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.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

BiNet USA Prez on KPCC (NPR LA) tomorrow!

Tomorrow (07/18/2013) around 11am PST, BiNet USA President Faith Cheltenham will be on AirTalk, a daily talk show on KPCC (the Los Angeles NPR affiliate).  The subject is social challenges facing bisexuals so tune in and tell your friends!

BiNet USA President Faith Cheltenham with husband Matt and son Michael Storm.  Photo Credit: LA Times, Barbara Davidson

Listen live: http://www.scpr.org/listen_live/

Don't forget to check out this week's LA Times for an article on how hard it is to come out as bisexual, and why.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Out of the Darkness Washington, D.C. Community Walk, September 28

The Out of the Darkness Washington, D.C. Community Walk will take place on September 28
   Suicide and Mental illness affect many Americans. Suicide claims over 38,000 lives each year, with someone dying by suicide every 13.7 minutes. Research shows that more than 90 percent of those who die by suicide have a diagnosable mental disorder that can be treated.
AFSP is dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education, and advocacy.

With our Community Walks, we are working to raise awareness about depression, and lower stigma around mental, neurological, and substance-abuse (MNS) disorders.

The walks also provide comfort and assistance to those who have lost someone to suicide, and present an opportunity to honor loved ones lost to suicide by walking for them.

This year’s Walk will take place on September 28, beginning and ending at Constitution Gardens in downtown Washington, D.C.. It will lead walkers past D.C.’s major memorials at sunset. Please find further details on our activities and agenda in the flyer at http://afsp.donordrive.com/assets/AFSP/files/$cms$/104/2577.pdf .
  We ask for your help with raising awareness in an effort to prevent suicide!
  Suicide is preventable and we need your help to shine a bright light on this issue and bring suicide Out of the Darkness! There are numerous ways you can contribute to this year’s Walk and help make it a great success:

  • Spread the wordSuicide is a national health problem that takes an enormous toll on family, friends, peers, coworkers and the entire community. Please help us inform others about our walk in any or all of the following ways:
          - Distribute this information among your own networks or mailing lists.
          - Forward the flyers at http://afsp.donordrive.com/assets/AFSP/files/$cms$/104/2577.pdf to your staff and co-workers.
          - Distribute the Out of the Darkness Walk flyer throughout your local community (http://afsp.donordrive.com/assets/AFSP/files/$cms$/104/2577.pdf ).
          - Post this information on your organization’s website and/or social media platforms.

To register for this year’s Out of the Darkness Walk or for more information, please visit: http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=2206

Bisexual Sorority Launches

Baltimore, Maryland — Announcing the Alpha Zeta Gamma Sorority, the first greek letter organization that caters specifically to the needs of bisexual women as well as an lgbt based organization that advocates and strives to be a voice for bisexual women while helping them to facilitate and develop a cohesive network of bisexual and bi-friendly communities; promoting bisexual visibility; and educating all communities on sexual orientation and gender identity with an emphasis on the bisexual communities.

Alpha Zeta Gamma Sorority was founded to unite as one body of women who seek to become stronger, who are educated, and who accept their sexuality as one more equally valid expression in this complex world of sexuality.

“Creating a sisterhood that accepted women no matter the complexity of their sexual orientation. Being members of the LGBT community [we] wanted to break down the walls of discrimination” ~ Founder L.King

Alpha Zeta Gamma Sorority is a greek letter organization that seeks to provide educational programs, support, networking opportunities, and services for the well being of the bisexual woman throughout the varies communities of the United States.
Alpha Zeta Gamma Sorority believes sexuality in its simplest form offers you the opportunity to move beyond stereotypes and accept your sexuality for what it really is: one more equally valid expression of this complex world of human sexuality.

AZG is ready to open its arms and hearts to Bisexual Women who have been seeking to create a bond with other women like themselves.

For information on the organization, please contact alphazetagammasororityinc@gmail.com, or visit us at http://www.alphazetagamma.yolasite.com/."

Monday, July 15, 2013

BiNet USA Signs Open Letter, "Trayvon Deserves Justice"

BiNet USA Joins LGBT Rights Organizations In Issuing Open Letter: Trayvon Deserves Justice
WASHINGTON, DC— A coalition of national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights organizations, led by the National Black Justice Coalition and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, today issued the following open letter:
An Open Letter: Trayvon Deserves Justice

We cannot begin to imagine the continued pain and suffering endured by Trayvon Martin’s family and friends. We stand in solidarity with them as they continue to fight for justice, civil rights and closure. And we thank everyone who has pushed and will continue to push for justice.
Trayvon Martin deserves justice and his civil rights. We support the organizations and community leaders who are urging the federal government to explore every option to ensure that justice is served for Trayvon and that his civil rights are honored and respected. But our work does not end there: we will honor Trayvon Martin by strengthening our commitment to end bias, hatred, profiling and violence across our communities.
We represent organizations with diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender constituencies. Our community has been targets of bigotry, bias, profiling and violence. We have experienced the heart-breaking despair of young people targeted for who they are, who they are presumed to be, or who they love: Rashawn Brazell, Lawrence King, Ali Forney, Brandon Teena, Brandon White, Matthew Shepard, Marco McMillian, Angie Zapata, Sakia Gunn, Gwen Araujo and countless others.
Every person, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity, must be able to walk the streets without fear for their safety.
Justice delayed is justice denied and in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “a right delayed is a right denied.” We honor Trayvon by seeking justice for all people.
All Out
American Civil Liberties Union
Believe Out Loud
BiNet USA
Bisexual Resource Center
Center for Black Equity
CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers
Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals

Equality Federation
Freedom to Work
Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network
Gay-Straight Alliance Network (GSA Network)
GetEQUAL
GMHC
GLAD
GLAAD
Harvey Milk Foundation
Human Rights Campaign
Immigration Equality
Lambda Legal
Movement Advancement Project
National Black Justice Coalition
National Center for Lesbian Rights
National Coalition of Anti-Violence
National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
National Minority AIDS Council
National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
PFLAG National
The Trevor Project
Trans Advocacy Network
Transgender Law Center
Trans People of Color Coalition

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Test subjects needed to help fine-tune Bi Men's Health study

Passing along this message looking for non-monosexual men to help with this study.
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Hi,

Our research team is currently looking for volunteers, specifically self-identified men, to pilot test our online survey and leave us feedback. This study, named “Bisexual Identity: Implications for Mental and Sexual Health”, will attempt to better understand the unique experiences of men who are attracted to more than one sex and/or gender. This may include men who identify as bisexual, two-spirited, pansexual, fluid, queer, or who use other terms to describe their multi-gender attraction.

As some of you may know, this is an important topic considering there are almost no large studies exclusively about bisexual men. Participating in pilot testing involves completing a one-hour long online survey, either in English or in French. Responses obtained through pilot testing will not be used in the study; they will be used to help us improve the survey before its launch.

If interested, please contact the Project Coordinator through e-mail (marianne.lebreton@mcgill.ca) or phone call(514-398-4247). Pilot testing will run for two weeks only.

Thank you for your time!

Sincerely,
Dr. Nathan Smith, McGill University
Dr. Lori Ross, Center for Addiction and Mental Health
Dr. Jon Mohr, University of Maryland

This study has been reviewed by the Research Ethics Boards of McGill University (514-398-8302), the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (416-535-8501), and the University of Maryland (301-405-0678).