Thursday, December 10, 2015

A brief history of The Atlantic's biphobia

Suggest bi story ideas and panelists to @TheAtlantic and use #bijack and #AtlanticLGBT to help send a message that the B in LGBT should always be included in the "unfinished business" of the LGBT community.

Don't forget to join us all day tomorrow as we #bijack the #AtlanticLGBT summit on the unfinished business of the LGBT community. They always seem to forget about us, let's help them remember the B in LGBT. Follow @BiNetUSA on Twitter!

A brief history of The Atlantic's biphobia

Articles discussing LGBT experiences without referencing the data, stories or experiences of bisexual people while also frequently ignoring the fact that bi people suffer higher rates of disparity than their gay, lesbian and straight counterparts (8):

Articles that ignore the fact that the majority of people in the article are bisexual identified (5):

Articles that use biphobic slurs (1):
Articles that refers to bisexual people, solely in reference to sex acts (2):

Articles that use gay to refer to LGBT people and/or uses misorientation to erase a bi person's bisexual identity (3):

Article that fails to identify bi people as bi people like Queen's Freddie Mercury (1):

Articles whether the author utilized bisexually erasive language to refer to the LGBT community, even though they were interviewing self identified bisexual individuals (3):

Andrew Sullivan (@sullydish), long running biphobe and historic trope and stereotype slinger of the bi community, just doing his thing (10):

Articles where the really great writer, Ta-Nehisi Coates (@tanehisicoates), engages in bisexual erasure and ignores the impact of biphobia, often with #callousdisregard  (3):

Articles that refer to bisexuals as inanimate objects (1):

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Bijack With Us - Unfinished Business: The Atlantic's LGBT Summit

Help @BiNetUSA #bijack The Atlantic's Unfinished Business LGBT Summit, all you have to do is tag bi inclusive content with the hashtag #AtlanticLGBT and/or #bijack. Let's let them know there is a thriving bi, pan, fluid, queer (bi+) community that deserves an apology from The Atlantic for it's long history of bisexual erasure and biphobia.


It's extremely disappointing to see an The Atlantic Magazine event on "LGBT Unfinished Business" choose not to feature bi experts or community advocates. The most well-know bi person featured at the summit is not an expert on the bi community and once famously  said that she chooses not to "pull out the 'bisexual' word because nobody likes the bisexuals".

Then again, Cynthia Nixon is on a panel about a lesbian one woman show, so lucky us?

We're not surprised though, bi advocates have consistently tried to get inclusion of bi voices, bi stories and bi community from The Atlantic to no avail. And people ask us why we have to protest the LGBT community all the time?!

We lost another kid recently, a member of the bi, pan, fluid, queer (bi+) community took her own life, on the heels of multiple deaths by suicide that our community continues to weather. What else do we expect when nearly 50 percent of bi people think seriously about suicide and only 5 percent of bi+ youth reported being happy in the Human Rights Campaign's Bi Youth Report?

They certainly can't trust The Atlantic for life saving, sustaining, affirming, relevant, and intentionally bisexuality aware reporting. The refusal by media to amplify, or at times even acknowledge, the lives, realities, and experiences of the bisexual community, which includes over 30 different bisexuality related identities, is murdering our kids.


Many of us have begun to advocate that our community vocally disrupt bi erasure at public or private events with "bi-sex-u-al" chants or with bi+ American Sign Language and handmade signs. We believe biphobia must be actively confronted, especially when it takes the harmful form of bisexual erasure.



Alicia's American Sign Language Dictionary image explaining ASL signs for Queer and Bisexual.
Photo Credit: Mq. & Mrs. Tumblr, mqandmrs.tumblr.com/


If a speech, panel or session, gives the strong impression there is no bisexual community, it's bi erasure.


If a speaker refers to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community concerns without referencing bisexual stats like 61% of bi women and 37% of bi men having experienced domestic violence OR 42% percent of bi women reporting they've been raped OR nearly 50% of bi people reporting they've seriously considered or attempted suicide, it's bi erasure. 

If there isn't a single person at a conference to speak in an expert way to the work THEY DO to save lives and keep them safe in the bi+ community, it's bi erasure.

If there's not someone who is proud to speak to their own resiliency and that of their community, it's bi erasure. 

"Bi+ organizers make an incredible difference. Yesterday was an incredible roller coaster for many bi/pan/omni/poly/queer people as headlines rang out "gay marriage" was legalized and statements from the White House overlooked bisexuals.   While I, as a bi-identified person, was thrilled about getting one step closer to dignity for all Americans, I felt the all too familiar pain of bi-erasure. Bi+ folks have been fighting and organizing and suffering and celebrating through this all, too.  Thanks to everyone who worked to turn headlines towards "same-sex" marriage. Thanks to those who sent response to the White House. Thanks to those working in the White House for responding. Thanks to my colleagues who listened to the concerns of bisexuals yesterday and heard why it was a hard day for many of us."  - Mary Hoelscher, MN, bisexualorganizingproject.org - 6/27/15
Quote from Mary Hoelscher from Minnesota's Bisexual Organizing Project, on the stress and strain of bi erasure in the time of marriage equality. 


In the better news column, there are multiple trans community experts on panels at The Atlantic's Unfinished Business conference, so the T will not be silent. We are thrilled that bi+ trans advocate Hayden Mora (@haydenlmora) is on a panel and we love that Casa Ruby's pan, trans and Latina founder, Ruby Corado (@CasaRubyDC), is also speaking on a panel. And we appreciate that there is a whole session devoted to the story of Nicole, a trans kid who will appear by Skype.

Nowhere near enough trans content, but at least it's not the slap in the face and a literal kick in the teeth that this event is for the bisexual community. Luckily we bisexuals have other options than just staying silent!

JOIN US ON TWITTER TOMORROW by following @BiNetUSA and the hashtags #bijack and #AtlanticLGBT. 

Let them know you're sick of @TheAtlantic magazine's bi erasure and biphobia. Let's all send a clear message that the B is here to stay!


Out of over 300 TheAtlantic.com articles with the word bisexual in them, only a few speak to bisexual community concerns. More frequently they focus on bi strippers, lying congresspeople, promoting harmful bisexual tropes and stereotypes and erasing the lived narrative of bi+ people.

In fact, only 2 articles discuss bi+ people with concern for their well-being, but only on TV.

A third article celebrates Oregon's Kate Brown becoming the first bisexual governor

We get it, we're good for sex and watching on TV, and you're not too bummed about us governing, but you still have trouble saying our name @TheAtlantic, and it's a problem.

READ NEXT: A brief history of The Atlantic's biphobia






Monday, November 30, 2015

Bisexual and HIV Activist Khafre K. Abif honored with the 2015 POZ 100

 We congratulate Khafre on being POZ 100 Honoree for his continued work in the fight against HIV/AIDS

 HRC #biweek Event



At #biweek White House Public Policy Briefing

"I am so honored and truly humbled to be recognized with the other 99 in the 2015 POZ 100, long-term survivors for my work in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Most often I feel as if no one is hearing or seeing my work. I am grateful someone thought enough of me to nominate me, and the staff at POZ magazine to select me. There are many voices at the local, region and national level in this fight and for me be honored in this way provides me with more fuel to continue pushing, writing, speaking, sharing and reaching out to those living with HIV/AIDS and into communities most heavily impacted by this pandemic.
I must say that living with HIV for 26 years has taught me a great deal, the losses for me have also been great, but ultimately the reward has allowed the God I serve to use me as He sees fit. He found a space for this self-identified Bisexual African American HIV positive man to have and raise children, and use his passion and commitment to AIDS & LGBTQ activism, writing, editing, and blogging to find voice and encourage others to find their own voice.
What is missing from the piece, because each needed to be so short, is that I have a child born of my DNA, a nature birth with his mother and him remaining negative, the fact that I am currently in a fifteen years relationship with my female partner who also remains HIV negative, and the acknowledgement that I most likely contacted HIV from the unprotected sex I had with men because I self-identify as a Bisexual man."
Khafre K. Abif



"The stories people tell have a way of taking care of them. If stories come to you, care for them.”

Friday, November 20, 2015

Not One More : Transgender Day of Remembrance 2015

    About a week ago a petition appeared on change.org, asking that the largest LGBT (Lesbian,Gay,Bisexual, and Transgender ) organizations, such as HRC, The Task Force, and others drop the T, and stop fighting for transgender causes. The petition quickly went viral, spawning a thankfully much more successful counter and statements from the organization's that their commitment to trans rights remained.
   This Transgender Day of Remembrance, we as a community need to remember those on whose shoulders we stand and who paved the way for so many of this movements immense success. We would not have the nationwide success of marriage equality if it were not for the bravery, tenacity, and sacrifices of so many.     We have also lost so many this year, predominantly trans women of color. Petitions like the aforementioned are simply a small symptom, a tiny sneeze, representative of the disease of transphobia, and especially transmisogynoir that is often at the root of the deaths of so many.
   Though the overall movement, including trans rights, has made great strides recently it is still not enough. One death is too much.     On this TDOR we all need to firmly commit ourselves to fighting transphobia and transmisogynoir wherever we find it. Transphobia, and transphobic acts, even “harmless” ones like petitions or jokes in media are absolutely acts of violence. They are acts of terrorism against trans people. Terror and violence that combine with other forces like racism, police brutality and white cis hetero patriarchy to serve one end, the death of trans individuals.
   Every single member of the LGBQ community must pledge that even one death is too much. That next year we will have a shorter list to read out. We have the power, especially the cis white members, of this community, to make a difference.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

BiNet USA Meets US Women's Soccer Team at the White House

Obama Honors US Women's Soccer Team on their 2015 FIFA World Cup
October 27th, 2015 

BiNet USA thanks Chong Moua for her reporting on the White House event honoring the US Women's Soccer team for BiNet USA's blog. Here's the exclusive photos and report! 

Photo Caption: BiNet USA blogger Chong Moua in front of the White House. 
Photo Credit: BiNet USA/Chong Moua


Being in the White House was an amazing experience! That day was a celebration and there was an energy and buzz in the air. It was amazing to see so many young kids attending this event with their parents and to see women and girl athletes be celebrated. It was also really cool that while waiting in line, I bumped into Rea Carey from the National LGBTQ Task Force. We got the chance to chat a bit about the excitement for Creating Change 2016.

  Photo Caption: The US Womens Soccer Team's Gift to Obama -- his own jersey! 
Photo Credit: BiNet USA/Chong Moua


As you can imagine, time was limited and lines were long. I had the opportunity to grab a quick photo with Abby Wambach, 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion and 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year.

Photo Caption: Chong Moua with the World Famous, Abby Wambach -- FIFA Women's World Cup Champion and 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year! — in the fair land o' The White House.
Photo Credit: BiNet USA/Chong Moua


Photo Caption: The brave young lady who wrote to the President and First Lady that women and girl athletes can be just as good as boys, if not better.
Photo Credit: BiNet USA/Chong Moua

 I had a couple favorite moments: 
1) Seeing a young girl step up to the podium to read the letter she wrote to the President and First Lady after her brother told her she couldn’t play sports as good as boys.  The letter shared how she believed girls could do anything just as good as boys, if not better. And how she was so proud that the US Women’s Soccer Team won this year’s FIFA Championship. The President said, “Playing like a girl means you’re a badass.”
 
 Photo Caption: Abby Wambach speaking to the press outside White House
Photo Credit: BiNet USA/Chong Moua

 2) Hearing Obama acknowledge Abby Wambach’s celebratory kiss with her wife while draped in an American Flag – “Showing us all how far we’ve come – On and off the field”
It was also really great to hear about the US Women’s Soccer Team’s national #SheBelieves Initiative, a campaign and message developed by the players that young girls can accomplish their goals and dreams ---- I feel this is such an important message, especially in a femme-phobic society and in sports where men get more visibility and recognition.
3) Lastly, seeing the President’s departure on the Marine One Helicopter! 

Photo Caption: Chong Moua in front of Air Force One chopper on White House lawn, What a thrill!
Photo Credit: BiNet USA/Chong Moua


 Photo Caption: Chong Moua in the White House smiling.
Photo Credit: BiNet USA/Chong Moua



Thank you Chong Moua for sharing your experience with the bisexual community!


Women Rock!!!! 
Binet USA #BiVisibility #BiPride #WomenAthletes #QueerAthletes #USWomensSoccerTeam #2015FIFAWorldCup


P.S.

Follow the social movement #SheBelieves on Twitter to learn more about the U.S. Women's Soccer campaign that sends the message to young girls that they too can accomplish all their goals and dreams.

Photo Caption: U.S. Women's Soccer Player Christen Press for the #SheBelieves campaign
Photo Credit: U.S. Women's Soccer

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Bisexual Awareness Week 2015 Results Are In!


Photo: Multicolored person holding bisexual pride flag, image by Garnet.

The laptop gurus and code ladies have done their magic and the final numbers for Bisexual Awareness Week are in!

(drum roll)

199 million people reached with bisexuality related tweets during #biweek 2015!

Over 120,000 individual tweets shared over a quarter of a billion times!

In comparison, last year we saw thousands of tweets for #biweek and half a million people reached with bisexuality's most popular hashtag #bivisibilityday. So this is a huge increase in social engagement surrounding bisexuality. 

In fact, there was so much awesomeness, we had to make a video of the data and popular images of the week.


TOP HASHTAGS

 #bivisibilityday
#biweek
#bipride
#bisexualawarenessweek
#bisexualawareness
#bivisibility
#oneofus
#pansexual
#bisexuality
#biwh15
#stillbisexual
Photo: #biweek data  on Google Drive Credit: BiNet USA


Interested in doing bisexuality related social media campaigns in the future? 

Download our reports and find out the best influencers, top media and best accounts to follow for maximum exposure. All reports are providing by hashtracking.com, a leading source of Twitter data.

Our thanks to all #biweek co-partners which included:



GLAAD
Human Rights Campaign
National LGBTQ Task Force
National Center for Lesbian Rights
Movement Advancement Project
National Black Justice Coalition
Bisexual Resource Center
Bisexual Organizing Project
Center for Culture, Sexuality, and Spirituality
BiCast
Center Bi
LA LGBT Center
Los Angeles Bi Task Force
Bi Brigade
Extra special thanks to:
Zeke, Alexandra, Adriana, Brendan and everyone at GLAAD
Beth, Jay and all the awesome members of the Bi/Pan/Fluid/Queer Employee Resource Group at the Human Rights Campaign
Rea, Mark, Stacey, and everyone at the National LGBTQ Task Force
Dani, Erik, Alberto and everyone at the National Center for Lesbian Rights
Heron Greenesmith and Calla Rongerude at the Movement Advancement Project
Sharon, Isaiah and everyone at the National Black Justice Coalition
Jim, Jon, Joe, Matt and everyone at The LA LGBT Center
The Entire Bisexual Community but especially Lynnette McFadzen, Aud Traher, AJ Walkley, and the entire board of BiNet USA.
Cathy Renna and the whole Target Cue team!

And of course a national Bisexual Awareness Week would never have been possible without Sheri Atkinson and the University of California Davis LGBT Center which first launched a Bisexual Awareness Week for its students in 2008.

 

Some of the most popular images shared during #biweek are below! 

Photo: BiNet USA co-founder Robyn Ochs with GLAAD's Alexandra Bolles at the White House Bisexual Community Policy Briefing, 9/21/15. 

Photo: Bi Asian American advocate Joy Messinger (@joydelivery) holding bi pride flag 

Photo: HRC #biweek meme that says I am bisexual and I support equality. The Human Rights Campaign and GLAAD both launched new support resources for the bi, pan, fluid, queer (bi+) community during this year's Bisexual Awareness Week.

Bi advocate Laurel A McDonald (@lolo_potamus) created the hashtag #oneofus to draw attention to bi figures often erased in history. The picture of bisexual icon Freddie Mercury, lead singer of Queen, was one of the most widely shared.

Photo: Margaret Cho quote featured in GLAAD #biweek memes, see them all at www.glaad.org/biweek2015

Photo: Person holding heart that looks like glitter bi flag 

Photo: Standing in front of the White House, Dr. Lauren Beach, Esq., Dr. Herukhuti and Heron Greenesmith, Esq., the policy coordinators for the Bisexual Community Policy Briefing at the White House. 

 Photo: Large A in bi colors. Advocate.com changed its logo to bi colors for the whole week! Thanks Advocate!

 Photo: Bi and Proud meme from the National Center for Lesbian Rights. NCLR held a Twitterstorm during #biweek to spread the word about the bi community and NCLR staffer and BiNet USA board member Dani Siragusa attended the Bisexual Community Policy Briefing at the White House and wrote about her experiences here.

Photo: The Movement Advancement Project launched a new bisexual infographic, and it ended up being one of the more popular shares of the week.


Photo: Bisexual superheroes including Constantine, Catwoman, and Wonder Woman in a comic drawing. 

Photo: Camille Beredjick (@cberedjick) at GLSEN was featured in an MTV News Story about being a bi millennial

Photo: The Human Rights Campaign hosted a Bisexual Community Health and Wellness event on 9/22 with a panel featuring Theresa Sparks, bi+ trans icon and Executive Director of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and Khafra Abif, Black bisexual HIV/AIDS educator and writer.

Photo: RJ Aguiar joined Ian Harvie, Connor Manning and Kristina Wong at the LA Bi Task Force 6th annual Bi Arts Fest.

Photo: Bisexual actress Evan Rachel Wood helped kickstart #biweek with tweets centered around the Human Rights Campaign Bisexual Health Brief leading to coverage of bisexuality on Entertainment Tonight, US Magazine, People, and USA Today among others. Image Credit: BelieveOutLoud.com


Photo: Images for multiple intersections of bisexuality, pansexuality, demisexuality, asexuality, gender identity and expression were also popular during #biweek. 

Photo: This year's #biweek logo was made by the talented Nikki Roszko of Darling Media Productions

To keep up with Bisexual Awareness Week, don't forget to visit bisexualweek.com


#biweek was made possible by the generous contributions of The Arcus Foundation