Monday, August 22, 2016

#BiActivistsAreSickOfHearing and #BiCommunityMeans Are Taking Over Twitter















Thank you Libby and Biscuit Mag for starting the #biactivistsaresickofhearing, and thank you to Red Amber for creating #bicommunitymeans. Be sure to check out our friends over at Biscuit Mag for the latest on these hashtags amongst other great community news, culture and opinion.

#AskUSCIS: We Got Questions, Bisexual Ones In Fact

TOMORROW LET'S #AskUSCIS FROM 2-3pm EST ON TWITTER ON 8/23!
(surely we can come up with something pressing related to the concerns of bisexual immigrants and asylum seekers)


Sample tweets:
How many bisexual people seek asylum in the US every year? #AskUSCIS
What percentage of bisexual people were granted asylum last year? #AskUSCIS
What is @USCIS doing to ensure what happened to #RayFuller never happens again? #AskUSCIS
What is @USCIS doing to support #JusticeForRay and other #bisexuals denied asylum due to biphobia? #AskUSCIS


Learn more about bisexual immigration and asylum concerns:
http://binetusa.blogspot.com/2016/03/white-house-bisexual-immigration-meeting.html


Experienced discrimination in an immigration case? Consider sharing your story with #bistories

Monday, August 01, 2016

Support BiNet USA this #GiveOutDay





August 2nd is Give OUT Day, the annual online fundraising day for the LGBTQ community. We hope you'll consider donating to BiNet USA, to help fund our work with and for the bisexual community. 


LEARN MORE ABOUT GIVE OUT DAY 2016 
AND DONATE HERE


  • BiNet USA is totally volunteer-run and we depend on your donations to continue our work.
  • The bi+ community faces major disparities when it comes to mental and physical health, poverty, intimate partner violence, and sexual assault.
  • Despite these needs, groups that serve the bisexual community receive on average less than 1% of the annual funding allotted to LGBTQ groups.
  • Bi+ people face biphobia both within and outside of the larger LGBTQ community, too often resulting in our identities being erased and our voices being silenced.


Your generous support goes to fund media campaigns and visibility work, public events and programming, bisexual cultural competency (bcc) trainings, conference presentations and publications, and other work that seeks to empower bisexual+ people and address the disparities that we face both within and outside of the LGBTQ community.


Just last week at Comic Con International in San Diego, Calif., BiNet USA launched The Bi Stories Project, a groundbreaking national program aimed at raising awareness of the discrimination bi, pan, fluid, queer (bi+) people face, as well as the journeys of those who love and support them.
















Donate to BiNet USA this #GiveOUTDay and help shine a light on the bi+ community and our allies by encouraging them to share their stories.


Learn more at binetusa.org/bistories
Follow us on social media with the hashtag #bistories

Friday, July 22, 2016

Meet The #bistories Comic Con Panelists!


This weekend, BiNet USA is launching a new campaign, the Bi Stories Project at Comic-Con in San Diego, CA (July 21-24). The project launches in conjunction with a Comic-Con panel on Sunday, July 24th at 3pm, “Bisexuality and Beyond: New Frontiers in Popular Culture.” Sponsored by the BiNet USA Bi Stories Project and Prism Comics, the panel features these amazing panelists in a conversation with BiNet USA President Faith Cheltenham:


Steve Orlando, DC Comics

R.J. Aguiar, Youtube star

Marissa Lee, photo credit Angry Asian Man blog


Sarah Stumpf, Bisexual Books


Bob Schreck, Legendary Comics


Tara Avery, Gooch and ALPHABET



The panel will focus on bi representations in popular culture and what imaginings of bisexual identity mean for the bi+ community. 

If you're attending Comic Con, we hope you'll join us. You can also livestream Comic Con panels here, and we'll be live tweeting from the panel using the hashtag #bistories.

Panel Details:
Sunday, July 24 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Bisexuality and Beyond: New Frontiers in Popular Culture
Room 28DE

Come visit us at the Prism Comics booth #2144 IN HALL C!


And check out the Prism LGBTQ guide to Comic-Con: 
Here is the link to our booth partner's PRISM GUIDE TO ALL THINGS LGBTQ AT COMIC CON.



Tuesday, July 19, 2016

BiNet USA to Launch Bi Stories Project and Present Panel on Bisexuality at 2016 San Diego Comic-Con

Image of what the #bistories t-shirts being handed out for FREE at Comic Con will look like! Visit us at the PRISM COMICS BOOTH #2144 IN HALL C!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 19, 2016
Faith Cheltenham • faith@binetusa.org • 646-498-3216


BiNet USA to Launch Bi Stories Project and Present Panel on Bisexuality at 2016 San Diego Comic-Con


San Diego - BiNet USA, the nation’s umbrella organization and voice for bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer (bi+) people, will launch a new campaign at this week’s upcoming Comic-Con (July 21-24), focused on bi+ people and their families and loved ones sharing their stories. The stories will be collected as part of a program aimed at raising awareness of the discrimination bi+ people face, as well as the journeys of those who love and support them.


“It’s so important to uplift the voices of bi+ people and empower them to tell their stories,” said BiNet USA President Faith Cheltenham. “Too often, the media sensationalizes our identities and experiences, and fails to represent the incredible diversity of our community. Bisexual people and those who know and love them need to see stories that represent their lives and the challenges they face.”


The BiNet USA Bi Stories project will launch in conjunction with a Comic-Con panel on Sunday, July 24th at 3pm, “Bisexuality and Beyond: New Frontiers in Popular Culture,” sponsored by the BiNet Bi Stories Project and Prism Comics, and featuring Cheltenham, Bob Schreck (Legendary Comics), Marissa Lee (Racebending.com), Tara Madison Avery (Gooch, Anything That Loves), RJ Aguiar (YouTube's "TheNotAdam," NotAdamAndSteve.com), Sarah Strumpf (Bisexual Books) and Steve Orlando (Midnighter, Batman & Robin Eternal). The panel will focus on bi representations in popular culture and what these images of bisexual identity mean for the bi+ community.


“We’re supporting bi comics creators at Comic-Con with the major venue debut of ALPHABET, an anthology featuring creators of a broad variety of genders and orientations,” said Tara Madison Avery of Stacked Deck Press and Prism Comics.


The panel and the Bi Stories project, along with BiNet’s other work, is meant to raise awareness and visibility about the numerous disparities the bi+ community faces –– including higher rates of physical and mental health problems, and lower levels of social support –– compared to both their lesbian/gay and non-LGBTQ counterparts. Bi+ people also face discrimination and biphobia from within the LGBTQ community, making it more difficult to be out and connected with a supportive community.  


Earlier this month, BiNet USA’s Bi Stories Project co-sponsored programming at the annual Netroots Nation conference, including a “chill space” for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) people of color, and an event highlighting the voices and experiences of bi+ people of color, #BiPOC Speak Out.


“We’re so excited to continue bringing greater visibility to the bi+ community,” said Cheltenham. “The more people who see us as human beings, and who understand our struggles and experiences, the closer we get to true equality and inclusion.”

To participate in the program, please visit binetusa.org/bistories and use the #bistories hashtag on social media to follow along with all of our Comic Con activities!

As America’s umbrella organization and voice for bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer (bi+) people, BiNet USA facilitates the development of a cohesive network of independent bisexual and bi-friendly communities; promotes bi-inclusive visibility; and collects and distributes educational information regarding sexual orientation and gender identity with an emphasis on bisexual communities.

BiNet USA at Netroots Nation 2016

BiNet President Faith Cheltenham participated in a panel focused on the experiences of Black queer women and Black femmes (#BlackQueerMagic)











Thursday, July 14, 2016

Announcing The Bi Stories Project

The Bi Stories Project


BiNet USA is working to collect stories from people who believe in the values of hard work, freedom and opportunity — and agree it’s time to end discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people nationwide. We are focusing on stories of discrimination against bi people.  Why?
  • Because studies show that bisexual people are vulnerable to poverty, discrimination, and poor physical and mental health outcomes — often at rates higher than their lesbian and gay people.
  • Because 44% of bisexual youth report thinking about suicide each month, compared to 33% of LGBTQ students and 7% of straight youth. Bisexual youth are also at elevated risk of attempting to die by suicide, with more than 21% reporting that they had made at least one attempt during the prior year.
  • Because 25% of bisexual men and 30% of bisexual women live in poverty, compared to 20% of gay men and 23% of lesbians.
  • Because 20% of bisexual people report experiencing a negative employment decision based on their sexual orientation and nearly 60% say they have heard biphobic jokes or comments in their workplace, making it a hostile work environment.
Yet, even though bisexual people make up more than one-half of the lesbian, gay and bisexual population, our stories of discrimination rarely appear in the media or in testimony before legislative committees.  We need to educate the general public, policymakers and mobilize the bi community and our allies to demand change.
This project is designed to start fixing this shameful reality by putting a spotlight on the real stories of discrimination bi people face every day. We need your help to do this!
If you are bi, a parent of a bi person or sibling, aunts/uncle or grandparents of a bi person and you or your bi relative has experienced discrimination because of sexual orientation, your voice matters and we want to hear from you!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION ON ORLANDO

HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE ATTACK IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
 A PROCLAMATION

   As a mark of respect for the victims of the act of hatred and terror perpetrated on Sunday, June 12, 2016, in Orlando, Florida, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, June 16, 2016. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twelfth day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth. 

-BARACK OBAMA

 Presidential Proclamation -- Honoring the Victims of the Attack in Orlando, Florida

 


Photo Credit:

#standwithorlando  #orlandostrong  #orlandorising

Equality Florida GoFundMe Pulse Victims Fund

BiNet USA Statement

To find out about vigils in your area happening today or tomorrow, please visit: #WeAreOrlando http://www.weareorlando.org



 
Please see below for President Obama's full statement.

THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
For Immediate Release                                                                                                                         June 12,2016

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT
ON MASS SHOOTING IN ORLANDO

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room


THE PRESIDENT:  Today, as Americans, we grieve the brutal murder -- a horrific massacre -- of dozens of innocent people.  We pray for their families, who are grasping for answers with broken hearts.  We stand with the people of Orlando, who have endured a terrible attack on their city.  Although it’s still early in the investigation, we know enough to say that this was an act of terror and an act of hate.  And as Americans, we are united in grief, in outrage, and in resolve to defend our people.

I just finished a meeting with FBI Director Comey and my homeland security and national security advisors.  The FBI is on the scene and leading the investigation, in partnership with local law enforcement.  I’ve directed that the full resources of the federal government be made available for this investigation. 
We are still learning all the facts.  This is an open investigation.  We’ve reached no definitive judgment on the precise motivations of the killer.  The FBI is appropriately investigating this as an act of terrorism.  And I’ve directed that we must spare no effort to determine what -- if any -- inspiration or association this killer may have had with terrorist groups.  What is clear is that he was a person filled with hatred.  Over the coming days, we’ll uncover why and how this happened, and we will go wherever the facts lead us.

This morning I spoke with my good friend, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, and I conveyed the condolences of the entire American people.  This could have been any one of our communities.  So I told Mayor Dyer that whatever help he and the people of Orlando need -- they are going to get it.  As a country, we will be there for the people of Orlando today, tomorrow and for all the days to come.

We also express our profound gratitude to all the police and first responders who rushed into harm’s way.  Their courage and professionalism saved lives, and kept the carnage from being even worse.  It’s the kind of sacrifice that our law enforcement professionals make every single day for all of us, and we can never thank them enough.

This is an especially heartbreaking day for all our friends -- our fellow Americans -- who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.  The shooter targeted a nightclub where people came together to be with friends, to dance and to sing, and to live.  The place where they were attacked is more than a nightclub -- it is a place of solidarity and empowerment where people have come together to raise awareness, to speak their minds, and to advocate for their civil rights. 

So this is a sobering reminder that attacks on any American -- regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation -- is an attack on all of us and on the fundamental values of equality and dignity that define us as a country.  And no act of hate or terror will ever change who we are or the values that make us Americans.

Today marks the most deadly shooting in American history.  The shooter was apparently armed with a handgun and a powerful assault rifle.  This massacre is therefore a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people in a school, or in a house of worship, or a movie theater, or in a nightclub.  And we have to decide if that’s the kind of country we want to be.  And to actively do nothing is a decision as well.

In the coming hours and days, we’ll learn about the victims of this tragedy.  Their names.  Their faces.  Who they were.  The joy that they brought to families and to friends, and the difference that they made in this world.  Say a prayer for them and say a prayer for their families -- that God give them the strength to bear the unbearable.  And that He give us all the strength to be there for them, and the strength and courage to change.  We need to demonstrate that we are defined more -- as a country -- by the way they lived their lives than by the hate of the man who took them from us.

As we go together, we will draw inspiration from heroic and selfless acts -- friends who helped friends, took care of each other and saved lives.  In the face of hate and violence, we will love one another.  We will not give in to fear or turn against each other.  Instead, we will stand united, as Americans, to protect our people, and defend our nation, and to take action against those who threaten us.    

May God bless the Americans we lost this morning.  May He comfort their families.  May God continue to watch over this country that we love.  Thank you.

                                                          

May God bless the Americans we lost this morning.  May He comfort their families.  May God continue to watch over this country that we love.  Thank you.


      

#standwithorlando #orlandostrong #orlandorising


Sunday, June 12, 2016

BiNet USA Statement on Orlando, June 12th 2016

Statement on Orlando, June 12th 2016

BiNet USA mourns the tremendous loss of life at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL as the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA) community celebrated Pride, a yearly celebration originally co-organized by bisexual activist Brenda Howard in New York City over 4 decades ago.

Pride is a time we celebrate the diversity in our entire community and our collective gains for equality, but this week we worry, pray and hope for the safety of our entire LGBTQIA community.

We urge the media, the LGBTQIA community and our allies to avoid characterizing this tragedy as a religiously motivated terrorist attack until all details are in. Let us avoid focusing on the shooter's ethnicity or religion and instead center our conversations around what work we can do to end the hatred that brings about such violent acts.

As Martin Luther King once said,
"The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you may murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. So it goes. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."

We pray for love and light to guide our entire community in the days ahead.

Please consider donating to the Equality Florida GoFundMe setup for the victims and survivors in Orlando: https://www.gofundme.com/PulseVictimsFund

With a heavy heart,
The BiNet USA Board
www.binetusa.org

Thursday, June 09, 2016

WEHO CANCELS ON BISEXUALS! MTG RESCHEDULED FOR 6/16/16

Note from Faith Cheltenham, BiNet USA President:

On 6/9/26, at 11:34am, the day of, the City of West Hollywood Gay and Lesbian Advisory Board cancelled their meeting when many bi people planned to attend.

BiNet USA spoke to the board secretary and confirmed with a board member that the meeting would take place so this cancellation is upsetting.

Many of us took off work, arranged childcare or changed our busy schedules to attend. Heck, I even cancelled on President Obama (thanks Robyn Ochs, Hayden L Mora and Tangela Roberts for standing up for all of us) and the White House LGBT Pride Reception.

This is extremely disappointing and reflects the overall lack of care for local area bi, pan, fluid, queer (bi+) people I've come to expect from the City of West Hollywood.

Seems like someone's sending us some messages beyond you don't exist, if we do, we certainly don't matter.

We will attend next week's meeting but it's also be rescheduled for what looks to be a smaller room.
Nevertheless, we persist in our existence and this isn't over yet!


CANCELLATION EMAIL
At 11:43am I received this email:
Hi Faith,

Wanted to let you know that the Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board meeting scheduled for tonight at the Library Community Meeting Room has been canceled due to lack of a quorum. There will be no LGAB meeting tonight.

The meeting has been rescheduled for this time and place:

7 pm, Thursday, June 16, 2016
First Floor Conference Room
West Hollywood City Hall
8300 Santa Monica Blvd., 90069

Parking for the June 16 meeting will be in the Kings Road Parking Structure, 8383 Santa Monica Blvd., 90069, on the northeast corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and Kings Road.