Monday, May 31, 2010

Remembering Bi Veterans on Memorial Day - and wearing a Green Armband

There has been a lot about the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell
(DADT) in the news these days. Most people are not aware of this,
but the language of DADT specifically says that "gay AND
BISEXUAL" service members can be discharged if outed. So every
piece of mail that talks about the problems "gay and Lesbian"
service members face is problematic, as once again we are
erased. As Cliff Arnesen says, you don't get half a discharge
for being bi.

Speaking of Cliff, he is the President of the New England Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Veterans, Inc. He has been
fighting for queer rights in the Armed Forces since he was
discharged in 1967 for being bisexual.


Mike Szymanski wrote about him in his piece this year
for Memorial Day:

Bisexual veteran Cliff Arnesen lobbies for repeal of Dont-Ask-Dont-Tell

You can also read about other bi veterans here:

A-list-of-bi-people-who-have-served-as-soldiers

and let us not forget August Provost, whose murder most strongly speaks to the need for DADT to be repealed:

Suspect-in-murder-of-bisexual-is-sailor-found-dead-in-his-cell

Returning to DADT, Lt. Choi and others have started a hunger strike until it is repealed, which Obama could do with a stroke of the pen (see past blog "Obama and DADT). Please wear a green armband to show solidarity with them.

we-know-how-to-sacrifice

Saturday, May 22, 2010

BiNet memories and future-of essays requested

Were you an organizer of the first North American Conference on Bisexuality 20 years ago in San Francisco? Were you one of the folks who debated whether we should start a national bi organization? Did you participate in any of the subsequent meetings in Seattle, Minneapolis, Texas, etc.? Were you ever a board member, regional rep, task force member or rapid responder? Were you an early supporter of the grassroots effort?

If you said yes -- or if you have something to say about where BiNet USA should focus on next -- can you write a short essay (or call 1-800-585-9368 and leave a voicemail dictating one)? June marks the 20th anniversary of BiNet USA's founding, and we'd like to post essays looking back and looking ahead. Thanks!

For more info, call 1-800-585-9368 or email president@binetusa.org.