Wednesday, December 22, 2010

DADT REPEALED!

Following the historic repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", Bi veteran leader Cliff Arnesen wrote an amazing letter you might be interested in reading.  To learn more about the New England GLBT Vets Inc, please visit http://www.newengland-glbt-vets.org/

Don't forget to read Cliff Arnesen's personal history on the BiNet USA website too.
"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: Quote from Lesbian News, October 2001


Saturday, 18 December 2010

Dear Fellow Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender & Heterosexual Veterans & Advocates:

On the morning of March 15, 1778, after having been court-martialed on charges of attempted sodomy, Lt. Gotthold Frederick Enslin, became the first known soldier in our Country's history to be
“drummed out” of the Continental Army on grounds of homosexuality -- with orders of “Never to return!”

Well, today, 232 years later, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender servicemembers and veterans have RETURNED, with the repeal of the U. S. Military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy by an affirmative
vote of the U.S. Senate.

Yes, today, Lt. Gotthold Frederick Enslin finally rests in peace, as do ALL other GLB&T veterans who gave their lives in service to our Country.

Today, as the United States Military fights a "global war on terrorism," our country needs every patriotic American to defend our Democracy. This includes Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender people who have fought with great honor and distinction in ALL of America's wars, and have shed their blood and died on strange battlefields alongside their heterosexual servicemembers in defense of our great Nation.

Today, justice delayed and denied was served to secure human & civil rights -- not special rights -- for the 14,000 plus servicemen and women discharged under the U. S. Military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. History will record that the sky did not fall down upon us, and the Earth did not quit spinning.

American Institute of Bisexuality Launches Message of Hope: It Gets BETTER

American Institute of Bisexuality Launches Message of Hope on International Human Rights Day

The recent suicides of several gay teens have drawn national attention to the issue of harassment and bullying of LGBTQ youth.

In September 2010, syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage and his partner created a YouTube video to address the issues and inspire hope for teens who are experiencing isolation, fear, and harassment in schools. This has become a world-wide effort, the "It Gets Better Project."

As we commemorate International Human Rights Day, the American Institute of Bisexuality is launching a message of hope for bisexual teens who suffer bullying and harassment along with their gay, lesbian, and transgender peers.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

[USA] cast of "Rose" tell bisexual teens "It Gets Better"

Kristen Howe, Stephanie Reibel and Fay Wolf from the cast of FenceSitter Film's popular web series "Rose By Any Other Name . . ." appear in a video directed at teens who identify as bisexual



as the blogger "Suburban Bi" notes, "the reality that there is a particular need to target bisexual youth with this message has so far been lost.

The statistic that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth as a whole are 4 times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers has just recently permeated the psyche of the US, Canada and a various countries that have been touched by recent events. But the statistics that show how strong suicidal ideation is among bisexuals specifically have been lost in the shuffle. And this community cannot be ignored if we are to reach and affect individuals who need to be helped."


This video which is part of a joint project of FenceSitter Films (FSF) and American Institute of Bisexuality (AIB) is just the first in a series of PSA's that are scheduled to be released over the upcoming months and are part of a number of high visibility steps being undertaken by bisexual organizations aimed at fighting biphobia and bisexual erasure.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Bisexual student says he was harassed by fraternity

When Andy Ruiz decided to join UC Riverside's local Lambda Theta Phi chapter last winter he said he did so with the understanding that his sexual orientation might cause problems with members of the fraternity.
This is the reason Ruiz, now a second year History major, said that he did not tell anyone involved with the frat that he identified himself as bisexual--at least not right away. When signing up for the induction process, Ruiz marked "straight" on the designated form which inquired after his sexual orientation. When Ruiz did confide his sexual orientation to a fellow initiate, he said did not expect word of it to spread....READ MORE and COMMENT AT THE SOURCE

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Vote!

Congratulations if you've cast your ballot already. 

If not, BiNet USA urges you to vote today for the person, party and/or ideal of your choosing!

Monday, November 01, 2010

Sirius Q - no bi-identified hosts?

BiNet USA has received a complaint that Sirius OutQ satellite radio - which has alternately bills itself as aimed at the glbt community and also as just the "gay and lesbian community" - apparently has no bi- or trans-identified radio hosts (and some would argue very little if any bi or trans content). Anyone out there have further insights into this and listen regularly to this channel?
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Bi identity survey vs others

Will Harpham of Austin College is working on his senior social psychology thesis regarding bisexual identity in comparison to other monosexual sexual orientations. His survey will see if bisexuals have a different mindset and if they are more or less fluid/rigid than monosexuals. Also he is looking to see if bisexuals view themselves and bisexuality differently than how they think others view their bisexual orientation/identity. While he is giving the survey to straight, gay, lesbian and bisexual people regarding romantic partner preference, sexual identification, group identification, perceived stereotypes and threats, thinking styles, self-esteem, and so forth, he is concerned about getting a good number of bisexual/fluid/open participants. To participate, contact him at wharpham@austincollege.edu or 214.335.1516.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Happy National Coming Out Day!

National Coming Out Day (NCOD) is an internationally observed civil awareness day for coming out and discussion about gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual and transgender (LGBT) issues. It is observed by members of the LGBT communities and their supporters (often referred to as "allies") on October 11 every year or October 12 in the United Kingdom. - Wikipedia

Coming out as Bi? 
Check out these links!

Bisexual Resource Center - "Coming Out as Bi"
http://www.biresource.net/comingoutasbi.shtml

Bi Social Network's Review of The Bisexual's Guide to the Universe
http://bisocialnetwork.com/the-bisexuals-guide-to-the-universe/

Coming Out: Realizing Bisexuality in a Straight World
http://www.lunamorena.net/pride/
 

VISIT HRC.ORG/NCOD to show your support for LGBT equality
Visit  

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Celebrate Bisexuality Day Events!

BOSTON 
Thursday, September 23, 2010 @ 7:30 PM
Club CafΓ©, 209 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02116
Tickets: $18-$25 sliding scale /$15 students and seniors
www.biliciousproductions.com
OVER 21 EVENT

CHICAGO
Celebrate Bi Day at The Center on Halsted on September 23rd at 7 p.m. "Working together works."

DALLAS/FORT WORTH 
Time September 23 · 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location The Bronx Restaurant
3835 Cedar Springs Rd.  Dallas, TX

Dfw Bi Net - Appetizers, dessert and door prizes. $5 donation suggested at the door but not required. Spread the word and RSVP to join us this evening for a fun, laid-back evening with LGBT community to celebrate the how ...and why of Bi!



LOS ANGELES
Celebrate Bisexuality Day Weekend 2010
Thursday, September 23rd
Bi Arts Fest
7:30pm—10pm
Village @ Ed Gould Plaza
LA Gay & Lesbian Center
1125 North McCadden Place, Los Angeles, CA 90038
$10 suggested donation

Friday, September 24th
Guerilla Bi Bar
8pm
Cha Cha Lounge
2375 Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Details and RSVP at www.meetup.com/AMBILA

Saturday, September 25th
Xtreme Bi Bowling
7pm - 10pm
AMF - Mar Vista Lanes
12125 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Please RSVP at www.meetup.com/AMBILA

Sunday, September 26th
Conversation with Lisa Diamond
6:30pm—9pm
Private residence
Hollywood Hills
$10 suggested donation
Please RSVP at labitaskforce@yahoo.com
See full flyers at:
www.labtf.org
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=82212042524&ref=mf

ST. LOUIS
September 23 · 6:30pm - 9:00pm

LGBT Community Center of Metropolitan St. Louis, Suite 420
625 N. Euclid Ave.
Saint Louis, MO

The Bisexual Alliance of St. Louis (BASL) in conjunction with the LGBT Center of St. Louis will be hosting an event in honor of Celebrate Bisexuality Day.

The theme of the evening will be visibility.  We will show a movie at 7:00 p.m., followed by discussion. Snacks and beverages will be provided.
http://www.schmap.it/v35h0t

WESTCHESTER, NY

Sept. 14th 7:30 PM

The LOFT: the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual &Transgender Community Services Center of the Lower Hudson Valley
252 Bryant Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605
914-948-2932
http://loftgaycenter.org


For Celebrate Bisexuality Day, we will be watching the movie "Zerophilia." This movie is a funny, gender-bending, bisexual romp that is also thought-provoking and deep. It will be followed by discussion.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Press Release: National Celebrate Bisexuality Day is Sept. 23

BiNet USA
4201 Wilson Blvd., Suite 110-311
Arlington, VA 22203-1859
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For immediate release

National Celebrate Bisexuality Day is Sept. 23
LOS ANGELES / NEW YORK / WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The 19th annual Celebrate Bisexuality Day (CBD) will be held Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010, and the following weekend, with house parties, performances, and more throughout the U.S.

Although the most recent version of CBD was started in 1999, it was preceded by similar events dating back to 1991 -- less than a year after BiNet USA was founded (it's now celebrating its 20th anniversary) and just five years after the founding of the Bisexual Resource Center.

BiNet USA asks supporters and friends to celebrate by holding visi-BI-lity activities to show their pride while fund-raising for national, regional, and local bi/pan/fluid organizations.

If you know of a local event, want to stage one, or need more information, contact BiNet USA today.

*BiNet USA traditionally defines "bisexuality" as "one's own awareness of one's own attraction to others regardless of gender," but increasingly people also self-identify as "fluid," "pansexual," "diverse" or eschew labels altogether.
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Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Prop 8 Decision and Rallies TODAY

The California Prop 8 Case will FINALLY be decided TODAY,
between (1 and 3 PM PST) 4 and 6 PM EST. To understand
what is going on, please read this excellent summary:

http://metroweekly.com/poliglot/2010/08/prop-8-decision-day-faq.html


The New York City Rally will be held at:

NYS Supreme Court
60 Centre Street
August 4 @ 7pm

by Marriage Equality New York, Queer Rising, and other
organizations. Bring friends, family and coworkers!! Also,
make signs and bring white flowers (if you can) for the
event!!!


The Boston Rally will be held at:

COPLEY SQUARE, BOSTON. 6 P.M. TONIGHT


BRING:
- White flowers
- Cakes with white frosting
- Rainbow flags or banners
- Posters with pro-marriage equality messaging

WEAR:
- White t-shirts or shirts

For info about other Rallies around the country:

http://wockner.blogspot.com/2010/08/prop-8-day-of-decision-rallies-etc.html

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Dan Choi gets fired!!!

"Make us to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong, and never to be content with a half truth when the whole truth can be won. ~ from the Cadet's Prayer, United States Military Academy at West Point
Lt. Dan Choi, who has been standing up against DADT (Don't Ask Don't Tell) for 17 months now, just got discharged. Remember that DADT makes it against the military code to be gay or bisexual, and as Cliff Arnesen, President of New England Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Veterans, Inc. found out, you don't get half a discharge for being bisexual.

No on can speak more eloquently than Dan Choi himself, so here he is talking about his discharge on the Rachel Maddow show:

http://advocate.com/video.aspx?pid=HoQWcNFSOGF3OfWRf7IpKnHXKzOkMFAR

Help the fight against DADT by joining Get Equal.

Monday, July 05, 2010

Take a survery on Bi/Pan/Fluid Self-Identification today!


Please take a moment to share your thoughts on the names we call ourselves!
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/V2M3N7M
Survey created by respected bi authors and researchers, Loraine Hutchins and Lani Ka'ahuman.

What do you label yourself? -- Lani and Loraine want to know!

Lani Ka'ahumanu and Loraine Hutchins are conducting a survey in honor of the 20th anniversary of the publication of their landmark tome, "Bi Any Other Name." Please take a moment to fill it out if you haven't already done so: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/V2M3N7M

Sincerely,

Gary B. North
President, BiNet USA
garybnorth@yahoo.com
president@binetusa.org



Friday, June 25, 2010

Pay for Faith's prexy fare!

Hey, all, we just sent Faith Cheltenham to the White House where she met Mr. O! That's the good news. But it was a last-minute invite and thus a last-minute fare and hotel booking - that's the bad news. Help pay for these, future surveys and opinion polls, our mailbox, phone, websites, 20th anniversary events, conferences -- you get the idea. Click on the PayPal buttons you see on our blog or website or send a check to our p.o.box address. Thanks!

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy 20th Anniversary, BiNet USA!

By Gary North, BiNet USA President

 

History was made June 23, 1990, in a classroom at Mission High School in the Castro District of San Francisco when activists agreed at the first U.S. National Conference on Bisexuality to formalize what already loosely existed in fact: a national network of bi groups and individuals. A "core group" was formed to continue the work of organizing and bringing some structure to the organic/grassroots movement. A much-debated "working name" was tentative given to the network -- the North American Multicultural Bisexual Network.

 

The working group continued to keep in touch throughout the year by email and phone calls and met again the following spring in Seattle to hammer out details. It was at that gathering that it was agreed the network would remain just that: a network of groups and individuals and not a structured "organization" as such. Preliminary financial, membership and task force structures were put in place, and it was agreed there would be a group of six "rapid responders" who would react to biphobic media messages and biphobic societal issues, but that no one responder would speak "for" the network nor "on behalf of" "all" bisexual people, only as an individual, albeit as a bi-identified person.

 

And again the name was debated. It was agreed that calling the network "North American" was presumptuous because there were no representatives from Canada (let alone Mexico and other areas that could be considered North America), and that for letterhead and media purposes a shorter name was needed, but it was also agreed that enough people felt strongly that the longer moniker must also be kept. Therefore, a compromise was tentatively reached: The full formal name of the network would be "The National Multicultural Bisexual Network of the Unites States of America" and the shorter nickname would be "BiNet USA" for the time being.

 

A press release announcing the formal establishment of the network was sent to The Associated Press and media such as The Nation magazine, both of which declined to run it, explaining it was of too little interest, concern and consequence to too few people.

 

As time went on, the name and structure were again revisited. Common usage brought a permanence to the shorter name. And although it was purposely founded in 1990 as a loose network of other groups and not as its own nonprofit organization, the network couldn't accept donations as tax-exempt. When it became increasingly clear that without a formal legal structure, the network could not adequately advance its goals of educating the public about bisexuality and supporting bi people, a decision was made to incorporate as a nonprofit organization. In its Florida Articles of Incorporation (file Feb. 14, 1994, and accepted the next day) and its filing for 501(c)(3) nonprofit status with the Internal Revenue Service (letter of determination dated July 24, 1995), the name was listed as: "BiNet/USA, the Bisexual Network of the USA".

 

But the fact remains that the network had been functioning since at least 1987 (see Lani Ka'ahumanu's remembrance below) and that activists had agreed to formalize the network in 1990. And so it is that, regardless of what name it has gone by (or bi any other name, wink-wink to Lani and Loraine Hutchins' landmark book) or what date you wish to choose, it was in that classroom on that weekend at that conference that activists decided to move forward and recognize the network. And the rest is history. And now it is time to make more history, and continue the effort to educate, to make the world a safer, more accepting place for bi people, and to raise people's awareness of their own capacity to love and be loved beyond rigid binary borders. We invite you to be part of that effort: through volunteerism, financial support, activism, and, above all, visibility.

 

-- Gary North, BiNet USA President

 

P.S.: Are you in touch with Sharla, Liz, Stephanie, Lucy, Alan, Woody, Bobbi or others who were active back when BiNet began? Encourage them to post some remembrances and suggestions for the future as we begin our next 20 years -- with another visit to the White House, no less! Barry, Luigi, Alexei, Laura, others who have been involved in BiNet USA over the past 20 years, can you share us YOUR remembrances or thoughts? Thanks!

 

P.P.S.: Thanks again to Bialogue/New York Area Bisexual Network webmaster, wink-wink, for lighting the fire that led others to push for bi representing June 22 at the White House pride reception, [http://bialogue.livejournal.com/38374.html], Ellyn Ruthstrom for further pushing the cause forward including the DNC gathering that morning, Robyn Ochs for contacting the White House and Rea Carey at the National Lesbian and Gay Task Force, and others including Loraine, Denise Penn and others who lent their knowledge and support to the quick action that led to the nearly-last-minute White House and DNC invitations. Let's hope that two years in a row of last-minute arrangements brings about a greater appreciation, awareness and consciousness of the fact that bi people really do exist and that we should be considered right from the get-go of all such planning. And more, of course, but this would be a start. -- GN

 

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Lani Ka'ahumanu remembers:

It was the first National Bisexual Conference produced/hosted by BiPOL in 1990. Initially it was "International" but we soon realized that was too much. Another question would be [in addition to: Did you attend the first national bi conference]: Did you go to the 1987 March on Washington where BBWN's Lucy Friedlander and Liz Nania (I think) produced a flyer that asked "Are we ready for a national bisexual network?" and BiPOL SF agreed to have our contact information on the flyer and to handle the response -- which we did, and the response was overwhelmingly YES WE ARE --so Autumn Courtney and I of BiPOL SF were sitting in my kitchen and said let's have BiPOL host a 1990 national conference to begin organizing a national organization. Woo-hoo! Someone -- Lucy and Liz? -- made a National Bisexual Network banner for the bisexual MOW contingent to march behind, and someone commented we have a banner and no network or something like that ... any BBWN folks have that bit of information?

 

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Rifka Reichler remembers:

I have an article that appeared in "Equal Times News," the local lgbt Minneapolis/St. Paul newspaper re: the conference held in San Francisco in summer 1990 that four people from Minnesota attended. I also have an article announcing the conference in Minneapolis in 1992 (which I was privileged to be at). ... Wow: 20 years! Congrats to us.

P.S.: One quick thought -- the beginnings of the national bi movement coincided with my becoming a mom and less able to travel- and this was pre-Internet. I lived in an area where I was *very* closeted. But thanks to many of the amazing friends I made at conferences etc., I always felt I was part of the community whether I was active or not. You who took care of me emotionally from far away know who you are -- THANK YOU.

 

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Happy Father's Day...

... to all the bi fathers out there!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Biphobia Quick Hit

"The View" recently managed to have a discussion that was biphobic, male biphobic, and homophobic, all rolled into one offensive package.

In a heartening display of solidarity, Cindi Creager of GLAAD is already working on it:

sophomoric-display-on-abcs-the-view

but asks our help in both letting the producers of "The View" and Joe Scarborough know that bisexuals, and male bisexuals, actually exist. Links are provided at the bottom of the above to email them. Please be polite.

You can also share it on FaceBook to encourage more people to email them.

Anyway, thanks, Cindi!!!!

Even MORE to the White House!

Robyn Ochs reports that Gunner Scott and Nancy Nangeroni, the chair and vice chair of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, will be at the White House reception Tuesday, and BOTH of them identify as bi as well as trans. Wonder who else is attending who many assume are gay/lesbian but actually consider themselves as bi!

Friday, June 18, 2010

3 to the White House!

Bi activists Ellyn Ruthstrom (Boston), Faith Cheltenham (L.A.) and ABilly S Jones-Hennin (D.C.) have been OK'd to attend the lgbt pride gathering at the White House on Tuesday with President Obama! More details to come!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Remembering Bi Veterans on Memorial Day - and wearing a Green Armband

There has been a lot about the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell
(DADT) in the news these days. Most people are not aware of this,
but the language of DADT specifically says that "gay AND
BISEXUAL" service members can be discharged if outed. So every
piece of mail that talks about the problems "gay and Lesbian"
service members face is problematic, as once again we are
erased. As Cliff Arnesen says, you don't get half a discharge
for being bi.

Speaking of Cliff, he is the President of the New England Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Veterans, Inc. He has been
fighting for queer rights in the Armed Forces since he was
discharged in 1967 for being bisexual.


Mike Szymanski wrote about him in his piece this year
for Memorial Day:

Bisexual veteran Cliff Arnesen lobbies for repeal of Dont-Ask-Dont-Tell

You can also read about other bi veterans here:

A-list-of-bi-people-who-have-served-as-soldiers

and let us not forget August Provost, whose murder most strongly speaks to the need for DADT to be repealed:

Suspect-in-murder-of-bisexual-is-sailor-found-dead-in-his-cell

Returning to DADT, Lt. Choi and others have started a hunger strike until it is repealed, which Obama could do with a stroke of the pen (see past blog "Obama and DADT). Please wear a green armband to show solidarity with them.

we-know-how-to-sacrifice

Saturday, May 22, 2010

BiNet memories and future-of essays requested

Were you an organizer of the first North American Conference on Bisexuality 20 years ago in San Francisco? Were you one of the folks who debated whether we should start a national bi organization? Did you participate in any of the subsequent meetings in Seattle, Minneapolis, Texas, etc.? Were you ever a board member, regional rep, task force member or rapid responder? Were you an early supporter of the grassroots effort?

If you said yes -- or if you have something to say about where BiNet USA should focus on next -- can you write a short essay (or call 1-800-585-9368 and leave a voicemail dictating one)? June marks the 20th anniversary of BiNet USA's founding, and we'd like to post essays looking back and looking ahead. Thanks!

For more info, call 1-800-585-9368 or email president@binetusa.org.

Friday, April 30, 2010

20th Anniversary of BiNet USA -- Are You Ready to (Throw a House) Party?!

Hey, all, BiNet USA turns 20(!) at the end of June, so we're promoting -- and hoping YOU'LL promote -- local bi participation in your regions' Pride Festivals during that time, and hold house parties in your homes, towns, parks, etc., on Bi VisiBIlity Day (a.k.a. Celebrate Bisexuality Day) Thursday Sept. 23 (or the weekend just after that). We're making this a yearlong (actually two-year-long) celebration of Bi Visibility and Pride: We kicked it off in February at Creating Change in Dallas with the first Bi/Pan/Fluid Organizing Institute at CC, and our plan is to throw a BiNet USA Anniversary Celebration at the next one this coming February in Minneapolis. We need your participation, your remembrances and memorabilia (it can be via cyberspace: emails, photos, etc) ... well, yes, we need donations, too ... but most of all your participation. Can you hold a house party in September? Are you willing to organize a local Pride March bi contingent honoring both your local people and 20 years of activism? Are you ready to venture to a Minnesota winter wonderland (now that many of you have enjoyed a spring there at BECAUSE)? If so, contact us at binetusa@binetusa.org or 1-800-JULY-FOURTH (1-800-585-9368) to let us know what you'd like to do, and what help you need! (Really want to get more involved? We're always accepting board of director applications!) Feel free to cross-post this :)

P.S.: If you're a former board member, regional rep, task force member or volunteer, contact me! If you know of one who's no longer active in the national movement, let them know about this too, and spread the word -- thanks!

Sincerely,

Gary North
President, BiNet USA
800-585-9368 toll-free
president@binetusa.org

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Day of Silence 4/16/2010

There is a lot of confusion these days about free speech
vs hate speech, including in the minds of the ACLU, who
are defending, of all people, Fred Phelps and the Westboro
Baptist Church because of an old-fashioned, misguided lack
of understanding that free speech does not include hate
speech.

Many people mistakenly believe that all speech is free in
this country, but it is not. The founders of this coutry
rapidly saw the ways in which speech could be harmful, and
made laws about harmful speech:

If I say I'm going to kill you, that is threatening, and it
is against the law in this country.

If I own a bakery, and go around town saying that my competitor's
bread is full of worms in order to try to drive her out of
business, that is slander, and that is illegal.

If I own a tabloid, and make up a nasty story about a Hollywood
star that is so vile that no one will ever want to see his
movies again, in order to sell papers, that is libel, and
that is illegal.

If you spent hours writing something, and I steal your words
and present them as my own, that is plagarism, and that is
illegal.

It used to be that only straight white men had power, and they
could say whatever they wanted to whoever they wanted. But as
other groups have achieved some measure of power, it has
become clear that words hurt and words kill in other ways than
those described above.

On April 6, 2009, Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, age 11, committed
suicide. He was being teased and taunted at school on a daily
basis for being gay. His mother pleaded with the school every
week to do something, but nothing was done. That was the fourth
time that year a middle-school-aged child suffered such bullying
and committed suicide. And with the Internet, cyber-bullying
and cyber-harrassment have become possible, and people feel
free to say even worse things through anonymity than they would
to someone's face.

But with all the suicides, and suicide rates in the bisexual and transgender communities are the highest of all, it has become clear that these deadly words cannot be ignored. Cyber-bullying is now illegal in Australia, with a $300,000 fine, and is illegal in several states. Hate speech is illegal on most Internet sites, so Fred Phelps has his own servers, so no one can shut him down. So the ACLU is defending someone who could not even post a video on YouTube.

Even as far back as 1996, the brave young people of
GLSEN decided to stand up to hate speech and bullying in their schools, and created the first Day of Silence. The idea has now spread widely, and in 2008 hundreds of thousands of students in more than 8,000 schools participated. For ideas about how you can participate, please see:

http://www.dayofsilence.org

Sunday, March 28, 2010

BECAUSE 2010 - It's Time!!!

The BECAUSE Conference is the premier weekend event for bisexuals, queers, non-mono-sexual, bi-curious, questioning, and all others, regardless of sexual or gender identity. This conference is open to everyone! BECAUSE draws people from throughout the Midwest and beyond to attend the various educational workshops, get active in the community, and enjoy the connections. We welcome you to be a part of an entertaining, educational, and enlightening weekend!

The 2010 BECAUSE Conference is being held at Hamline University from April 16-18. Highlight include keynote addresses from Amy AndrΓ© and Beth Zemsky, a conference wide panel titled It’s Time: Perspectives on Bisexuality Past, Present and Future, and our annual Cabaret event on Saturday evening.

For more details on the conferencehousing information and/or to register for this unique conference go to BECAUSEConference.org. Feel free to contact BECAUSE at BECAUSEonference@gmail.com with any questions or go to the Facebook group at facebook.com/BECAUSE.Conference.


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Save the date! April 16-18, 2010. It's Time!

Help us spread the word by posting our flier around town! Download it here:
http://www.becauseconference.org/CONFERENCEDOWNLOADS.html

Stay up to date on BECAUSE:
Google Group: groups.google.com/group/BECAUSE-conference
Facebook: facebook.com/#/BECAUSE.Conference
Twitter: twitter.com/BECAUSEConf

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Queering the Census

What is the only thing on earth that could possibly be cooler
than a YouTube video with slam poet Kit Yan in it? A YouTube
video with Kit Yan and BiNET's own vivacious VP, Faith
Cheltenham, in it!!!

As you can see from the video, it is that time again, the time
once every 10 years when we get to stand up and be counted so
that money and votes get sent to our districts. Under Bush, even
if a same-gender couple listed themselves as married, this was
changed to unmarried partner. Now, people can list themselves as
they are, so the fact that there ARE millions of married same-
gender couples across the US, and the sky is NOT falling, can be
recorded.

You can read exactly how to do it here:

http://ourfamiliescount.org/faqs/

If you want to Queer the Census even futher, you can sign the
petition at the Queer the Census Website:

http://www.queerthecensus.org

You can also get a sticker from them to put on the back of your
Census envelope when you mail it in.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Constance and her Prom dream date

We all dream of our Senior Prom, of the wonderful person who will be on our arm, of how good we will look, of how great that night of a lifetime will be …. But for Constance McMillen, of Itawamba County Agricultural High School, that dream has turned into a nightmare, simply because her dream date was a young woman, and what she wanted to wear was a tuxedo. First the principal of the school told her she could not bring who she wanted, nor wear what she wanted, and then, when Constance enlisted the aid of the ACLU, and a letter was sent on her behalf, he cancelled the entire prom.

At first Constance was frightened that she would be so hated and blamed that she was afraid to go back to school, but very bravely, she is back in school. The ACLU is rapidly working to fight now for the whole class to have their prom, since the prom is April 2nd.

If this does not work, many groups and people have stepped in to fund and run an alternate prom, but have been asked to funnel their efforts throught this group, which still needs help with donations:

http://mssafeschools.org/index.html

You can also join the Constance McMillen fan page on FaceBook:

Let-Constance-Take-Her-Girlfriend-to-Prom

She has made a very sweet thank-you video on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBeZ5E2R99w

but trolls are posting hateful comments on it. If you have a YouTube account, please go in and thumbs-down their comments and mark them as spam. This way the comments become invisible.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

A Community Unites (Part II)

For the beginning of this story, please read “A Community
Unites” (below). The very quick summary is that bisexual
and Lesbian Valentine’s Day related products were being
promoted via Twitter. Somehow this got twisted into our
saying “Lesbians are bisexual” by either the leader of
the Lesbian Mafia or someone posing as her, even though
we have saved the Twitter logs and we never said that.

We were unaware of The Lesbian Mafia before this flame war,
but that got us listening to their podcasts. In the confusion
of the mass spam attack on us they mounted, we thought their
podcast:

http://thelesbianmafia.podomatic.com/player/web/2007-03-17T19_40_33-07_00

was mocking us for being offended (it is not, it was their very first
podcast). However, since that podcast (start listening at about 24
minutes) also states “All bisexuals are whores.” (They are)
straight one day, do both the next, the next day a llama.”
“(I find them) repulsive,” “disgusting,” and their
lives are “a circus,” many of us wrote in to ask her
podcasting service to have that podcast removed.

BiNET USA then began to get letters from our allies saying that
they were getting threatening letters implying some harm if they
continued to support us.

“To Whom it Maybe Concern,

Are you aware that BinetUSA use the Internet as a platform to
Cyber bully, stalk, harass and abuse, gay bash women with sexist
woman-hating threats? They have been trolling me for over 2
years and and spend much of their time gay/woman/racist
bashing me by creating multiple accounts online calling me
sexist epithets like "stupid white bitch." At one point
they were talking about me dying. Twitter has shut down a
few of their accounts but this person is mentally ill and
continues to create new accounts to cyber stalk, harass,
bully, threaten, spam, abuse.

I am keeping this email that I have sent you on file. I
would like for you to be aware of your associations

and how they affect your organization if you
support them."


To set the record straight:

BiNET USA was not even aware that the Lesbian Mafia existed until
Feb. 13th, 2010.

BiNET USA did not even have a Twitter account until May, 2009.

If a person receives a tweet s/he does not like, all they have to
do is block the sender. THERE IS NO WAY YOU CAN BE CYBER
BULLIED ON TWITTER WITHOUT YOUR CONSENT. We have one
and only one Twitter account. However, since The Lesbian
Mafia’s very first Podcast was highly offensive to bisexuals,
and she admits in later podcasts that she bi-bashes, it is
quite likely that she gets angry tweets from bisexuals.
She may be confusing those with tweets from BiNET USA.

As time progressed, Cowtown Bisexual did put up a thoughtful
post about times that a woman might identify as Lesbian while
behaving as bisexual:

Lesbians are not bisexual unless they are

This person posted comments to the Cowtown Bisexual blog, and
tried to post comments on our blog personally threatening our
programmer: “And be very careful before you take to Cyber
Bullying while hiding behind your computer screen like the
coward that you are. If you didn't know laws have been passed
and every move you make on the internet is tracked. My buddies
know everything about you honey. Eeeeeeverything about your
present, your past, your location....eeeeeverything.”


As you can see from reading the previous blog, we explain it was
all a mistake, we never said “Lesbians are bisexual.” But that
did not stop her. Apparently she was warned by her podcast
administrator to stop the personal threats (from a follow-up
letter when one of our alert friends asked her to provide a name
and substantiation for her accusations): “he can spread false
accusation about me on my own threat to my listeners is hurting
my program and of course affecting possible advertising, my
higher up already messaged me about it.”
So now she is
going after BiNET.

To summarize: we never said Lesbians are bisexual, although any
thoughtful person will acknowledge that there are no hard and
fast rules about sexual orientation and gender identity. We only
send out tweets about articles, products, shows, etc., that might
be of interest to the bisexual and LGT community. We only have
one person who tweets for us, so we don’t really have time to
do anything more than that. With only one person doing it, it
can hardly be considered to be spamming. We have a huge amount
of saved twitter logs of whoever this is being viciously
personally insulting to people up to and including our
beautiful woman of color Vice President, Faith:

"THIS IS A RACIST BLOG!!! STOP BEING A RACIST!!!
WOULD YOU LIKE TO WHIP WHITE PEOPLE YOU RACIST!!!"

"EWWWW!!! WHY THE HELL YOU GONNA POSE STANDING
NEXT TO PRETTY PEOPLE?" and lots more of the same.


I doubt they can provide one single instance of an actual BiNET
person even being rude. However, if she does not wish to receive
Twitter promoting bisexual merchandise, etc. again she simply
needs to block the BiNET twitter feed.

Finally, our bi allies who have received these emails and passed
them on to us have been incredibly supportive, so once again this
has brought the larger bi community closer together. And the final
irony of this all is that it started when we were promoting bi and
Lesbian Pride bracelets made by a young Lesbian sister, just
because we like her and were trying to help her. So because we
were inclusive and tried to help a Lesbian, a Lesbian group
is in an all-out war against BiNET?

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Hear Directly from the Voices of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”

Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) will convene a press conference to spotlight the human impact of the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) policy. The event will feature a number of service men and women who will share their personal experiences under DADT. It will bring together Congressional leaders and a range of groups and individuals – all committed to the responsible, speedy repeal of this antiquated policy. Following the brief presentation, press will have the opportunity to interview featured speakers as well as representatives from groups at the forefront of the repeal movement.

What:               Press Conference on “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”  

When:              Wednesday, March 3rd at 12:30pm (media availability directly after presentation)

Where:             South Congressional Meeting Room (CVC 217), U.S. Capitol Visitor Center  Map

Who:                Members of Congress, military service members, and other stakeholder groups

Speakers:         U.S. Representatives Jim Moran, Mike Honda, Lois Capps, Jerrold Nadler, and Jared Polis

U.S. Navy Capt. Joan Darrah, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. David Hall, U.S. Coast Guard Bronwen Tomb, U.S. Army Officer Jon Powers

Learn about Congressman Moran’s work to repeal DADT at www.moran.house.gov
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I look forward to hearing these stories in the news, it's nice to see folks are interested in putting a human face on an unjust policy. - Faith Cheltenham, VP BiNet USA

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Harry Potter is on Our Side!!!

We have known for some time that Dumbledore was gay but in very recent good news, Daniel Radcliffe, the star of the "Harry Potter" series, has recently come out in support of gay, lesbian, transgender, and BISEXUAL people!!!

Read all about it here or here, http://cowtown-bisexual.blogspot.com/2010/02/daniel-radcliffe-is-passionate-about.html


Sunday, February 21, 2010

NY Assemblymember Kellner Given Brenda Howard Award

Out bisexual New York State Assembly Member Micah Z. Kellner was honored at the 17th Annual PFLAG-Queens awards luncheon today by being given the 2009 Brenda Howard Memorial Award.

Assemblyman Micah Kellner at work in NY


He was introduced by Estraven, Secretary of BiNET USA, with these words:

"Ladies, Gentlemen, or however you identify yourselves,

We are gathered here today to give the The Brenda Howard Award to New York State Assembly Member Micah Z. Kellner. It is given yearly, and recognizes an individual or organization whose work on behalf of the LGBT Community best exemplifies the vision, principals and community service of the late bisexual rights activist Brenda Howard, and who serves as a positive and visible role model for the Bisexual Community.

I first met Micah last year, and over the time I have known him I have become more and more impressed with him. It is easy to be impressed with what he has done in the Assembly for LGBT New Yorkers. He was first elected to represent New York’s 65th Assembly District in 2007. In that short time, he has been a strong champion of marriage equality for same-gender couples, co-sponsoring the Assembly bill and voting for it three times. He also co-sponsors and has voted for GENDA, the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act.

Micah is the author of two bills that will be helpful to the LGBT community. The first requires the State Office of the Aging to do an annual report to assess the needs of and delivery of services to LGBT seniors and to provide technical assistance to organizations that provide services to LGBT senior populations. The second would require judges in criminal court to instruct juries to disregard appeals to bias and prejudice through courtroom tactics, such as when a perpetrator of a crime employs a “panic defense” strategy. He has also been working to secure the right of same-gender couples to file their taxes jointly in New York State. He has worked closely with the Governor's office on this and is hoping for a victory this year.

However, as I have gotten to know Micah better, and have learned more about him, I have become even more impressed with him as a person. As an infant, Micah was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and underwent numerous operations and years of physical therapy.  His disability is not visable, but instead of hiding it, while earning his Bachelor’s degree at New York University, he became politically active on behalf of the disabilities community, and has since become a powerful voice for the rights of persons with disabilities in the Empire State.

Again, during his first campaign, he was advised by people who cared about him to hide the fact that he is bisexual, since that is also not obvious, and to say that he is straight, or to say that he is gay, anything but bisexual. But hiding and sneaking is not Micah’s way. Instead, he is one of only four out and proud elected bisexual officials in the United States of America. Every out LGBT elected official does immeasurable good for all the LGBT people in this country. Research shows that prejudice is most readily dispelled by people seeing someone who does not act like the negative stereotype. Having an out and proud bisexual politician like Micah, who lives a quiet life, works extremely hard for his constituents, and actually continues, month in and month out, to EXIST (disproving the biphobic myth that no one else in the LGT spectrum has to struggle with, that we B’s don’t even exist) does more for bisexuals than any other single person possibly could, and takes more courage than we can possibly know.

Finally, not only does Micah give a voice to the least often heard segments of the population, bisexuals and the disabled, but he gives a voice to those literally without a voice; animals. He is an animal rights activist, and introduced Oreo’s Law to protect animals from being needlessly euthanized in shelters.

Gandhi once said 'A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.' Micah’s greatness is measured by his compassion for those with no voice, and by his courage. The election of the first biracial President has made me wonder if we will ever have a bisexual President; Micah’s intelligence, command of the issues, and concern for all of his constituents certainly makes him worthy of the job."

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Previous winners of the Brenda Howard Memorial Award:

2005 - Lawrence Nelson
2006 - Tom Limoncelli
2007 - Wendy Moscow
2008 - Wendy Curry

Sunday, February 14, 2010

A Community Unites

It all started so innocently. Bisexual and Lesbian related stuff was being promoted via Twitter; some nice Gay Pride and Bi Pride bracelets, a Web series about a woman who has always thought she was Lesbian who finds herself falling for a man, and how she herself and her friends react to it, etc. So the words "Lesbian" and "bisexual" were linked in the same tweet, which was merely promoting Valentine's Day stuff of interest to the community. Suddenly this huge flame war started against the person who does BiNET twittering, who never ONCE said that Lesbians are bisexual, saying that she had said that, by a group called The Lesbian Mafia.

The bi community was completely confused by this, as it came of of nowhere in reaction to nothing. This tempest in a teapot grew over Saturday the 13th into Sunday, mostly via Twitter, and grew to scary proportions, with violent personal threats against people who stood up against their biphobia (up to and including lynching), very racist comments against members of the bi community who happen to be POC (people of color), even a podcast mocking the fact that bisexuals were upset, etc.

But even in the face of personal, obscene, physical threats, we did not back down. The community stood up in support of one another, on Twitter, with blogs, on Facebook and in emails. Most touchingly of all, many Lesbians stood up with us against the biphobia of the Lesbian Mafia, saying things like "EXACTLY, I'm a homo who's reppin' for ALL the communities!" "I refuse to be part of a group where they only stick to their own kind & want to be narrow-minded, ignorant & give other LGBTQ communites a bad name...I don't want to be part of that."

Indeed, the result of all this is that, on Valentine's Day, we are left with a warm feeling of being supported and cared for, and the community is stronger than ever. We are deeply grateful to both those in our own community and to our allies for standing up.

Happy Valentine's Day -- Hug These Action Items!*

*... and an Activist!

Here's a wrap-up of what we accomplished at the first officially recognized Bisexual, Fluid, Pansexual and Queer-identified Organizing Institute* at Creating Change in Dallas TX on February 4th 2010.

But first: Did you know that Bi Visi-BI-lity Day was originally on Valentine's Day before it was moved to Sept. 23? It's true! But EVERY DAY is Bi Visibility Day if you make it so.

BiNet USa President Gary North addresses the Bisexual, Fluid, Pansexual and Queer-identified Institute at Creating Change in Dallas TX in Feb 2010That's why nearly 70 activists gathered the Bisexual, Fluid, Pansexual and Queer-identified Organizing Institute, and over the course of the day, we discussed what the next steps should be in the movement. After much discussion to identify goals, we broke into four groups to pinpoint action items: Campus, Resources, People Of Color (POC), and "the big 3" -- BiNet USA, the Bisexual Resource Center (BRC) and the American Institute on Bisexuality (AIB). Of course there are many other affinity groupings (Veterans, Elders, Health-care, Economics, etc.), but this was a start.

The idea is that these set (or re-set) in motion the bi/pan/fluid/queer/allied/people-who-like-other-people movement* for the coming year -- we'll be keeping in touch to check on each other's progress, and you can, too: as an activist or supporter. If you're not already on them some good places to start are the BiNet USA Yahoo Group/Email List, BiNet USA on Twitter as well as the BiNet USA Facebook Group.

A special thank you to our facilitators and speakers, especially Robyn Ochs (whose introduction to the group I so totally botched "from memory" without using my notes that I'm still mortified!); Amanda Morgan, Angel Fabian, Denise Penn, Ellyn Ruthstrom, Estraven, Faith Cheltenham, Luigi Ferrer, Matt Goodman and Mike Szymanski.

And an extra-special thanks to Matt and DFW BiNet for terrific hosting, and especially NGLTF leader Rea Carey, Creating Change leader Sue Hyde and all the others who made Creating Change so successful (be sure to take a look at the photos of our incredible Hospitality Suite, the Bisexual, Fluid, Pansexual and Queer-identified Organizing Institute and our Dinner Out on our Facebook page!)

Sincerely,
Gary North
President, BiNet USA

* I semi-facetiously suggested that since "bi" is too binary and other folks prefer to rally around other monikers and/or don't like to have the word "sexual" in there, we call ourselves "PAFKABs": People Also Known As Bisexuals ... but I don't think it'll catch on ...

Bisexual, Fluid, Pansexual and Queer-identified Organizing Institute at Creating Change 2010 in Dallas Texas
The Bisexual, Fluid, Pansexual and Queer-identified Organizing Institute
at Creating Change in Dallas Texas USA
Thursday, February 4th 2010


Brainstorming Session Results:
What We’re Going to Organize Around Starting This Year With follow-up coordinating discussions June 2010 / September 2010 / December 2010 / March 2011

Overview
After Robyn Ochs gave same opening remarks to inspire and challenge the gathering, leaders of BiNet USA and the Bisexual Resource Center (BRC)put the movement into historical perspective and gave their own thoughts about where we are “at” and where they want it to go, as did and a non-bi-group-affiliated individual (the American Institute of Bisexuality (AIB) reps spoke later in the day).

This led into introductions of all attendees, followed by four breakout discussion groups (determined by simple count-off) to discuss what issues people wanted to organize around starting this year – which is the 20th anniversary year of BiNet USA and the 25th anniversary year of BRC. Once the groups reconvened as a meeting of the whole to present their findings, four themes emerged:

A. Education and Outreach (Reaffirmation)
B. Intersections of Equality
C. Bisexual, Fluid, Pansexual and Queer-identified Infrastructure (Community Building)
D. Mentoring New Leaders

Then the gathering broke into four affinity groups to identify ways we will jointly, collectively and coordinately implement these goals. The four self-identifying groups were:

1.) Campus
2.) Resources
3.) People of Color (POC)
4.) The "Big 3": National Groups representing the interests of the Bisexual, Fluid, Pansexual and Queer-identified Communities

Here are summaries of what each group subsequently pinpointed as goals/action items to work on throughout the next two years:

1.) CAMPUS/STUDENT/YOUTH (Youth Are Leaders)
  1. Education and Outreach – Reaffirmation
    1. Introducing bi programming early on in year
    2. colleges partnering
    3. discussions with ground rules
    4. “safe zone”/ally training that include bi
    5. discussions with other cultural/etc groups
  2. Intersections of Equality
    1. use of administration and other connections
    2. making an effort to support other groups, attend their events
    3. intra-/extra-/inter-campus community
    4. discussion with other cultural/etc groups
    5. invite bi individuals from outside campus
  3. Bi Infrastructure
    1. addressing bisexuals at the beginning of events/semesters
    2. if possible, umbrella organizations
    3. specifically design Big 3’s websites for youth/students
  4. Mentoring New Leaders – collaborative programming
    1. advertise in community at large and specifically high school students
    2. mentor existing leaders on bi/trans issues
    3. mentor bi activists on how to include students
    4. using our power as paying students to demand change and access to resources

2.) RESOURCES
  1. Education and Outreach – Reaffirmation
    1. viral video campaign for empowerment
    2. resource kit (DVD, pamphlets, 20-item checklist
    3. posting your story as a bisexual, fluid, pansexual or queer-identified person on a site
  2. Intersections of Equality
    1. providing a space for all bisexual, fluid, pansexual and queer-identified people in general as well as spaces for POC, student, etc. who identify as bisexual, fluid, pansexual and queer-identified
    2. providing resources for all parts of the community (POC, elders, students . . . )
  3. Bisexual, Fluid, Pansexual and Queer-identified Infrastructure
    1. start locally, let yourself be a resource
    2. reach back to rural areas to help them get to where more progressive cities are
    3. DFWI pamphlets to get ideas for starting organizations for bisexual, fluid, pansexual and queer-identified people
  4. Mentoring New Leaders
    1. committing to offering yourself as a mentor
    2. maintain your own resource list (friendly/inclusive people/business), and provide it to the overall community
3.) PEOPLE OF COLOR (POC)
  1. Education and Outreach – Reaffirmation
    1. Within communities of color ------ \
      1. intersections
    2. Within LGBT communities -----------/
  2. bisexual, fluid, pansexual and queer-identified community about poc issues
    1. Inclusive identity
    2. Diversity of expression
    3. Checking assumptions
    4. Deconstruct notion of masculine & feminine
    5. Innate within community
    6. Ask how I express it and/both
    7. Interactive web reaching GL comm[unity] from place of strength
    8. No translatable word/phrase and be OK with that
    9. Churches – communities of faith
    10. TV/radio personalities
    11. Racial/ethnic/low income community – gatekeepers
    12. Personal visibility
    13. Early in life – all, high school, growth groups, other schools
    14. Social justice orgs
    15. Create spaces
  3. Intersections of Equality
    1. Both/and – racial equality and ___
    2. Inseparable ID
    3. Unrelenting on non-separation
    4. Being an ally:
      1. allowing people to speak for selves
      2. one on one
      3. checking in
    5. Diaspora/globalization
    6. Not ignoring parts of ID
    7. Intersections of oppression
    8. Celebrating ID
    9. Power analysis
    10. Lifting people up
    11. Recognizing privilege and being accountable
  4. Bisexual, fluid, pansexual and queer-identified Infrastructure (community building)
    1. Bring Prides Together (Latino, African American, etc.)
    2. How can we ally each other
    3. Exposure & promotion
  5. Support groups
      1. Discreetness, location, wording
      2. Separate form the L&G
      3. Explore shame & stigma imposted by culture
    1. Showing up for one another
    2. Positive, pleasurable bi health/sex ed – free available contraceptive for all
  6. Mentoring New Leaders
    1. Peer to peer
    2. Embrace new ideas
    3. ID previous leaders needing to pass torch
    4. Visibility in numbers
    5. Anyone can be a mentor
    6. Mentorship program well-rounded
    7. Leaders – outreach and change; inclusiveness of opinions
    8. Further development of diversity curriculum (being specific and deliberate)
    9. Exchange programs
    10. Campus – face-to-face
    11. Community centers, high schools, etc.
    12. Accountable for each other to teach
4.) The "Big 3": National Groups representing the interests of the Bisexual, Fluid, Pansexual and Queer-identified Communities Continue to offer and grow/enhance their services to the above three groups:
  1. Research: the American Institute of Bisexuality (AIB)
  2. Organizing/Coordinating: BiNet USA
  3. Resources: the Bisexual Resources Center (BRC)

Monday, February 08, 2010

Creating Change 2010

Hello Everyone,

Creating Change 2010 is over, and the Bi's have left the Sheraton Dallas. Now, I need to talk and express my thoughts about the last five days. This was a historical Creating Change for the Bi Community. Never before have we seen a Bi/Pan/Omni/Fluid Institute at Creating Change or a Bi Hospitality Suite. Two events I was heavily involved in...

The first ever bi suite is empty... The Bi Pride Flags are down... and I'm not there watching our home anymore. For five days, Dallas was home to the National Bi Community. We had a place to call our own, to bond, connect and build a community. It was simply incredible to be in a safe space that was open to everyone. The space that became our home will always be a warm place in my heart. I was fortunate to see the magic it had. We educated people... became friends... then we became a family. I would personally like to thank Sue Hyde and Rea Carey with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. In my views, they are our biggest allies. I look forward to seeing them stop by next year in the Bi Hospitality Suite at the next Creating Change.

The BI/Pan/Omni/Fluid Institute was monumental (first ever paid by Creating Change, although we think there was one at Creating Change Oakland paid by BiPol). People from all walks of life were there discussing where they think the Bi/Pan/Omni/Fluid Movement should, no MUST go from here. In that room on the 37th floor, overlooking my hometown on a foggy day, I think the people assembled charged the Bi Community with the following mission: to increase Bi Visibility and rid the world of Bi Erasure.

I hope that those who attended and found a home with us in Dallas continue being inspired and work to build a better world for all. I for one am an Agent of Change.


With much love,

Matt Goodman
Treasurer
BiNet USA

President
Bisexual Community of North Texas

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Academic Bi: New International Mailing List/Yahoo Group

We are very excited to help announce Academic Bi an International (English-language) Mailing List/Yahoo Group, started by a Bi-identified Israeli Academic and Activist for the Discussion of and the Exchange of Information and Ideas about Topics related to Bisexual/Pansexual Theory, Queer Theory and the Academic Study of Bisexuality, Pansexuality, Fluidity, et. al.Academic Bi an International (English-language) Mailing List/Yahoo Group for the Discussion of and the Exchange of Information and Ideas about Topics related to Bisexual/Pansexual Theory, Queer Theory and the Academic Study of Bisexuality, Pansexuality, Fluidity, et. al. Other things that would be appropriate to Post to the Group include but are not limited to:

o Calls for Submissions
o Internships
o Scholarships
o Requests for Participants in Studies
o RFP's (Request For Proposals)
o Announcements of Publications of Works pertaining to the subject(s)

To join click on this link: Academic Bi or send and email to academic_bi-subscribe (at) yahoogroups (dot) com

We see this List as an important "Also" rather than as an "Instead of" some of the older more established Academic LGBT Lists (such as QStudies) where it is Very Important to ALSO keep Bisexual, Fluid, Pansexual & Queer-identified Voices and we all hope that there will be MUCH Cross-pollination.

10th International Conference on Bisexuality University of East London, Docklands, UK on 26th August 2010Additionally, it is hoped that many in the new group will consider attending BiReCon (Bisexual Research Conference) which will take place at the University of East London, Docklands, UK on 26th August 2010. BiReCon will be the first day of the 10th International Conference on Bisexuality (10 ICB) in 2010 and is the second one-day academic conference on research into bisexuality, pansexuality, fluidity, et. al..

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Even if you find that this List is not a good fit for you personally, could we also ask all of you to Please Circulate This Information Widely to ALL LGBT & "Straight-But-Not-Narrow" venues and people who might be interested and would find this Additional Venue to be a useful tool.

Thank you

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

[BiNet USA]: Buju Banton? Bye Bye!







Media Advisory

Date: 01/19/2010 07:30 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time Contact: press@binetusa.org 1-800-585-9368

The Board of Directors and Members of BiNet USA are proud to stand with the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD), Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and many other LGBT and Progressive organizations and people in expressing our profound disappointment with the Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Awards for honoring dancehall artist Buju Banton.

Ms. Faith Cheltenham BiNet USA's Vice-president and Liaison to the African-American/Native American Community(s) stated,
"While BiNet USA will always continue to fight against even the smallest limitation of anyone's First Amendment Rights, in this case we're not asking that his freedom of speech be abridged. We simply object to praising someone for calling for murder, violence and discrimination to be practiced against LGBT People."
Queers Bash Back - No Boom Bye Bye- No Murder MusicBanton has a long history of advocating violent discrimination against LGBT people up to and including murder in his music including the infamous song "Boom Bye Bye"; in his actions including a widely reported 2004 incident when he was part of a group of young men that forced their way into a private house in downtown Kingston and badly beat the occupants causing one to lose use of an eye, simply on the grounds that he believed them to be gay men; and as recently as October 2009 in his speech when he said "This is a fight, and as I said in one of my songs, 'there is no end to the war between me and faggot' and it's clear."

Additionally Banton has further shown himself to be an untrustworthy person of low morals who is not the type of person society should hold up and honor, especially in front of youth since he has on the one hand signed agreements as late as 2007 repudiating violence as a method for working out social differences in an attempt to appease Western European/American audiences while at the same time running back and laughing behind their backs to his hometown crowd loudly stating that his violent views remain the same. And then just in December he further showed his bad judgment in involving himself with some fast-buck artists that has resulted in him having USA Federal charges for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute several keys of cocaine.

Buju Banton Ad in Variety Magazine the coalition advertisement 'Promoting Murder is not a 'Cultural Perspective'All in all Banton has continued to show himself to be a disappointing young man who has not yet learned from experience and instead wastes his considerable talent in selfish and anti-social endeavors. This activity harms himself most of all in addition to his fans.

We also find that it is short-sighted and irresponsible for the Recording Academy to encourage and reward someone who has the potential to be such a fine artist and a good example for his culture and community to continue in this childish self-destructive behavior simply so the music industry can garner free publicity and make money off of his sad public folly.
J-FLAG - Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-sexuals and GaysTo be of real assistance to the LGBT people of Jamaica, please support their national LGBT group, the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-sexuals and Gays J-FLAG.

Additionally please take the time to sign this on-line petition: Act Now: Protest Buju Banton's Grammy Nomination.
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