Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Support Bisexual Advocacy

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Dear BiNet Supporters,

In the past eight years, BiNet USA and other bisexual advocates have fought hard for increased visibility in national politics and social justice movements. On several occasions, bi+ community leaders have been invited to President Obama’s White House to speak with administration officials and make our concerns known. As the most LGBTQ-friendly presidential administration in American history comes to an end, and an openly hostile administration takes over, our fight for equality and justice may look different, but it certainly won’t stop.

As we collectively mourn the outcome of the recent presidential election, it has already become clear that the fight for social justice will require more support than ever in the next four years. Although the entire LGBTQ community faces challenges to our rights and our humanity, the bisexual community remains particularly vulnerable when it comes to issues like healthcare access, discrimination, and anti-LGBTQ violence. Bi+ advocacy organizations like BiNet USA are also struggling to plan our work ahead, knowing that the current major disparities in funding bi-specific work will only become more severe as resources become scarce.

All of this is to say that we need your support more than ever. We are a volunteer-run organization, and while we will continue to donate our own time and resources, our programmatic work does cost money. Moreover, the bi+ community faces disproportionate levels of poverty compared to the gay and lesbian community, so we recognize how important it is to support each other and enlist help from our allies.

To that end, we are asking for your financial support in the form of a tax-deductible donation to BiNet USA. To make a one-time donation, go to binetusa.org/donate or send a check to:

BiNet USA
4201 Wilson Blvd. #110-311
Arlington, VA 22203

Or donate online via Razoo or Paypal

(You will  find this link on The BiNet USA Blog)

BiNet USA depends on your donations to keep hope alive.

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Saturday, November 05, 2016

Bay Area Bi+ People! State of the LGBTQ Movement After Party with Faith Cheltenham!

Come on out to the Cable 55 Bar at the Parc 55 Hotel to hang with Faith Cheltenham after the State of the LGBTQ Movement! Even if you had no time to RSVP for the 2016 State of the LGBTQ Movement Update on Wednesday Nov. 9th, drop by the Cable 55 bar and hang out with our Bi+ community for a conversation with the national Bi+ leader. 




After the incredible wins of 2015, what have been the defining moments for the LGBTQ movement in 2016? This annual event is your opportunity to hear from prominent leaders in our movement. They will discuss where we stand today, and the challenges and opportunities they see ahead for the LGBTQ movement. Learn more about the Horizon Foundation sponsored event here.

Faith Cheltenham works to advocate for the bisexual, pansexual, fluid, and queer (bi+) community. Faith got her start in LGBTQIA advocacy as a Human Rights Campaign intern on the Gore 2000 campaign, and in 2002, she co-founded UCLA’s BlaQue for LGBT students of African descent. In 2013, Faith co-organized the first bisexual community issues roundtable at the White House and in 2014, she was honored to meet President Obama privately alongside other LGBT leaders before witnessing the President sign an Executive Order protecting LGBT employees of federal contractors from discrimination. Faith writes on bisexual community issues, people of color community concerns and other topics for South Florida Gay News, Huffington Post, BiNet USA and thefayth.net, her personal blog.

Cable 55 Bar
Unwind over drinks at Cable 55 Bar, featuring sleek, urban décor, modern lighting and city views. Enjoy a choice of inventive cocktails, including our signature Manhattan, carefully selected wines and local micro-brewery beers and ales, served draft or by the bottle.


RSVP for the Meet and Greet HERE!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Bi History: UK bi trans nonbinary activist Jen Yockney MBE acknowledged at Buckingham Palace

BiNet USA salutes, celebrates, applauds and sends gigantic cheers to our brothers, sisters and non binary siblings across the pond as they celebrate a historic achievement!

Jen Yockney MBE, veteran bi trans and nonbinary rock star, was acknowledged on Thursday, October 27th, 2016, at Buckingham Palace as part of the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

CONGRATS JEN!

Bi trans and nonbinary organizer Jen Yockney (in purple suit) with after ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Photo Credit: Jen Yockney.

Yockney, founder of bivisibilityday.com and a key organizer in the global fight for bi, pan, fluid, queer (bi+) rights, was acknowledged specifically for "Services To The Bisexual Community" marking the first time in history a bisexual person has been acknowledged for their service to bisexual communities by the Queen of England.

As a trans and nonbinary bisexual organizer, Yockney represented several "firsts" writing on their blog about blending traditional forms of respectful address in English culture for men and women into something appropriate for a nonbinary person:
"In the structure of the presentation you bow or curtsey, go forward to receive your honour and brief talk, walk backward, curtsey or bow again and move on.  To blend things as best as I can, I curtsey at the start and bow at the end.  Again: no flicker of judgement or what have you, just the same warm congratulation from the team keeping the wheels turning as they give every other recipient.  The monarchy is ancient, the honour I'm receiving some hundred years old, but the people making the wheels turn are thoroughly modern." - Jen Yockney MBE, "The Big Day Out

Bi trans and nonbinary organizer Jen Yockney MBE (in purple suit) with Merlene Toh Emerson MBE, who was acknowledged for "political and public service" in Chinese, Asian and SE Asian communities,  and Honours awardee after ceremony at Buckingham Palace. 
Photo Credit: Jen Yockney MBE.

Yockney, a volunteer for over 20 years in bisexual organizing, also thoughtfully reflected on what the honor meant to them and their community saying,
I'm not wild about either the monarchy as a system or the empire as, well, my heritage is not very empire. But the bottom line for me is: this is the current Head of State of the country I choose to live in, and this is the system that same country uses for recognising the work in the community of its citizens.  It is both an Honour and actually an honour, and a world away from the world I grew up in that such a symbol of the establishment is recognising someone genderqueer championing bi people's liberty and equality. - Jen Yockney MBE, "The Big Day Out

BiNet USA sends massive congrats to Jen Yockney MBE on this recognition of their many years of service. 

Bi History: UK bi trans nonbinary activist Jen Yockney MBE acknowledged at Buckingham Palace

BiNet USA salutes, celebrates, applauds and sends gigantic cheers to our brothers, sisters and non binary siblings across the pond as they celebrate a historic achievement!

Jen Yockney MBE, veteran bi trans and nonbinary rock star, was acknowledged on Thursday, October 27th, 2016, at Buckingham Palace as part of the Queen's Birthday Honours List.

CONGRATS JEN!

Bi trans and nonbinary organizer Jen Yockney (in purple suit) with after ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
Photo Credit: Jen Yockney.

Yockney, founder of bivisibilityday.com and a key organizer in the global fight for bi, pan, fluid, queer (bi+) rights, was acknowledged specifically for "Services To The Bisexual Community" marking the first time in history a bisexual person has been acknowledged for their service to bisexual communities by the Queen of England.

As a trans and nonbinary bisexual organizer, Yockney represented several "firsts" writing on their blog about blending traditional forms of respectful address in English culture for men and women into something appropriate for a nonbinary person:
"In the structure of the presentation you bow or curtsey, go forward to receive your honour and brief talk, walk backward, curtsey or bow again and move on.  To blend things as best as I can, I curtsey at the start and bow at the end.  Again: no flicker of judgement or what have you, just the same warm congratulation from the team keeping the wheels turning as they give every other recipient.  The monarchy is ancient, the honour I'm receiving some hundred years old, but the people making the wheels turn are thoroughly modern." - Jen Yockney MBE, "The Big Day Out

Bi trans and nonbinary organizer Jen Yockney MBE (in purple suit) with Merlene Toh Emerson MBE, who was acknowledged for "political and public service" in Chinese, Asian and SE Asian communities,  and Honours awardee after ceremony at Buckingham Palace. 
Photo Credit: Jen Yockney MBE.

Yockney, a volunteer for over 20 years in bisexual organizing, also thoughtfully reflected on what the honor meant to them and their community saying,
I'm not wild about either the monarchy as a system or the empire as, well, my heritage is not very empire. But the bottom line for me is: this is the current Head of State of the country I choose to live in, and this is the system that same country uses for recognising the work in the community of its citizens.  It is both an Honour and actually an honour, and a world away from the world I grew up in that such a symbol of the establishment is recognising someone genderqueer championing bi people's liberty and equality. - Jen Yockney MBE, "The Big Day Out

BiNet USA sends massive congrats to Jen Yockney MBE on this recognition of their many years of service. 

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Happy Intersex and Asexual Awareness Weeks!

Did you know that #biweek and Celebrate Bisexuality Day, the international day of #bipride, is also part of intersex history too? Ladyboy GG, also known as GG Raven Wilbur, is an intersex and bi elder who worked alongside BiNet USA's Wendy Curry and Michael Page to create both Celebrate Bisexuality Day and the Bisexual Pride Flag. On behalf of GG and so many bi+ intersex people, BiNet USA sends warm congratulations to intersex advocates on the 20th anniversary of Intersex Awareness Day. Learn more about the intersex community and "intersextionality" in this week's BiCast podcast with Sean Saifa Wall and BiNet USA President Faith Cheltenham as part of BiNet USA's Black History Month All Year Long series!

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Did you know that #biweek is also a part of asexual history too? Although the first ever #biweek occurred at University of California, Davis all the way back in 2008, national bi organizers didn't consider launching a bisexual awareness week to fall alongside Celebrate Bisexuality Day until after the emergence of Asexual Awareness Week, founded by bi+ ace rockstar Sara Beth Brooks. Learn more about the asexual community in this week's #aceweek BiCast podcast with Sara Beth Brooks and trans ace cartoonist Dylan Edwards!


#aceweek founder Sara Beth Brooks



Did you know that many bi, pan, fluid, queer (bi+) people, like BiNet USA President Faith Cheltenham, identify as bi+ intersex? Or leaders like The BiCast's own Lynnette McFadzen identify as bi+asexual? As time goes bi, more members of bi, trans, intersex and ace ("BITA") communities find we have much in common whether it be the erasure of our contributions from "gay history", lack of awareness of the violence that has been visited upon us by the state, or the very real lack of specific resources designed to save, and keep safe, bi+, trans, ace, and intersex lives. As well, our communities share many leaders, mentors, and supportive allies who believe that none of us are free, unless we all are.




BiNet USA applauds the many LGBTQIA institutions like the National LGBTQ Task Force who have acknowledged ace and intersex communities, including the historic efforts of the United Nations just this week. Check out the video below and learn more about the campaign here.



Learn more about intersex and asexual communities at the links below.
http://interactadvocates.org/

Help a Native bi writer get to Standing Rock

Caption: Image of native people protecting water with #bipride flag colors and BiNet USA logo alongside words that say BINET USA STANDS IN SOLIDARITY WITH STANDINGROCK.ORG / NODAPL.ORG. Photo Credit: Deborah Atwater/BiNet USA
Photo Credit: Deborah Atwater/BiNet USA

FROM BI NATIVE WRITER, JEN DEERINWATER, AN URGENT REQUEST. 

Osiyo, 
I a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and a Native, Bisexual, Disabled journalist. It is crucial that Native People are able to tell our stories to the world in our own voices, especially for Native Women and LGBTQ Two Spirit Natives. I'm reaching out to you for emergency financial support to travel to Standing Rock in Cannonball, ND to report the news from the front lines against the Dakota Access Pipeline.  
The Dakota Access Pipeline has been covered well in Native media, but most of the mainstream media coverage that has occurred, has been primarily by non-Native journalists who often have been unwilling to avoid utilizing racist tropes, misinformation and anti-Native sentiment in their reporting. As a Native Woman, it is my duty to stand with my relations to protect the water, but also to report to the human rights violations that are occurring there. Our realities must be told to the world and they must be told by us. 
Because I'm a freelance writer I do not have the financial support that some journalists have. I'm asking the greater community to help me make this mission a reality by making donations and sharing my request with your friends and community.  
Examples of what your donations will be used for: 
  • Travel expenses (car rental, gas, tolls)
  • Food 
  • Water (Water has been cut off at the camps so all water has to be brought in)
  • Subzero cold weather camping supplies (For example: Tent, sleeping bag, small heater, hand warmers) 
  • Medical supplies in case of injury 
  • Solar chargers for my phone and laptop in order to report the news 

Photo of Jen Deerinwater wearing a red top and looking very interested in telling you more the experiences of Native disabled bi women like her.
Jen Deerinwater
Any amount you are able to give is greatly appreciated and goes a long way to making this a reality. You can read some of my published work on Wear Your Voice, The Establishment, and Autostraddle.  
Wado! Mni Wiconi!
Thank you! Water is Life!  
Jen Deerinwater
#JentoND 
BiNet USA has sent bisexual and pansexual pride flags to Jen Deerinwater to take with her to Standing Rock. Please consider donating or sharing this request widely.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Bi History: Bi+ fluid singer Frank Ocean attends last Obama Administration State Dinner

Bi+ fluid singer, Frank Ocean, who also identifies as a proud member of the LGBTQ community, attended the last state dinner with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on October 18th, 2016, alongside his mother Katonya Breaux.



BiNet USA congratulates Mr. Ocean and his mother on their attendance at the last White House state dinner. We are thrilled that a bi, pan, fluid, queer (bi+) identified writer and visionary such as Mr. Ocean was honored in this way. We send our greatest thanks to President Obama and Mrs. Obama for including the "B in LGBT" in their policies, events and administration over these last 8 years.



We will miss you!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

MIAMI: Pridelines Event for Bi Community on Oct 21st


6360 NE 4th Court, Miami, FL 33138,
On September 26, 2016 over 100  Bi+ (big bi+ umbrella - bi/pan/fluid/queer/heteroflexible/homoflexible/asexual) activists visited the White House for the 1st official on-the-record White House Bisexual Community Briefing.
Dr. Lauren Beach of Vanderbilt University, Luigi Ferrer of Pridelines and Elizabeth Fernandez of SEIU Florida were in attendance at the White House Briefing and will join Pridelines on October 21st, 2016 in Miami for an exciting series of events, "Bisexuals Take Over The White House".
Bi+ Community Potluck - 7pm   -   please bring a vegetarian or vegan dish and a beverage  to share, BYOB - we will have youth in the building and some of us are in recovery so low visibility and moderation are appreciated.  Come at 6:30 to help us set up if you can.  
Review of DC Bi+ Awareness week events - 8pm   -   A short panel discussion of the 9/23/16 Celebrate Bisexuality Day Capitol Hill Bi+ Community Briefing, the 9/25/16 Bi+ Unconference at HRC Headquarters, and the 9/26/16 White House Bi+ Community Briefing.  This invitation is extended to all our allies in the broader LGBTQ community come join us to Celebrate Bisexuality!
Bi+/LGBT Community Dance - 8:45pm   -   DJ JessieMix will be spinning for us, come join in the celebration.

Spirit Day October 20th, 2016

BiNet Joins GLAAD's Anti-Bullying Campaign "Spirit Day"

Though there have been many policy advancements for the LGBTQ community, there is still more work to be done. According to recent studies, 8 out of 10 LGBTQ students experience harassment at school, and over 60% of LGBT students who did report a bullying case said their school staff did nothing. 

We also know that bisexual youth report higher levels of harassment and bullying, and lower levels of social support than their gay and lesbian peers. These problems among bi+ youth too often translate into disparities among bisexual adults related to physical health, mental health, and economic status.

By participating in GLAAD's Spirit Day, we hope to show bi+ and other LGBTQ youth that there are people they can go to for help, acceptance, and support.

Spirit Day started as a grassroots online movement by a high-school teen and, with GLAAD's help, has grown into the world's most visible anti-bullying campaign. Every year, millions stand against bullying and in support of LGBTQ youth by "going purple." Here are some easy ways to get into the spirit:

Pledge at www.glaad.org/spiritday to wear purple on October 20 and encourage your listeners and followers to do the same

Sign up to be a Spirit Day participant http://www.glaad.org/spiritday/endorse  

Create awareness on social media by posting about #SpiritDay, making your profile pictures purple, and turning your organization's website purple (i.e. "Take a stand against bullying and support #LGBT youth by going purple for #SpiritDay on October 20: http://glaad.org/spiritday")

Share the Anti-Bullying Resource Kit with your followers http://www.glaad.org/spiritday/resourcekit

Download the Spirit Day app on your smartphone http://www.glaad.org/spiritday/app

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Will you join us in taking a stand against anti-LGBT bullying? All participants will be featured on GLAAD's official website, so be sure to sign up!

Past Spirit Day participants include Britney Spears, Laverne Cox, Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande, Kim Kardashian, the White House, MTV, HBO, hosts of Good Morning America and CNBC, non-profit organizations like the Ali Forney Center, DoSomething.org, and the National Center for Transgender Equality, and hundreds more nonprofits, celebs, national landmarks, companies, and teams. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Invisible Majority: The Disparities Facing Bisexual People and How to Remedy Them




On Tuesday, BiNet USA, the Movement Advancement Project, and a broad coalition of partners released a new report finding thauht while more than half of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community identifies as bisexual, bisexual people experience alarming rates of invisibility, societal rejection, violence, discrimination, and poor physical and mental health—often at rates higher than our lesbian and gay peers.

Invisible Majority: The Disparities Facing Bisexual People and How to Remedy Them examines the “invisible majority” of the LGBT community, the nearly five million adults in the U.S. who identify as bisexual and the millions more who have sexual or romantic attraction to or contact with people of more than one gender. The report shows how bias, stigma, discrimination, and invisibility combine to create serious negative outcomes for bisexual people, and it provides concrete recommendations for change.

“Bisexual people’s sexuality is often invisible in broader society as we are frequently assumed to be gay, lesbian, or heterosexual based on the gender of our partner,” said Faith Cheltenham, president of BiNet USA. “Yet when bisexual people are open about our sexuality, we face increased levels of violence from intimate partners; rejection by our communities, families, and peers; and skepticism from the people and organizations to whom we turn for help, resources, and services."

This report serves as a clarion call to policymakers and service providers across the country: in order to fully serve the LGBT community, they must also fully serve the bisexual community.