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.***