Tuesday, April 12, 2016

GLAAD releases new guide for reporting on bisexual community

GLAAD, in partnership with BiNet USABisexual Organizing Project, and the Bisexual Resource Center has released In Focus: Reporting on the Bisexual Community, a resource guide to equip journalists and media experts to accurately and effectively report on the bisexual community, its experiences, and the important issues bi people face.

"Bisexual people have been at the forefront of LGBT rights throughout history, but are still too often left out of the conversation," said Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President and CEO. "This guide will serve as a powerful tool to combat harmful stereotypes, misconceptions, and erasure of bi people in the media."

"How bisexuality is portrayed in the media has tangible consequences on bi people's day-to-day experiences," said Alexandra Bolles, Programs Strategist at GLAAD. "Empowering the media to represent the bisexual community, its challenges, and its achievements in many dimensions is an invaluable and necessary step in shifting the cultural narrative towards bi visibility and, ultimately, full acceptance."

BiNet USA President Faith Cheltenham remarked, "The release of the 2016 GLAAD Bi Media Guide marks a critical moment in the movement to save bisexual lives. It's an essential read for anyone who supports LGBT equality because there is a B in LGBT! A guide like this works to turn the tide on the deep disparities bi people face, in favor of a world that openly accepts them as they are, for who they are."

You can learn more about bisexuality at glaad.org/bisexual, and check out the full guide here.

Many of the people who contributed to BiNet's work on the guide are also listed in the guide's acknowledgements! Thank you again!