Friday, November 20, 2015

Not One More : Transgender Day of Remembrance 2015

    About a week ago a petition appeared on, asking that the largest LGBT (Lesbian,Gay,Bisexual, and Transgender ) organizations, such as HRC, The Task Force, and others drop the T, and stop fighting for transgender causes. The petition quickly went viral, spawning a thankfully much more successful counter and statements from the organization's that their commitment to trans rights remained.
   This Transgender Day of Remembrance, we as a community need to remember those on whose shoulders we stand and who paved the way for so many of this movements immense success. We would not have the nationwide success of marriage equality if it were not for the bravery, tenacity, and sacrifices of so many.     We have also lost so many this year, predominantly trans women of color. Petitions like the aforementioned are simply a small symptom, a tiny sneeze, representative of the disease of transphobia, and especially transmisogynoir that is often at the root of the deaths of so many.
   Though the overall movement, including trans rights, has made great strides recently it is still not enough. One death is too much.     On this TDOR we all need to firmly commit ourselves to fighting transphobia and transmisogynoir wherever we find it. Transphobia, and transphobic acts, even “harmless” ones like petitions or jokes in media are absolutely acts of violence. They are acts of terrorism against trans people. Terror and violence that combine with other forces like racism, police brutality and white cis hetero patriarchy to serve one end, the death of trans individuals.
   Every single member of the LGBQ community must pledge that even one death is too much. That next year we will have a shorter list to read out. We have the power, especially the cis white members, of this community, to make a difference.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

BiNet USA Meets US Women's Soccer Team at the White House

Obama Honors US Women's Soccer Team on their 2015 FIFA World Cup
October 27th, 2015 

BiNet USA thanks Chong Moua for her reporting on the White House event honoring the US Women's Soccer team for BiNet USA's blog. Here's the exclusive photos and report! 

Photo Caption: BiNet USA blogger Chong Moua in front of the White House. 
Photo Credit: BiNet USA/Chong Moua

Being in the White House was an amazing experience! That day was a celebration and there was an energy and buzz in the air. It was amazing to see so many young kids attending this event with their parents and to see women and girl athletes be celebrated. It was also really cool that while waiting in line, I bumped into Rea Carey from the National LGBTQ Task Force. We got the chance to chat a bit about the excitement for Creating Change 2016.

  Photo Caption: The US Womens Soccer Team's Gift to Obama -- his own jersey! 
Photo Credit: BiNet USA/Chong Moua

As you can imagine, time was limited and lines were long. I had the opportunity to grab a quick photo with Abby Wambach, 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion and 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year.

Photo Caption: Chong Moua with the World Famous, Abby Wambach -- FIFA Women's World Cup Champion and 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year! — in the fair land o' The White House.
Photo Credit: BiNet USA/Chong Moua

Photo Caption: The brave young lady who wrote to the President and First Lady that women and girl athletes can be just as good as boys, if not better.
Photo Credit: BiNet USA/Chong Moua

 I had a couple favorite moments: 
1) Seeing a young girl step up to the podium to read the letter she wrote to the President and First Lady after her brother told her she couldn’t play sports as good as boys.  The letter shared how she believed girls could do anything just as good as boys, if not better. And how she was so proud that the US Women’s Soccer Team won this year’s FIFA Championship. The President said, “Playing like a girl means you’re a badass.”
 Photo Caption: Abby Wambach speaking to the press outside White House
Photo Credit: BiNet USA/Chong Moua

 2) Hearing Obama acknowledge Abby Wambach’s celebratory kiss with her wife while draped in an American Flag – “Showing us all how far we’ve come – On and off the field”
It was also really great to hear about the US Women’s Soccer Team’s national #SheBelieves Initiative, a campaign and message developed by the players that young girls can accomplish their goals and dreams ---- I feel this is such an important message, especially in a femme-phobic society and in sports where men get more visibility and recognition.
3) Lastly, seeing the President’s departure on the Marine One Helicopter! 

Photo Caption: Chong Moua in front of Air Force One chopper on White House lawn, What a thrill!
Photo Credit: BiNet USA/Chong Moua

 Photo Caption: Chong Moua in the White House smiling.
Photo Credit: BiNet USA/Chong Moua

Thank you Chong Moua for sharing your experience with the bisexual community!

Women Rock!!!! 
Binet USA #BiVisibility #BiPride #WomenAthletes #QueerAthletes #USWomensSoccerTeam #2015FIFAWorldCup


Follow the social movement #SheBelieves on Twitter to learn more about the U.S. Women's Soccer campaign that sends the message to young girls that they too can accomplish all their goals and dreams.

Photo Caption: U.S. Women's Soccer Player Christen Press for the #SheBelieves campaign
Photo Credit: U.S. Women's Soccer

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Bisexual Awareness Week 2015 Results Are In!

Photo: Multicolored person holding bisexual pride flag, image by Garnet.

The laptop gurus and code ladies have done their magic and the final numbers for Bisexual Awareness Week are in!

(drum roll)

199 million people reached with bisexuality related tweets during #biweek 2015!

Over 120,000 individual tweets shared over a quarter of a billion times!

In comparison, last year we saw thousands of tweets for #biweek and half a million people reached with bisexuality's most popular hashtag #bivisibilityday. So this is a huge increase in social engagement surrounding bisexuality. 

In fact, there was so much awesomeness, we had to make a video of the data and popular images of the week.


Photo: #biweek data  on Google Drive Credit: BiNet USA

Interested in doing bisexuality related social media campaigns in the future? 

Download our reports and find out the best influencers, top media and best accounts to follow for maximum exposure. All reports are providing by, a leading source of Twitter data.

Our thanks to all #biweek co-partners which included:

Human Rights Campaign
National LGBTQ Task Force
National Center for Lesbian Rights
Movement Advancement Project
National Black Justice Coalition
Bisexual Resource Center
Bisexual Organizing Project
Center for Culture, Sexuality, and Spirituality
Center Bi
LA LGBT Center
Los Angeles Bi Task Force
Bi Brigade
Extra special thanks to:
Zeke, Alexandra, Adriana, Brendan and everyone at GLAAD
Beth, Jay and all the awesome members of the Bi/Pan/Fluid/Queer Employee Resource Group at the Human Rights Campaign
Rea, Mark, Stacey, and everyone at the National LGBTQ Task Force
Dani, Erik, Alberto and everyone at the National Center for Lesbian Rights
Heron Greenesmith and Calla Rongerude at the Movement Advancement Project
Sharon, Isaiah and everyone at the National Black Justice Coalition
Jim, Jon, Joe, Matt and everyone at The LA LGBT Center
The Entire Bisexual Community but especially Lynnette McFadzen, Aud Traher, AJ Walkley, and the entire board of BiNet USA.
Cathy Renna and the whole Target Cue team!

And of course a national Bisexual Awareness Week would never have been possible without Sheri Atkinson and the University of California Davis LGBT Center which first launched a Bisexual Awareness Week for its students in 2008.


Some of the most popular images shared during #biweek are below! 

Photo: BiNet USA co-founder Robyn Ochs with GLAAD's Alexandra Bolles at the White House Bisexual Community Policy Briefing, 9/21/15. 

Photo: Bi Asian American advocate Joy Messinger (@joydelivery) holding bi pride flag 

Photo: HRC #biweek meme that says I am bisexual and I support equality. The Human Rights Campaign and GLAAD both launched new support resources for the bi, pan, fluid, queer (bi+) community during this year's Bisexual Awareness Week.

Bi advocate Laurel A McDonald (@lolo_potamus) created the hashtag #oneofus to draw attention to bi figures often erased in history. The picture of bisexual icon Freddie Mercury, lead singer of Queen, was one of the most widely shared.

Photo: Margaret Cho quote featured in GLAAD #biweek memes, see them all at

Photo: Person holding heart that looks like glitter bi flag 

Photo: Standing in front of the White House, Dr. Lauren Beach, Esq., Dr. Herukhuti and Heron Greenesmith, Esq., the policy coordinators for the Bisexual Community Policy Briefing at the White House. 

 Photo: Large A in bi colors. changed its logo to bi colors for the whole week! Thanks Advocate!

 Photo: Bi and Proud meme from the National Center for Lesbian Rights. NCLR held a Twitterstorm during #biweek to spread the word about the bi community and NCLR staffer and BiNet USA board member Dani Siragusa attended the Bisexual Community Policy Briefing at the White House and wrote about her experiences here.

Photo: The Movement Advancement Project launched a new bisexual infographic, and it ended up being one of the more popular shares of the week.

Photo: Bisexual superheroes including Constantine, Catwoman, and Wonder Woman in a comic drawing. 

Photo: Camille Beredjick (@cberedjick) at GLSEN was featured in an MTV News Story about being a bi millennial

Photo: The Human Rights Campaign hosted a Bisexual Community Health and Wellness event on 9/22 with a panel featuring Theresa Sparks, bi+ trans icon and Executive Director of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and Khafra Abif, Black bisexual HIV/AIDS educator and writer.

Photo: RJ Aguiar joined Ian Harvie, Connor Manning and Kristina Wong at the LA Bi Task Force 6th annual Bi Arts Fest.

Photo: Bisexual actress Evan Rachel Wood helped kickstart #biweek with tweets centered around the Human Rights Campaign Bisexual Health Brief leading to coverage of bisexuality on Entertainment Tonight, US Magazine, People, and USA Today among others. Image Credit:

Photo: Images for multiple intersections of bisexuality, pansexuality, demisexuality, asexuality, gender identity and expression were also popular during #biweek. 

Photo: This year's #biweek logo was made by the talented Nikki Roszko of Darling Media Productions

To keep up with Bisexual Awareness Week, don't forget to visit

#biweek was made possible by the generous contributions of The Arcus Foundation

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Timeline of Bisexual Community and GLAAD

Representatives of the New York Area Bi Network and Bialogue work with GLAAD and Act Up to protest biphobic "Midnight Caller" episode (link)
Letter from NBC in 1988 regarding "Midnight Caller"
GLAAD takes action when New York Times promotes bisexual stereotypes (link)

Mar 2008
GLAAD practices bi erasure in Myspace entry, changes to inclusive language after requests from BiNet USA and Bialogue

Aug 2008
GLAAD practices bi erasure during Prop 8 campaign, makes no changes despite requests (link)
Bi Erasure in GLAAD's 2008 Media Guide
Oct 2008
GLAAD privately assists with removal of "Bi Now, Gay Later?" poll on E! Online, but makes no public statement of support

Aug 2009
BiNet USA requests several bi-specific updates to GLAAD Media Reference Guide with no result

Sep 2009
GLAAD publishes blog post series on Celebrate Bisexuality Day

Dec 2009
GLAAD Media Reference Guide is updated to include outdated BiNet USA contact info

April 2010
Bi Filmmaker Kyle Schickner attends GLAAD Media Awards and protests the lack of acknowledgement of bi people including recently out Anna Paquin (link)

April 2010
Bisexual staffers who work at GLAAD report that the organization makes things really uncomfortable for out bi people

July 2010
BiNet USA approaches GLAAD about ABC’s “The View” spreading misinformation about black bi men, but GLAAD's full page ad and press release erases the bisexual leaders and organizations who began working on the issue first

Bi Trans activist Aud Traher creates petition for GLAAD to change outdated definition of bisexual in GLAAD Media Guide

Requests to GLAAD for assistance with Google blocking the word bisexual are ignored
Faith Cheltenham, BiNet USA President meets with GLAAD staffers to discuss bi community issues. Provides GLAAD with bi community press release, blog posts, and updated Media Guide which receives no response from GLAAD.

GLAAD staff undergoes Bisexual Awareness Training in both LA and NY locations. Co-sponsors first annual Bisexual Awareness Week (#biweek) by tweeting support and creating blog posts on the event and asks BiNet USA to host content on where it can be cross posted by GLAAD.

GLAAD co-sponsors Bisexual Awareness Week #biweek and attends Bisexual Policy Briefing at White House alongside BiNet USA and other bisexual organizations and experts. GLAAD launches first ever bisexual section of website, and releases videos of bisexual people seeking to increase visibility for the B in LGBT.