Tuesday, February 28, 2017

BiNet USA is proud to announce it’s newest board members Dr. Brian Dodge and Khafre Kujichagulia Abif

BiNet USA is proud to announce it’s newest board members
Join us in welcoming…

Khafre Kujichagulia Abif
[Image: Khafre Kujichagulia Abif ]

Khafre brings a wide range of experience and talent to the board
Khafre Kujichagulia Abif, MLS is an Atlanta-based AIDS & bisexual activist, writer, editor, blogger and artist who has been thriving with HIV for 28 years.

Khafre has been honored the be selected as HIV Plus magazine one of 75 Most Amazing People Living with HIV in 2016 and by POZ magazine as one of The 2015 POZ 100: Celebrating Long-Term Survivors. Khafre was among the Bisexuals at The White House in October 2015.

Khafre has been appointed as a member of the Georgia State Advisory Committee (SAC), to the United States Office of Civil Rights, representing the State of Georgia. His appointment, announced on June 1, 2016, was approved by the Commissioners of the United States Office of Civil Rights in Washington, D.C.
Khafre is the Founder and Executive Director of Cycle for Freedom. This innovative project is a national mobilizing campaign founded in 2010 to reduce the spread of HIV among African Americans and Latino’s by confronting the three critical issues that fuel the HIV pandemic: attacking HIV-related stigma, homophobia, and lack of education.

[Image: cover of Cornbread, Fish and Collard Greens]

As an author with several publications to his credit, Khafre is the editor of the anthology, “Cornbread, Fish and Collard Greens: Prayers, Poems & Affirmations for People Living with HIV/AIDS”, a 2013 publication from AuthorHouse.

Khafre has two forthcoming works this year, Sistah’s Speak Sistah’s Speak (voices of HIV positive women) is the working title for a collection of short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, personal narratives, critical essays and visual art from women living with HIV/AIDS and Raising Kazembe: A Memoir This collection of journal letter written by an HIV positive father to his son. It chronicles the lesson of life and education, the mental and emotional health of a father who deals with isolation, stigma, mental health issues as well as how the traumas of his childhood play out in his parenting heal



Biphobia Is Hurting the Health of Bisexual People

Dr. Brian Dodge
[Image: Brian Dodge with Lynnette McFadzen at 2015 White House Bisexual Public Policy briefing]

Brian comes with a long list of experience and education and has been a very big influence in bringing forth our bisexual health concerns.

Dr. Dodge's training has focused on a variety of social and behavioral aspects of sexual health in relation to HIV/AIDS, other sexually transmitted infections (STI), and other facets of overall well-being. His research focuses on health among understudied and underserved sexual and gender minority individuals and communities. A nationally recognized expert on bisexual health, Dr. Dodge is a co-director of the Bisexual Research Collaborative on Health (BiRCH), a partnership of Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington, University of Illinois at Chicago, and The Fenway Institute. The collaborative encourages research and inspires increased awareness in improving health among bisexual individuals through the combination of academic study, an intersectional lens, and community-based advocacy.
  • Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute, PD, 2005
  • Indiana University, Ph.D., 2002
  • Indiana University, M.S., 1999
  • University of Michigan, B.A., 1995

[Image: Dr Brian Dodge in cover photo for project “Bisexual Health-Unpacking The Paradox” for John Hopkins/Bloomberg School of Public Health]

Dr. Dodge is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Health Science and Associate Director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington. He  is also appointed as a research faculty member at The Fenway Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. He is an associate editor at Archives of Sexual Behavior, has served as Chair of the HIV/AIDS Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA), And remains involved in a wide range of scientific and community-based sexual health initiatives.

[Image: Drian Dodge and his father, David Dodge, at White House 2016 Bisexual Public Policy Briefing 2016 sharing their #bistory]

Brian’s hopes and dreams for the future of BiNet USA and the bisexual+ community:
“I am thrilled to think of merging my bisexual health research activities more closely with opportunities for advocacy in bisexual communities. I have been working with BiNet USA members on a variety of initiatives over the past few years, would like to formalize these connections so that I am able to provide more time and effort directly to bisexual communities. As a member of the bisexual community, and a bisexual health researcher, I think I could bring unique skills and perspectives.I am truly committed to doing work that matters.”

BiNet USA is proud and thankful our new board members will bring a variety of talents and expertise to our organization. Welcome!!