Thursday, March 31, 2016

The LGBTQ UMass Boston Advocacy and Research Collaborative offers exersizes to deal with Heterosexism

We are a LGBTQ-affirmative research group at the University of Massachusetts Boston
"The LGBTQ UMass Boston Advocacy and Research Collaborative"
(https://www.facebook.com/UMassBostonLgbtqResearchTeam).

We have developed brief exercises to help LGBTQ people deal with experiences of heterosexism.  We are hoping you would be willing to help us, personally benefit from the exercises, and to contribute to the mental health of LGBTQ people who experience heterosexist experiences.  In addition, if they finish the questionnaires and exercises at the times below, they will receive an $80 Amazon gift card and if they participate at all they will be eligible for a raffle for a $100 gift card.

In total, the entire study should take three hours to complete across five days (about 20-30 minutes on four of the days and 45-50 minutes on one day).

The study involves completing:

*A questionnaire on the first day

*A writing exercise on each of the following three days

*A follow-up questionnaire two months later. 

The link to the survey is:   http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2582177/Initial-Page

 If you have any questions, please let us know by writing to us at UMBstudyschedule@gmail.com. This study has been approved by the University of Massachusetts Boston Institutional Review Board. If you have questions about your rights as participants, please contact the University of Massachusetts Boston IRB at orsp@umb.edu or 617-287-5370.

We really appreciate your support to better LGBTQ lives.
 
Sincerely,

Tangela Roberts, MS & Heidi Levitt, PhD

University of Massachusetts Boston

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

White House Bisexual Immigration Meeting

On March 15th, 2016 BiNet USA attended a historic meeting at the White House organized by Apphia K and Ari S. 

The meeting focused on the experiences of bisexual asylum seekers and bi immigration. 

Read the recommendations provided for the White House by Apphia K and Ari S. here.

Read more about 45 years of bi immigration at academia.edu via the excellent SAGE journal article by Ray Sin. 

Check out the Bisexual Resource Center "HOW TO BE AN ALLY TO A BISEXUAL PERSON" brochure that was provided to meeting participants.

Here are the photos!

Ari S. and Apphia K. prepared long into the night to prep their recommendations for White House staff. 
Photo Courtesy of Robyn Ochs

Robyn Ochs and Apphia K. as Apphia shares her personal experience with administration officials.
Photo courtesy of Faith Cheltenham/BiNet USA


Ari directly after finished sharing her story.
Photo courtesy of Faith Cheltenham/BiNet USA



Attendees after meeting: Stacey Long Simmons, The National LGBTQ Task Force, Isa Noylan, Transgender Law Center, Jorge Gutierrez, Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, Faith Cheltenham, BiNet USA, Eliel Cruz, Faith in America Executive Director, Ari S., Robyn Ochs, Apphia K., Aaron Morris, Immigration Equality and Sharita Gruberg, Center for American Progress.
Photo courtesy of Faith Cheltenham/BiNet USA


Attendees after meeting: Stacey Long Simmons, The National LGBTQ Task Force, Isa Noylan, Transgender Law Center, Jorge Gutierrez, Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, Faith Cheltenham, BiNet USA, Eliel Cruz, Faith in America Executive Director, Ari S., Robyn Ochs, Apphia K., Aaron Morris, Immigration Equality and Sharita Gruberg, Center for American Progress.
Photo courtesy of Faith Cheltenham/BiNet USA

Aaron Morris from Immigration Equality with Apphia K. 
Photo Courtesy of Robyn Ochs




Ari and Apphia after the meeting
Photo courtesy of Faith Cheltenham/BiNet USA

Thursday, March 24, 2016

We remember Chastity, one of our own bi leaders lost too soon

Chastity Matthews was part of the larger community of bisexual leaders and she will be greatly missed. When one of the B in LGBT is lost to us, it's critical their family and friends know they were part of a diverse and vibrant community, often hard hit by disparities that take our lives far too early.
Please donate and share widely:  GoFundMe: We need just a little more help.!




Photos of BiNet USA having fun with Chastity and other AZ bisexual community members at Netroots Nation 2015


"I met Chastity in Phoenix last year at NetRoots. She was fun, highly intelligent and completely open and honest. She was a knowledgeable and fearless activist, She will be missed."-Lynnette McFadzen



Please donate and share widely to the GoFundMe her family has set up to deal with expenses: https://www.gofundme.com/wwspzyd4
#4Chastity


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Thursday, March 03, 2016

Transgender People of Color Survey

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS

My name is Mirella Flores, and I'm a counseling psychology doctoral student at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. I am currently conducting a study regarding transgender People of Color’s sexual objectification experiences. In order to participate you must (a) self-identify as a transgender Person of Color, (b) be 18 years of age or older, (c) speak English, and (d) not be in current significant psychological distress (i.e., greater than everyday hassles).

If you are interested in participating, you will be asked to participate in an interview, lasting about 45 minutes to 1.5 hours. The interviews may take place over the phone or in person. For your participation, you will receive a $25 Visa gift-card. 
 
If you are interested in participating, please email Mirella Flores at mjflores@mail.umkc.edu
Please feel free to share this with others.This study, protocol number 15-310, has been approved by University of Missouri, Kansas City’s Institutional Review Board. If you have any concerns about your rights as a participant your concerns please call 816-235-5927Thanks for your consideration,
Mirella J. Flores
Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student
University of Missouri, Kansas City
Counseling & Educational Psychology
mjflores@mail.umkc

Pronouns: she / her / hers

BISEXUAL RESOURCE CENTER DESIGNATES MARCH AS BISEXUAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

BISEXUAL RESOURCE CENTER DESIGNATES MARCH AS BISEXUAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH




BiNet USA joins the Bisexual Resource Center (BRC) and other bisexual community advocates in celebrating the third annual Bisexual Health Awareness Month. This year’s focus is on bi+ (e.g. bisexual, fluid, no label, pansexual, queer) youth.


The third year of this social media campaign dedicated to raising awareness about the
health disparities of bisexual+ youth
 

With a focus on the unique needs and experiences of bisexual+ youth, the Bisexual Resource Center (BRC) proudly proclaims March as Bisexual Health Awareness Month (BHAM) for the third year in a row.
Image Caption: Image with hand draw heart and a hand coloring the heart in red. Image says #BHAM Bi, pan, fluid, queer (bi+) youth are more likely to be told their sexual orientation doesn't exist." #bihealthmonth. Image Credit: http://bihealthmonth.org/2016-campaign/infographics/ 

Bisexual+ youth, who encompass a diverse spectrum of sexual identities (e.g. bisexual, fluid, no label, pansexual, queer), experience higher rates of suicidality, substance use, bullying, and sexual violence compared to their gay, lesbian, and straight peers. They are also less likely to be connected with programs and services, both at school and in their local community, that can best support them.

Therefore, Bisexual Health Awareness Month aims to raise awareness about these health disparities and to promote resources and actions that can improve the health of bisexual+ youth. BHAM will work in partnership with various LGBTQIA organizations, including the Human Rights Campaign, Trevor Project, BiNet USA, and Bisexual Women of Color (BIWOC), to achieve this mission. This year’s campaign will also empower bi+ youth to share their health related experiences and needs.

“With more and more youth coming out as bi+, the need to highlight their disparities becomes more crucial every day,” said BRC Co-Presidents Heather Benjamin and Kate Estrop in a joint statement. “This year, Bisexual Health Awareness Month is providing a needed spotlight on bi+ youth to educate parents, teachers, administrators, health professionals, and other members of the LGBTQIA community on how they can help. It’s important that bi+ youth know that they are not alone, they are valued, and they have community.”

Throughout the month of March, BHAM will focus its efforts on bisexual+ youth with the following weekly themes:

March 1-4: (Statistics) A focus on current statistics and research surrounding bisexual+ youth, including mental health, sexual health, and interpersonal violence.
March 7-11: (Intersectionality) An emphasis on how race, ethnicity, gender, ability, and class can further impact social, economic, and health disparities among bisexual+ youth, particularly in regards to experiences of oppression and discrimination.
• March 14-18: (Resources) A spotlight on current resources, and the creation of new ones, that can improve the health and wellbeing of bisexual+ youth.
• March 21-25: (Action) The promotion of programs, policies, and services that can work to prevent or decrease social, economic, and health disparities among bisexual+ youth.

The third year of Bisexual Health Awareness Month launches Tuesday, March 1st on the BRC’s Twitter (with hashtags #BiHealthMonth and #BHAM), Facebook, Tumblr, newly launched blog and campaign website. The BRC invites individuals and organizations both in the United States and from around the world to become involved with this year’s campaign and to raise awareness about health disparities impacting bisexual+ youth in their own communities.

BiNet USA proud to join BRC, Trevor Project, Bisexual Women of Color,The BiCast and other community advocates to raise awareness about these critical issue.

The Bisexual Resource Center (BRC) has been advocating for bisexual visibility and raising awareness about bisexuality throughout the LGBTQIA and straight communities since 1985. The Bisexual Resource Center envisions a world where love is celebrated, regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression. Visit www.biresource.net for more information.


Action Alert: Help Defeat Anti-LGBTQ Bills in Georgia












The Georgia Legislature is dangerously close to passing a so called "First Amendment Defense Act” or #FADA. This bill would allow businesses and taxpayer funded organizations to discriminate against the LGBTQ community. It could even allow help to be denied to victims of domestic violence, or police to stop protecting religions they don’t belong to.

But YOU can help to stop it. (link to www.theNEAT.org/Georgia)

Volunteer to make calls from home with Georgia Unites and #theNEAT at www.theNEAT.org/Georgia 

Once you sign up, our partners at the National Equality Action Team (NEAT) will provide training and all the resources you need to be great! The passion you each bring to our work for equality is exactly what we need to bring to the Peach State.

Sign up today to help us move one step closer to equality and justice for all!