Thursday, October 20, 2016

Bi History: Bi+ fluid singer Frank Ocean attends last Obama Administration State Dinner

Bi+ fluid singer, Frank Ocean, who also identifies as a proud member of the LGBTQ community, attended the last state dinner with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on October 18th, 2016, alongside his mother Katonya Breaux.

BiNet USA congratulates Mr. Ocean and his mother on their attendance at the last White House state dinner. We are thrilled that a bi, pan, fluid, queer (bi+) identified writer and visionary such as Mr. Ocean was honored in this way. We send our greatest thanks to President Obama and Mrs. Obama for including the "B in LGBT" in their policies, events and administration over these last 8 years.

We will miss you!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

MIAMI: Pridelines Event for Bi Community on Oct 21st

6360 NE 4th Court, Miami, FL 33138,
On September 26, 2016 over 100  Bi+ (big bi+ umbrella - bi/pan/fluid/queer/heteroflexible/homoflexible/asexual) activists visited the White House for the 1st official on-the-record White House Bisexual Community Briefing.
Dr. Lauren Beach of Vanderbilt University, Luigi Ferrer of Pridelines and Elizabeth Fernandez of SEIU Florida were in attendance at the White House Briefing and will join Pridelines on October 21st, 2016 in Miami for an exciting series of events, "Bisexuals Take Over The White House".
Bi+ Community Potluck - 7pm   -   please bring a vegetarian or vegan dish and a beverage  to share, BYOB - we will have youth in the building and some of us are in recovery so low visibility and moderation are appreciated.  Come at 6:30 to help us set up if you can.  
Review of DC Bi+ Awareness week events - 8pm   -   A short panel discussion of the 9/23/16 Celebrate Bisexuality Day Capitol Hill Bi+ Community Briefing, the 9/25/16 Bi+ Unconference at HRC Headquarters, and the 9/26/16 White House Bi+ Community Briefing.  This invitation is extended to all our allies in the broader LGBTQ community come join us to Celebrate Bisexuality!
Bi+/LGBT Community Dance - 8:45pm   -   DJ JessieMix will be spinning for us, come join in the celebration.

Spirit Day October 20th, 2016

BiNet Joins GLAAD's Anti-Bullying Campaign "Spirit Day"

Though there have been many policy advancements for the LGBTQ community, there is still more work to be done. According to recent studies, 8 out of 10 LGBTQ students experience harassment at school, and over 60% of LGBT students who did report a bullying case said their school staff did nothing. 

We also know that bisexual youth report higher levels of harassment and bullying, and lower levels of social support than their gay and lesbian peers. These problems among bi+ youth too often translate into disparities among bisexual adults related to physical health, mental health, and economic status.

By participating in GLAAD's Spirit Day, we hope to show bi+ and other LGBTQ youth that there are people they can go to for help, acceptance, and support.

Spirit Day started as a grassroots online movement by a high-school teen and, with GLAAD's help, has grown into the world's most visible anti-bullying campaign. Every year, millions stand against bullying and in support of LGBTQ youth by "going purple." Here are some easy ways to get into the spirit:

Pledge at to wear purple on October 20 and encourage your listeners and followers to do the same

Sign up to be a Spirit Day participant  

Create awareness on social media by posting about #SpiritDay, making your profile pictures purple, and turning your organization's website purple (i.e. "Take a stand against bullying and support #LGBT youth by going purple for #SpiritDay on October 20:")

Share the Anti-Bullying Resource Kit with your followers

Download the Spirit Day app on your smartphone

Will you join us in taking a stand against anti-LGBT bullying? All participants will be featured on GLAAD's official website, so be sure to sign up!

Past Spirit Day participants include Britney Spears, Laverne Cox, Demi Lovato, Ariana Grande, Kim Kardashian, the White House, MTV, HBO, hosts of Good Morning America and CNBC, non-profit organizations like the Ali Forney Center,, and the National Center for Transgender Equality, and hundreds more nonprofits, celebs, national landmarks, companies, and teams. 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Invisible Majority: The Disparities Facing Bisexual People and How to Remedy Them

On Tuesday, BiNet USA, the Movement Advancement Project, and a broad coalition of partners released a new report finding thauht while more than half of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community identifies as bisexual, bisexual people experience alarming rates of invisibility, societal rejection, violence, discrimination, and poor physical and mental health—often at rates higher than our lesbian and gay peers.

Invisible Majority: The Disparities Facing Bisexual People and How to Remedy Them examines the “invisible majority” of the LGBT community, the nearly five million adults in the U.S. who identify as bisexual and the millions more who have sexual or romantic attraction to or contact with people of more than one gender. The report shows how bias, stigma, discrimination, and invisibility combine to create serious negative outcomes for bisexual people, and it provides concrete recommendations for change.

“Bisexual people’s sexuality is often invisible in broader society as we are frequently assumed to be gay, lesbian, or heterosexual based on the gender of our partner,” said Faith Cheltenham, president of BiNet USA. “Yet when bisexual people are open about our sexuality, we face increased levels of violence from intimate partners; rejection by our communities, families, and peers; and skepticism from the people and organizations to whom we turn for help, resources, and services."

This report serves as a clarion call to policymakers and service providers across the country: in order to fully serve the LGBT community, they must also fully serve the bisexual community.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Bisexual Community Briefing at White House Livestream Today at 4:30pm ET

Image credit: Freedom For All Americans

For the first time the B in LGBT is coming live from the White House!

"This briefing will focus on policy and cultural issues of significance for the American bisexual community as a part of the White House's effort to help increase visibility of bisexual people during Bisexual Awareness Week (September 19th - 26th, 2016)."


Thank you in advance for sharing widely with your networks this historic event celebrating bi, pan, fluid, queer (bi+) communities as part of the 3rd annual Bisexual Awareness Week (#BiWeek), first begun by BiNet USA and GLAAD.

Learn more about BiWeek at:

This is the first time the administration has granted us the opportunity to acknowledge the diversity and fortitude of bi communities in such a public way. This is a true sign of the progress made on creating acceptance for bi+ communities. If President Obama can say the word "bisexual," so can you!

We are especially grateful this year for support from #BiStories partner Freedom For All Americans via a grant from the Haas Foundation, whom we wholeheartedly thank as well.

Learn more about the #BiStories project at:

Friday, September 23, 2016

BiWeek: Happy Celebrate Bisexuality Day!

About Celebrate Bisexuality Day

Official name:    Celebrate Bisexuality Day
Also called:    Bisexual Pride Day, Bi Visibility Day, CBD, Bisexual Pride and Bi Visibility Day
Observed by:    Bisexual, pansexual, queer, and fluid (bi+) community and their families, friends, allies and supporters

September 23 is Celebrate Bisexuality Day (often abbreviated CBD), where bi+ community members and our allies speak out about who we are and the challenges we face. It is also referred to as Bi Visibility Day and Bisexual Pride Day. Three bisexual advocates--Wendy Curry, Michael Page and Gigi Raven Wilbur--conceived of and launched the event in 1999 as a way to increase bisexual visibility. Decades later, we observe this day as part of Bisexual Awareness Week, with events around the world celebrating bisexual culture, community, and history. In 2013, the White House held its first ever bisexual community issues roundtable on Celebrate Bisexuality Day, and in 2015, bi advocates were invited back to the White House for another event.


About The Bisexual Pride Flag

Image caption: The Bisexual Pride Flag

Designed by Michael Page, the bisexual pride flag is comprised of three stripes: one pink, one blue, and a purple middle strip. The stripe colors and widths, from top to bottom, are pink (40%), purple (20%), and blue (40%). It is not patented, trademarked, or service marked. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

BiWeek: That Time Tangela Roberts Met President Obama

Bi activist Tangela Roberts celebrated at the White House for her work in advocacy and pursuit of justice

[Image caption: Bi Activist, Tangela Roberts with President Barack Obama at the White House, June 9, 2016]

During #BiWeek, we’re highlighting the amazing stories of bi+ people and advocates across the country. Check out this podcast where activist Tangela Roberts talks with BiNet President Faith Cheltenham and listen to them share their #bistories about navigating the world as Black bisexual women.

Check out the Podcast with BiNet USA President Faith Cheltenham and Tangela Roberts for Black History Month here!

BiWeek: That Time Robyn Ochs Met President Obama

[Image caption: Bi Activist. Educator. Teacher. Challenger of false binaries, Robyn Ochs with President Barack Obama at the White House, June 2016 at the 2016 LGBT Pride Reception at the White House]


During #BiWeek this year, we’re highlighting the stories of bi+ people and activists across the country. Robyn Ochs is a renowned bisexual speaker, author, and lifelong advocate who has been a leading voice for the bi+ community. She leads workshops on gender and sexuality on college campuses and other venues across the country.

Check out her website for more info

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Happy Bisexual Awareness Week 2016!

Image caption: Image says Happy Bisexual Awareness Week, hashtag #biweek and BiNet USA logo with #bipride flag colors on it. Learn more about #biweek at Image Credit: Deborah Atwater/BiNet USA.

Last year’s Bisexual Awareness Week (#biweek) resulted in hundreds of news articles and hundreds of thousands of social media engagements. This year BiNet USA’s #bistories partner, Freedom For All Americans (FFAA), joins the BiNet USA + GLAAD #biweek partnership to support the first-ever national survey of the discrimination experiences of bi+ people, as well as the stories of those who love them. Learn more about #BiStories:

Bisexual Awareness Week provides educational opportunities and bi+ resources to LGBT and mainstream communities about bisexuality.

The official hashtag of Bisexual Awareness Week is #biweek.
This year #biweek runs from 9/19/16 - 9/26/16.

(Having a bisexuality related event this week? Register your event with so bi people in your local area can find you!)

Tuesday 9/20/16
GLAAD's "Bi+ Representation in The Media: A #BiWeek Panel Discussion"
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GLAAD's "Bi+ Representation in The Media: A #BiWeek Panel Discussion" will be moderated by Matthew Rodriguez (Mic), and will include bi+ media experts Alex Berg, (Producer, HuffPost Video), Eliel Cruz (Executive Director, Faith in America; YouTuber; journalist), Bryan Ellicott (trans* & bi advocate; brought lawsuit against NYC for anti-trans discrimination; BiNet USA board member), Ashley C. Ford (Matter Studios, Authorized, BuzzFeed, ELLE), and Denarii Monroe (Black Girl Dangerous, Everyday Feminism, Ravishly). Be sure to RSVP and get event details here.

Friday 9/23/16

9/23/16, 8:30am PT/ 10:30am CT/ 11:30am ET
Join @binetusa in the USA #bivisibilityday Thunderclap! Sign up now!
Use the #bipride tag on social media to help people find each other and bi, pan, fluid, queer (bi+) events and resources around the world.
Sign up now and stay visible the whole #biweek!

Image of a purple megaphone and the words The big bi tweet 2016, #BiVisibilityDay, help spread the word!. Photo Credit:

"Can You See Us Now?"
BiNet USA presents a historic #BiStories panel on Capitol Hill
9/23/16, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Image caption: Image promoting #BiStories panel, "Can You See Us Now?" on Friday 9/23/16, 2:30pm - 4:30pm in the Cannon Building 122 on Capitol Hill

Join BiNet USA, GLAAD and Freedom For All Americans for a historic #biweek Capitol Hill panel centered on the #bistories of bi, pan, fluid, queer (bi+) women in celebration of the 18th annual Celebrate Bisexuality Day. Open to all bi, pan, fluid, queer (bi+) community members and their allies. Light refreshments served throughout the day.

Panelists: Dr. Lauren Beach, Esq., Director of LGBTI Health at Vanderbilt University; Alexandra Bolles, Senior Programs Strategist at GLAAD; Angela Dallara, Director of External Communications for Freedom for All Americans; Eliot Sutler, Esq., Co-founder of Bi Women of Color Collective and USDA Civil Litigator; and Kayley Whalen, Social Media Manager for the National LGBTQ Task Force. Moderated by Faith Cheltenham, BiNet USA President. The panel event is co-sponsored by the National LGBTQ Task Force. Partners include GLAAD (#BiWeek) and Freedom for All Americans (#BiStories). Cannon House Office Building 122, Capitol Hill.

Sunday 9/25/16

The #BiStories Unconference 
9/25/16, 12pm - 8pm
Image caption: #bistories unconference logo with purple circle and blue rectangle. Find out more about the #bistories project at
Bisexual community leadership will convene for an opportunity to self organize, plan future events, and discuss necessary strategic steps towards seeing full inclusion of bisexual communities in public policy and non-discrimination protections. Come and get interviewed for the #bistories project or to film your own video to visibilize bi, pan and fluid communities. Open to all bi, pan, fluid, queer (bi+) community members and their allies. Light refreshments served throughout the day. Human Rights Campaign Equality Forum and A, B, and C: 1640 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

Are you an ally celebrating your bi+ son, daughter, grandchild, parent, grandparent or family member this #biweek? Join the #bistories project and share your story of support for bi people:
Image of United States with bi pride colors highlighting states with statewide LGBT protections, no statewide protections, those for sexual orientation only and those with limited or no protections for public accommodations.
Image Credit: Freedom For All Americans

Friday, September 16, 2016

Celebrate Bisexuality Day Thunderclap

Image of a purple megaphone and the words The big bi tweet 2016, #BiVisibilityDay, help spread the word!. Photo Credit:

Excited about #bipride day and #biweek being just around the corner?

Join @binetusa in the USA #bivisibilityday Thunderclap! Sign up now!

Use the #bipride tag to help people find each other and bi, pan, fluid, queer (bi+) events and resources around the world.

Friday September 23rd, 2016
8:30am PT/ 10:30am CT/ 11:30am ET
Sign up now and stay visible the whole #biweek!

For more about #biweek, please visit

Are you an ally celebrating your bi son, daughter, grandchild, parent, grandparent or family member this #biweek? Join the #bistories project and share your story of support for bi people: