Thursday, April 04, 2013

NEWS ALERT: Bisexual Teen Beaten In Sacramento


"ELK GROVE (CBS13) – An Elk Grove teenager says he and his friends were beaten up in a public park because he’s bisexual. So why aren’t police calling this a hate crime?
“We were easy bait to be picked on,” victim Max Aistrup said.
As an openly bisexual 16-year-old, Aistrup knows what it’s like being bullied. Only this time, it wasn’t just words, but punches.
“They called us (expletive). Anything you can think of they pretty much said,” said Aistrup.
Aistrup says he and his friends were attacked in broad daylight walking through a quiet, well-kept Elk Grove Park. He says seven guys came up making derogatory comments. Aistrup speculates it could be because they saw his rainbow t-shirt." - http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2013/03/29/bisexual-elk-grove-teen-attacked-claims-sexuality-was-attackers-motivation/
Max's dad has asked BiNet USA to publicize his story in hopes of providing support to Max and other GLBTQ teens who are being bullied across the nation.  If you'd like to interview Max's dad please email us at binetusa@binetusa.org

Survey: Sexual Orientation and Personality

My name is Justin Otto and I am currently a graduate student attending Georgia Southern University. I am attempting to collect data via survey from individuals for a research study. Our current online research study looks to compare personality self-perception between heterosexuals and individuals that identify as LGB members.

Study participation is anticipated to take approximately 5 minutes using our online survey.  Your responses will be entirely anonymous and you have the option to exit the survey at any time.
Please click the link below to complete the survey, and to access an information script outlining the project. [You can also access the survey by copying the link in your browser address bar.]
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1mo8rsA2WQCZINWxNXqQgcXZb3stiFr0P_FowwYKZ1Us/viewform

This study has been reviewed and approved by the Georgia Southern University Institutional Review Board under the tracking number H13358. The risks associated with this study are minimal due to retention of participation anonymity throughout.

Finally, please consider forwarding this email on to friends who could help us make this project a success. Thank you very much for your interest and participation in this research. If you have any further questions, please contact me at jo00693@georgiasouthern.edu.

If there are any further complications or questions, you may contact my supervisor, Dr. James Bergin, at his email address: jim_bergin@georgiasouthern.edu, or you may also contact the Institutional Review Board at IRB@georgiasouthern.edu or 912.478.0843.

Thank you so much,
Justin Otto
Georgia Southern University
Counselor Education Ed.S. Grad Student 2011-2013
Kinesiology M.S., 2011

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Looking For Bi Couples Affected By DOMA

Photo courtesy of Facebook.com/BiParents
The Respect For Marriage Coalition (of which BiNet USA is a proud member) are building a rich collection of diverse families and stories to share with media. Send us your stories at http://bit.ly/RFMCoalition. In particular, we are looking for stories showing: 
  • How inequality harms families. 
  • How marriage for same-sex couples has helped, not hurt, our communities.

Enter your information here: http://bit.ly/RFMCoalition.

Survey: Lesbian and Bisexual Women's Opinions on Pornography

Graduate sociology student at the George Washington University seeks lesbian and bisexual (or queer/fluid) identified women to participate in a research study regarding attitudes on, opinions about, and consumption of pornography. Interested candidates will complete an online, confidential survey consisting of three sections containing both open-ended and closed-ended response choices. The online survey is expected to take between 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the depth with which participants respond to questions.

Eligible candidates include those who are:
·      -18 years of age or older
·      -US residents
·      -Lesbian/bisexual/queer/fluid identified females

There are no financial benefits or incentives for participants. Participation is voluntary; a participant may opt out of the survey at any time during the process.

The survey will be open until April 12th and may be accessed through this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MF33GFG

Contact Leni Dworkis at lendwo@gwu.edu with any questions about the survey or the research.

Please pass on this link on to others who would be eligible to and interested in participating! Thank you!
***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.***