Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Announcement: Welcome our BiNet USA New Board Members

BiNet USA is Proud to Announce Its Newest Board Members
Join us in welcoming…

Beth Sherouse
Photo Credit: G. Beth Sherouse
[Image description: Beth Sherouse and Faith Cheltenham at HRC Event for #biweek 2015]

G. Elizabeth (Beth) Sherouse, Ph.D. (she/her/hers) is an academic and social justice advocate from Atlanta, GA. She currently works as the Senior Content Manager for the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Before coming to HRC, she was an adjunct professor of U.S. and African-American History at the University of South Carolina, where she completed her graduate work. Her career in LGBTQ advocacy began as an undergraduate, when she cofounded Mercer University’s first officially recognized LGBTQ student group, which later led the Georgia Baptist Convention to sever its 173-year ties with the university. As a graduate student, she volunteered with progressive campaigns and organizations in South Carolina including South Carolina Equality and the SC Progressive Network. Dr. Sherouse holds a B.A. in History and Southern Studies from Mercer University (2006), and both an M.A. (2008) and Ph.D. (2013) in U.S. and African American History from the University of South Carolina.

Zeam Porter
Photo credit: Geena Rocero, Founder “Gender Proud
[Image Description; Zeam Porter standing in front of Trans Queer Youth Artwork]

Zeam Porter (they/them/theirs) is an 18 year old bi, pan and trans femme non binary person of color. Zeam first came to the public eye when they gave an incredibly moving speech in December 2014 on how the state of Minnesota could best accommodate trans student-athletes. That testimony led to more appearances and opportunities for them to share their story including an appearance on Geena Rocero’s digital series Beautiful as I Want to Be with none other than Caitlyn Jenner who introduced Zeam to Matt Barnes, an NBA player with the Memphis Grizzlies.
Zeam is also an accomplished artist and will graduate soon from The Blake School.

Watch Zeam and their dad meet Caitlyn Jenner:
[Zeam Porter and Caitlyn Jenner from the premiere episode of Beautiful As I Want To Be.]

Brian J. Ellicott
Photo Credit: Bryan J. Ellicott
[Image Description; Bryan seated at an event]

Bryan J. Ellicott serves as Government Affairs Chair on the Staten Island PrideFest Committee and Spectrum Chair. He works at The Door as a Supervisor for Runaway Homeless Youth Drop-In Services. The Door is where Bryan empowers younger people to reach their potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment. Bryan does that by facilitating groups and doing street outreach to NYC most vulnerable population our Runaway Homeless Youth.
Bryan J. Ellicott is a born and raised Staten Islander from Great Kills. He attended all New York City public schools in Staten Island, as well as graduated from City University of New York College of Staten Island. He is active in New York City politics and activism. He works for the equal rights and protections of the transgender community in New York City and across New York State. He is an executive board member of both SIDA (Staten Island Democratic Association and SDNYC (Stonewall Democrats of New York City). He was recently asked to join the Democratic National Committee's LGBT Advisory Board.
When he isn’t working on Staten Island PrideFest, on a political campaign or legislative issue, Bryan can be found in drinking iced coffee at Starbucks and writing his memoir or researching various topics of interest online.

Katy Butler

Photo Credit: Katy Butler
[Image Description: Headshot of Katy Butler in a hat]

Katy Butler is a recognized activist on the issues of bullying, LGBT topics, privilege and oppression, and diversity. Katy earned a B.A. in Sociology and Women’s Studies from the The George Washington University and she is currently finishing her Master’s in Education from The University of Illinois, Urbana. Katy has worked with GLAAD, The Bully Project, Equality Michigan, HRC and now is working in pediatrics on a project to help pediatricians better prevent bullying. She also petitioned the MPAA to change the rating of the inspirational film Bully from R to PG13 so kids around the country could watch this incredible film and start a conversation about bullying in their communities. Katy has appeared on Ellen, Anderson Cooper, CNN, Fox, MSNBS, in the New York Times, Daily Beast, Huffington Post and more.

As a speaker, she connects with her audience on a personal level and inspires others to join her in working for a world with no injustice through dialogue and activities on various difficult issues. Katy’s passion to create change comes from her experience with bullying and she shares that passion through her programing.

We salute AJ Walkley, Patrick Richards Fink, and Peter Ruggiero as they step down from the board at this time. We commend past, present and future board members for their dedicated service as volunteer activists for the bisexual+ community.