Friday, February 17, 2017

PFLAG honors Alexandra Bolles of GLAAD with Brenda Howard Award

Alexandra Bolles
Senior Strategist, Campaigns & External Engagement  GLAAD
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[Image: Alexandra Bolles]

What can’t this lady do? Alexandra Bolles, this year's Brenda Howard PFLAG award winner, recently became Sr. Strategist for Campaigns at GLAAD, a world leader in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy.

Bolles was nominated for the Brenda Howard award by former BiNet USA President Faith Cheltenham in part due to her work co-founding Bisexual Awareness Week, a week long celebration of #bipride and #bivisibility that usually falls around Celebrate Bisexuality Day itself on September 23rd.

Alexandra Bolles at LGBTQ Solidarity Rally in NYC
GLAAD's Alexandra Bolles gave an incredible speech about identity and the resistance at the LGBTQ Solidarity Rally in NYC Today. #WeResist

Alexandra tells the BiNet USA blog that she looks forward to doing even more for bi advocacy in her new role and spoke a bit about that while receiving her award from PFLAG Queens.

One of her first projects in her new role is the LGBT Creative Community against Anti-LGBT legislation in Texas campaign, #TXtogether.

GLAAD joined Equality Texas, The Ally Coalition, and leading artists, entertainers, and influencers, to release an open letter with more than 140 signatures opposing bills that threaten to harm the LGBTQ community in Texas, particularly transgender people in the Lone Star State.


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[Image: Alexandra Bolles standing in front of the White House screen]

As Alexandra says - "I am visible so kids do not have to work as hard to love themselves"

BiNet USA looks forward to partnering with Alexandra and GLAAD again this year to bring #biweek to all of our wonderful community!

**This year's #biweek runs from September 17th - September 23rd, 2017** 

Thanks Alexandra!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

BISEXUAL RESOURCE CENTER DESIGNATES MARCH AS BISEXUAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH



BISEXUAL RESOURCE CENTER DESIGNATES MARCH AS BISEXUAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH

Fourth year of social media campaign to highlight health disparities and spark action is focused on social health

Boston, MA – The Bisexual Resource Center (BRC) will celebrate Bisexual Health Awareness Month (BHAM) for the fourth consecutive year with the launch of a social media campaign beginning March 1st, 2017. BHAM aims to raise awareness of health disparities within the bisexual+ community and promote resources and action; this year, the campaign focuses on social health disparities and steps to build social support and resiliency. The campaign will run on the BRC’s Twitter @BRC_Central (using #BiHealthMonth and #BHAM17)FacebookTumblrblog, and campaign website. The BRC invites individuals and organizations to participate in the campaign online and within their own communities. 

Throughout the month of March, the BRC will partner with various LGBTQ+ organizations, including the BiCast, BiNetUSA, Bi Tennessee, COLAGE, GLSEN, the Movement Advancement Project, the National Coalition for LGBT Health, and the Vanderbilt Program for LGBTI Health to feature statistics, resources, and action across various spheres of social health: 

  • March 1-3Background information on social health
  • March 6-10(Friends) Social/geographic isolation, finding bi+ community, volunteer opportunities in bi+ organizations
  • March 13-17: (Family) Chosen family vs. family of origin, coming out to family, resources for family of bi+ folk 
  • March 20-24(Partners) Mixed orientation relationships, characteristics of healthy relationships, resources for healthcare providers
  • March 27-30: (Community) Showcasing bi+ experiences of community relationships, resources to improve bi+ competency in schools, workplaces, healthcare settings, etc. 

“Now more than ever, communities need to come together to offer support, stand up to injustice, and plan our continued efforts to survive and thrive,” said BRC Co-Presidents Heather Benjamin and Kate Estrop in a joint statement. “This year's Bisexual Health Awareness Month, focusing on the social health of the bi+ community, will help followers do just that. It will showcase the challenges we have with finding and forming community, and lay out the steps we can take to overcome them.”

For more information, please visit the BHAM campaign website: www.bihealthmonth.org.

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The Bisexual Resource Center (BRC) has been advocating for bisexual visibility and raising awareness about the needs of bisexual people throughout the LGBTQIA and straight communities since 1985. The BRC envisions a world where love is celebrated, regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression. 
Visit www.biresource.org for more information. 


BHAM Social Media Toolkit

Follow the Bisexual Resource Center on their various social media outlets to stay connected with BHAM campaign updates:


Join the conversation! Use the following sample Tweets/posts to begin engaging in the campaign:

  • Did you know March is Bisexual Health Awareness Month? Follow @BRC_Central for updates. #BiHealthMonth

  • This year's #BiHealthMonth is focused on Social Health. @BRC_Central will provide stats, resources, & opportunities for action during March!

  • Celebrate #BiHealthMonth with @BRC_Central by engaging with their campaign on Social Health in March!

After March 1st

  • #BiHealthMonth is here! Follow the campaign at @BRC_Central.

  • I'm celebrating #BiHealthMonth by following @BRC_Central's campaign on Social Health!

  • We're celebrating #BiHealthMonth by following @BRC_Central's campaign on Social Health!

    --

    Laura DelloStritto
    Bisexual Health Awareness Month Team Lead
    Bisexual Resource Center
    www.biresource.org

Monday, February 06, 2017

New Board Members Announcement February 2017

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

Tara Madison Avery
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(Photo: Tara at The White House Community Briefing 2017)

Tara is a Former Chair Los Angeles Bi Task Force, publisher of ALPHABET and Primahood: Magenta which feature bi creators and bi content, cartoonist of bi-themed webcomic Gooch. They also are a Board member of Prism Comics since 2012 where they work to improve bi inclusion in LGBTQAIU comics activism. They participated in bi-specific panels at San Diego Comic-Con and Queer Comics Expo. They obtained 501(c)3 status for the Los Angeles Bi Task Force and organized three Bi Arts Fests. They organized and were a part of the first bi-specific art exhibit to be show at the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Village Gallery.

Tara’s hopes and dreams for our future
“For the future of the bi+ community Tara would like to see improvement in social, economic, and civic equality for all bi+ people. It is also their wish to see the bi movement engage in broader civic engagement to support and defend threatened peoples and valuable institutions from ignorance and bigotry.”



Seth Fischer
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(Photo:Seth Fischer on stage with a mic)

Seth is a Freelance Writer/Editor and Adjunct Professor
Selected Clients and Affiliations: Antioch University Los Angeles, Writing Workshops Los Angeles, Stillhouse Press, Rare Bird Lit, Stanford Children's Hospital, and more …

A Developmental and Copy Editor for nonprofit organizations, publishing houses, and private clients. Worked for Development Department at California Academy of Sciences and Antioch University Los Angeles Curriculum Development for Antioch University Los Angeles' Nonprofit Management program Field Representative for Congresswoman Anna Eshoo MA from Syracuse University in Political Science (Public Policy focus)

List of literary Contributions-
"Notes from a Unicorn" in The Rumpus. Notable in Best American Essays 2013. Selected for Best Sex Writing 2013, Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men, and elsewhere. http://therumpus.net/2012/02/notes-from-a-unicorn/
"I'm a Bisexual Man: Why Is That So Hard For Me To Say" in Buzzfeed. https://www.buzzfeed.com/sethf7/im-a-bisexual-man-why-is-that-so-hard-for-me-to-say?utm_term=.ymzlZ1ZYp#.
"The Goblin" in Red Light Lit (print only) More upon request. Full selected publications available here: http://www.seth-fischer.com/?page_id=10

He is also on the current steering committee member, Lambda Literary LitFest 2017. (To insure Bisexual+ representation)

Seth’s hopes and dreams for our future
“I would like to help BiNetUSA become the global advocacy organization for all bi+ issues, policy conversations, leadership role model for community, local, national and global Bi+ persons both in the US and Internationally. “


Harrie Farrow
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(Photo: Harrie Farrow)

Harrie is a Freelance Writer on Bisexual Issues and Bisexual Activist. Harrie has written numerous bi.org articles, numerous Unicorn Booty Articles about bisexual issues, Presented Bisexual Mental Health Issues at BECAUSE 2016  
Other contributions include:

Harrie’s hopes and dreams for our future
“I’m especially interested in the further development and implementation (including outreach) of bisexual competency/sensitivity training/resources for groups, organizations, agencies, medical and psychiatric personnel, who interact with bisexuals – such as women’s shelters, rape crisis centers, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, clinics, LGBT non-profits, LGBT media, school systems, etc. etc. I’m also interested in the further development of comprehensive, easily accessible, data bases of everything bisexual: such as research data, studies, history, and resources – with the intent of both retaining our history, our truths, contributing to Bi-Pride, as well as making such information more available for those seeking it.”


Ron Suresha
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(Photo:Ron Suresha on stage at The White House Community Briefing 2016)

Self-employed owner of Bear Bones Books, a publishing imprint and bookseller. He also is:
~ Co-editor, Bi Men: Coming Out. ~ Editor, Bi Guys. ~ Editor, Bisexual Perspectives on the Life and Work of Alfred C. Kinsey. ~ Author, Extraordinary Adventures of Mullah Nasruddin. ~ Four-time Lambda Literary Award Finalist in Bisexual Literature. ~ Huffington Post: "Where’s the ‘B’ in National LGBTQ Organizations? The Bisexual Representation Report Card" ~ "Bi Media Lags Behind Ls, Gs and T And a former board member, Bisexual Resource Center of Boston.

Ron’s hopes and dreams for our future
“Revise the National GLBTIQA Organization Report Card on Bi Representation and publish survey results ~ Write and publish an illustrated bisexuality-themed children's book ~ Help organize a new ICB”


Cliff Arnesen
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(Photo: Cliff Arnesen in uniform)

Cliff was the former Patient Services Assistant at Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Boston. MA.
Bisexual Community Activist ; and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Heterosexual Military Veterans Advocate.

President Emeritus, New England GLBT Veterans, Inc. Boston, MA, which was dissolved on Nov. 1, 2013 after 27 years of advocacy on behalf of America’s GLBT&H military veterans.)

On May 3rd 1989, Cliff Arnesen became the first openly bisexual Veteran to testify before members of the United States Congress during formal hearings held before the U.S. House Committee on Veterans Affairs: Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations -- addressing healthcare issues relating to LGBT veterans who suffered fr0m AIDS, homelessness, Agent Orange, drug and alcohol abuse, and less-than-honorable gay and bisexual related discharges. He continues to advocate for the rights of LGBT veterans as president of  New England Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Veterans, Inc.

Subsequently, he testified on the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. He became the National Vice President of Legislative Affairs for the Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Veterans of America and the President of the New England chapter. He continues to advocate tirelessly on their behalf.


"As a bisexual in the military, there is no distinction in terms of punishment, no refuge in being bisexual. You get the same consequences; you don't get half a discharge." --Cliff Arnesen, Lesbian News, October 2001



ABilly Jones-Hennin
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(Photo: ABilly Jones-Hennin)

ABilly is retired as a public health researcher and has been involved in LGBTQ activism since the early 70s. And in civil rights activism since the 50s.

Active with DC CenterBi group (Social and Discussion group)
Co-chair with Dr Loraine Hutchins of DC AMBi (Alliance of Multicultural Bisexuals) (Political focus)
As board member of SAGE Meto DC, organized two years in a row a roll-out and recognition of Bisexual Awareness week
Was a speaker at BECAUSE Conference and have served on several panels often as the lone "out" bisexual

Past co-chair National Association of Black & White Men Together
Founding member of National Coalition of Black Lesbians & Gays
Founding member of GAMMA (Gay/Bi Married Men's Association)
Current Board Member of SAGE Metro DC (SAGE - Services & Advocacy for GLBTQ Elders)
Current Advisory Board Member of DC's Rainbow History Project
Past Co-Chair of DC Mayor's Advisory Committee of LGBTQ Affairs
Co-chair wiith Dr Loraine Hutchins of AMBi (Alliance of Multicultural Bisexuals)

He has contributed articles to several anthologies:and written articles for numerous publications (Afro-American; Washington Blade; DC Informer; et al)


He also contributed to First Comes Love by Barbara Proud, the coffee table book that profiles 60 couples who have been in relationships for a long time.  He and Cris (ABilly’s partner) were the only couple identifying as Bi.

He will be 75 come March 21st; am semi-handicap due to mobility challenges.  He identifies as Caribbean African American and as a queer bisexual in a same gender relationship for 38 years (he also identifies a bisexual).

ABilly will be the oldest member of the board to join!


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