforcement professionals make every single day for all of us, and we can never thank them enough.

This is an especially heartbreaking day for all our friends -- our fellow Americans -- who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.  The shooter targeted a nightclub where people came together to be with friends, to dance and to sing, and to live.  The place where they were attacked is more than a nightclub -- it is a place of solidarity and empowerment where people have come together to raise awareness, to speak their minds, and to advocate for their civil rights. 

So this is a sobering reminder that attacks on any American -- regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation -- is an attack on all of us and on the fundamental values of equality and dignity that define us as a country.  And no act of hate or terror will ever change who we are or the values that make us Americans.

Today marks the most deadly shooting in American history.  The shooter was apparently armed with a handgun and a powerful assault rifle.  This massacre is therefore a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people in a school, or in a house of worship, or a movie theater, or in a nightclub.  And we have to decide if that’s the kind of country we want to be.  And to actively do nothing is a decision as well.

In the coming hours and days, we’ll learn about the victims of this tragedy.  Their names.  Their faces.  Who they were.  The joy that they brought to families and to friends, and the difference that they made in this world.  Say a prayer for them and say a prayer for their families -- that God give them the strength to bear the unbearable.  And that He give us all the strength to be there for them, and the strength and courage to change.  We need to demonstrate that we are defined more -- as a country -- by the way they lived their lives than by the hate of the man who took them from us.

As we go together, we will draw inspiration from heroic and selfless acts -- friends who helped friends, took care of each other and saved lives.  In the face of hate and violence, we will love one another.  We will not give in to fear or turn against each other.  Instead, we will stand united, as Americans, to protect our people, and defend our nation, and to take action against those who threaten us.    

May God bless the Americans we lost this morning.  May He comfort their families.  May God continue to watch over this country that we love.  Thank you.

                                                          

May God bless the Americans we lost this morning.  May He comfort their families.  May God continue to watch over this country that we love.  Thank you.


      

#standwithorlando #orlandostrong #orlandorising


Sunday, June 12, 2016

BiNet USA Statement on Orlando, June 12th 2016

Statement on Orlando, June 12th 2016

BiNet USA mourns the tremendous loss of life at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL as the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA) community celebrated Pride, a yearly celebration originally co-organized by bisexual activist Brenda Howard in New York City over 4 decades ago.

Pride is a time we celebrate the diversity in our entire community and our collective gains for equality, but this week we worry, pray and hope for the safety of our entire LGBTQIA community.

We urge the media, the LGBTQIA community and our allies to avoid characterizing this tragedy as a religiously motivated terrorist attack until all details are in. Let us avoid focusing on the shooter's ethnicity or religion and instead center our conversations around what work we can do to end the hatred that brings about such violent acts.

As Martin Luther King once said,
"The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."

We pray for love and light to guide our entire community in the days ahead.

Please consider donating to the Equality Florida GoFundMe setup for the victims and survivors in Orlando: https://www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund

With a heavy heart,
The BiNet USA Board
www.binetusa.org

Thursday, June 09, 2016

WEHO CANCELS ON BISEXUALS! MTG RESCHEDULED FOR 6/16/16

Note from Faith Cheltenham, BiNet USA President:

On 6/9/26, at 11:34am, the day of, the City of West Hollywood Gay and Lesbian Advisory Board cancelled their meeting when many bi people planned to attend.

BiNet USA spoke to the board secretary and confirmed with a board member that the meeting would take place so this cancellation is upsetting.

Many of us took off work, arranged childcare or changed our busy schedules to attend. Heck, I even cancelled on President Obama (thanks Robyn Ochs, Hayden L Mora and Tangela Roberts for standing up for all of us) and the White House LGBT Pride Reception.

This is extremely disappointing and reflects the overall lack of care for local area bi, pan, fluid, queer (bi+) people I've come to expect from the City of West Hollywood.

Seems like someone's sending us some messages beyond you don't exist, if we do, we certainly don't matter.

We will attend next week's meeting but it's also be rescheduled for what looks to be a smaller room.
Nevertheless, we persist in our existence and this isn't over yet!


CANCELLATION EMAIL
At 11:43am I received this email:
Hi Faith,

Wanted to let you know that the Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board meeting scheduled for tonight at the Library Community Meeting Room has been canceled due to lack of a quorum. There will be no LGAB meeting tonight.

The meeting has been rescheduled for this time and place:

7 pm, Thursday, June 16, 2016
First Floor Conference Room
West Hollywood City Hall
8300 Santa Monica Blvd., 90069

Parking for the June 16 meeting will be in the Kings Road Parking Structure, 8383 Santa Monica Blvd., 90069, on the northeast corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and Kings Road.

Support bisexual inclusion in the city of West Hollywood

A who's who of bi, pan, fluid, queer (bi+) culture and bisexual advocates have RSVP'd for the City of West Hollywood event TODAY! Can't make it? Tweet and share memes below in support of @wehocity creating a Bisexual Advisory Board! 

Bi+ Weho City Event
6/9/16 
7-9pm
Learn more/RSVP: bit.ly/DontForgetTheBWeho
‪#‎DontForgetTheB‬

We need an advisory board that can focus on "bisexual specific" issues like 61% of bi women experiencing violence in their relationships nationwide and 35% of bi men reporting they had seriously considered or attempted suicide. Learn more about how domestic violence, poorer mental health and sexual violence affect bi communities.
Photo Caption: A dark skinned masculine person stands with shocked face and mouth open. The image reads: EXCERPTS FROM THAT TIME THE CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD TRIED TO DO BI INCLUSION / “…the Board is barely able to get through the agenda it already has, without adding an additional subject.”/ #DontForgetTheB @CityWeho (on top of bi pride flag background) / 11/12/15, City of West Hollywood Gay and Lesbian Advisory Board Minutes (http://www.weho.org/city-hall/download-documents/-folder-574) Photo Credit: BiNet USA
Photo Caption: A medium skinned feminine person with tattooes laughs in the rain. The image reads: EXCERPTS FROM THAT TIME THE CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD TRIED TO DO BI INCLUSION / “…supports the idea of asking the City Council to consider a Bisexual Task Force, but that she had joined a Lesbian and Gay board.”/ #DontForgetTheB @CityWeho (on top of bi pride flag background) / 11/12/15, City of West Hollywood Gay and Lesbian Advisory Board Minutes (http://www.weho.org/city-hall/download-documents/-folder-574) Photo Credit: BiNet USA
Photo Caption: A medium skinned masculine person squishes up their face, appalled. The image reads: EXCERPTS FROM THAT TIME THE CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD TRIED TO DO BI INCLUSION / "…said members were appointed to represent their particular identity as gay or lesbian, and that he didn’t want to presume to speak on someone else’s identity.“ / #DontForgetTheB @CityWeho (on top of bi pride flag background) / 11/12/15, City of West Hollywood Gay and Lesbian Advisory Board Minutes (http://www.weho.org/city-hall/download-documents/-folder-574) Photo Credit: BiNet USA
Photo Caption: A medium skinned masculine person stands with shocked face and mouth open while looking over their glasses aghast. The image reads: EXCERPTS FROM THAT TIME THE CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD TRIED TO DO BI INCLUSION / "“…spoke against having a separate board, because younger people are moving toward not defining themselves in these ways…” / #DontForgetTheB @CityWeho (on top of bi pride flag background) / 11/12/15, City of West Hollywood Gay and Lesbian Advisory Board Minutes (http://www.weho.org/city-hall/download-documents/-folder-574) Photo Credit: BiNet USA
Photo Caption: A medium skinned feminine person in heels walks out of the picture holding rainbow balloons and looking downcast. The image reads: EXCERPTS FROM THAT TIME THE CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD TRIED TO DO BI INCLUSION / "...said he didn't support this proposal at this time."/ #DontForgetTheB @CityWeho (on top of bi pride flag background) / 11/12/15, City of West Hollywood Gay and Lesbian Advisory Board Minutes (http://www.weho.org/city-hall/download-documents/-folder-574) Photo Credit: BiNet USA


Photostock provided by http://www.gratisography.com/

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Announcement: Welcome our BiNet USA New Board Members

BiNet USA is Proud to Announce Its Newest Board Members
Join us in welcoming…

Beth Sherouse
Photo Credit: G. Beth Sherouse
[Image description: Beth Sherouse and Faith Cheltenham at HRC Event for #biweek 2015]

G. Elizabeth (Beth) Sherouse, Ph.D. (she/her/hers) is an academic and social justice advocate from Atlanta, GA. She currently works as the Senior Content Manager for the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Before coming to HRC, she was an adjunct professor of U.S. and African-American History at the University of South Carolina, where she completed her graduate work. Her career in LGBTQ advocacy began as an undergraduate, when she cofounded Mercer University’s first officially recognized LGBTQ student group, which later led the Georgia Baptist Convention to sever its 173-year ties with the university. As a graduate student, she volunteered with progressive campaigns and organizations in South Carolina including South Carolina Equality and the SC Progressive Network. Dr. Sherouse holds a B.A. in History and Southern Studies from Mercer University (2006), and both an M.A. (2008) and Ph.D. (2013) in U.S. and African American History from the University of South Carolina.


Zeam Porter
Photo credit: Geena Rocero, Founder “Gender Proud
[Image Description; Zeam Porter standing in front of Trans Queer Youth Artwork]

Zeam Porter (they/them/theirs) is an 18 year old bi, pan and trans femme non binary person of color. Zeam first came to the public eye when they gave an incredibly moving speech in December 2014 on how the state of Minnesota could best accommodate trans student-athletes. That testimony led to more appearances and opportunities for them to share their story including an appearance on Geena Rocero’s digital series Beautiful as I Want to Be with none other than Caitlyn Jenner who introduced Zeam to Matt Barnes, an NBA player with the Memphis Grizzlies.
Zeam is also an accomplished artist and will graduate soon from The Blake School.

Watch Zeam and their dad meet Caitlyn Jenner:
[Zeam Porter and Caitlyn Jenner from the premiere episode of Beautiful As I Want To Be.]


Brian J. Ellicott
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Photo Credit: Bryan J. Ellicott
[Image Description; Bryan seated at an event]

Bryan J. Ellicott serves as Government Affairs Chair on the Staten Island PrideFest Committee and Spectrum Chair. He works at The Door as a Supervisor for Runaway Homeless Youth Drop-In Services. The Door is where Bryan empowers younger people to reach their potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment. Bryan does that by facilitating groups and doing street outreach to NYC most vulnerable population our Runaway Homeless Youth.
Bryan J. Ellicott is a born and raised Staten Islander from Great Kills. He attended all New York City public schools in Staten Island, as well as graduated from City University of New York College of Staten Island. He is active in New York City politics and activism. He works for the equal rights and protections of the transgender community in New York City and across New York State. He is an executive board member of both SIDA (Staten Island Democratic Association and SDNYC (Stonewall Democrats of New York City). He was recently asked to join the Democratic National Committee's LGBT Advisory Board.
When he isn’t working on Staten Island PrideFest, on a political campaign or legislative issue, Bryan can be found in drinking iced coffee at Starbucks and writing his memoir or researching various topics of interest online.



Katy Butler

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Photo Credit: Katy Butler
[Image Description: Headshot of Katy Butler in a hat]

Katy Butler is a recognized activist on the issues of bullying, LGBT topics, privilege and oppression, and diversity. Katy earned a B.A. in Sociology and Women’s Studies from the The George Washington University and she is currently finishing her Master’s in Education from The University of Illinois, Urbana. Katy has worked with GLAAD, The Bully Project, Equality Michigan, HRC and now is working in pediatrics on a project to help pediatricians better prevent bullying. She also petitioned the MPAA to change the rating of the inspirational film Bully from R to PG13 so kids around the country could watch this incredible film and start a conversation about bullying in their communities. Katy has appeared on Ellen, Anderson Cooper, CNN, Fox, MSNBS, in the New York Times, Daily Beast, Huffington Post and more.

As a speaker, she connects with her audience on a personal level and inspires others to join her in working for a world with no injustice through dialogue and activities on various difficult issues. Katy’s passion to create change comes from her experience with bullying and she shares that passion through her programing.


We salute AJ Walkley, Patrick Richards Fink, and Peter Ruggiero as they step down from the board at this time. We commend past, present and future board members for their dedicated service as volunteer activists for the bisexual+ community.





Monday, June 06, 2016

Bi WeHo City Council Event, June 9th 2016

Bi+ WeHo City Council Event
​Thursday June 9th, 2016
7 PM - 9 PM

West Hollywood Library - Community Room
625 N. San Vicente Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Parking can be found in the 5 story structure with the elephant painted on the side. 
Parking there will be validated.

We will be showing up to request the creation of a Bisexual Advisory Board for the City of West Hollywood and we want them to see the depth and diversity of our community. There is currently a Gay and Lesbian Advisory Board and a Transgender Advisory Board but no Bisexual Advisory Board! 

We need an advisory board that can focus on "bisexual specific" issues like 61% of bi women experiencing violence in their relationships nationwide and 35% of bi men reporting they had seriously considered or attempted suicide. Learn more about how domestic violence, poorer mental health and sexual violence affect bi communities.


PLANNING TO JOIN US? RSVP on the LA Bi Task Force Facebook event page or on amBi's Meetup event page. Thank you LA Bi Task Force and amBi! 

Please bring your flags, buttons, or bi/pan/fluid pride gear so they know who we are! Partners, families and allies welcome! We will have pride gear for those who have none!



CAN'T JOIN US? Participate digitally by tweeting @WeHoCity and using the tag #DontForgetTheB!





BACKGROUND
Back in Nov 2015, the West Hollywood Gay and Lesbian board considered adding bisexual to their name or creating a bisexual advisory board but did not do so (see the publicly available minutes below). We're showing up in person to ask again! 


We'll be bringing copies of LA Bi Task Force's bisexual needs assessment for Greater Los Angeles as well as copies of the Movement Advancement Project report Understanding Issues Facing Bisexual Americans for the current advisory board. 

Join The LA Bi Task Force, amBi, and BiNet USA President Faith Cheltenham at Thursday's City of West Hollywood Gay and Lesbian Advisory Board meeting at the West Hollywood Library community room! 6/9/16 7-9pm Learn more/RSVP: bit.ly/DontForgetTheBWeho #DontForgetTheB Photo Caption: A medium skinned masculine person squishes up their face, appalled. The image reads: EXCERPTS FROM THAT TIME THE CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD TRIED TO DO BI INCLUSION "…said members were appointed to represent their particular identity as gay or lesbian, and that he didn’t want to presume to speak on someone else’s identity.“ #DontForgetTheB @CityWeho (on top of bi pride flag background) 11/12/15, City of West Hollywood Gay and Lesbian Advisory Board Minutes (http://www.weho.org/city-hall/download-documents/-folder-574)
A photo posted by @thefayth on


READ THE MINUTES
Minutes from the City of West Hollywood Gay and Lesbian Advisory Board meetings suggest a great need for education about bisexual communities as the minutes reflect the all too common bisexual micro aggressions, bisexual erasure and biphobia found in LGBT communities:
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2015 
MINUTES 
LESBIAN AND GAY ADVISORY BOARD  
CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD  
NEW BUSINESS
A.
CONSIDERATION OF INCLUDING " BISEXUAL" IN THE NAME AND MISSION
OF THE LESBIAN AND GAY ADVISORY BOARD 
Public Comment: Nir Zilberman spoke in favor of adding `bisexual' to the Board' s name and mission, saying that there should be one board for all LGBT together, and that by excluding bisexuals we are taking their pride away from them. 
Public Comment: Jimmy Palmieri, Human Services Commission, said that this is a Gay and Lesbian advisory board, and the Transgender Advisory Board was formed to make educated decisions on transgender subjects. He said if bisexual people want to have their own board, the City should do that, but that it would not be serving bisexual people well to have their issues combined with others. 
Board Discussion: Board Members discussed pros and cons of adding the term 'bisexual' to the name and mission of this board. Beth Bishop spoke against having a separate board, because younger people are moving toward not defining themselves in these ways, and we need to have one larger board. Lucas John said he didn't support this proposal at this time. James Duke Mason said whatever action the Board takes should be moving toward greater inclusiveness, and that the Board could ask the City Council to begin a Bisexual Task Force. Marquita Thomas said that the Board is barely able to get through the agenda it already has, without adding an additional subject. 
James Duke Mason moved to ask the City Council to consider whether there is a need to form a Bisexual Task Force to do a needs assessment of the bisexual community. Ruth Tithe said she supports the idea of asking the City Council to consider a Bisexual Task Force, but that she had joined a Lesbian and Gay board. Matt Palazzolo suggested that Board Members talk to their own Councilmembers to see if there is a need for this in the community, and if so, to possibly come back with it in the future. Beth Bishop said the Board spends a large majority of its time on gay issues, and that people of all orientations might be better served by having one large board. Robert Oliver said members were appointed to represent their particular identity as gay or lesbian, and that he didn't want to presume to speak on someone else's identity. He seconded the motion by James Duke Mason.
Public Comment: James Wen, chair of Transgender Advisory Board, said that we are moving toward having one voice as a community, and would like to help people form an LGBT task force, seeing the changing nature of the community.The motion was approved 9 to 1, with Lucas John voting no. 
B.
AIDS WATCH
Public Comment:
1. Nir Zilberman expressed strong disagreement with remarks by some
members of the Board during the previous item.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2016  
MINUTES 
LESBIAN AND GAY ADVISORY BOARD 
CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD 
Nir Zilberman said he met with the City Manager and Mayor ProTern Meister today. He said three main concerns for him are bringing gay and lesbian homeless to the attention of the community, bringing back consideration of including bisexuality as a topic for the board, and making sure that homeless people are understood as individuals, instead of assuming that all are alike.
All minutes: http://www.weho.org/city-hall/download-documents/-folder-574


Download more #DontForgetTheB Weho images here.