Tuesday, May 26, 2020

We said what we said, again.

Last communication about this “flag controversy”:

We strongly reject and refute any assertion that BiNet USA claimed, or ever claimed the bisexual pride flag. When we spoke out to bisexualtshirts.com, we had questions about what community groups they were part of; instead of that group contacting us directly, they attacked us.

Next, our own former board members, to our regret-added to this controversy as well as members of a fledgling collective of bi, LGBTQIA and straight advocates associated with us. It’s easy to get confused about what was said, and when, and by who: so we’re keeping our blog and Twitter open for a while so you can compare our tweets, our statements and what we hold to be true.

Instead of reading clarifying tweets; former board members and volunteers strongly suggested BiNet USA intended to file copyright and/or trademark to OWN A FLAG. As if a country, a flag, or any people could be owned; as if the history of our organizers suggested anything but constant support of other bi organizations, communities and people-often at great risk to ourselves and our health as visible, out bisexuals.

As the community organization that helped generate the flag, we were asking a question about organizations benefiting from sales from the flag while we hoped for even more. BiNet USA has never tracked the use of the flag for any reason, including financial; our grant writing to fund our organization has always centered on direct advocacy to bi communities, particularly of color.

Considering the rich history of non-white bi communities being excluded from the aforementioned direct advocacies, it can make sense when white bi community members (including persons who fiercely, casually or ostensibly identify as “white” or with the social project of Whiteness) respond with communications that center their entitlement; even suggesting they are the ones being stolen from.

Such tensions are even more heightened in this time of COVID; we recommend the work of the scholar Claire Hemmings to better understand the history of these tensions within BiNet USA and larger bi+ communities and organizations: https://www.amazon.com/Bisexual-Spaces-Geography-Sexuality-Gender/dp/0415930820


We ask that you remember who we are, what we are, and what we do now as we continue our work, even as we continue to intentionally remove ourselves from social media and digital realms. We do this in part because of the rich history of attacks on BiNet USA going back decades. We think all advocates should feel safe, healthy and able to engage in this time of the virus when it’s even more difficult for people to connect.

Too often these attacks have included dogwhistle messaging, using coded racist/Global White Supremacist, classist and specifically anti-black terminologies to couch alleged concerns about the viability of community advocacies led by non-white people, while at the same time specifically leveraging the participation of community advocates of color toward these motives. Read more about it in “Dog Whistle Politics” and works like it: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17847530-dog-whistle-politics

There are those in bi community who would submit that the assertion of the above is somehow a distraction from the contexts of conversation of Bi+ advocacy. We submit that any such contention is without merit at best, and actively and intentionally deleterious at worst. To crib from the work of Black woman scholar/activist Kimberlé Crenshaw, any Bi+ activism that doesn’t see itself as actively and intentionally intersectional is useless. Bi experience always exists on vectors of privilege and lack around race,class,ability,sexuality,gender expression (or lack thereof) ,age,national status and more. Any purported “advocacy” that refuses to recognize this reality is pointedly worthless.

Further reading:
https://verysmartbrothas.theroot.com/the-difference-between-a-karen-and-a-becky-explained-1842708257

While we respect the former BiNet USA board members and volunteers' concerns about the work BiNet USA is currently doing, we encourage BiNet founders, former volunteers and other interested parties to get to work right away like our team has been engaged recently. We suggest community leaders of bisexual organizations reach out directly to Juba Kalamka, MFA about their concerns; so far ZERO bi leaders have asked for that conversation.

You may reach him at vp@binetusa.org to discuss opportunities for your organization to learn more about the current work of BiNet USA, and how you might be engaged in its future. Please keep in mind BiNet USA as an organization does not have the resources or capacity to respond to every individual request.

During our direct advocacy work around Coronavirus, we aren’t attempting to assess bi+ status (or more pointedly, the ability/inclination to flag wave as such in contexts which might be life threatening) among the many in need when our country faces 100,000 dead.

Like you, we mourn the too many already gone. We continue to fight globally for every bisexual we can, including A, who we still support on his journey to be a safe African parent and Christian bisexual.

The work we’re doing has already helped popularize protocols we see other organizers using for “contactless drops” and assistance that’s not purely based on the ability to mutually give. We have been engaged in this work since the first week of March when we did our first food delivery. We hope to keep seeing more and more bisexuals giving; whether it’s online or off, so many of us have open, full and huge hearts.
We look forward to the next iteration of BiNet USA, whatever it looks like under Juba Kalamka’s leadership along with his current board. Since Mr. Kalamka isn’t a website developer or social marketer, but instead has 30 years of experience in visual art, publication media, digital music performance/production, event development and HIV testing linkage to care/prevention health advocacy in marginalized communities, we know the future of BiNet USA is bright beyond measure.

We want everyone to have access to #bisexualhistory, including over 400,000 website files from binetusa.org from the years 1987-2020. Please email vp@binetusa.org for access to these files with the subject line “BISEXUAL HISTORY FILES REQUEST” so the VP may add you to a list of individuals being sent links with old files, photos, blog posts and critical work from BiNet USA.

It is our hope that the above clarifications, restatements and disclosures are helpful.

In service, and wishing you safety and wellness,
Members of the Board of BiNet USA including VP and President

Sunday, May 03, 2020

FURTHER LEADERSHIP CHANGES COMING, JUBA KALAMKA BECOMES PREZ ON 1/21/21

By BiNet USA President, Faith Cheltenham, thefayth
With additional edits/support from Juba Kalamka, BiNet USA VP

Per BiNet USA Board of Directors vote on May 2nd, 2020, for protection and safety; the names and personal information of BiNet USA employees, volunteers and board are no longer available to the public, unless otherwise legally required.

In September 2019, the current board of BiNet USA approved the future disclosure of all private donations made by Faith Cheltenham via BiNet USA. This was part of an agreed upon step-down plan with thefayth after board service as the most active board member, volunteer and staff member of BiNet USA from 2004-2018.

On May 2nd, 2020, the BiNet USA board (members: 6 [six]) agreed to fast-track this accounting, including externally prepared financial statements outlining each individual, city and/or "bisexual" organization that directly benefited from donations, grant funding, and fundraising directed by Faith Cheltenham and BiNet USA (usually completed via direct payment to the needy bisexual via Paypal, Venmo or Zelle).

This accounting including prepared statement is forthcoming within 3 (three) months and will include the name, city and organization that benefitted from direct donation from BiNet USA members and employees.

This accounting is not offered to make up for public assertions of thefayth, Faith Cheltenham (and attendantly, BiNet USA) "stealing the bisexual pride flag", but to better set the record bisexual as to the historic accomplishments of BiNet USA volunteers including thefayth’s significant and sizable donations across bisexual communities with intersectional emphasis, alongside so many other individuals who contributed.

Further, BiNet USA Board was informed by a former President of her intentional executive decision to bypass board approval for the original flag, we were not aware of this, and we hope to learn more about this context.

Read about our video interview project:
http://binetusa.blogspot.com/2020/05/about-bisexual-pride-flag.html

STATEMENT ON USE OF BISEXUAL PRIDE FLAG


STATEMENT ON THE USE OF BISEXUAL PRIDE FLAG

BY BINET USA PRESIDENT, thefayth
With assistance and edits from Juba Kalamka, BiNet USA VP

As of May 2020, BiNet USA CEASES AND DESISTS OF ALL USE OF THE BISEXUAL PRIDE FLAG; using only when necessary the bisexual people of color flag, as co-created in 2019 by thefayth, Faith Cheltenham.

Further, BiNet USA denies all responsibilities of past or future claims for any bisexual pride flag use,or any use of any previous property created by former volunteers, staff and employees of BiNet USA, including the bisexual pride flag, Celebrate Bisexuality Day aka Bi Pride Day and Bisexual Awareness Week.

BiNet USA is not the bisexual community. BiNet USA has no responsibility to specific bisexual organizations or organizers unless jointly agreed upon. BiNet USA rejects any responsibility to any other bisexual organizations and organizers unless its organizers, staff and volunteers are compensated.

No member of bisexual communities may use photos, written words or messaging from BiNet USA web, digital or written materials without it’s express permission.

No member or bisexual communities may use photos, written words or messaging from thefayth, Faith Cheltenham without her express permission on behalf of bisexual communities; even previously provided.

Any license previously given from thefayth, Faith Cheltenham for “bisexual community” photos, written word or messaging is expressly revoked.

Friday, May 01, 2020

About the bisexual pride flag...

About the bisexual pride flag...
A statement prepared by the board of BiNet USA.

 MYTH: The Bisexual Pride flag is open for use by everyone for any purpose, including the confederate flag.

FACT: The Bisexual Pride flag has been repeatedly misappropriated for commercial uses that are antithetical to the humanity of bi+ persons everywhere, such as imposing the Confederate flag “Stars and Bars” upon the Bisexual Pride flag. From cafepress.com: “Bisexual Pride flag with the Confederate Stars and Bars superimposed on it. These colors run both ways!”

WHERE WE GO NEXT: On May 1st, 2020, the International Day of the Worker, BiNet USA, requests the removal of “bisexual confederate” flags, baby clothes, bibs, keychains, and other items from the internet. We direct others to participate by visiting cafepress.com to request the removal of items based on infringement.

 CLARITY CHECK: The bisexual pride flag is intended for bisexual community use. The community has long been able to utilize it for the creation of gifts and goods to help benefit ourselves and each other. BiNet USA continues to support the independent bisexual seller and is working to bring more bisexual products into market. We are currently advocating for bisexual sellers to have direct licensing relationships with corporations selling bisexual pride merchandise. We want to be clear: we are a nonprofit organization. We frequently donate our time and energy and promote others’ work without the aim to make any money personally. Even when we get paid, we consistently work overtime day after day. One way you can help is to support the advocacy of BiNet USA and our relationship building with bi+ sellers. You can also email us to get on our list to see more goods and products sold using BiNet USA outreach, networks, and support. Email vp@binetusa.org with the subject line: Bi Products to join in.

MYTH: The bisexual pride flag was created by small-business owner Michael Page by himself. FACT: BiNet USA launched the bisexual pride flag on bicafe.com in 1998 as part of a two-year outreach effort that also included the creation of Celebrate Bisexuality Day. The co-creators of the Bisexual Pride flag are identified as: Wendy Curry and GG Raven Wilbur, also creators of Celebrate Bisexuality Day.

WHERE WE GO NEXT
We are collecting video testimonials from the co-creators of the bisexual pride flag, the person who came up the idea (“Michael Page”) and from organizers who were active during the launch of the bisexual pride flag. We will release these videos, phone calls, and written records via our blog, binetusa.blogspot.com. Board member, professional author and editor, Ron Suresha, will help lead this effort which originated from an idea from a longtime bi community leader in Chicago, IL.

BiNet will present these interviews on social media and blog to ensure that the persons who contributed to the creation, development, and generation of the Bisexual Pride Flag have the opportunity to tell their origin story.

 LINK TO HELP WITH CAFEPRESS: https://www.cafepress.com/p/terms-conditions#infringement

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

BiNet is on Facebook

Check out BiNet on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/660559514515020/?ref=share

Its a global space for bisexuals soon to be administrated by a global team of bisexuals and our accomplices. And in the admin notes it reads DO NOT ADD CYNTHIA CONNORS AS ADMIN per board member suggestion; so thanks for following that guideline but we about to open the throttle up and make a space where every label, every nationality and every ask matters the very same.

This is the mission and this is the time; come thru and join us. Our work is absolutely not social media; but we use tools like that to generate reach. Get up with #BiNet board Faith Cheltenham Juba Kalamka Lauren Beach Denise Penn Ron J. Suresha and returning in emergency and temporarily fashion Lynnette Beth Mcfadzen. We move quickly and we drop weight, especially that doesn’t not serve all parts of our bisexual community.

While we have gratitude for all that has come before; it’s time to keep working on what it means to drive advocacy nationally and globally for the worlds most vulnerable from a bisexual perspective.

Your city doesn’t matter to us; neither do you personally, not as much as the collective of US; and the bodies that died before that drive us forward believing we can save even more of us.

So what are you doing for other bisexuals, for other humans, for those among us? How are you serving? Come thru to the new group and tell us. May send your need to a celeb or two who could help💜

Participate in spaces like our new one or places that are moderated well in your own city.

Avoid those spaces that suggest foreign faces don’t belong among American bisexuals. I ask you, who do you think will care for those unnamed bisexual dead but us? Please expand the capacity of your brain and open up; the call for bisexuals is a global one.

Can you hear me, can you hear them?
LGBT Refugee found dead from suicide outside UN Office, Kenya. Mon April 13th, 2020
https://news.trust.org/item/20200413190504-jjlzu/

H/t to our guy A who’s somewhere safe at the moment somewhere in Africa and sent this to me saying do they even care? And I know many people do; even in the time of the virus; I’m seeing many looking to the poorest and not just posting thirsty selfies.

Keep posting stuff to keep us alive; if you’ve got time on your hands *and can listen* get in touch with our group to connect with one of our depots, helpers, volunteers across the US, Hawaii and the world working on projects with us.

While you do thirsty selfies; gotta self care, especially right now!

Faith Cheltenham, BiNet USA President

Monday, March 23, 2020

Bisexuals Save The World

Bisexuals Save The World

In the spirit of keeping bisexuals alive; facebook.com/binetusa is being re-opened. It is administered, as it has been by the President of BiNet USA. Learn more about us at binetusa.org. On binetusa.org we have groups too but you make the rules as long as you meet the guidelines of the terms of service, privacy policy and terms and conditions of our website. 

As anti-capitalists who seek to decolonize more movements in the spirit of Baba Ibrahim, BiNet Multicultural Network co-founder; myself and our board of directors wish you well, while at the same time we hope you remain aware of your privilege; including it seems, life itself.

Are you staying at home so the next 3 older ladies who get on your bus don’t die from a cold they’d never know you gave them? Are you de-prioritizing “white parties,” not thinking because you made it thru once, there’s less harm? Well spoiler; you may have just killed someone. That someone could be someone I love, or someone some person does! Did you hear we don’t know the realities of this infection, and until we do, we need to care for ALLl who could be harmed?

Know more about what this virus is, and be like the bisexuals of old; please get to work educating yourself and others about the Covid-19 disease and what other countries did in response to the coronavirus epidemic; much quicker than us. ‘Cause babies aren't still doing “social distancing” like we; not when bodies started to pile the earth. 

We have to work quicker, convince more faster and heed the call: every life matters; certainly yours, but is your life worth more than another when it’s your work, life, play vs. someone having entirely no more days? Surely this isn’t the time to turn your attention to doing things like selling your own steel straws, or launching a new business; not when Italy lost 624 in one day last week; not when a day a person has begun to die in New York and certainly not the night before Congress votes to or for any unemployment benefits!

“Those dead others” are expected to be living with HIV or AIDS, to be poor, to be older, and to have more health concerns; and all of them are a person, a someone one could call brother, mom, sibling, kin and/or animal companion.

Now then is the time to expand bisexually, the same concept, and same power that beats upon our skin: anyone, everyone, no one, as long as we are given CHOICE to decide that? In US, we bisexuals, pansexuals and fluid take pride. Especially now, and urgently NOW, is when we then jump in to protect; the weakest first because if that's not us, it could be, will be or was.

We #biplus know the power in strongly suggesting there is Error in putting the poorest last, instead of first. We must remember our history and the action we have taken to protest poor regard for life; it is the hallmark of a bisexuals work. And yet too little know how often the words of the CDC have meant high levels of death for us, and ONLY those reviled, stigmatized and misunderstood like us. Tell your friends that even during my Obama years the CDC fought ME tooth and nail to erase the word bisexual; to minimize our dead and never ever break us off a single bit of bread when it came to bisexual funding. 

The CDC got better absolutely indeed; in fact we even call some of them friend and queer colleague; but our history remains. Bisexual bones buried over decades with none to cry their name, or did I not throw my body into the streets of New York to stop WorldPride to hear Brenda’s name? Course I did, and to a number of white gay men in New York, “Brenda says hello!”

‘Cause #DemGays told her, told me, Sylvia and Marsha P.; that we belong and that they care, but when have they ever? Don’t you still see your name and your people not there, especially when someone is yelling trans and queer? We are not seen in LGBTQIA unless we bring hits, but believe me this, when we are sick they definitely won’t be visiting us; especially the many of us who are both bi, trans and queer.

Good thing we have strong levels of support from straight communities built over decades of engagement because each time we got left in the dust; 

didn’t I, 

didn’t you, 

and you there 

(points at a bisexual, a pan and all fluid folk) 

know exactly who to call who might care? 

Who could get us added to the right list, or next important call? 

Didn’t we sneak in there, sleep with a gay, a straight, make a new friend and find us a task force, a mailing list or an opportunity to further score points for “bisexual visibility”? 

Well then, get to it!

Wish I’d said goodbye to more people, but if I should go or you be taken; let it b known it has been a great honor to serve and continue to serve bisexually. Also, call someone, boo. Reach out to your list! And Black bisexuals, in the time of coronavirus, white allies are actually far more disposable than toilet paper; do adjust!

I, Faith Cheltenham, thefayth, President of BiNet USA now instruct you to take care, and at the same time, if you dare: get to work creating your own specific bisexual affirming supports, outreach and mechanisms that put communities DEEPLY IN NEED first. Straight and gay people may not be able to save themselves😂

First step is calling and emailing your reps, congresspeople, city officials, state government and asking where their LGBTQIA Covid19 task force is, or can they work with you to create one? We are often deeply affected first, so please remember to protect yourself and use diluted bleach or disinfectant in the protocol as described by Dr. Lauren Beach, especially when you do contactless work; and be sure to wear any type of gloves, masks or covering while outdoors. 

If you use google translate and read the media abroad we are days behind where other countries are; YET we are not following their guidelines for where we should be...based on where they are. Had our Italian friends message just TODAY in basic disbelief, but this all reminded me of a story, so lean in. 

Year was 2004, December and I was at my computer when a jolt hit me and slammed the door. A physical reality where for a half second literal reality seemed to shift. Me being me and a digital organizer for years at that point; I went to geological websites checking earth status.

I was also a super senior trying to ingest most of UCLA; so at that point was in an oceanography class and quickly realized “Oh NO; it’s a tsunami!”
But it was hours away from reaching land. 
So I tried to call hotels y’all, but what do you say? 

“Hi, I’m from a world away. 

The life you experience now is ending, can you hear what I say?”

And they really couldn’t, but I heard many scientists and others around the world tried the same that day. Maybe some got through. I know some did not die that day; there were many who lived! 

I hope now that you live, and me, and everyone; even those we don’t know. 
Or even like, I suppose. 

So here we will post opportunities to help if you’re still employed, have diapers, sanitary napkins, food, water, toilet paper, meds, and essential supplies. If you don’t? We want to hear about it, and see what we can do. Bi people of color, trans people of color, bi+ trans people of color to the front but everyone ask! May it B that all are able to receive what they need.

Join us @binetcollective on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with our work collectively; and you may see some of those members sharing or posting on our channels according to their capacity including straight allies, corporate sponsors, researchers, university types and badass biplus organizers among many old friends.

Please pay attention to your posts, here and everywhere; and center them on: 

-offering support; 

-sharing resources (less links, more money honey! or other ways to give)

-or asking for support including prayers 

(and virtual good vibes from those who don’t pray). 

We are in critical times; including #TeamBiNet with beloved elder and former BiNet USA President, Lynnette McFadzen’s own brother currently intubated with coronavirus symptoms; and unfortunately it doesn’t look well. Like many, Lynnette’s brother has underlying conditions that can make coronavirus a quick killer; but if you can’t breathe and you get to a hospital, you might live. 

We know that the virus lives for hours in the air; that’s why people in other countries wear masks. Other countries have real histories accepting science tho; pretty sure you know it’s been said “ours” just quite doesn’t. You tho, might.

Not suggesting stockpiling medical supplies; we are talking more like “avoid zombie breath levels of death” with simple tools like covered face and eyes. Bleach or disinfectant to decrease the harm; and consistent staying in to bring limit the spread of pandemic; possibly for some time. 

Two weeks ago I was the last person with a cart at my store in the Bay Area of California. Once the groceries limit customers, it seems current guidance is no carts for shoppers and no bags; so you’ll just be grocery shopping for essentials you can hold in your own hands. This in turn is leading to huge levels of purchasing and back ordering as people who can, stock up. 

We may not see an end to these shortages so supply experts suggest we’ll soon have tons of water, toilet paper and essentials but less of some food and packaged goods. Right now Amazon has some non essentials delivering in mid to late April, and I expect that to continue. Most delivery systems are overloaded; so even if you have money you may struggle to get food. With more intentional distancing, plus all the old bondage gear we put on while running out the door, we might just make it. While also popularizing collective care about infections!

I hope with global support this will get better in time but if you’re still figuring out how to spend your time please send me a DM and I’ll connect you to someone who needs your help right now. Lots to go around as we prepare for closures across the country for those not yet experiencing this; with reports that some cities may force homeless and housing insecure from their homes, and into housing to prevent further infection. When that day comes, where will you be? What will you be able to say you got done?

Oh my friends, my country-people, and all good humans: this could be quite a bit worse than a single catastrophic event, but perhaps if we all link virtual hands you’ll keep showing me the last 16 years of my life haven’t been a complete waste on time spent on your lives; instead of just mine. It was my birthday, 3/14/20, when I realized; I could stockpile and hide, or I could continue my work: make sure as many that can survive, and thrive. Not many full of sleep nights since.

At this point, I’m also giving serious consideration to also running for President, not just of BiNet USA, but for the entire “USA”. So catch me musing about how this epidemic would all b playing out different #IfthefaythWasPresident across social media. I’m looking at running in 2022; even to just get better bisexually relevant ideas out there.

Also, not entirely sure these people can save themselves or this world. And yet, doesn’t a dream remain, that this country might be free, for all, including you and me, entirely. 

Let us go and make it so. 

Happy Bisexuals Save The World Year, let’s go!


thefayth, Faith Cheltenham
BiNet USA President
3/22/2020



FURTHER READING:

Coronavirus BiCast from last week
(expect a new one with the Italians but also see above re: Lynnette)
http://bit.ly/bicast-covid19-031620

“This Is Not A Snow Day”
https://www.ariadnelabs.org/resources/articles/news/social-distancing-this-is-not-a-snow-day/

Italy enacts further restrictions in desperate bid to slow spread of coronavirus - Mar 22, 2020
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/italy-enacts-further-restrictions-in-desperate-bid-to-slow-spread-of-coronavirus-2020-03-22

Human Rights Campaign coronavirus brief:
https://www.hrc.org/blog/hrc-releases-research-brief-on-lgbtq-community-during-covid-19-crisis



Monday, March 16, 2020

Twas the night before the coronavirus

Twas the night before the coronavirus
(non-Evangelism version)

Twas the night before the coronavirus was believed to be real, and all through the land slept people warm in their beds, soon to be dead. Twas the night before the coronavirus would make quite clear that wealthy, white and abled would be first to be tested; so all around the world, our most vulnerable plotted and planned, ready to make a stand.

Come bisexuals, come trans and pans, intersex and ace; onwards we will be the first out of the gate to educate: coronavirus is no scare, and not like any epidemic modern humanity has ever faced. Unlike other communities, we’re long prepared for government ill will, lack of attention, and callous disregard. We have been here before, and thus we are now better prepared!

Our ancestors died to build this country, and thus we stand tall.
Our ancestors were beaten, so we know this risk; and we know what it means to fall.
And because our ancestors have been here before, you know what it is to be called!

Stay ready, and onwards we go, amplifying and educating as we do, for if everyone stayed inside for 10 days or more, worldwide this epidemic would be stopped at the door!

Unfortunately for all of us, profit margins mixing with politics mean we are left on our own, before walls of zombies are knocking at the door; clutching nether regions hoping you’ve got a roll or three, because few companies are making any more.

For the coronavirus as it’s been so far reported, often includes gastric distress, and discomfort; and subsequent fecal matter is rich with the virus. So onwards, the coronavirus will spread. With less folks able to take care of wiping their arse, won’t we see even more graves in this tragic 21st century farce? 

For if Americans hadn’t argued for so long about Medicare for All, single options, privatized healthcare and other options for decades, wouldn’t millions now look forward to immediate and appropriate care? 

Instead onwards death will come, as all known hospital beds fill up by mid April, or possibly before; should be interesting to see scientists and academics in charge of questions like: 
car crash or coronavirus victim? Whose life support will they vote for? Whose GoFundMe will deserve funds more?

Twas the night before the coronavirus arrived in the minds of Americans, and took hold in a way that saved the lives of their grandmothers or their immunocompromised best friends. Unfortunately for them, many comments in social media make it harder to find correct info, consistently misinform and create a broad churn; when it’s your cities and states to which you should directly turn. 

Pay attention to Washington Governor Jay Inslee doing his best to #ShutItDown after infections ramp up in his state, or NYC’s Mayor DeBlasio trying to inform you that factories haven’t begun “wartime supply,”  meaning the supply chain we depend upon is deeply at risk as millions and millions begin to feel sick. 

Meanwhile limited control of public utilities will likely become of most pressing concern and as so many people stay home; imagine our power grid stressed like never before. I recommend solar chargers for everyone as we prep for the worst, including not having lighted streets, in this country and many communities, for the first time in centuries.

Twas the night before the coronavirus became established, entrenched and a great decolonizing force; for what better way to make clear who this country is meant for, and who it still leaves bleeding to death just inside it's own gates?

Know the struggle of our people: Black, Brown and Indigenous, across this country and around the globe, our fight does mirror each other in vision and in tone; for when the Amazon was burning, didn’t they raise money for Notre Dame, never thinking to send the very same to indigeneity? 

Know the reality of our time: if we work more and more as one, will the great fires in Australia forever only affect Aboriginal communities long decimated by white greed, or can we globally mob up to save every Black life? Now Is Not The Time To Assure Them white Lives!

Twas the night before the coronavirus was cancelled by a humanity engaged in global change to see every life matter; and not witness more of the same. “We love Americans,” the Italians, Giorgio and Sergio, said when they reached out online concerned that they saw so little in response on our shores; while they in Italy watched closely for death to knock violently on their door. 

Twas the night before you recognized the risk of the coronavirus, and made plans to stay inside and not leave the house for more than a dozen days. Please consider joining us at binetusa.org? See if there’s a group you can join to help get going on global emergency response; doesn’t matter if you’re straight or gay; we hope for your survival as much as we make plans for our own.

Twas the night before the coronavirus was known in this land, and I know not everyone will make it; but thefayth is calling to tell you: do the very best that you can.

3/15/20, thefayth, Faith Cheltenham, BiNet USA President

Monday, January 20, 2020

#BiMalawi - Help Save A Bi Refugee

#BiMalawi
This MLK day, help BiNet USA save a bi+ refugee in Malawi, Africa subject to daily attacks in the UN Malawi refugee camp. We may B his only hope.
Share everywhere: gf.me/u/xc5pvf
#SaveTheBisexuals



A has reported being denied services by gay led refugee orgs in Africa; no surprise. DM us if you think you can help in any way, especially if you have a friend in Malawi who can help, or even visit with A.

A reports feeling very alone, and there is so little in the world available to help him as a refugee who identifies as bi, and is openly shunned as a homosexual. Often this erasure of our experience; and dual discrimination goes unnoticed.

BiNet USA exists to put the world on notice that bisexual discrimination, gay or straight led, has no place in a world that celebrates and champions diversity.

If we raise enough funds, A might be able to get an X-ray to assess damage from his beatings, which might help further with asylum applications that BiNet USA team members are working to support him with.

We at BiNet USA know few in the world ever notice the plight of the bi refugee, let alone care about the disparities and difficulties bi refugees report at higher rates than their gay and straight counterparts.

Can you help us help A? We have sent $60 so far which allowed A to buy food after missing meals for several days due to fears of being attacked inside the Dzaleka camp in Malawi, Africa. Your donations can help A buy a flashlight so he’s safer at night, or more food so he’s able to remain healthy enough to keep running away from his attackers.

In Malawi, a US dollar goes very far. Thanks for considering donating the cost of a cup of coffee this week to A, it could very well mean the difference for his life.

Every bi life has worth; but often Black bi and African bi lives are considered with less worth than bi people who are white.

Be part of changing that with us today, and every day; in today’s world, only we bisexuals will save ourselves. Or, were you waiting for someone else to do it?

Share everywhere gf.me/u/xc5pvf
#SaveTheBisexuals
#BiPlusMalawi
#BiMalawi

This has been a message from thefayth, Faith Cheltenham, BiNet USA President.
All opinions represent my own.

Friday, September 27, 2019

BiNet USA President thefayth/Faith Cheltenham statement on loss of bi teen #ChanningSmith


9/27/19

We have lost another one and may his loss not B in vain: remember his name, #ChanningSmith

When I needed support I called my local LGBT center and actually got some, but that’s not always the case. Drop your best helplines, tips, memes and things in comments. Might be what helps you: helps others too.

If you need something let us know that too, and we will see what we can do to provide direct support to bi people about to not make it, in need of immediate rescue and more.

Unpaid marketing support for YOUR bi group, event, or fundraiser? Not so much when there’s still so much on the line to create critical interventions for our people.

Couldn’t get to Channing Smith but I’m hopeful we start to see a decrease of all our inequity as we hoist up our pressing concerns to mainstream tables, health groups and more - with LGBTQIA support to do just that.

Remember them all: Alyssa Adam Channing and every one we couldn’t get to. From my personal spiritual background I believe they become bi ancestors who have our back as we climb hand and hand up to our next. I pray blessings upon their souls.

What is it worth to b visible if to be seen remains a death sentence? Visibility without intervention is death ya'll.

Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, when you need to.

1-800-273-8255

Does that mean you dont come out to these people, those folks, at work or wherever? MAYBE. I think you should do what's safest first and then finding yourself still alive, continue onward to further shores.

If it starts going wrong, call upon BiNet USA as we are one of the only groups in the world that regularly directly intervenes on the behalf of bisexual lives. Please tell pansexuals and all MGA that they are also quite welcome.

Only gay groups push a philosophy that bi people need be OUT and VISIBLE to be seen and accepted. Here you matter just for calling yourself part of our community, that's what counts so very much: self-identification and respect for your own journey.

H/T to Lynnette Beth Mcfadzen to alerting me so I could share my thoughts on this tragic passing of a beloved bi+ teen. Remember their names and remember to support the work to #SaveTheBisexuals.

Whatever that looks like to you whether it's learning about and attending this year's BECAUSE conference, starting a new bi board game group or joining a nearbi AmBi - Your Bi Social Community chapter. While you're at it check out The BiCast for podcasts a plenty and food for bisexual souls. B safe and well.

~thefayth, Faith Cheltenham, BiNet USA President


More on Channing Smith from @aj_abell and Fox17

Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, when you need to.
1-800-273-8255

Monday, September 16, 2019

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About Bisexual Awareness Week

An extension of Celebrate Bisexuality Day, held every September 23rd, Bisexual Awareness Week (#biweek) works to accelerate the cultural acceptance of bisexual people.

Bisexual community offerings from BiNet USA organizers over the last 20+ years:

  • The bisexual pride flag
  • Celebrate Bisexuality Day, also known as Bi Pride Day
  • Bisexual Awareness Week (#biweek, bisexualweek.com)


Thank you to the many communities and organizers who have adopted and widely shared our work.
Much more to come!


  NEW FOR 2019
The Bisexual People of Color flag


About the Bisexual People of Color Pride Flag

Inspired by the intersectional advocacy of bi Latinx artivist Sara Ramirez, BiNet USA presents the bisexual people of color pride flag. The Black, Brown, Pink, Purple and Blue #bipoc bi people of color flag is a creation of thefayth, or the artist formerly known as Faith Cheltenham.

thefayth amended the design of Wendy Curry, Gigi Raven Wilbur and Michael "Page”, the BiNet USA organizers who designed the bi pride flag in 1998 to feature the Black and Brown stripes from the 2017 Philly Pride flag. The Philly Pride flag, also known as the LGBT People of Color Pride flag, was first hoisted by Amber Hikes in Philadelphia. Join the movement for more visibility for LGBT people of color at: morecolormorepride.com. Graphic design: ryancreates.co #biweek hashtag: #biPOC


Bisexual People of Color Pride Flag
 Bisexual People of Color Pride Flag was created by thefayth and BiNet USA is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International LicenseCreative Commons License



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