Date: 03/17/2009 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
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The US national bisexual/pansexual community and their gay, lesbian, genderqueer and straight allies rallied this week in response to a fresh round of biphobic web assaults.
BiNet USA is pleased that their close relationship with GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) resulted in a quick and effective collaborative response. In particular, BiNet USA applauds "The Tyra Banks Show" and its parent company Warner Bros. TV for their rapid cooperation in removing their Web Poll "Bisexuality Real or Bogus?" that questioned whether bisexual/pansexual people really exist.
They also thanks the many people and groups who help alert the Community to biphobia, including Queers United, BiRequest, Bialogue, BiDiscussion, as well as individual members on BiNet USA's MySpace page and Facebook group.
The community’s quick reaction to the inflammatory question of whether bisexuality exists or not was in direct proportion to the dangerous stereotypes the question perpetuated and that ultimately contributes to the misinformation about bisexual/pansexual people. This misinformation has very real and tragic results. For example, it is not commonly known but research shows bisexual/fluid youth have a higher rate of suicide than gay and lesbian youth and bisexual/pansexual people are the victims of higher rates of domestic violence than other sexual orientations.
BiNet USA is looking forward to continuing to working closely with GLAAD, "The Tyra Banks Show" and other popular productions to bring to fruition future programming on issues of importance to the bisexual/fluid community,
Now approaching its 20th year of existence, BiNet USA is America's Civil-rights and advocacy organization for all bisexual, pansexual, fluid and all the rest of us "somewhere in between" people as well as their lesbian, gay, transgender, "straight but not narrow" and questioning friends and allies, BiNet USA facilitates the development of a cohesive network of independent bisexual/pansexual, fluid and friendly communities; promotes bisexual, fluid, pansexual and inclusive visibility; and collects and distribute educational information regarding sexual orientation and gender identity with an emphasis on the bisexual/pansexual, fluid and allied communities.
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