Saturday, April 30, 2016

On what BiNet USA uses funding for, and why we so desperately need more

Image Credit: https://confide--nemini.tumblr.com/ via Miles the Bisexual on Facebook
Image Caption: meme image by confide-nemini that says "I've read the argument that it "doesn't matter" that bi organizations get little to no funding because the money given to gay and lesbian organizations will "trickle down" to help bi people and uh, thanks gay Ronald Reagan but your shifty opinion on this isn't fucking needed while our community is suffering right now."
Tagged: #bi tumblr, #monosexism, #biphobia, #bisexuality

BiNet USA uses funding to create conferences, retreats and events for the millions of bisexuals in the U.S.

We use funding to create life sustaining and saving online resources for a community that is often isolated and kept apart from each other.

We use funding to educate the public about bisexuality and increase the cultural acceptance of bi, pan, fluid, queer (bi+) people.

We use funding to track discrimination against bi people, and help others understand how it can be similar or different to what our gay, lesbian and straight peers experience.

We use funding to influence and develop public policies on the local, state and federal level that too often leave out specific protections for bi people, most recently bi+ immigrants and asylum seekers abroad.

We use funding to create bridges with other communities bisexual+ people call home like trans*, intersex, asexual, poly, kink, and/or leather communities.

We use funding to create bisexual intersectional safe spaces for bi people of color and LGBTQIA people of color to organize in.

We use funding to help train new leaders, stay connected with them via bileaders.com and help support and incubate their work.

We use funding to train LGBT centers, organizations and service providers across the country in bisexual cultural competency so they know better how to serve the B in LGBT.

Total funding for BiNet USA to do ALL THAT in 2015 was $34k. 
With not a single PAID STAFFER. 

We do a lot with very little, but with more we could do more. Please consider donating: www.binetusa.org/donate

$34k was a huge increase from $0 the years prior, but we should be angry we are relegated to last at every funding opportunity. The image posted by Miles the Bisexual is a great example of the rage our community has at being left behind, to be beat, sexually assaulted, die of suicide or be murdered.

BiNet USA also uses funding to raise money to hospice bi people, and pay for their funerals or cremation. On many of the worst days ever for bi+ people, we are their last chance or their last stand.

We are the ones who remember and call their names till we haven't a breath left because they are not here anymore to breathe. Thinking of you Chastity, Nick, Andre, Blake, Alyssa, Mandy, Taylor, Adam, Theo, Michael, Ibrahim Baba, and too many more, may they rest in peace and power.

I think our community is ready to march, protest and take action against the funding appropriation that has plagued us. Even as funders remark on what's next and don't include us, we can make plans to help them remember.

I hope we are exploring every option to battle funding discrimination against bi+ people and I thank you for your post and others, Miles The Bisexual.

Big bi hugs,
Faith Cheltenham, BiNet USA President

Further reading:
http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/bisexual-funding_b_1178932.html

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Support the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act!

Support the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act!

Interested in supporting #RealSexEd and REHYA? Message your congresspeople!
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Sample Message

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) have introduced the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act (REHYA). This legislation would support the health and well-being of young people by providing the comprehensive sexuality education they need to lead healthy lives. This act is critical to the bisexual community because our youth already face increased rates of violence and bullying, they shouldn't have to face miseducation about their own sexuality too.

REHYA is currently cosponsored by 11 Senators and 55 Representatives. Let’s tell Congress it’s time to support comprehensive sexuality education and get more cosponsors on REHYA!

Urge your congressional delegation to support young people’s need and right comprehensive sexuality education by cosponsoring the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act.


Sample Letter to Congress

Dear XX,

The Real Education for Healthy Youth Act would establish the first-ever dedicated federal funding for comprehensive sexuality education for elementary and secondary schools, institutes of higher learning, and teacher training while ensuring that federal funds are spent on science-based, age-, and developmentally-appropriate, and medically accurate instruction.

The current federal investment in adolescent sexual health promotion programs is an important step in the right direction, but much remains to be done to strengthen, enhance, and expand these efforts. The availability and quality of sexual health information and sexuality education varies drastically across the country. Less than half of all high schools and only 20% of middle schools in the U.S. provide all of the topics identified by the CDC as critical to ensuring sexual health. The data on disparities and disproportionate burden on young people continue to highlight the need for additional resources to serve young people most in need of sexual health education.

Despite the need to equip and empower young people with the information and skills they need to lead sexually healthy lives, funds continue to be wasted on abstinence-only-until-marriage programs that inherently withhold lifesaving and affirming information from young people.

This act is critical to the bisexual community because our youth already face increased rates of violence and bullying, they shouldn't have to face miseducation about their own sexuality too.

It’s time we provide the type of quality sex ed that young people need to lead healthy lives. Please support the sexual health of young people by cosponsoring the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act!

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,


To learn more about REHYA, visit SIECUS, the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States and don't forget to join us during today's Thunderclap!


Shareable "#RealSexEd is healthy" images courtesy of BiNet USA



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.

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

Action Alert: Thunderclap for #RealSexEd!!

Join BiNet USA and others on 4/13/16 for a Thunderclap for #RealSexEd

On Friday, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) introduced the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act (REHYA), joining Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) in laying out a holistic vision for quality sex ed in the United States.




This legislation would establish the first-ever dedicated federal funds for comprehensive sexuality education for elementary and secondary schools, institutes of higher learning, and related teacher training. This act is critical to the bisexual community because our youth already face increased rates of violence and bullying, they shouldn't have to face miseducation about their own sexuality too.

Join SEICUS and BiNet USA in a Thunderclap to tell Congress, "RealSexEd is comprehensive. Support the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act! #REHYA."
 

What is Thunderclap? It’s a platform that allows us to flood Twitter and Facebook with the same message all at the same time, like an online flash mob. Just click the link above and choose either “Support with Twitter” or “Support with Facebook” – or both – and you’re all set to show your support!

Our collective message will go out on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 12:00pm (EST) if at least 250 advocates* commit to join our Thunderclap.

With nearly $2 billion still being wasted on abstinence-only-until marriage programs, Congress must do more to ensure young people get #RealSexEd, not scare-tactics and dubious science. That’s why we need to tell Congress just how critical REHYA is for the lifelong health and well-being of young people. 

Help us amplify our voices: Sign up today and spread the word!

For more information about the bill, check out SIECUS’  press release and fact sheet.

*If concerned with advocacy restrictions, remember everyone can advocate, just do so on your personal time and computer/phone!


Shareable "#RealSexEd is healthy" images courtesy of BiNet USA