Monday, March 30, 2015

BiNet USA + Our Tomorrow

[Photo/Caption: Logo image of Our Tomorrow bright sun logo on top of BiNet USA logo]

Hey folks, awhile back BiNet USA applied to be an anchor partner in Our Tomorrow, an important outreach campaign to assess how the LGBTQ community feels about its own future. I'm pleased to announce that BiNet USA received a mini-grant to participate in events to engage bisexual community in participating in the campaign.

BiNet USA will use the funds to engage bisexual community in events around the country and even do a small amount of mini-grants of our own (think $100-300 to engage with the bisexual community in your area).

BiNet USA's first stop to collect respondents will be at this year's BECAUSE conference! 
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BiNet USA board members Faith Cheltenham, Aud Traher and Lynnette McFadzen will join BiNet USA volunteers Dr. Herukhuti (Center for Culture, Sexuality and Spirituality) and Heather Benjamin (Bisexual Resource Center) on the ground at BECAUSE in Minneapolis April 17th-19th. 

BiNet USA was immensely pleased to make a small mini-grant to the Bisexual Organizing Project to host BECAUSE's Friday night reception, Bi+ OurTomorrow where BiNet USA will be collecting survey responses. 

Join our event on Facebook to stay up to date on the latest news!

To entice BECAUSE attendees to participate in the anonymous survey, BiNet USA will be hosting a drawing for 1 iPad Mini to be given away during the BECAUSE conference. In order to participate in the drawing you will have to be present at BECAUSE!
 
BiNet USA's in pretty good shape with the project already with receptions/events being planned in Minneapolis, Boston, New York, SF/Bay Area, and Los Angeles. That said, if you know of an event BiNetUSA + Our Tomorrow might collect bi/pan/fluid/queer responses from between April 20th and July 1st please let us know in the comments. 

[Photo/Caption: Image that says Stay safe bisexuals and stay awesome, Faith Cheltenham, BiNet USA President]

Thursday, March 19, 2015

LABTF Needs Assessment Release Event

Official Flyer





LABTF Needs Assessment Release Event
Results of the 2014 Bisexual/Pansexual/Fluid Community
Needs Assessment of Greater Los Angeles

Plummer Park, Art Room 2 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90046

“Los Angeles Survey Reveals Bisexuals Want More Connection to Gays and Lesbians and That 45% of Bisexuals Aren’t Out to Healthcare Providers!”

As part of Bisexual Health Awareness Month, on Sunday, March 22, 2015, from 2:00PM – 4:00PM, the Los Angeles Bi Task Force (LABTF) will host Dr. Mimi Hoang’s report to the media, select members of the LGBT community and other interested parties regarding the results of the 2014 Bisexual/Pansexual/Fluid Community Needs Assessment of Greater Los Angeles. Faith Cheltenham, President of BiNet USA, will also speak on #BiHealthMonth, the Bisexual Resource Center’s national campaign.

How out are bisexual/pansexual/fluid individuals? Do they feel closer to the heterosexual community, gay/lesbian community, or bisexual community? What kinds of experiences have they had coming out to their doctors and therapists?

These questions and more were answered as part of the LABTF Needs Assessment of almost 300 bisexuals in LA, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura Counties.

Dr. Hoang says that “These results are exciting and important because this is the first needs assessment targeting the bisexual community in the LA area, and will help
LGBT service providers and medical and mental health professionals better serve our community, which is the largest subgroup in the LGBT population and yet is often most invisible and has the highest rate of many health concerns, including cancer, substance abuse, depression, and suicidality.”

Since the beginning of the gay/lesbian movement in the 70s, bisexuals have been the “silent B” in LGBT. It is only recently that bisexuals have been recognized as a community separate unto themselves with their own physical and mental health needs, socioeconomic differentiations, and coming out issues. Now armed with results of the survey, LGBT community leaders, healthcare providers, academicians, and members of the media who report on LGBT issues are able to better serve the bisexual community, this “invisible majority,” and make a difference!

Mimi Hoang, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist, Co-Founder of LABTF, and one of the attendees of the landmark 2013 White House Bisexual Community Roundtable. Dr. Hoang has been a bisexual community leader for over 16 years and currently works as a Staff Psychologist at Loyola Marymount University and a Professor at Antioch University Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Bi Task Force (LABTF) was established in 2008 and is a non-profit organization that promotes education, advocacy, and cultural enrichment for the bisexual/fluid/pansexual communities in the Los Angeles area.

This event is FREE, and open to the public, and there will be games, prizes and giveaways.

Contact: Robert Ozn, LABTF Chair
(323) 860-5837

 Websites:

The Bi Bench Problem


Guest Blog: "The Bi Bench Problem" by Nancy Marcus LL.M., S.J.D.

As reported recently by the Bay Area Reporter, this year’s annual diversity report by the California Administrative Office of the Courts noted a dearth of bisexual judges on the California bench.  As the Bay Area Reporter observed, “[f]or the fourth year in a row an annual report about the demographic makeup of the state courts, released March 4, listed zero bisexual judges among the 1,655 jurists serving as of December 31, 2014.”  

This problem, however, is not limited to California.  Rather, the invisibility of out bisexual jurists is astonishingly universal across the country:  according to R.J. Thompson, the Fair Courts Project Educator at Lambda Legal, not a single out bisexual judge is sitting on a single federal or state court bench.   As of June 18, 2014, Lambda reported that “[a]s far as we know, there are zero openly HIV positive judges and zero openly bisexual judges nationwide,” and these numbers were again affirmed by the participants of the Aug. 23, 2014, “Pathways to the Judiciary” Panel at the National LGBT Bar Association Lavender Law Conference, in New York, NY.

At the same time, the number of judges who self-identified as gay, lesbian, or transgender comprise 2.4 percent of the California judiciary, for example, and on the federal bench, the Obama administration has appointed and had confirmed eleven out LGBT federal judges to the bench, a tremendous improvement over past administrations.  Although there are were only two out transgender judges on the bench as of June, 2014, there is an increasing number of gay judges across the country in recent years.

The complete absence of out bisexual judges is unparalleled.  And the problem is not just one of tokenism or numbers.  Rather, it is one critical factor that contributes toward the broader harm of bisexual erasure in LGBT-rights litigation and discourse.  With no bisexual judges on the bench, it is that much harder for bisexual litigants to explain to courts why their sexual orientation does not render them unstable, unfit parents (an unfortunately common misunderstanding by family courts, for example, about bisexuals) or to immigration boards why their marriage should not be viewed as a sham marriage just because they were married to a different gendered person in a previous relationship for example.    

Campaigners march in Leeds, UK to stop the deportation of Jamaican bisexual Orashia Edwards (Photo Credit: Leeds Socialist Party)
Bisexual erasure is a grave enough problem in LGBT-rights discourse and litigation, and it is only compounded when state and federal judges across the country lack even a single out bisexual member on the bench.  It is time for the LGBT community to work together to increase bisexual visibility, support, and representation both on and off the bench in our legal system.  Bisexuals may never truly have, in society, a jury of our peers, but a judge or two would be nice.

Nancy Marcus, LL.M., S.J.D. is the founding constitutional law professor at Indiana Tech Law School and a co-founder of BiLaw, the the first ever national organization of bisexual-identified lawyers, academics, law students, and their allies in the United States. To join BiLaw or for more information, visit them on Facebook

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Bijacked: Bisexuals Strike Back Against Inaccurate Reporting #LGBTMedia15

THIS SATURDAY the LGBT Media Convening will have a bisexual panel for its attendees!

Faith Cheltenham, BiNet USA President will moderate "Bijacked: Bisexuals Strike Back Against Inaccurate Reporting" featuring Ellyn Ruthstrom, Eliel Cruz and Kyle Schickner.

Eliel Cruz

Ellyn Ruthstrom
Kyle Schickner

Last year bi icon Robyn Ochs made a stellar appearance and this year she'll join a great group of bi+ advocates attending or speaking at the event. Other bisexual community panelists at #LGBTMedia15 include Diane Anderson-Minshall, editor in chief of HIV Plus and editor at large for Advocate, Dr. Scout from the LGBT Healthlink and more. Strong bi ally Spectra will also be in attendance!

AfterEllen.com editor Trish Bendix has compiled a Twitter list of this years attendees, panelists and participants. Please follow everyone you can!

This Saturday is also Faith's birthday so feel free to join her in a virtual birthday party of sorts!

Use #bijacked along with #LGBTMedia15 on Twitter to keep up with bisexual content at this year's convening! 

While we're at it, let's re-claim the term "bijacked"! 

Visit Urban Dictionary to down vote the current biphobic definition and suggest your own! For tips on avoiding biphobia in media, please download the BiNet USA Media Guide.

Check out the #LGBTMedia15 tweets so far!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

#BiHealthMonth Bisexual Invisibility Report in Spanish #TBT

Lindasusan Ulrich and her wife Emily Drennan at opening of "Biconic Flashpoints" GLBT History Museum exhibit in 2014.

In 2011, the San Francisco Human Rights Commission published a groundbreaking report on "Bisexual Invisibility" authored by Lindasusan Ulrich.
Ulrich pointed out bisexuals had poor health outcomes, lived in poverty, faced discrimination from both mainstream society and gay and lesbian, and weren't being served by queer organizations that have "B" in the name. Bisexuals "weren't considered at all" in funding for services or bisexual organizations or even mentioned in annual agency reports, she said.

Ulrich reported, "One out of two bisexual women and one out of three bisexual men gave serious thought to take their own lives." There is no data available about completed suicides, Ulrich told the commission. - Bay Area Reporter, 2011
In honor of #BiHealthMonth and this week's focus on Intersectionality, here's a link to the Spanish Language version of this outstanding report. You can also download it in English here.  

Follow the Bisexual Resource Center on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr to keep up with their wonderful campaign!



Wednesday, March 04, 2015

By The Bi-The Blazing Change Players Ignite The Stage


By The Bi-The Blazing Change Players Ignite The Stage
Submitted By Morgan Barbour


 Within the past year, there has been much talk of both the struggles and several long over due victories within the LGBT community. Yet there is one facet of that struggle that is often overlooked: the bisexual struggle. There are thousands of bisexual young adults who face isolation and prejudice from both the heterosexual and LGBT communities, and so far it is a story that has gone, for the most part, largely untold. It is time for that silence to end, and the end of that silence begins with the Blazing Change Players.

Blazing Change Players was founded by By the Bi Director, Caroline Downs, and Choreographer, Morgan Barbour, in response to the lack of bisexual representation in the media. We are a non-profit educational theatre company with a mission to create original, challenging, and dynamic dramatic works, which function as a platform for  open dialogue about issues of social inequality within modern society.

By the Bi is the principle piece of Blazing Change Players, which will be premiering in Richmond March 22 at The Shop, and is then scheduled to open internationally in Dublin, Ireland at the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, which is the largest gay theatre festival in the world. Told through a series of seventeen vignettes utilizing a mixture of dance, music, and spoken word, By the Bi is an original script that addresses how society's views and isolation of any sort of bisexual culture contributes to perpetuating harmful bisexual stereotypes of greediness, promiscuity and confusion.  It also brings to light the alarmingly high statistic rates of suicide, domestic violence, sexual assault, and rape that too often become a reality for many bisexual young adults due to society's perception of their sexuality.

 When a young person is constantly told that their reality is cheap or invalid, it causes a lot of inner turmoil and conflict, and in most cases a lot of self hatred has to be dealt with. No one wants to embrace a part of themselves that makes them a social outcast, and it's hard when that is such a big part of who you are. It is time we stand up and make the statement that these parts of ourselves are not only ok, they are beautiful because they make us who we are. So we are working to expose not only the hurtful stereotypes and statistics that society's view point of bisexuals causes, but we are working to give the public an inside look at the personal and often painful journey that bisexual young adults must take to find their place in and their peace within society.  It gives a voice to a voiceless community and sheds light on issues of not only bisexual inequality, but of human inequality.

We would like to invite everyone to join us in being an instrument for positive change. For more information or to keep up with our journey, visit our website at:

www.blazingchangeplayers.com

You can also support us on both our Facebook and IndieGogo pages:

www.facebook.com/bythebiplay
www.indiegogo.com/projects/get-by-the-bi-to-ireland

Our project is one that we are confident has the potential to change the world for the better, and we would be honored to have anyone our message reaches stand with us as beacon of hope for a voiceless community. Help us shatter our silence.

Meet The Players

You can listen to The BiCast interview with Morgan Barbour here.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Unicorn Booty Salutes Notable Black Bisexuals

Hopefully everyone enjoyed Black History Month!

Black bisexual musician Meshell Ndegeocello (UnicornBooty)

To close it out with a bang, check out UnicornBooty.com's list of Notable Black Bisexuals!  


BiNet USA President Faith Cheltenham joins Dr. Herukhuti, co-editor of Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men, Amy Andre, author of HRC's Bisexual Youth Report, ABilly S. Jones-Hennin, Black LGBT pioneer, Travon Free, writer on The Daily Show, Charles Blow, author of the New York Times bestseller Fire Shut Up In My Bones and several others on this outstanding list!

Many thanks to bi writer Harrie Farrow for penning this great piece!


Thursday, February 26, 2015

March is Bisexual Health Awareness Month

March brings us the second annual Bisexual Awareness Month. This year the focus is our mental health. Given our mental health disparity stats this is a much needed resource for our community.




BISEXUAL RESOURCE CENTER DESIGNATES MARCH AS BISEXUAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

The second year of this social media campaign dedicated to raising awareness about the bi community’s mental health disparities

Julia Canfield, MPH, CHES bham@biresource.net


Boston, MA – Recognizing that the bisexual community remains marginalized and underserved, the Bisexual Resource Center (BRC) proudly proclaims March once more as Bisexual Health Awareness Month (BHAM).

Because bisexual individuals report consistently higher levels of depression, suicidality, substance use, anxiety, and other mood disorders compared to their heterosexual, gay and lesbian counterparts, this year’s theme for BHAM is Mental Health. BisexualHealth Awareness Month will engage with the community at large throughout the month of March to raise awareness about these mental health disparities and to push for more action and resources that can better support bisexual individuals.

This year BHAM will incorporate three main values – Intersectionality, Support, and Advocacy – into its campaign to highlight the diverse challenges experienced by the bisexual community, promote bisexual-specific resources, and propose interventions to decrease mental health disparities. The BRC will utilize its social media channels, in addition to a newly launched campaign website, to disseminate this information for public use and dialogue.

BRC Board President, Julia Canfield, emphasized the need for this campaign: “Bisexual people have long been impacted by the negative effects of biphobia and bisexual erasure from both LGBTQ and straight communities. They have also been denied access to critical services and resources that can enhance their mental and emotional well-being. Therefore, Bisexual Health Awareness Month aims to increase awareness about these issues and feature ways we can effectively address them.”

Bisexual Health Awareness Month will have the following focus themes throughout the four weeks of March in order to emphasize the various issues regarding mental health in the bisexual community:
  • March 2-6: (Statistics) A focus on current statistics and research data concerning mental health disparities in the bisexual community.
  • March 9-13: (Intersectionality) An emphasis on how race, ethnicity, class, age, ability, etc., can further impact mental health disparities in the bisexual community, particularly in regards to experiences of oppression and discrimination.
  • March 16-20: (Resources) A spotlight on current resources and creation of new ones that can address mental health disparities in the bisexual community.
  • March 23-27: (Action) The promotion and development of interventions, policies, and other activities that work to prevent or decrease mental health disparities in the bisexual community.

Bisexual Health Awareness Month launches on Monday, March 2nd on the BRC’s Twitter (with hashtag #bihealthmonth), Facebook, and Tumblr pages. The BRC invites individuals and organizations both in the United States and from around the world to become involved with the campaign and to raise awareness about bisexual mental health disparities in their own communities.

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The Bisexual Resource Center (BRC) has been advocating for bisexual visibility and raising awareness about bisexuality throughout the LGBT and straight communities since 1985. The Bisexual Resource Center envisions a world where love is celebrated, regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression. Visit www.biresource.net.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

BECAUSE 2015 PRESS RELEASE


BECAUSE 2015

Minneapolis, MN, USA

Bisexual Organizing Project Announces Conference Theme and Keynote Speakers

Bisexual Organizing Project (BOP) announces the BECAUSE Conference theme and keynote speakers for 2015. BECAUSE 2015 will be held April 17 – 19, 2015 at U of M Coffman Memorial Union. The conference will focus on leadership with the tag line “Developing Leaders to Empower Community” and the keynote speakers will be Andrea Jenkins and Eliel Cruz.

Andrea Jenkins is an award winning playwright, visual artist, poet, writer, spoken word artist, performer, and Bush Leadership Fellow. Andrea also works as a Senior Policy Aide to the 8th Ward Minneapolis City Council Member Elizabeth Glidden. She is a nationally known trans activist who has been a vital part of community organizing in the Twin Cities. In 2014 she created The City of Minneapolis Transgender Work Group, which looks at issues facing the trans community and makes policy recommendations to city government. Andrea has held directorships with numerous organizations including OutFront Minnesota, Forecast Public Art, District 202, PFund, The Minnesota HIV Services Planning Council, and National Writers Union.

Eliel Cruz has taken the online LGBT media world by storm as a writer and blogger providing insightful and timely coverage of important community issues. He is the bi editor of Advocate.com and contributes to Religion News Service, Huffington Post, Everyday Feminism and Mic writing on (bi)sexuality, gender, religion, and media. In addition to writing, Eliel also works to reconcile Seventh-day Adventist campuses through his 501(c)(3) organization Intercollegiate Adventist GSA Coalition.

BECAUSE stands for Bisexual Empowerment Conference, A Uniting Supportive Experience. The conference’s mission is to create a safe, supporting, and empowering community in which participants are encouraged to discover and celebrate their sexual identities. As the nation’s only major conference by, for, and about bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer and unlabeled (bi+) people and their allies, BECAUSE serves as a national gathering for bi+ activists, community members, professionals, students, and researchers. Allies are enthusiastically invited to attend.

BECAUSE is welcoming and inclusive of all people, including but not limited to people of all genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, sexes, relationship orientations, races, ethnicities, national origins, abilities, religions, sizes, political affiliations, and others. BECAUSE and BOP embrace the many intersectionalities of the bi+ community and encourage people of all backgrounds and experiences to participate fully.

Preregistration for BECAUSE is available online through April 11th, 2015. Attendees are encouraged to preregister as the conference provides multiple meals to attendees. On-site registration is also available.

Nobody turned away due to inability to pay. Pay what you can and free registration options available.

Regular Registration: $60
Student Registration: $40
University of MN Students: Free

Tabling $50, Non-Profit $25

The BECAUSE Conference is the annual conference of Bisexual Organizing Project (BOP), a 501(c)(3) non-profit registered in Minnesota dedicated to building an empowered bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer, and unlabeled (bi+) community. BOP provides in person community events throughout the year as well as outreach at regional Pride celebrations and community education through customized presentations. BOP also works in partnership with other groups and individuals in the Upper Midwest who are organizing events serving the bi+ community.


Camille Holthaus
Chair, Bisexual Organizing Project
www.bisexualorganizingproject.org

For press inquiries contact:

Monday, February 02, 2015

March With Us: Bisexual Community At #CC2015

Bisexual Community @ Creating Change Conference #CC2015
Denver, Colorado
  
The BOPP Suite
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 8 AM – 10 PM
The BOPP (Bisexual/Omnisexual/Pansexual/Polysexual) hospitality suite warmly invites everyone of non-monosexual orientation to join us for nourishment of both mind and body. Our room will provide small meals, light entertainment, a safe place to catch your breath, an opportunity to connect with other attendees and share your stories. Check the Grid Schedule at #CC2015 for BOPP Suite location.

Bisexual Organizing Institute
Thursday, 9am – 6pm
In 1991 June Jordan, a black bisexual theorist and poet, called the bisexual movement a “mandate for revolutionary Americans planning to make it into the twenty-first century on the basis of the heart…consecrated to every struggle for justice, every struggle for equality, every struggle for freedom.” The bisexual community embraces intersectional dialogues and continues to work toward a world with safe spaces for every person. This year we’ll look back at recent successes in bisexual* parity and inclusion, while also looking forward to what’s next. Participants will interactively engage with organizers from BiNet USA, The Bisexual Resource Center, and The BiCast and will walk away with the tools and techniques that helped make campaigns like “Lifting the Google Block,” “#BiHealthMonth,” and “Bisexual Inclusion at NYC Pride” successful instances of bisexual, pansexual, fluid, and queer inclusion. For the first time ever, we’ll use a portion of the Institute to help create our signs, firm up messaging and plan our mini march!

Bisexual Visibility Action
Friday, 1:20pm (meet in BOPP Hospitality Suite at 1pm)
All bi* advocates who can will march into the 1:30pm plenary making sure the B in LGBT visible and HEARD. We'll then sit together and cheer any time we hear Task Force ED Rea Carey acknowledge the bisexual community during the State of the Movement address. We have the permission and encouragement of the Task Force staff for this action and Rea has told us the word bisexual will be mentioned! If the President can do it, everyone can! Stay tuned to @BiNetUSA on Twitter for the most up to date info on where to meet, make signs and flags.

 

Bi-specific Workshops @ #CC2015


FRIDAY, February 6

Building Community & Resisting Biphobia, 9-10:30
Bisexual Community & Issues • All Audiences
This workshop is: a way to affirm our biness; celebrate
the intersection of identities and acknowledge that we
have a range of experiences around our nonmonosexual
& other identities; dialogue among bi folks to develop a
vision of bi community!
Presenters: Laura Amalija Mitchell, Organizer, Feisty
Bis, Stanford, CA

Intersection Electric, 10:45-12:15
Bisexual Community & Issues • All Audiences
Attendees will become more familiar with and improve
their existing advocacy skills around bisexual* and black
community issues. Participants will learn to run interactive
games that utilize intersectionality as a tool to better
understand black and bisexual lives. Attendees will leave
with practical advice, social media tools developed with
intersectionality built in, and will grow their capacity to
support and ally with both black people and “The B in
LGBTQIA.” We welcome all to this session!
Presenter: Faith Cheltenham, President, BiNet USA,
Los Angeles, CA

Building Bisexual Health Awareness, 3-4:30
Bisexual Community & Issues • Fundamentals
The workshop will briefly describe the 2014 Bisexual
Health Awareness Month social media campaign piloted
by the Bisexual Resource Center. We will go over the
weekly topics and the images that were used to highlight
each theme. We will then go over the new topics for the
2015 campaign and discuss ways to highlight each of
them, plus we will strategize the outreach to LGBT organizations
and social media plan.
Presenters: Ellyn Ruthstrom, Executive Director,
SpeakOUT Boston, Boston, MA; Julia Canfield, Board
Member, Bisexual Resource Center, Boston, MA



Bisexually Healthy Faith Communities, 4:45-6:15
Move beyond the binaries! How can understanding and embracing those who identify as bisexual help us get in touch with the nature of the divine? Participants will assess their faith community’s bisexual health, explore current research about bisexuality, practice strategies for making faith communities more welcoming to bisexuals, challenge binary thinking by engaging in theological reflection, and develop an action plan to make their faith community or organization a more welcoming place for bisexual persons. Presenters: Marie Alford-Harkey, Deputy Director, Religious Institute, Westport, CT; Drew Konow, Scholar in Residence, Religious Institute, Westport, CT

Bisexual/Pansexual/Fluid Caucus, 6:30-7:30
Bisexual Community & Issues • Fundamentals
Wondering where the bi/pan/fluid/queer activists are at
the conference? Wondering how you can connect with
the national and regional bi organizations and movement?
We’ll swap information about what’s going on at
the conference for those from the middle sexualities and
offer opportunities for activists to network with others
from around the country. Organizational leaders will share
information about projects in which they can participate
such as the Bisexual Health Awareness Month and Bi
Awareness Week.
Presenters: Ellyn Ruthstrom, President, Bisexual Resource
Center, Boston, MA




SATURDAY, February 7

Beyond Binaries, 9-10:30

Bisexual Community & Issues • All Audiences
How sexually diverse are we, anyway? Let’s find out. In
this interactive workshop we will conduct an anonymous
survey of those present and we will look at the data:
Where do we fall on the sexuality continuum? How do we
label? How gender [non]conforming are we? How kinky?
How monogamous? And how can we use this information
to become more effective activists?
Presenters: Robyn Ochs, Editor, Bi Women Quarterly,
Educator & Activist, Boston, MA

Blessings Beyond Boundaries: Bisexual and Transgender Adventures in Judaism, 3-4:30
Faith/Practice Spirit, Do Justice • Participants will experience an immersion in chant, prayer, ritual, text study and discussion that lifts up queer sensibilities with a focus on celebrating the gifts of bisexual and transgender Jews. All can be replicated in home congregations, chavurot and ad hoc communities (queer or not) as well as in interfaith and political settings where spiritual experiences frame, support, inform and uplift. Attendees will leave refreshed, renewed, inspired and empowered. Hebrew used will be transliterated and translated.


SUNDAY, February 8

Bi the Agenda: Shaping Bi Inclusive Advocacy, 9:30-11
Bisexual Community & Issues • Intermediate
This workshop will gather bi- pan- fluid, queer-identified
folks and allies for a presentation that marks out the institutional
and structural basis of bi stigma using new data
specific to the bisexual community and then brainstorming
ideas for the next generation of bisexual-specific
advocacy. Bisexuals suffer unique disparities like higher
rates of cancer, addiction, and intimate-partner violence
and have correspondingly unique advocacy needs. Join
bi leaders and advocates to brainstorm advocacy priorities
for our community.
Presenters: Emily Dievendorf, Equality Michigan,
Detroit, MI; Heron Greenesmith, Movement Advancement
Project, Policy Researcher, Somerville,
MA; Paul Nocera, Bi Request, Brooklyn, NY; Denise
Penn, Mission Viejo, CA