Friday, May 12, 2017

BiNet USA Op-Ed: #BiQuestionsTrump

BiNet USA Op-Ed: #BiQuestionsTrump
By BiNet USA Vice President Faith Cheltenham


If I could ask President Donald Trump something (and there was evidence my vagina and dignity would survive), I’d ask:

And



Honestly? As a bisexual person of color, I have many questions for President Trump. And, I have questions for the bi+ community and our allies too––questions about who we are, what we stand for, how we’re surviving, and how we can hold each other, our leadership, and the President accountable.


Are you, like me, terrified for the present and futures of bi+ youth, trans youth, people of color (POC) youth, and bi+ trans POC youth? For all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual people?


Are you seriously worried about the health of all your body parts, especially your heart? Since we so know how to get it from both sides? Have you contributed your story to acaworks.org? Doing so made me feel better, you might also try it.


Image of rainbow paint with these words: Kudos to the dramers, the fighters, rule breakers and boundary makers. Keep on letter writers! Keep strong and carry on. Image Credit: BiNet USA



Do you fear for your own safety? Do you close your eyes when a person you've never met gets close, almost too close, but not *that* close? Do you feel a bit triggered, especially upon realizing you're in for 4-8 years of deplorability, depending on good behavior?


If you are a person of color, has the increase in racism, both conservative and liberal, really been a lot to handle? If you are a bi+ person who considers themselves an ally to people of color (POC), have you struggled with your desire to do better in identifying and working to dismantle white supremacy?


Is mainstream and LGBT media amplifying misinformation about bisexual people when they incorrectly report on bi+ celebs like Mel B, Angelina Jolie and Amber Heard and their very real experiences of violence? Is it that better or worse than when they neglect to report on our experiences at all?

Image of fireworks meets a dandelion with the words Personal and political threats to our bodies are something #bisexuals are used to. We are also familiar with Fighting. The. Fuck. Back. Image Credit: BiNet USA


Once again, is our collective experience being used to sell records and films, to generate donations to organizations, and be silently consumed without a single whisper of “our letter” or an acknowledgment of our very existence?


Is 2017 much like 2007 for bisexuals? Or 1997? Or 1987?

While things are different today, it can feel like the terror, grief, and rage are as real now as they were then, or as real as it's always been. The threat of bisexuals being erased and forgotten from media narratives surrounding our own trauma remains relevant. The confusion of which way to go or which way to march remains. Luckily, bisexuals are still the ones who can go more than one way.


Kudos to the dreamers, the fighters, rule breakers and boundary makers. Keep on letter writers! Keep strong and carry on.


Image of rainbow paint with these words: Kudos to the dramers, the fighters, rule breakers and boundary makers. Keep on letter writers! Keep strong and carry on. Image Credit: BiNet USA



Personal and political threats to our bodies are something #bisexuals are used to.

We are also familiar with Fighting. The. Fuck. Back.

One of the ways I do that is by “bisexually questioning” the truths provided to me. I think if we approach most problems with the "bisexual intersectional" in mind, it makes it harder to sit back and do nothing.

So I’m gonna go ask President Trump some of my bi questions via Twitter, I hear he's on there! I encourage you to do the same using the hashtag #BiQuestionsTrump.



Many thanks to BiNet USA President Lynnette McFadzen and BiNet USA Secretary Beth Sherouse for their assistance with this campaign and supporting materials.