BiNet USA Statement On What’s Next After Marriage Equality
by BiNet USA board members Aud Traher and Faith Cheltenham
Marriage equality represents a culture shift, one we have all fought long and hard for. BiNet USA recognizes bisexual activists like Lindasusan Ulrich and Emily Drennan (below) who were arrested in their wedding dresses on the steps of San Francisco’s City Hall 10 years ago. We congratulate bi+ icon Robyn Ochs and her wife Peg Preble on being the first couple to legally wed in the state of Massachusetts 11 years ago.
|Lindasusan Ulrich and wife Emily Drennan with their wedding dresses on display at GLBT History Museum in SF|
Now that we've won marriage, we need immediate and concrete support for bisexual community issues like domestic violence, rape/sexual assault, poor health, poverty and suicidality. In just the past 3 months, we have lost at least 4 bi, pan, fluid or otherwise bisexuality-oriented teens to suicide in the United States.
Blake Brockington, Black Pan and Trans. Homecoming King.
18 years old as of March 23rd, 2015.
Taylor Alesana, Bi and Trans. Makeup guru and Youtube star.
16 years old as of April 2nd, 2015.
12 years old as of April 9th, 2015.
Adam Kizer, bisexual guitar rock god.
16 years old as of May 30th, 2015.
The youngest teen to die? 12 years old. Half were transgender identified, and since 46% of trans people and 46% of bi people report seriously thinking about suicide, we know the future feels bleak to people who are trans and/or gender nonconforming and bi.
We must do something to save the future for bisexuals, because marriage equality won't mean much if half the population it can serve are dead.
To learn more about bisexual health, safety and security disparities, check out The Movement Advancement Project report "Understanding Issues Facing Bisexual Americans"
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