Monday, June 06, 2016

Bi WeHo City Council Event, June 9th 2016

Bi+ WeHo City Council Event
​Thursday June 9th, 2016
7 PM - 9 PM

West Hollywood Library - Community Room
625 N. San Vicente Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Parking can be found in the 5 story structure with the elephant painted on the side. 
Parking there will be validated.

We will be showing up to request the creation of a Bisexual Advisory Board for the City of West Hollywood and we want them to see the depth and diversity of our community. There is currently a Gay and Lesbian Advisory Board and a Transgender Advisory Board but no Bisexual Advisory Board! 

We need an advisory board that can focus on "bisexual specific" issues like 61% of bi women experiencing violence in their relationships nationwide and 35% of bi men reporting they had seriously considered or attempted suicide. Learn more about how domestic violence, poorer mental health and sexual violence affect bi communities.


PLANNING TO JOIN US? RSVP on the LA Bi Task Force Facebook event page or on amBi's Meetup event page. Thank you LA Bi Task Force and amBi! 

Please bring your flags, buttons, or bi/pan/fluid pride gear so they know who we are! Partners, families and allies welcome! We will have pride gear for those who have none!



CAN'T JOIN US? Participate digitally by tweeting @WeHoCity and using the tag #DontForgetTheB!





BACKGROUND
Back in Nov 2015, the West Hollywood Gay and Lesbian board considered adding bisexual to their name or creating a bisexual advisory board but did not do so (see the publicly available minutes below). We're showing up in person to ask again! 


We'll be bringing copies of LA Bi Task Force's bisexual needs assessment for Greater Los Angeles as well as copies of the Movement Advancement Project report Understanding Issues Facing Bisexual Americans for the current advisory board. 

Join The LA Bi Task Force, amBi, and BiNet USA President Faith Cheltenham at Thursday's City of West Hollywood Gay and Lesbian Advisory Board meeting at the West Hollywood Library community room! 6/9/16 7-9pm Learn more/RSVP: bit.ly/DontForgetTheBWeho #DontForgetTheB Photo Caption: A medium skinned masculine person squishes up their face, appalled. The image reads: EXCERPTS FROM THAT TIME THE CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD TRIED TO DO BI INCLUSION "…said members were appointed to represent their particular identity as gay or lesbian, and that he didn’t want to presume to speak on someone else’s identity.“ #DontForgetTheB @CityWeho (on top of bi pride flag background) 11/12/15, City of West Hollywood Gay and Lesbian Advisory Board Minutes (http://www.weho.org/city-hall/download-documents/-folder-574)
A photo posted by @thefayth on


READ THE MINUTES
Minutes from the City of West Hollywood Gay and Lesbian Advisory Board meetings suggest a great need for education about bisexual communities as the minutes reflect the all too common bisexual micro aggressions, bisexual erasure and biphobia found in LGBT communities:
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2015 
MINUTES 
LESBIAN AND GAY ADVISORY BOARD  
CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD  
NEW BUSINESS
A.
CONSIDERATION OF INCLUDING " BISEXUAL" IN THE NAME AND MISSION
OF THE LESBIAN AND GAY ADVISORY BOARD 
Public Comment: Nir Zilberman spoke in favor of adding `bisexual' to the Board' s name and mission, saying that there should be one board for all LGBT together, and that by excluding bisexuals we are taking their pride away from them. 
Public Comment: Jimmy Palmieri, Human Services Commission, said that this is a Gay and Lesbian advisory board, and the Transgender Advisory Board was formed to make educated decisions on transgender subjects. He said if bisexual people want to have their own board, the City should do that, but that it would not be serving bisexual people well to have their issues combined with others. 
Board Discussion: Board Members discussed pros and cons of adding the term 'bisexual' to the name and mission of this board. Beth Bishop spoke against having a separate board, because younger people are moving toward not defining themselves in these ways, and we need to have one larger board. Lucas John said he didn't support this proposal at this time. James Duke Mason said whatever action the Board takes should be moving toward greater inclusiveness, and that the Board could ask the City Council to begin a Bisexual Task Force. Marquita Thomas said that the Board is barely able to get through the agenda it already has, without adding an additional subject. 
James Duke Mason moved to ask the City Council to consider whether there is a need to form a Bisexual Task Force to do a needs assessment of the bisexual community. Ruth Tithe said she supports the idea of asking the City Council to consider a Bisexual Task Force, but that she had joined a Lesbian and Gay board. Matt Palazzolo suggested that Board Members talk to their own Councilmembers to see if there is a need for this in the community, and if so, to possibly come back with it in the future. Beth Bishop said the Board spends a large majority of its time on gay issues, and that people of all orientations might be better served by having one large board. Robert Oliver said members were appointed to represent their particular identity as gay or lesbian, and that he didn't want to presume to speak on someone else's identity. He seconded the motion by James Duke Mason.
Public Comment: James Wen, chair of Transgender Advisory Board, said that we are moving toward having one voice as a community, and would like to help people form an LGBT task force, seeing the changing nature of the community.The motion was approved 9 to 1, with Lucas John voting no. 
B.
AIDS WATCH
Public Comment:
1. Nir Zilberman expressed strong disagreement with remarks by some
members of the Board during the previous item.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2016  
MINUTES 
LESBIAN AND GAY ADVISORY BOARD 
CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD 
Nir Zilberman said he met with the City Manager and Mayor ProTern Meister today. He said three main concerns for him are bringing gay and lesbian homeless to the attention of the community, bringing back consideration of including bisexuality as a topic for the board, and making sure that homeless people are understood as individuals, instead of assuming that all are alike.
All minutes: http://www.weho.org/city-hall/download-documents/-folder-574


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