Friday, March 01, 2019

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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