Friday, September 27, 2019

BiNet USA President thefayth/Faith Cheltenham statement on loss of bi teen #ChanningSmith


9/27/19

We have lost another one and may his loss not B in vain: remember his name, #ChanningSmith

When I needed support I called my local LGBT center and actually got some, but that’s not always the case. Drop your best helplines, tips, memes and things in comments. Might be what helps you: helps others too.

If you need something let us know that too, and we will see what we can do to provide direct support to bi people about to not make it, in need of immediate rescue and more.

Unpaid marketing support for YOUR bi group, event, or fundraiser? Not so much when there’s still so much on the line to create critical interventions for our people.

Couldn’t get to Channing Smith but I’m hopeful we start to see a decrease of all our inequity as we hoist up our pressing concerns to mainstream tables, health groups and more - with LGBTQIA support to do just that.

Remember them all: Alyssa Adam Channing and every one we couldn’t get to. From my personal spiritual background I believe they become bi ancestors who have our back as we climb hand and hand up to our next. I pray blessings upon their souls.

What is it worth to b visible if to be seen remains a death sentence? Visibility without intervention is death ya'll.

Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, when you need to.

1-800-273-8255

Does that mean you dont come out to these people, those folks, at work or wherever? MAYBE. I think you should do what's safest first and then finding yourself still alive, continue onward to further shores.

If it starts going wrong, call upon BiNet USA as we are one of the only groups in the world that regularly directly intervenes on the behalf of bisexual lives. Please tell pansexuals and all MGA that they are also quite welcome.

Only gay groups push a philosophy that bi people need be OUT and VISIBLE to be seen and accepted. Here you matter just for calling yourself part of our community, that's what counts so very much: self-identification and respect for your own journey.

H/T to Lynnette Beth Mcfadzen to alerting me so I could share my thoughts on this tragic passing of a beloved bi+ teen. Remember their names and remember to support the work to #SaveTheBisexuals.

Whatever that looks like to you whether it's learning about and attending this year's BECAUSE conference, starting a new bi board game group or joining a nearbi AmBi - Your Bi Social Community chapter. While you're at it check out The BiCast for podcasts a plenty and food for bisexual souls. B safe and well.

~thefayth, Faith Cheltenham, BiNet USA President


More on Channing Smith from @aj_abell and Fox17

Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, when you need to.
1-800-273-8255

Monday, September 16, 2019

Bisexual People of Color flag

About Bisexual Awareness Week

An extension of Celebrate Bisexuality Day, held every September 23rd, Bisexual Awareness Week (#biweek) works to accelerate the cultural acceptance of bisexual people.

Bisexual community offerings from BiNet USA organizers over the last 20+ years:

  • The bisexual pride flag
  • Celebrate Bisexuality Day, also known as Bi Pride Day
  • Bisexual Awareness Week (#biweek, bisexualweek.com)


Thank you to the many communities and organizers who have adopted and widely shared our work.
Much more to come!


  NEW FOR 2019
The Bisexual People of Color flag


About the Bisexual People of Color Pride Flag

Inspired by the intersectional advocacy of bi Latinx artivist Sara Ramirez, BiNet USA presents the bisexual people of color pride flag. The Black, Brown, Pink, Purple and Blue #bipoc bi people of color flag is a creation of thefayth, or the artist formerly known as Faith Cheltenham.

thefayth amended the design of Wendy Curry, Gigi Raven Wilbur and Michael "Page”, the BiNet USA organizers who designed the bi pride flag in 1998 to feature the Black and Brown stripes from the 2017 Philly Pride flag. The Philly Pride flag, also known as the LGBT People of Color Pride flag, was first hoisted by Amber Hikes in Philadelphia. Join the movement for more visibility for LGBT people of color at: morecolormorepride.com. Graphic design: ryancreates.co #biweek hashtag: #biPOC


Bisexual People of Color Pride Flag
 Bisexual People of Color Pride Flag was created by thefayth and BiNet USA is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International LicenseCreative Commons License



2019 #biweek social logo

Never Say Never: Juba's BiNet VP AND thefayth returns





NEVER SAY NEVER: ANNOUNCING THE NEW BOARD OF BiNet USA

Juba Joins BiNet USA as VP, and thefayth returns as President

BiNet USA is celebrating the return of thefayth, the writer/artist formerly known as Faith Cheltenham, as she returns to her former role as BiNet USA President.

BiNet USA is also pleased to announce the addition of Juba Kalamka to the BiNet USA board as VP, with a goal of becoming BiNet USA’s next President. Juba is a deeply valued Black bisexual organizer based in Oakland, CA who began his work in bisexual community as a staff writer and illustrator for the venerable bisexual news and advocacy magazine Anything that Moves in 1999.

Juba Kalamka, MFA, currently serves as an HIV Services Assistant Manager for St. James Infirmary, a peer-based non-profit organization serving Sex Workers throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Also in new roles for 2019:
Denise Penn, MSW - BiNet USA Secretary
Lynnette McFadzen - BiNet USA Treasurer


The BiNet USA Board of Directors
thefayth, President
Juba Kalamka, MFA, Vice President
Denise Penn, MSW, Secretary
Lynnette McFadzen, Treasurer
Luigi Ferrer
Ron Suresha
Seth Fischer
and Dr. Brian Dodge

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Finding the Good in #GoodBi.....again

After two years serving as a volunteer and non-salaried President of BiNet USA, on June 19th, 2019,
I resigned from the presidency of BiNet USA due to personal and family illnesses, as well as other
obligations.


I love our communities. I am amazed and proud at how far we have come. Keep an eye on the
BiNet USA blog for the announcement of the next BiNet USA President, as well as updated board
of directors (with several hundred years of collective bisexual experience).


Some of my favorite projects as BiNet USA President include:


● Out2Enroll, and BiNet USA bi+ outreach to provide more Healthcare to more bisexuals.


● The Pride Study, and the work I did with them to outreach for the first national, long-term health
study of the LGBTQ+ community.


● Continuing my work with The BiCast to bring more awareness of bi, pan, fluid, queer, and
bi+ community to each and every one of us.


I look forward to remaining part of BiNet USA's family and a proud member of Team Bi, exploring
new territory, or even familiar ones in new ways. I am overjoyed with #bipride in our community,
and have found my life immensely blessed by the brilliance and beauty of our deeply diverse
bisexual+ community.


I cannot wait for what the future holds.


Thank you,
Lynnette McFadzen
BiNet USA President 2017-2019

BiNet USA Board member

NYC Pride

Monday, June 17, 2019

Photoshoot Casting Call from PRIDEnet


  


What health problems does your community face?

That’s what folks at the All of Us Research Program (AoURP) are wondering. In order to find out, we’re tasked with engaging LGBTQ people in this enormous precision medicine effort to enroll 1 million Americans. How can we attract LGBTQ people to AoURP? Well, we need photos and videos that reflect our communities.


If You are…

passionate about LGBTQ health and health research;

live in the San Francisco Bay Area; and,

you’d be TERRIFIC representing LGBTQ people in photos!


We hope you’ll be able to join us for what’s sure to be a fun photoshoot:


Dates: Saturday June 22 and Sunday June 23, 2019*


Location: Central Bay Area TBD


Compensation: $50 Visa gift card



*Please Note: Subjects will only be needed on one day, TBD based on scheduling. If you have a preferred day, please let us know and we’ll do our best to accommodate.



I’m in! You had me at “health”! What’s next?


Email allofuscasting@gmail.com with:


Full name


Email address & mobile number


1-sentence personal statement describing your connection to LGBTQ health


1-sentence description of you (whatever you’re comfortable with, but we suggest your age and race), and


A recent photo


Forward the announcement to your friends and family!


Based on the casting goals below, the good folks at communications firm Wondros (Jonathan, Brad, David, and Jason) will consider you for the photoshoot and possibly schedule a brief 15-minute conversation at your convenience. We’re looking for 20 people total for this project.


If you’re cast in the photoshoot – congrats! Wondros will confirm your timeslot, the location, and all relevant details via email.


Selected participants will be asked to sign a standard appearance release form allowing recordings of your voice and image to be used in advertisements for AoURP. We will also ask you to fill out a background check authorization form. *The background check is conducted by a private company that is not affiliated with the U.S. government, and the information on the form will never be seen by any government agency.


Show up to the photoshoot and receive a $50 gift card + yummy food and our undying gratitude! PRIDEnet will be there to welcome you.



Casting Goals:

We hope to create images of individuals and groups of transgender men and women, gender non-conforming and intersex people, and queer cisgender women and men in the following age ranges: 18-30, 30-50, and 50-80+. We aim to have 70-80% of the images be of people of color (Black, Asian-American, Latinx, Native American, bi-racial, and multi-racial people).



Background

The All of Us Research Program at the National Institutes of Health is a national effort to create a health research study of more than 1 million people who represent the true diversity of the United States. PRIDEnet is funded to engage sexual and gender minorities, which include LGBTQ folks, in the project.



In this effort, we are partnering with a communications agency called Wondros. Wondros created a video specifically for LGBTQ populations that will be used nationally to engage folks in this program. If you want to take a peek at some of their prior work, check out here:



The All of Us Anthem




Importance of Diversity



All​ ​of​ ​Us​ ​|​ ​HIV​ ​&​ ​the​ ​LGBTQI​ ​Community​



We Are Bay Area’s Hispanic Community



Thank you for all you do for LGBTQ communities. Whether or not you’re cast in this photoshoot, know that you are a STAR with us!





-The PRIDEnet Team


[Annesa, Carolyn, Darren, Juno, Mahri, Micah, Mitchell, Zubin]


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

From the mailbag: Bi+ Request From Southern Africa

(Due to the sensitivity of the request, name and country of origin have been withheld but BiNet USA volunteers have spoken with her and will be supporting her efforts. We encourage you to as well.)

DONATE LINK:
GoFundMe
Paypal
(PayPal account run by the same friend as an alternative to gofundme)

Hello, I’m a Queer Black bisexual cis woman in her early twenties from Southern Africa. I’m a Political Science and Sociology double major. I’m deeply engaged with feminist and LGBTI issues.

As someone from a country that legally deems people like myself as being criminal, for no reason other than who we choose to love, I’m extremely passionate about my studies and have aims to work in the diplomatic field.

I was recently outed to some of my family by someone who was aware of my sexuality.

On top of the shock and fear I felt at being outed, the most material repercussion that has come from this has been a complete financial cut off and disownment.

The message I’ve received has been one of non-acceptance, horror and rage.
I did not initially want to tell this story, because I was embarrassed and scared and felt guilty.

I didn't want to be this exposed. But, I also care about my education and safety - so I'm doing everything I can to raise tuition and living funds on my own.

The Breakdown - estimated year’s costs of studying

€2000 - tuition

€120- transport

€6000 - housing related costs (accommodation, food etc)

€300 - international student health insurance

€1000 - flight + visa fees

Total = €9420

The goal right now is set at €5000 and will be adjusted as I meet my goals.

I’ve always been scared to out myself to family and members of my larger community for fear of this exact pain of rejection and being at risk of the state sponsored homophobia/persecution that is rampant here.

As risky as putting this out may be , feeling betrayed and rejected by my family has only made me feel more political about my identity and my choices around love, and my own corpus.


FAQs:
When is the tuition due?
As soon as possible really. This all came on very suddenly and the window I have is not big at all. The visa process alone may take up to two months and applying requires that I have the funds necessarily to be granted a study visa.

What’s your home country?
Owing to the existing anti-lgbtq law here and the immediate risk it would pose to myself, I’m uncomfortable typing out the name of the country I’m from and having it searchable. If you direct message me however on this campaign. I’d be more than happy to tell you and answer other questions you may have.

If you’re so unsafe why don’t you just apply for asylum somewhere safe?
Coupled with the general difficulties that queer asylum seekers are faced with, my chances of being granted asylum may be very slim owing to where I am from. Despite the existing anti-queer laws here, media coverage on persecution of lgbtq+ people is virtually non-existent or passive. Persecution is usually carried out by non-state actors (as in my case) and given the lack of any protections for queer people, these acts go unpunished and unrecorded. Without these records it proves very difficult for queer asylum seekers when seeking to prove fear of persecution during an asylum application. Regardless, asylum is an extremely difficult process and not an easy fix for situations like these unfortunately; thankfully I've connected with BiNet USA to learn more about the process as a bi asylum seeker.

What happens if you exceed your goal?
Every single euro/dollar/pound/yen/whatever is going to go towards my tuition and living expenses for the first year. If I'm lucky enough to exceed this goal then the rest will go into costs for the next year as I ultimately seek to raise more and finish my degree.

How are you receiving these funds?
A close friend in a supporting country (Netherlands) has helped set up and is managing this campaign alongside me. The funds will all be sent through to the friend and then to me to pay off the tuition and everything else mentioned above.

I have more questions ...
I'll be happy to answer ANY other questions as well! Just get in contact by messaging the campaign. I'll also update this regularly.

Everything from €1 to €1000 only brings me closer to my goal. No donation is too little! (and certainly not too big lol).

I'm really grateful to anyone who is able to donate & share. Thank you x
People can also donate to this - https://www.paypal.me/emilyjane94 - PayPal account run by the same friend as an alternative to gofundme.

Friday, March 01, 2019

Do you have a child who is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ)?




Do you have a child who is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ)?
If you are the parent of a LGBTQ child under the age of 29, you may be eligible* 
to participate in a 20-35 minute survey about your experiences.



The first 300 eligible* parents to complete the survey will receive a $10 Amazon gift card!
*Parent must read/speak English and live in the United States. 


If you are interested, please follow the link below to complete an online screening survey.
 If you are eligible, we will invite you to complete the survey. ter.ps/preumdspaces

Or, use the QR Reader app on your smartphone to access the survey instantly

For more information, please contact us!
Send us an email MDSPACES@gmail.com
Call or text us at (301) 405-2146

CONGRATS PREZ! Lynnette McFadzen Receives Brenda Howard 2018 Award


BiNet USA President Lynnette McFadzen recieved the 2018 Brenda howard Award from 
PFLAG Queens Chapter with introduction by Estravin LeGuin.

The Brenda Howard Award recognizes an individual or organization that best exemplifies 
the vision, principals and community service exemplified by the late LGBT rights activist 
Brenda Howard and who serves as a positive and visible role model for the Bisexual 
Community. In giving this award PFLAG Queens is pleased to once again be in the 
forefront for equal rights by being the first major, American LGBT organization to have 
named an award after an out bisexual member of the LGBT Community.


Photo Credits: Efrain Gonzales


Estravin’s introduction:

Lynnette McFadzen is one of the kindest and most caring people I know.  After caring for her 
family as a mother and for patients as a nurse, her circle expanded to caring for the bi 
community as an activist. She had found, as was true of Carmel Tavadia, Morty Manford, 
and Brenda Howard, that if you want things to change, you have to change them yourself.
And there is much in the bisexual community that needs changing. Sorry to be depressing, 
but in 2002, a researcher by the name of Gregory Herek found that bisexuals were the most 
hated group in the US, hated more than gays or lesbians, and the only group hated more 
than bisexuals were IV drug users.
In childhood, bisexuals are even more likely than gay men and lesbians to be abused or 
bullied, and in adulthood, 45% of bi women and 35% of bi men have considered or 
attempted suicide. Bisexual women have significantly higher lifetime prevalence of rape, 
physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner when compared to both lesbians 
and heterosexual women. Similar disparities are found for other health problems, and we are 
much more likely to be poor. A quarter of us are on food stamps.
So it was only logical that Lynnette would volunteer for BiNET USA, “America’s oldest 
national advocacy organization for bisexual people.” Lynnette rapidly rose through the 
ranks, and for the last two years has been President of BiNET. As BiNET is an 
all-volunteer organization, the amount that Lynnette has been able to accomplish 
speaks to her tenacity and organizational skills. The most recent national study, done by 
Brian Dodge in 2016, indicated that respondents now felt neutral towards bisexuals, 
a huge shift in only 14 years. This is obviously due to a massive effort by all the bi groups 
in the US, but BiNET USA had a big part in this.
Not only that, but bi representation in the media has vastly improved, going from 18% of 
LGBT characters in 2013 to 28% in 2017. Since bisexuals make up slightly over half of the 
LGBT population, we still have a long way to go, but again this is a lot of progress for 
underfunded, all-volunteer groups like BiNET.
Finally, I would like to close with a favorite quote of mine from Lynnette herself


Thursday, February 28, 2019

BISEXUAL RESOURCE CENTER LAUNCHES 6th ANNUAL BISEXUAL+ HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH TO SPOTLIGHT BISEXUAL+ REPRESENTATION

PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release:
February 28, 2019
BHAM 2019 Square-01
Graphic by Kate Estrop
Contact:
Laura DelloStritto & Alexandra Bolles
bham@biresource.orgBisexual Resource Center
P.O. Box 170796
Boston, MA 02117
617-424-9595
BISEXUAL RESOURCE CENTER LAUNCHES 6th ANNUAL BISEXUAL+ HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH TO SPOTLIGHT BISEXUAL+ REPRESENTATION
The annual #BiHealthMonth campaign will empower users to improve the bisexual+ community’s well-being by focusing on representation needs and achievements in media, politics and advocacy, healthcare, and education.
Boston, MA – The Bisexual Resource Center (BRC), America’s oldest national bisexual organization,  will celebrate the 6th annual Bisexual Health Awareness Month (#BiHealthMonth) social media campaign throughout March 2019.
Learn more about #BiHealthMonth at https://bihealthmonth.org/
#BiHealthMonth, founded and led annually by the BRC, raises awareness about the bisexual+ (bi, pansexual, fluid, queer, etc.) community’s social, economic, and health disparities; advocates for resources; and inspires actions to improve bi+ people’s well-being. This year’s campaign will center on bisexual+ representation in media, politics and advocacy, healthcare, and education, and its impact on bisexual+ people’s everyday lives. Initially created as a student project, #BiHealthMonth has since been celebrated by outlets like The Advocate, Autostraddle, the Huffington Post, and Teen Vogue;  organizations like BiNet USA, the Bisexual Organizing Project, #StillBisexual, GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, and the National LGBTQ Task Force; celebrities like Sara Ramirez; politicians like JoCasta Zamarripa; and many more.
“Bisexual+ representation is better every day, but bisexual+ people continue to face alarmingly high barriers to living happy, healthy lives,” said Belle Haggett Silverman, President of the Bisexual Resource Center. “Whether on stage at the Oscars, in the classroom, in political office, or at the doctor’s office, bisexual+ representation (or lack thereof) impacts our day-to-day well-being and shapes our culture. #BiHealthMonth unites supporters across expertise and identities to celebrate achievements and find solutions that empower our community.”
Throughout the month of March, the BRC will partner with a diverse array of leading organizations; including #StillBisexual; The Ally Coalition; American Psychological Association; the Anti-Violence Project; the BiCast; Bi+ Georgia; BiNet USA; Bisexual Research Collaborative on Health; Bisexual Queer Alliance Chicago; Bi Women Quarterly; Body Politic; Boston Teachers Union; Center for Culture, Sexuality, and Spirituality; Chicago Bi Health Task Force; DOVE Inc.; Family Values @ Work; Fenway Health; Freedom for All Americans; GLAAD; the Harry Potter Alliance; Human Rights Campaign; Lesbians of Color Symposium Collective; Los Angeles Bi Task Force; Movement Advancement Project; the National LGBTQ Task Force; New York Area Bisexual Network; No Homo No Hetero; Our Bodies Ourselves; OutServe-SLDN; PFLAG; PRIDEnet; the Religious Institute; SpeakOUT Boston; the Trevor Project; Victory Institute; and more to feature engaging and informative content, events, research, resources, and actions. The BRC invites individuals, organizations, media outlets, companies, and more to participate all month long.
#BiHealthMonth highlights will include a takeover of BRC’S Instagram (@bisexualresourcecenter) the week of March 18 by actor and director David J. Cork and author and advocate Dr. H. Sharif “Herukhuti” Williams spotlighting Black bisexual+ men’s experiences and their upcoming documentary, “No Homo No Hetero”; BRC’s “Bi+ Mic Night” open mic event at Boston’s Lir Bar on March 7; “Bi+ Georgia: Healthy & Thriving” panel discussion, hosted by Bi+ Georgia at Atlanta’s The Bakery Atlanta on March 17; and more collaborations and on-the-ground events.
To join in #BiHealthMonth, participants can:
  • Share and create content on social media, using #BiHealthMonth
  • Check out BRC’s #BiHealthMonth social media share kit, which will be updated all month long
  • Contact BRC via email or on social media for content advice or to be listed as an official partner
  • Follow the Bisexual Resource Center on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and Tumblr for #BiHealthMonth updates
  • Donate to the Bisexual Resource Center
For more on #BiHealthMonth, follow the Bisexual Resource Center on TwitterInstagramFacebook, and Tumblr.
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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.