Thursday, September 15, 2016

#biweek Story Ideas

#biweek 2016 logo, credit: Deborah Atwater/BiNet USA


#biweek Story Ideas


BISEXUALS AT HOME

  • Mixed-orientation couples’ marriages (i.e., in which one person is bisexual and the other is straight, lesbian or gay); what challenges do mixed-orientation couples face and how have they addressed them? For example, did one person face coming out to the other? Or were there external challenges, such as one person’s family not being accepting of his or her partner’s bisexuality? What are the positive ways in which partners or spouses of bisexuals have responded to learning about their bisexuality?

Bisexual Public Policy Priority: Physical/Sexual Violence
Slide from BiNet USA bisexual cultural competency training focused on sexual violence. Credit: BiNet USA.
  • Families that include bisexual parents. A July 2014 Williams Institute report indicates that of lesbian, gay and bisexual parents in the U.S., about 64% are bisexual. The report is available online here.
  • Bisexual youth: how does their experience differ from that of their lesbian, gay and straight peers, especially when their identity is not accepted or taken seriously by adults?
  • Physical/sexual violence disparities
  • The asexuality and bisexuality spectrums can cross at times. Some asexuals are aromantic and do not want romantic relationships. Others, though, may have non-sexual romantic attractions to members of the same or similar sex and/or members of different sexes. Identity words that might be used for asexual people with romantic feelings toward more than one gender include “panromantic” and “bi romantic.”


BISEXUAL COMMUNITY AND IDENTITIES

  • The role of bisexual advocates in LGBT equality throughout history whether it be the bisexual co-founder of the first gay student group, Stephen Donaldson or ABilly S. Jones-Hennin, Black LGBT Icon.
  • Examples of bi* advocates working with the greater LGBT community to effect equality
  • Bisexual erasure, biphobia and bisexual invisibility: what is it like for bisexual people to be visible in lesbian/gay and heterosexual environments?
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  • Bisexual community advocacy including the Bisexual Leadership Roundtable, BiRCH and other bisexual advocacy groups.


BISEXUAL HISTORY

  • The history of community labels and their links to the larger LGBT community. Bisexuals like Bill Beasley and Matt LeGrant who fought for the term LGBT to be used for the first time at major gay event or the "bisexual queers" of New York in 1991 who fought for the right to use the queer label. Or the emergence of terms like pomosexual, pansexual, polysexual, non-monosexual and multisexual over the past twenty-five years.

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Slide from BiNet USA bisexual cultural competency training focused on bisexual history. Credit: BiNet USA.


BISEXUALITY, RACE AND GENDER

  • The experiences of Bisexual People of Color (BiPOC) with multiple marginalized identities (e.g., racial and sexual)
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Book cover image for Recognize: the voices of bisexual men edited by Robyn Ochs and H. Sharif Williams. Photo Credit: BiResource.net
  • Bisexual people who are also transgender, genderqueer, agender, non-binary or intersex. Note that some intersex people identify as part of the LGBT community (with the longer version, LGBTQIA including an I for intersex) whereas others do not. The Intersex Initiative explains some of the reasons for this on its website. Advocates for Informed Choice is also a useful resource, and can be found at aiclegal.org.
  • Differences/similarities of experience between bisexual women and men
  • Destroying the myth of the invisibility of bisexual men


BISEXUAL PUBLIC POLICY CONCERNS

  • What are the similarities and differences in the needs of bisexuals compared to gays, lesbians and straight people? How do needs based on sexual orientation differ and overlap with needs based on gender identity? Keep in mind that there are transgender people who are gay, lesbian or bisexual as well as trans people who are straight.
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Bisexual Resource Center has designated March as Bisexual Health Awareness Month to raise awareness about bisexual health disparities. Source: Bisexual Resource Center
  • The legal challenges that bisexual people face. Heron Greenesmith addresses bisexual invisibility in the legal realm in her paper“ Drawing Bisexuality Back in the Picture,” which is available online here.
  • Health problems that disproportionately affect bisexual people
  • HIV/STI-prevention in bisexual communities; are prevention strategies and messages inclusive of bisexual men?
  • Cultural and policy advances resulting from the work of bisexual advocates
  • Mainstream attitudes about bisexuality and the degree to which they have changed over time, e.g. is there a difference in public reception for notable figures who’ve come out as bisexual recently?
  • Tools for ending biphobia (prejudice, fear or hatred directed toward bisexual people).


BISEXUALITY AROUND THE WORLD

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Book cover of Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World edited by Robyn Ochs and Sarah E. Rowley. Credit: BiResource.net
  • What is life like for bisexual people around the world? What are the national and cultural differences?
  •  What does the bisexual movement look like outside of the United States? Who are its leaders? What are the movement priorities in other countries?
  • Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World, Second Edition, edited by Robyn Ochs and Sarah Rowley, is the broadest single collection of bisexual literature available today. Getting Bi collects 220 essays from around the world that explore bisexual identity.


BISEXUAL PUBLIC FIGURES

  • June Jordan The black author and poet came out as bisexual in the 1970s. She wrote an essay called “On Bisexuality and Cultural Pluralism.”
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  • Alan Cumming Talking about his bisexuality to NPR, Cabaret star Cumming said that “sexuality in this country especially is seen as a very black and white thing, and I think we should encourage the gray.”
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  • Margaret Cho Comic and LGBT activist Cho regularly speaks publicly about being bisexual and has referenced her bisexuality in her stand-up material.
  • Anna Paquin True Blood star Paquin in 2010 made a PSA video for the Give a Damn campaign (backed by Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund). Paquin has continued to speak openly about her sexuality, including in a recent Larry King interview.
  • Travon Free Comic Travon Free, a writer for The Daily Show and a former Long Beach State basketball player, came out as bisexual in 2011. Free is featured in the forthcoming anthology, Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men.