Friday, June 13, 2014

NYC Pride + Happy Bisexuals!

BiNet USA is pleased with the results of talks held between BiNet USA and NYC Pride volunteer staff on the topic of bisexual inclusion atNYC Pride, one of the largest LGBTQ events of the year. BiNet USA and the NewYork Area Bisexual Network, joined by leaders from NYC based organizations BiRequest and S.i.S.T.A.H, were successful in our efforts to communicate concerns.

Bust Biphobia: NYC Pride March
We feel like we've been heard. 

We have received a firm commitment from NYC Pride on its intention to be inclusive of bisexual communities and identities this year at Pride. We also feel confident that NYC Pride will welcome bisexual community participation in the planning stages for future NYC Pride events.

Thank you for signing our MoveOn petition if you took the time to support our campaign. We had 496 signers who believed that bi people deserve to be at an equality table they helped to build. 

NYC Pride has informed us that Larry Nelson, surviving partner of bisexual rights activist and important figure in the modern LGBT rights movement Brenda Howard, was the 1st group leader to sign up in this year's NYC Pride March. Nelson who continues to work as a coordinator for NYABN, a group which was co-founded by his partner Howard, annually registers the Bisexual Contingent that includes All Bisexual/Non-Monosexual Groups in the greater NYC Area, and is usually the first to register every year in honor of  "our Brenda". 

Howard is known as the "Mother of Pride" for her work in coordinating a rally and then the Christopher Street Liberation Day March to commemorate the first anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. She also originated the idea of a week-long series of events around Pride Day which became the genesis of the annual LGBT Pride celebrations that are now held around the world every June. Brenda passed away in 2005, but her memory still beats strong and fights on in each and every one of us working for unequivocal equality.  
NYC Tri-state Bisexual Contingent in LGBT Pride March

We thank NYC Pride for their willingness to move forward in a spirit that would see our whole community recognized with the bravery it deserves.

Faith Cheltenham, BiNet USA President

Special Thanks:
Learn more about the history of bi-identified LGBTQ Right's Activist Brenda Howard