Sunday, September 23, 2012

Happy Bi Pride Day! Celebrate Bisexuality Today! Many thanks to Advocate.com for inviting me to write a piece on "Why I Celebrate Bisexual Pride":
Finding the bisexual community saved me, finding others like me online and off made me feel completely normal and finally capable of loving relationships with whomever I wanted who wanted me.  No one should need a permission slip to fall in love, and no one should have anyone else’s definitions define them.  This Bi Pride Day I celebrate the heroes who helped me get here, and all the people who work toward a world where none of us live without being able to love ourselves.  In a stunning letter from a person who’s loved more than one gender, Frank Ocean tells me “I was never alone, as much as I felt like it… as much as I still do sometimes. I never was. I don't think I ever could be.”  Frank’s letter shot off into space, breaking barriers and embracing the kids on the street, people between sheets, and all the other lovers who had missed a beat. For there are still too many people waiting, watching, and wondering about the line of best fit; how they intersect, and if they’ll ever connect. - Read More at Advocate.com

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

CELEBRATE BISEXUALITY DAY WORLDWIDE SEPT. 23


LOS ANGELES, CA, and ARLINGTON, VA, (September 18, 2012)—The 21st anniversary celebration of the global holiday now known as Celebrate Bisexuality Day (CBD) will once again be held Sept. 23. Originally founded in 1991 as Bi VisiBIlity Day and slated for Valentine's Day, it was relaunched as CBD in line with a number of concurrent events for Sept. 23, 1999. Since then, it has grown to become an international holiday celebrated by those who self-identify as bi, pansexual, fluid, or other, honoring and proudly owning their awareness of their capacity to love without regard to gender identity and more.  Free from monosexual thinking and inhibitions, bi-identified people -- and those who identify as bi-and-beyond, pansexual, fluid, polysexual, and so forth -- use CBD (also known as Bi Pride Day and Bi Visibility Day) as a vehicle to promote awareness of the vast array of sexual and gender identities that are the true hallmarks of being human.

This year’s celebration is extremely special as BiNet USA and bisexuals around the globe continue to celebrate winning over Google in the recent bisexual search term dispute (http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2012/09/13/google_blacklist_bisexual_banned_from_autocomplete_no_longer_.html).  Within a month of such groundbreaking news comes more excitement as the city of Berkeley, California becomes the first city in the nation to formally recognize the Bisexual Pride Day holiday (http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Berkeley-lawmakers-recognize-Bisexual-Pride-Day-3874797.php).

Festivities across the nation will continue to mark the holiday this week and weekend.  In Boston, the Bisexual Resource Center (http://www.biresource.net/) hosts its annual celebration with viewings of bisexual themed films and shorts from Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, Cloud Atlas) as well as Nicole Kristal, the Lambda Literary award-winning filmmaker. In Chicago, the Chicago Bisexual Queer Meetup has partnered with Bi Social Network (www.bisocialnetwork.com) to celebrate the bisexual community of Chicago with an event benefiting the LGBT Center on Halstead.  In Los Angeles, the LA Bi Task Force holds its annual Bi Arts Festival with performances in West Hollywood’s Plummer Park from Julie Cohen, Owen Edinger and Yazmin Monet Watkins among others.

For more news on Celebrate Bisexuality Day, check out the BiNet USA blog at www.binetusa.blogspot.com.

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As America’s advocacy organization for bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer-identified and unlabeled people, BiNet USA facilitates the development of a cohesive network of independent bisexual and bi-friendly communities; promotes bisexual, pansexual, and bi-inclusive visibility; and collects and distributes educational information regarding sexual orientation and gender identity with an emphasis on the bisexual, pansexual, and allied communities.
www.BiNetUSA.Org

Sunday, September 09, 2012

BiNet USA Wins Over Google in Search Term Dispute

After a campaign by BiNet USA and bisexuals worldwide, Google has removed "bisexual" from its list of banned words.

(Los Angeles, CA, September 4, 2012)--BiNet USA is pleased to confirm that Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) has unblocked the term "bisexual" from its search algorithm. Now that "bisexual" is allowed, terms such as "bisexual quotes", "bisexual rights", and "bisexual parenting" are automatically suggested to Google users. "It's not every day one of the biggest companies in the world changes its mind, but we are thankful that Google now sees bisexual people just like everyone else," said BiNet USA President Faith Cheltenham. "It will take time for bisexual search terms to be ranked as they were before the ban, but now bisexual people and their allies have a fighting chance to be seen, heard, and understood."

 Since late 2009, Google has had "bisexual" on a list of banned words; such words were de-prioritized by the Google search algorithm, leading to a drop in search rankings for all bisexual organizations and community resources. Since its search engine would not auto-suggest or auto-complete any term with the word "bisexual", Google made it harder for any user to find bisexual content, whether that be on coming out as bisexual or finding local support groups across the United States and elsewhere.

BiNet USA spearheaded a campaign to get Google to unblock the word and stop harming a deeply marginalized community even further. Along with allies and community members around the world, BiNet USA called on Google to stop exponentially increasing the bisexual invisibility field and start treating bisexual people just like gay and straight individuals ("Google's Bisexual Problem"). Said National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kate Kendell, "We thank Google for making the right call here and for acting as a responsive corporate citizen committed to dignity and equality."

BiNet USA and bisexuals around the world applaud Google for doing the right thing, just in time for the annual Global Bi Pride Day, "Celebrate Bisexuality Day" on September 23rd, 2012.