BiNet USA VP Faith Cheltenham and BiNet USA co-founder Robyn Ochs with Latinx bi, pan, and queer actor/advocate Sara Ramirez
Thanks for sharing bisexual #givingtuesday images, memes, emails, tweets and posts far and wide this year in support of bi advocacy! Here's a few more to share featuring some of BiNet USA's best bi moments, and some of our historical figures, most outspoken advocates and closest accomplices.
This year's original BiNet USA artwork for #GivingTuesday
is courtesy of Nerdscarf (they/them).
$24,000 in four days of crowdfunding! Fresh off of a screening at the BECAUSE Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota, where they launched the crowdfunding campaign, the team of H. Sharif “Herukhuti” Williams and David J. Cork have raised $24,000 in four days for their documentary filmproject,NoHomo|NoHetero:SexualFluidityandManhoodinBlackAmerica.
BiUs Entertainment (BiUS) and the Center for Culture, Sexuality, and Spirituality (CCSS) are producing the historic documentary on Black bisexual men. The film is being co-directed by Cork, co-founder and chief creative officer of BiUS, and founder and Dr. Herukhuti, chief erotics officerofCCSS.
The directorial team started filming this fall and have produced a work in progress trailer that is being screened at festivals and conferences. BiNet USA, Faith Cheltenham (yesblackpeople.com), National Black Justice Coalition, and Human Rights Campaign
Foundation helped finance the production of the trailer, which was a fellowship project Dr. HerukhuticompletedatThirdWorldNewsreel’sproductionworkshop.
On Saturday, November 11th, they launched a crowdfunding campaign at https://igg.me/at/NoHomoNoHetero (Indiegogo) to finance the next phase of production, which will include filming bisexual men, their partners, and bisexual experts in Los Angeles, Atlanta, and New York City. The following organizations have already pledged support: BiNet USA,
No Homo | No Hetero will explore the complexities, challenges, and beauty of being Black, bisexual and male in the United States. Through interviews, performance art, and archival footage, the feature-length, experimental docu-poem invites the audience to explore the politics of living and loving authentically at the contentious intersection of racism, biphobia, and toxic masculinity.
H. Sharif “Herukhuti” Williams, PhD, MEd, a longtime activist, educator, scholar, and artist, was one of the co-organizers of the 2015 White House Bisexual Community Policy Briefings. His anthology, Recognize:TheVoicesofBisexualMen was a five-time, Bisexual Book Awards winner and Lambda Literary Awards Finalist. David J. Cork, actor, director, and writer, is the co-founder and chief creative officer of BiUSEntertainment, a production company dedicated to providing content that showcases underrepresented minorities. His work on the hit web series,
Call to action via @Out2Enroll Hi folks - as always, thanks for everything you're doing! Busy, busy day on Graham-Cassidy - here's where we are:
The only true current "no" vote is Sen. McCain.Sens. Paul and Cruz have said they'd vote no but they're actively negotiating to get more out of the bill, and we shouldn't count on them to save the day. We still haven't heard a "no" confirmation from Sens. Collins or Murkowski - signs indicate that Collins will vote no but we need to shore up her and Murkowski to get them to publicly commit to voting against the bill, especially as they're targeted with sweeteners. It's not over until it's over!
The Graham-Cassidy bill was rewritten overnight...to beeven worse.Because of course it was. The bill sponsorsrewroteparts of the bill last night to sweeten the pot for Alaska, Arizona, Kentucky, and Maine (to appeal to moderate senators + Paul)ANDmake it easier for states to waive consumer protections for people with preexisting conditions (to appeal to conservatives). The bill was already worse than prior repeal bills - and now it's worse than ever.
A vote is expected as early asWednesday. As of this email, we're still waiting on a skinny CBO score (just budget, no estimates on coverage losses or effect on premiums), and the Senate Finance Committee held ahearingtoday, with our amazing friends at ADAPT leading the protest. Sen. Strange is not expected to be back from Alabama untilWednesdayso we don't expect a vote before then. As of now, Republicans in the Senate must pass a bill bySeptember 30thto keep the ability to do so by a 50-vote margin. So this is the week: expect a vote betweenWednesdayandSaturday.
I know we're all exhausted with this fight but we've got to keep it up untilOctober 1st- and here are some updated resources to help you keep doing just that. You can always use the SEIU call-in number (1-866-426-2631) and these hashtags (#KilltheBill #VoteNo #ProtectOurCare). Lots of options so please take your pick:
National HIV Call-In Daytomorrow.Our friends at AIDS United have organized this day of action fortomorrow(shareables and sample social media posts attached). Ask your networks to call using 1-866-246-9371. The goal is to get at least2,000 callsin bySeptember 26th- as of earlier today, there were only 47 calls. The number of callers is still way too low and we need to keep pushing for this one last week!
1.4 million adults with disabilities would lose Medicaid under Graham-Cassidy.Show some solidarity with our friends at ADAPT (who showed up at the Senate Finance hearing) by highlightingCAP's new dataon the impact of the bill on people with disabilities. Sample tweet below or retweetthisorthis:
NEW: At least 1.4 MILLION working-age people with disabilities would lose Medicaid under #GrahamCassidy https://t.co/CaxIfy7Zx0
Find an event here, even one for today! See what's happening in your area on the Families USA eventtracker. If you're in DC, join the Speak Out Rally hosted by Save My Care (and many other partners) - it'stomorrowat3pm ET, area 9 at the Capitol.
Overall, we've got to keep making noise and keep the pressure up untilSeptember 30th. After that, we'll turn back to our regularly scheduled open enrollment programming - so please stay tuned for that!
Thanks for everything you're doing (truly!) and keep it up!