Tuesday, September 23, 2014

My #bisexuality looks like writing for bisexual youth by AJ Walkley

First and foremost -- HAPPY BISEXUALITY DAY! I'm honored to be writing this blog on one of the best days of the year; a day of celebration and visibility for the bisexual community. One of the ways I've tried to become more visible as a proud bisexual in recent years is through my writing, for online sites like Huffington Post and through my own novels.

The very first book I ever wrote was Queer Greer, which I penned specifically for bisexual and questioning youth. When I was grappling with my sexuality in high school and college, I turned to books to try and find a character I could relate to, whom I might even learn from. Sadly at that time, there were no bisexual protagonists to be found. I wanted to help change that with my own book. Queer Greer would've helped me as a teen learning who I was and I wrote it in the hopes that it might help others coming out after me.

My novel tells the tale of high school junior Greer MacManus, who enters a new school with the hopes of reinventing herself from a wallflower with one friend, to become more of a social butterfly. She soon finds herself among the company of athletes, a swimmer herself. While she tries to get comfortable in her clique under the admiring eye of Cameron Keeting, the most attractive male jock in school, Greer becomes increasingly interested in someone else.
Rebecca Wilder, the beautiful swim team captain and infamous lesbian in town, befriends Greer, taking her under her wing. A love triangle soon overtakes Greer’s world as she comes to grips with her sexuality.
Shocked by the reactions of her best friend and boyfriend, and finding herself more alone than ever before, Greer tries to cope when things start to fall apart. Without anyone to turn to, Greer must find an inner strength and the courage to be herself in a society that doesn’t always understand.
Check out the book trailer below:


Moving forward, I plan to incorporate more bisexual and overall LGBT+ characters in my books, showing readers that we come in all shapes and sizes, all colors and creeds; we are everywhere and our literature should definitely reflect that!
Happy Bisexuality Day!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

#biweek 2014 starts with #bihistory

www.bisexualweek.com #biweek

In celebration of the 15th anniversary of Celebrate Bisexuality Day, held every September 23rd, GLAAD, BiNet USA and other bisexual organizations are launching Bisexual Awareness Week (website).

Bisexual Awareness Week (#biweek) exists to help draw attention to the public policy concerns of bisexual people while also celebrating the great resiliency of bisexual culture and community.

Bisexual Awareness Week will utilize a social media campaign that provides daily themes to keep changing hearts and minds about bisexual people, and bi lives. Themes will focus on the history, culture, community and current policy priorities of bisexual communities.




Sunday 9/21 #BiHistory – Post, status update and tweet about important moments in bisexual movement history and/or the names and images of famous bi* people throughout history

 

To help kick-off #BiHistory here are some bisexual history links to read and share!

From BiNet USA Presentation

  • Read about black LGBT icon and bi pioneer ABilly S. Jones-Hennin and his work with people of color and LGBT community organizing at Metro Weekly.
  • Learn about the GLBT History Museum's Biconic Flashpoints: 40 years of Bay Area Bisexual Politics" exhibit in San Francisco, CA
  • Learn about how Dr. David Lourea and other San Francisco bisexuals helped create and shape AIDS education and prevention outreach via this post about the Dr. David Lourea Papers Archive.
From BiNet USA Presentation

Visit www.bisexualweek.com for all the latest #biweek events in your area, downloadable memes and resources!

Meme of the Day

For a TON MORE MEMES visit www.bisexualweek.com/memes

 

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

@empathizethis features black bisexual woman's experience at Pride #Applause

Many thanks to empathizethis.com for publishing this important piece featuring the voice of a brave black bisexual woman in the UK.

Check out the full comic at empathizethis.com!

"I often ask myself why I keep going to these events. But then I’ll see a black face in the crowd, looking at me with astonished wonder. I’ve been told a few times by black people that seeing someone like them at a Pride event was an encouraging thing for them." - Prejudice at Pride, empathizethis.com

Thursday, September 04, 2014

BiNet USA In The White House Photo Blast #whatbilookslike

After receiving special permission from The White House, I'm pleased to share with you some exclusive photos from my trip to the White House for the Executive Order signing in July 2014. You can read more about my trip over at The Bilerico Project.

On July 21st, 2014, I was the first president of a bisexual non-profit organization to have a meeting with a President and stand on stage to witness a Executive Order signing.
Click here to visit The White House website to watch the whole video of the signing.

That's me standing next to black transgender icon Kylar Broadus!
Speaking with President Obama I identified myself as the first president of a bisexual non-profit to meet with him and stand beside him on stage as he signed an Executive Order.

THE WHITE HOUSE DISCLAIMER ABOUT THE THREE PHOTOS ABOVE:
This photograph is provided by THE WHITE HOUSE as a courtesy and may be printed by the subject(s) in the photograph for personal use only. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not otherwise be reproduced, disseminated or broadcast, without the written permission of the White House Photo Office. This photograph may not be used in any commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House. 

Some other photos from my visit:
Screenshot of me hugging President Obama after he finished signing. Screenshot courtesy of Gary North.

With Kylar Broadus as we waited for President Obama in the Blue Room of The White House. Photo: Faith Cheltenham

Selfie in the bathroom. Sadly the necklace began to break right after this photo and only lasted through the ceremony *WHEW* Photo: Faith Cheltenham
Selfie with HRC President Chad Griffin as we waited for President Obama in the Blue Room of The White House. Photo: Faith Cheltenham
15 years ago I handed Gov. Terry McAuliffe (VA) an HRC sweatshirt as an HRC intern! Photo: Faith Cheltenham
Selfie with senior Senior Advisor to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett. Photo: Faith Cheltenham
Selfie with Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop! Photo: Faith Cheltenham
Bo and Sunny just finished getting walked. I felt the need to take a picture of them. Photo: Faith Cheltenham
Selfie with Stacey R. Long, Esq. National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs. Photo: Faith Cheltenham
After The White House I got to visit with bisexual icon Loraine Hutchins. Thanks for the awesome iced coffee! Photo: Faith Cheltenham

Photo: So honored to have spent this evening with the Executive Director of BiNet USA, who earlier today stood by President Obama as he signed an historic order on LGBT employment non-discrimination. The moment was also historic being the first time a representative of a bisexual organization was invited on stage for such a signing. #bivisibility #quistory
After hanging with Loraine I headed to Quist co-founder and Google Block Breaker Sarah Prager's home with her wife Liz. Awesome pizza was had, though I may have gotten bit by some chiggers on my way out! Photo: Faith Cheltenham
Many thanks to Gautam Raghavan, White House Office of Public Engagement for the invitation.

Additional thanks to the Board of BiNet USA, The Bisexual Resource Center, The Bisexual Organizing Project, and The NY Area Bisexual Network for sharing the photos widely and cheering me on virtually.

Much love,
Faith Cheltenham, BiNet USA President

P.S.
I was *really nervous* standing up there on stage! I just kept saying to myself "Don't start a freaking international incident by accidentally putting up bunny ears on the President" and "For the love of Goddess don't do anything that will become a meme!" Well I did end up in a meme after all. Just the first second thankfully.