On this Fourth of July, 2009, we bisexual, fluid and pansexual citizens and residents of the United States of America as well as our friends, families and allies can be proud that we are ably represented at several levels of government by out Bi-identified LGBT politicians.
There is Kate Brown, Oregon's Secretary of State, currently the highest ranking openly bisexual elected politician in the United States. She also attended the June 29 2009 Reception for LGBT people at the White House in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, where she met up with BiNet USA's own Robyn Ochs. Robyn reports "Kate and I were very excited to see each other and hugged and exclaimed happily!".
"On this our day of independence, we must always remember that we had to fight for our rights and freedom. They were not handed to us. The 4th of July should be a reminder to all those in the Bisexual Community that we must continue to fight for full acceptance with in the greater LGBT community. Bisexuals must be an equal partner in the loud and proud fight for LGBT civil rights."Kellner, who is also a Disability Right's Advocate, is a veteran of many years in the political trenches serving as an aide to Senator Chuck Schumer, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney and City Controller William C. Thompson and now as an Assemblyman elected to represent New York State's 65th district with the assistance of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, nevertheless is realistic about both celebrating how far as a community we have come and yet also clearly facing the almost institutionalized biphobia we must overcome saying "I've found that because the gay community treats us poorly that enables the straight community to do the same, because their gay friends have de facto sanctioned it."
Micah Z. Kellner
Member of the New York State Assembly
However, with such fantastic out, visible and above all able elected leaders as Brown, Temko and Kellner and up and comers like Emily Drennen we are definitely making progress. It is getting harder and harder for mainstream society straight, gay, lesbian and otherwise to continue to pretend that we as a people and a community do not exist!!!