Tuesday, September 15, 2009

BiNet USA Expands Board of Directors

The Board of BiNet USA has elected two additional members: Faith Cheltenham and Matt Goodman. This brings to six the number of trustees leading the private nonprofit service/activist organization that was founded almost 20 years ago by a network of bisexual groups and individuals.

Faith will now serve as vice president of the organization, replacing Luigi Ferrer, longtime officer and former BiNet president who continues to be a board member but has many other pressing duties as executive director of Pridelines Youth Services and felt the need to step aside as an officer; Matt will serve as treasurer, a post that was vacant but was temporarily held by secretary Margaret Rood, who also continues to serve on the board but who likewise had other pressing responsibilities. Board member Estraven replaces Margaret as secretary.

Faith is a 29-year-old activist who wishes to represent bisexual people of color as well as younger people, as she has done for more than a decade.

Matt is BiNet USA's liaison to Creating Change 2010, something he is already involved in as president of the Bisexual Network of North Texas, commonly known as DFWBINET.

"Faith and Matt bring further energy, insight and wisdom to BiNet USA in their capacities as younger activists with varied and diverse backgrounds," said BiNet USA President Gary North. "We are proud to have them on the board and look forward to them helping to lead BiNet through the next two years and beyond." Board members serve two-year terms and can be re-elected. Among the many matters the board is tackling are the upcoming Bi VisiBIlity Day, National Coming Out Day, Bi/Pan/Fluid Organizing Institute at Creating Change in early February, and BiNet USA's own 20th anniversary celebration year starting in June.

Below are biographies on Faith and Matt:

Faith Cheltenham (faith@binetusa.org) has navigated the worlds of technology, mass media and culture with the intent of changing the world. She pounded pavement for the Al Gore 2000 campaign as an HRC Campaign College intern; was a cast member of “Black. White.” Emmy-honored reality show on race in America for the FX network; and in 2007 developed and produced www.sarahferguson.com, working closely with Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York. Faith next developed the Science Fiction Social Networking site www.tor.com and launched it at the 2008 San Diego Comic-Con. A bisexual activist for the past 10 years and co-founder of UCLA’s Queer Alliance, Faith is a writer and stand-up comedian who produces film, tv and web content in West Hollywood, California.

Matt Goodman (mattg@binetusa.org), a native Texan, is the president of the Bisexual Community of North Texas (www.dfwbi.net) as well as the chairman of its Development and Fundraising Subcommittee. He has been a bisexual activist since 1999, when he came out at the age of 20 in Lawrence, Kansas. He has held numerous positions in LGBT and Jewish civic groups. Matt has also started a number of civic groups since 1997. In 2008, He was discriminated against for coming out at work. After experiencing that, Matt restarted DFWBI.net under the new name Bisexual Community of North Texas. He currently chairs the Creating Change 2010 Development and Fundraising Sub Committee in addition to being president of the Bisexual Community of North Texas.

BiNet USA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit networking organization of and for people who identify as bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer, other, etc. It is approaching its 20th year of formal existence as a network and organization but operated as a de facto network for several years before organizing. For more information, visit BiNet USA on the Web at:

www.binetusa.org
binetusa.blogspot.com
www.myspace.com/binetusa
www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=44503625428

and for press inquiries, call 1-800-585-9368 or email press@binetusa.org

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Tags: Faith Cheltenham, Matt Goodman, bisexual activism, bisexual leaders, Creating Change, Bisexual Community of North Texas, science fiction social network, Sarah Ferguson, Tor.com, DFWBI.net

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