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.