Thursday, November 21, 2013

Bi Workers of Color Need ENDA Too


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A new report from our friends at the National Center for Lesbian Rights have released a new report on LGBT People of Color in the workplace. The reportA Broken Bargain for LGBT Workers of Colorexamines how LGBT workers of color face unique types of discrimination based both on their race and sexual orientation/gender identity.
  
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COLORLINES has posted some more on this with personal narratives of LGBT People of Color who have experienced discrimination in the workplace (including a narrative from BiNet USA President, Faith Cheltenham).
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) narrowly passed in the Senate two weeks ago for the first time since a version was introduced in 1974. It was even more significant because it now includes transgender people. But House Speaker John Boehner insisted the act won’t come to a vote in the House, leaving those LGBT people living in the 34 states [PDF] without anti-discrimination laws at a stark disadvantage. And because people of color are more likely to face high unemployment and poverty, and have a harder time getting good, steady jobs, they are even more vulnerable. - "Why ENDA is an Urgent Issue for People of Color", COLORLINES
Have you ever experienced homophobia or biphobia in your workplace? Was it ever "multiplied" by another minority status you hold? Love to hear about people's experiences on this!

BiNet USA Prez On I'm From Driftwood


I dated straight women who became bisexual women, I dated lesbians, I dated gay men on the side when they were in the closet as being bi which is actually not successful at all. I went through basically the entire rainbow, skittle by skittle, had a great experience but was very lost and in the sense that what I was looking for was very specific. - BiNet USA President, Faith Cheltenham
Thank you I'm From Driftwood for showcasing bisexual stories!
For more visit: http://www.imfromdriftwood.com/tag/bisexual/

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Make a difference this Transgender Day of Remembrance

Donate to the Transgender Violence Tracking Portal via Kickstarter!
The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved. - International Transgender Day of Remembrance Website
On Wednesday November 20th, 2013 communities across the world will memorialize those killed due to anti-trans* hatred or prejudice. BiNet USA stands strongly in support of the transgender community and recognizes the need for tracking of anti-transgender violence. We are glad to report that trans* and bisexual advocate Allison Woolbert has a Kickstarter fundraiser going to do just that!  Allison was interviewed by BiNet USA board member AJ Walkley on the HuffingtonPost.com recently and said,
Currently, there is no data repository that can validate and provide tangible evidence of the violence that has been inflicted on the transgender community. Most of the information is scattered in sensationalized news articles, or published in blog formats that are not conducive to the collection of factual reports and statistics relevant to build awareness of what is happening. The facts related to the murders of transgender/genderqueer/non-binary people are often unavailable until the Transgender Day of Remembrance information is published in November each year. - Read more on HuffingtonPost.com
Allison Woolbert of the 
Transgender Violence Tracking Portal
Allison is challenging a status quo that would silence a community in great need, something I think all bisexuals can get behind! When I spoke with Allison today she told me,
The need for this website is clear: right now very little information is collected about the appalling amount of violence against the transgender community. There is no centralized place to track the status of cases, or to search for what’s happening in specific neighborhoods, or to see trends and demographic information. What we seek to do is collect this information and make it accessible to the public. Information is power. In order to act, we have to be aware. - Allison Woolbert of the Transgender Violence Tracking Portal
Please take the time to attend a vigil tomorrow in your local community to remember the too many who have been lost to anti-transgender violence. You can find a vigil in your community by visiting the International Transgender Day of Remembrance website here. 

Allison's Kickstarter has reached goal but any additional funds will greatly assist in protecting the transgender community in real time. Visit here to chip in what you can!

Saturday, November 09, 2013

A Day in LGBT America

From Advocate.com:
We want to see what happens in your lives from dawn to late at night all over America on Monday, November 11, 2013. We want to see every aspect of LGBT life, from the mundane to the insane, from the glamorous to the gritty, whether you’re on an adventure or experiencing a quiet moment of solace.

You don’t need to be a professional photographer. Just mark your calendar, and on November 11 take a self-portrait, or have a friend photograph you or your family or friends doing anything that says something about who you are as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender person in the United States. The best photographs taken on that single day in the United States will be featured in a photo essay titled “A Day in LGBT America” on Advocate.com.

Please think of "A Day in LGBT America" as one way you can help The Advocate dispel what the religious right tries to sell America about LGBT people, and simultaneously your photos will inspire young people with the power of the project's hopeful message.

Help make this project a success by "liking" this post and sharing it via social media. When the day comes, please check back at Advocate.com for more details and instructions on how to submit your photos to “A Day in LGBT America.”

SURVEY: LGBTQ affirmative research among Latinos

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Boston’s (UMass Boston) LGBTQ Research Team are recruiting participants for an LGBTQ-affirmative study on life experiences of LGBTQ people. Their findings will help develop culturally sensitive HIV prevention and intervention programs to help Latino men who have sex with men or who identify as gay. 

The University of Massachusetts Boston’s LGBTQ Research team is conducting a brief LGBTQ-affirmative study on safe sex practices of Latino men who have sex with men or who identify as gay. The study takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete and anyone who is 18 or older and identifies as Latino and has sex with men or identifies as gay is eligible to participate. You will have the chance to be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card! You can access the survey at https://www.psychdata.com/s.asp?SID=151006

The study has been approved by the University of Massachusetts Boston Institutional Review Board. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact them at latinosexstudy@gmail.com.

Editor's note: While they don't use the term "bisexual" in the explanation of the survey, the survey itself seems to be inclusive. 

***DISCLAIMER: BiNet USA posts surveys regarding and for the bi* community as a service.  Should an issue arise with the survey, please contact the author of the survey whose contact info has been provided.*** 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Signing This Might Save Your Life

BiNet USA President Faith Cheltenham's 1-year-old son Storm waves a flag honoring bisexuals for a recent LA Times story on the bi community.  (Barbara Davidson, Los Angeles Times)
John Becker, manager editor of Bilerico, has a Change.org petition up asking the CDC to make available the bacterial meningitis vaccine to infants and children.  John has written up a powerful charge for our community to take action immediately.

He writes on Bilerico.com,

...bacterial meningitis - the swelling of the lining around the brain and the spinal cord - is a lethal disease. The symptoms come on fast but appear very ordinary; in fact, they so closely resemble the flu that many victims don't bother to see a doctor. This can have deadly consequences...To make matters worse, it can be spread through casual contact, including kissing, sneezing, coughing, and sharing items like utensils, drinking glasses, and even cigarettes. Because of this, tight-knit communities like the LGBT community are at greater risk for an outbreak, as are groups of people who live and interact in close quarters.
As bisexuals, we depend on our community to survive (and thrive) past the frequent biphobia and homophobia we experience. Bacterial meningitis is a threat to our safety, our community and our kids. 
 

John also writes,
One of the most glaring gaps in our defense against bacterial meningitis is the fact that current CDC vaccine recommendations leave infants and children - the group with the highest infection rate for invasive meningococcal disease - dangerously unprotected...It also decreases the herd immunity that people with compromised immune systems, including those with HIV and AIDS, rely on to protect them from the disease.
 John tells me the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will meet to decide whether to recommend the bacterial meningitis vaccine to infants and children THIS WEEKSo step up and save help to save someone's life...might just be your own.

Thanks for sharing this message with a friend,

Faith Cheltenham, BiNet USA President

Thursday, September 19, 2013

About Those Lesbians Who Make Mean Videos About Bisexuals...

BiNet USA President, Faith Cheltenham was on the Huffington Post Live this morning to discuss the lesbian and bisexual divide.


If you'd ENJOY hearing biphobic commentary rebuffed you should listen to this!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

15th Annual Bi Pride Day Celebrated Worldwide

PRESS RELEASE
For immediate release
15th Annual Bi Pride Day Celebrated Worldwide

Contacts:
Faith Cheltenham, President, BiNet USA, president@binetusa.org
Ellyn Ruthstrom, President, Bisexual Resource Center, elruthstrom@comcast.net

Press Release on Celebrate Bisexuality Day, aka Bi Pride Day (#BiPrideDay)

In response to the prejudice and marginalization in both the straight and LGBT communities, many bisexuals* are made to feel, and/or opt to remain, invisible. 

“Bi Pride Day” raises awareness about bisexuality, educates the community about bisexual issues; and encourages bisexual people and their allies to be visible and proud of the bisexual identity. The first Bi Pride Day occurred in 1990 when the city of San Francisco proclaimed Bi Pride Day in honor of the 1990 Conference on Bisexuality. Since 1999, Bi Pride Day (also known as Celebrate Bisexuality Day and/or Bi Visibility Day) has been held yearly on September 23rd. 

Some ways to recognize Bi Pride Day this coming September 23rd, 2013:
Share with your audience and organization important facts about the bisexual community from BiNet USA 2013 Bisexual Fact Sheet (attached) or share a video and other relevant resources from the Bisexual Resource Center (below).
Have a bisexual blogger contribute a guest blog or article to your publication or organization (see list of available bloggers here.)

Report on one or more of the many events happening across the world on this date.  Some of these include:

Boston
The Bisexual Resource Center has a celebration on Fri, September 27, 7pm – 10pm at the Lir Pub this year on Boylston Street.  They will be handing out Unsung Hero and Bi Ally awards and filling you in on the exciting bi achievements of 2013. Suggested donation of $5 at the door. More info
here.

Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Bi Task Force hosts "The Bi Chill: 2013 Bi Arts Fest and Social" from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Sunday, September 22nd at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza. $10.00 recommended donation. More info
here.

St Paul, MN
Monday 23rd September 7pm – 930pm. The Bisexual Organizing Project celebrates our annual Bi Day event with free pizza and soft drinks!
Special this year is the Community Recognition Awards...Come see who gets the shiny plaque this year! More info
here.

For more #BiPrideDay events please visit:
Don't forget to use the Bisexual Pride Flag when reporting on this vibrant, independent and proud community. The attached bisexual pride flag has a CC commons and its photo credit can be found here.
Have a great Bi Pride Day!

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* We use bisexual as an umbrella term for any who honor their potential to love more than one gender.

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 bisexual, pansexual, and allied communities. Visit www.binetusa.org.

The Bisexual Resource Center (BRC) is the oldest national bi organization in the U.S. that advocates for bisexual visibility and raises awareness about bisexuality throughout the LGBT and straight communities. The Bisexual Resource Center envisions a world where love is celebrated, regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression. Visit www.biresource.net.

Celebrate Bisexuality Day 2013: #BiPrideDay Events Worldwide

Below are #BiPrideDay events happening in the U.S. and the World!  
If we missed your event please post below so we can include it in our posts, tweets and emails!

U.S.

Atlanta, Georgia
A Bi Visibility Day celebration will be held in Atlanta from 7-9pm at the Philip Rush Center on Saturday, September 21st from 7-9pm. More info here.

Bakersfield, CA
The Bakersfield College GSA in alliance with the Bakersfield LGBTQ will hold a full day of events beginning at Bakersfield College with a fun and games information table in the morning and a noon panel discussion on Non-monosexuality. In the afternoon we will meet at Jastro Park on Truxtun to hold a BiVisibility Rally from 4:30-5:30 then we'll have a BBQ at Jastro Park to Celebrate our day! More info here.

Boston
The Bisexual Resource Center have a celebration on Fri, September 27, 7pm – 10pm at the Lir Pub this year on Boylston Street.  They will be handing out Unsung Hero and Bi Ally awards and filling you in on the exciting bi achievements of 2013. Suggested donation of $5 at the door. More info here.

Chicago
Celebrate Bisexuality Day with Bisexual & Queer Alliance of Chicago at Center on Halstead.  Speaker: Wendy Curry; Q&A. Monday 23 September 2013, 7pm-9pm. More info here

Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Bi Task Force hosts "The Bi Chill: 2013 Bi Arts Fest and Social" from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Sunday, September 22nd at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza. $10.00 recommended donation. More info here.

New York City Tri-state Area
(1) Jackson Heights Queens: "Why Celebrate Being Bi? Five Great Reasons" BiRequest moderator Paul Nocera deliverers some remarks on the subject followed by a sure to be lively and informative Q&A. Light Refreshments will also be served. On Saturday, September 21st from 6PM to 9PM at the Queens Pride House. More info here.
(2) New York City: Party With a Purpose! "Bisexual Pride Celebration and Fundraiser for NYC's Own Bi-Trans Activist Bryan Ellicot" We're having a BIG PARTY for Bi Visibility Day 2013 and helping out a local Bi-Trans Activist. So Come On Down! You all can have Loads of Fun and do a Good Deed all at the same time. On Monday September 23rd starting at 6 PM at the historic Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village. More info here & here
(3)White Plains NY: The Westchester County Bisexual Discussion Group will be celebrating Bi Visibility Day with a bisexual themed film. This year's film will be "Something for Everyone" followed by a group discussion. On Tuesday September 24th from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM at the The LOFT LGBT Community Center. More info here

San Francisco
Monday, September 23rd 6pm-10pm. Celebrate Bisexuality Day Event. Gather on the Back Patio @ El Rio in San Francisco, CA. Free before 9pm, $1 cover after. More info here.

St Paul, MN
Monday 23rd September 7pm – 930pm. The Bisexual Organizing Project celebrates our annual Bi Day event with free pizza and soft drinks!
Special this year is the Community Recognition Awards...Come see who gets the shiny plaque this year! More info here.

Washington D.C.
Washington DC’s first official “Bi Pride Day”.  The D.C. Mayor's office will deliver a special proclamation for the city’s “Celebrate Bisexuality Day” at a gathering on Monday, September 23, 2013 with a panel discussion to follow. More info here.

INTERNATIONALLY


Dublin, Ireland
 Monday 23 September, 6pm: Bi Irish Dublin / BiVisible Ireland event at the Outhouse. More info here.

Paris, France
September 23 Bi’Cause will host a panel debate at the Centre LGBT Paris-Île-de-France is: 61-63 rue. More info here.

Tel-Aviv, Israel
This year sees the first Bi Pride event in Tel-Aviv Israel, on Monday September 23, called המעגל הביסקסואלי (which translates to English as The Bi Circle). More info here.

Tuesday September 24th
A special screening of Ze, Zombie. More info here.

Brighton, UK
Monday 23 September: bis and allies get-together over ice-cream. Details soon on http://september23.bi.org/.

London
Monday 23 September: event for over-50s bis at Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, 2pm-7pm and Penderel’s Oak, 283-288 High Holborn 6pm-9pm. Contact: Kate Hancock on kate.hancock@ageukcamden.org.uk
Saturday 28 September: BiFete – 2pm-8pm at Brixton Community Base, £3 entry – details here.

Manchester, UK
Sunday 22 September: BiPhoria will be hosting a social afternoon for Bi Visibility Day at the LGF centre, Richmond Street. With local bi organising history talk, poster displays, food & drink and more. 2pm-5pm.
Sunday 22 September: BiPhoria pub quiz and social meet-up, 5.30pm into the evening. Quiz starts 6pm. Downstairs function room, Taurus, 1 Canal Street.

Monday 23 September: evening event hosted by the Co-Operative, with speakers from Bi Community News, BiUK & more. Details and online booking form here.

Sheffield, UK
Monday 23 September: event details to be confirmed.
Details soon on http://september23.bi.org

Southampton, UK
Southampton Solent University will have a display about bisexuality in the Mountbatten Library from 23-30 September 2013, organised by the LGBT Staff Network, from 23rd – 30th.

Swansea,Wales
Monday 23 September: 2pm-5pm Have Your Say event, Committee Room 1, Civic Centre. Facebook has details here.

Victoria, Australia
Join Bi Alliance for the Celebrate Bisexuality Day dinner, Monday 23 September from 7pm


Special thanks to the International Bi Visibility Day website for compiling so many of the community events.  Check out their site for the latest on events around the globe! http://september23.bi.org/

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Bisexual Bloggers Ready To Write For Bi Pride Day 2013

The Bisexual Pride Flag

Interested in having a bisexual blogger appear in your publication or website for #BiPrideDay 2013? Below are some names of the brightest and best bisexual writers our community has to offer!


AJ Walkley
Huffington Post and BiMedia.org writer, novelist
alison.walkley@gmail.com
www.huffingtonpost.com/aj-walkley

Robyn Ochs
Author, Lecturer, Esteemed Expert on Gender and Sexuality
robyn@robynochs.com
www.robynochs.com/
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robyn_Ochs

Aud Traher
Bisexual Trans Blogger
Aud.Traher@gmail.com
http://evenaud.wordpress.com/

Dr. Herukhuti
Sociologist/Anthropologist and Sacred Sexuality Expert
heru@blackfunk.org

Robin Renee
Singer/Songwriter/Author/Advocate

Seen above speaking at the 2013 Bisexuality: Identity and Experience event presented by The Trevor Project.
info@robinrenee.com

Sarah Stumpf
Bisexual Books Reviewer and Writer
bisexualbooks@gmail.com
http://bisexual-books.tumblr.com/

Denarii Monroe
Pace University Blogger / Queer Person of Color Community Leader
denarii.grace.monroe@gmail.com

Lauren Beach
Bisexual Organizing Project Secretary/Former BECAUSE Conference Co-Chair/HIV Researcher
laurenbrittanybeach@gmail.com

Jen Yockney
Editor of BiCommunityNews magazine and co-author of The Open University Bisexuality Report
editor@bicommunitynews.co.uk

Lisa Jacobs
Transcending Boundaries Conference founder / blogger
r27@comcast.net

Lindasusan Ulrich
Author of the Bi Invisibility Report
lvulrich@yahoo.com

Patrick RichardsFink
Fliponymous Blogger and Huffington Post writer
www.huffingtonpost.com/patrick-richardsfink 
prichardsfink@gmail.com

Kevin Steele
Bisexual Blogger/Writer
kjamessteele@gmail.com

Halina Reed
Bisexual identified LGBTQ+ (& conservative Libertarian) Arizona political activist
Hbreed@asu.edu

Peter Ruggiero
Bisexual educator/writer
ruggieropm@gmail.com

Meredith Lively
Bisexual Blogger
livelylittlefield@gmail.com

Tiffany Sostar
Genderqueer, bisexual, poly, kinky, pleasure-positive feminist academic and activist.
http://sextextsblog.wordpress.com/
possibly.t@gmail.com

Joe Baldwin
Bisexual Blogger
downthemiddle11@gmail.com

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Are you ready for the next generation of bisexual pride?


Coming soon...the BiNet USA Pride Store.
Get ready to wear your HEART on your sleeve!

Just in time for Bi Pride Day on September 23rd, 2013!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

First U.S. Bisexual Pride Day Held In 1990

The City of San Francisco, CA proclaimed June 23rd, 1990 as Bisexual Pride Day in San Francisco

From the archives:
The 1st ever U.S. Bisexual Pride Day proclamation!

Originally, Bisexual Pride Day was held on June 23rd, 1990 and coincided with the 1990 National Bisexual Conference.

The current incarnation of Bisexual Pride Day also known as Celebrate Bisexuality Day and/or Bi Visibility Day has been celebrated on September 23rd every year since 1999.

Check your copy of Bi Any Other Name for a brief history of the 1990 Conference that will give you a background on the conference and the movement at that time.  For additional historic events from the 1960's onwards also check out this Bi History link.

Tell us, what are your plans this Bisexual Pride Day?  Post plans from your community in the comments below and we'll be sure to publicize them as much as we can!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Bisexuals Support Justice For Trayvon Martin



Open Letter From The Bisexual Community In Support Of Justice For Trayvon


The bisexual* community calls for justice for Trayvon Martin and his family.  We support the NAACP, National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) and all organizations around the country calling for federal involvement to ensure that Trayvon's civil rights will be honored with the respect and courtesy afforded all U.S. citizens.  

As a community faced with enormous challenges in being seen with basic respect, our hearts go out to a young man who lost his life on a simple walk home.  

As a community of individuals who have been targeted by bigots and the biased, we reject the idea that Trayvon Martin was fairly treated by the state of Florida or by a media developed narrative that finds young black men worthy of fear and harassment, instead of safety and security. 

During a 1978 keynote address for the Child Welfare League, Black bisexual civil rights activist June Jordan said,
“To rescue our children we will have to let them save us from the power we embody: we will have to trust the very difference that they forever personify. And we will have to allow them the choice, without fear of death: that they may come and do likewise or that they may come and that we will follow them, that a little child will lead us back to the child we will always be, vulnerable and wanting and hurting for love and for beauty."
As a community diverse with many different types of color, we call for a society just for ALL, with justice for Trayvon.

In loving solidarity,

The BiNetUSA Board of Directors
Amy Andre, Co-author of Bisexual Health
Lauren Beach
The Mods at Bisexual Community
The Bisexual Resource Center (BRC) Board of Directors
Bloomsburg/Danville/Berwick PA LGBTA Community
Emily Dievendorf, Managing Director, Equality Michigan
Emily Drennan
Patrick RichardsFink, blogger Eponymous Fliponymous
ABilly S Jones-Hennin
Meredith Lively
Denise Penn, clinical social worker
Donne Reed, S.I.S.T.A.H.
Peter Ruggiero
Kyle Schickner, FenceSitter Films
Aud Traher, blogger Even Aud
Lindasusan Ulrich, principal author Bisexual Invisibility: Impacts and Recommendations



*We use bisexual as an umbrella term for any who honor their potential to love more than one gender.