Friday, June 09, 2017

Bisexual+ Platform for The Equality March 2017

The Equality March for Unity and Pride will continue to develop and grow after June 11th. One of the things still in development is the platforms. In order to give them the value they deserve they will be posted after careful and concise input from the those must affected. 

The 15 Platforms are:

Reproductive Justice
Immigration Justice
Racial Justice
Income Inequality
Disability Rights and Disability Justice
Elder Rights
Faith and Religion

The Bisexual+ Platform, however is completed and we are sharing it with everyone!!

Bisexual pride flag
The stripe colors and widths, from top to bottom, are pink (40%), purple (20%), and blue (40%

Bisexual+ Platform for Equality March

From Stonewall to the Supreme Court, the bisexual+ community has fought and worked alongside the rest of the LGBTQIA+ community; and yet we have been actively silenced, our contributions forgotten, and our identities erased. We have been asked to set aside our concerns “for the greater good,” or “for a united front.” We have sacrificed our own well-being for the cause of a movement that continues to exclude and silence us.

We will not be silenced any more.

The goal of the Equality March is for members of LGBTQIA+ communities to come together, to heal and unite. Our communities are beautifully diverse, but plagued with divisions and unexamined prejudices. In order to work effectively together, we must acknowledge and address the racism, transphobia, biphobia, classicism, ageism, ableism, and other forms of discrimination that are present within our broader community.

We can no longer allow the LGBTQIA+ community to ignore the staggering disparities we face related to violence, rape, suicide, job discrimination, and physical and mental health. Bisexual people comprise more than half the LGBTQIA+ community. Our concerns warrant research, funding, and action; and yet larger LGBT organizations and funders continue to ignore our unique issues. We will not suffer this neglect any more by those who claim to represent us.

Within the bisexual advocacy community, we are keenly aware of how our intersecting identities inform our lives and the challenges we face. Bisexual people are poor, people of color, indigenous, trans, non-binary, two spirit, agender, young, old, disabled. Whether we are bisexual, pansexual, polyamorous, ambisexual, multisexual, polysexual, queer, asexual, demisexual — indeed, however we label or do not label ourselves — we carry multiple layers of marginalization that needs addressing by the larger LGBTQIA+ community.

As such, we demand the gay and lesbian population acknowledge their contribution to biphobia and bisexual erasure and work diligently to educate themselves and others. Gay and lesbian people must support us openly and publicly, confronting biphobic stereotypes within lesbian and gay communities and organizations, and proactively working for bisexual inclusion. They must uplift our work and respect our contributions and struggles. Silence is violence.

We demand the right to live free of rape, assault, and intimate-partner violence, all of which disproportionately threaten far too many of our lives. Moreover, we demand that when a bisexual person is a victim of violence, our identity isn’t used as a justification for our own abuse.

We demand our share of research funding and community programming — and we ask that our disparities not be used to gain funding that does not explicitly include us.

We demand not only that the bisexual community have a seat at the vast and easily expanded table, but also that the trans/non-binary community be given a seat as well. We will continue fighting to insure none are left behind.

We demand accurate and inclusive reporting and representation in the media. Articles written about bisexuality and non-monosexuality must include links to bisexual resources and organizations. Nothing about us without us.

We demand our autonomy, our right to define ourselves, and the respect that our self-definition be accepted and understood. Our identities, our community, and our culture belong to us, and are not open for debate, conjecture, or dismissal. We demand an LGBTQIA+ community that acknowledges, respects, and celebrates the existence of bisexual and other non-monosexual people and works to end biphobia and bierasure.

We demand an LGBTQIA+ culture that recognizes and acknowledges our history, our culture, our activism, and our heroes, and we ask you to celebrate that with us.

Lynnette McFadzen

President, BiNet USA

Special thanks to Dr. Beth Sherouse, Dr. Loraine Hutchins, Harrie Farrow, Denise Penn and Ron Suresha for their assistance.

LGBTQ+, Disability & Deaf Platform is also complete. Find here