Wednesday, June 14, 2017

#HonorThemWithAction-PULSE

Dear friends,

Yesterday it was our time to march - and now it's time to turn this March into a Movement. Today is the one-year mark of the Pulse massacre in Orlando that claimed the lives of 49 people, mostly LGBTQ and Latinx young people. The horror unfolded in the middle of Pride month on Latinx night at Pulse, a popular gathering place for young queer people of color.

We must ensure the lasting memorial of the Pulse massacre is the real change that comes from challenging hatred, discrimination, and violence of all kinds. 
Join us as we #HonorThemWithAction.
It’s not enough to mourn those taken from us. It’s not enough to celebrate our collective resilience. We cannot allow the Pulse massacre to be yet another national tragedy. This must be a national turning point that spurs us to new action.

We need you to step up and speak out against all forms of violence, be they mass shootings, genocide abroad, everyday gun violence, vandalism at houses of worship, and yes, even hateful words spoken from a pulpit, a pew, or over the dinner table.
At a moment when some sought to meet fear with fear and hate with hate, the Orlando community came together, united in a commitment to challenge bigotry and hatred, not nourish it. A deep resilience emerged from survivors, victims’ loved ones, Orlando residents, elected leaders, LGBTQ people and our allies around the world. One year ago people held vigils and fundraisers to directly aid the families of those killed and the survivors and committed to combatting hatred of all kinds. Tonight, many will gather to grieve and hold each other close.
As we think about all the ways in which our world is different one year later, I challenge you to join us in uprooting and challenging hatred of all kinds, and to take action each and every day to make the world different, better, and safer for all of us. Thank you for your compassion, your solidarity, and your support. But most of all, thank you for standing with us to do the work of fully addressing and combating hatred wherever it exists.
The #HonorThemWithAction campaign will be providing 49 action ideas over the course of 7 weeks in honor of each of the lives taken at Pulse Nightclub one year ago. Every Monday we will provide you with a list of 7 actions you can take for that week. They will include ways to reflect on Pulse but will also highlight ways to take action on the platform issues of the Equality March for Unity and Pride: Biphobia, Disability Rights, Elder Rights, Faith & Religion, HIV/AIDS, Immigration Justice, Indigenous/Two Spirit, Income Inequality, International, Legislative Issues, Racial Justice, Reproductive Justice, Transphobia, Violence, Youth. The first 7 actions are included below. We hope that your actions this week will help to grow this movement as we take on actions in later weeks. One easy but effective way of doing this is to share this email with your network:
#HonorThemWithAction Week One
Day One | Monday, June 12, 2017
Attend or create a Pulse Remembrance event in your local community or watch one online. Be sure to use #HonorThemWithAction on social media if you are live tweeting from events.
Day Two | Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Reflect on and then write a letter to the editor to your local paper encouraging people in your community to honor the lives taken during the Pulse Massacre by committing to action to diminish the harm perpetrated against members of the LGBTQ community.
Day Three| Wednesday, June 14, 2017
As a part of your commitment to 49 Days of Action, make a list of friends and family you want to join you and share with them these emails.
Day Four| Thursday, June 15, 2017
Have intentional 1-on-1 conversations with 3 people from your list to discuss why you are participating in the “HonorThemWithAction” campaign and the importance of them joining you in honoring the lives taken during the Pulse Massacre through action.
Day Five| Friday, June 16, 2017
Contact your member of Congress and demand they sign on as a co-sponsor for the Disarm Hate Act, a bill that closes the Violent Hate Crimes Loophole that permits the sale of firearms to individuals who have been convicted of threatening with a deadly weapon or assaulting someone based on their race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.
Day Six| Saturday, June 17, 2017
Today marks the second year remembrance of the shooting at Mother Emanuel AME in Charleston, South Carolina. Honor the lives taken there and at Pulse by adding your voice to the #DisarmHate campaign. Learn more about the campaign and utilize social media tools using the resources found HERE.
Day Seven| Sunday, June 18, 2017
Share on social media and with friends and family the actions you’ve taken this week as a part of the #HonorThemWithAction campaign.
Report back to the campaign about the outcomes from the actions you’ve taken using this form:  https://goo.gl/forms/Oa64v5QSCv9aGjtC3

Anika Simpson
Co-Chair

 49 days of #HonorThemWithAction


49 días de #HonorThemWithAction

Graphics: The 49 PULSE victims


Friday, June 09, 2017

Bisexual+ Platform for The Equality March 2017



The Equality March for Unity and Pride will continue to develop and grow after June 11th. One of the things still in development is the platforms. In order to give them the value they deserve they will be posted after careful and concise input from the those must affected. 


The 15 Platforms are:

Reproductive Justice
Immigration Justice
Youth
Racial Justice
Income Inequality
Disability Rights and Disability Justice
Elder Rights
Biphobia
Transphobia
HIV/AIDS
Faith and Religion

The Bisexual+ Platform, however is completed and we are sharing it with everyone!!

Bisexual pride flag
The stripe colors and widths, from top to bottom, are pink (40%), purple (20%), and blue (40%


Bisexual+ Platform for Equality March

From Stonewall to the Supreme Court, the bisexual+ community has fought and worked alongside the rest of the LGBTQIA+ community; and yet we have been actively silenced, our contributions forgotten, and our identities erased. We have been asked to set aside our concerns “for the greater good,” or “for a united front.” We have sacrificed our own well-being for the cause of a movement that continues to exclude and silence us.


We will not be silenced any more.


The goal of the Equality March is for members of LGBTQIA+ communities to come together, to heal and unite. Our communities are beautifully diverse, but plagued with divisions and unexamined prejudices. In order to work effectively together, we must acknowledge and address the racism, transphobia, biphobia, classicism, ageism, ableism, and other forms of discrimination that are present within our broader community.



We can no longer allow the LGBTQIA+ community to ignore the staggering disparities we face related to violence, rape, suicide, job discrimination, and physical and mental health. Bisexual people comprise more than half the LGBTQIA+ community. Our concerns warrant research, funding, and action; and yet larger LGBT organizations and funders continue to ignore our unique issues. We will not suffer this neglect any more by those who claim to represent us.



Within the bisexual advocacy community, we are keenly aware of how our intersecting identities inform our lives and the challenges we face. Bisexual people are poor, people of color, indigenous, trans, non-binary, two spirit, agender, young, old, disabled. Whether we are bisexual, pansexual, polyamorous, ambisexual, multisexual, polysexual, queer, asexual, demisexual — indeed, however we label or do not label ourselves — we carry multiple layers of marginalization that needs addressing by the larger LGBTQIA+ community.



As such, we demand the gay and lesbian population acknowledge their contribution to biphobia and bisexual erasure and work diligently to educate themselves and others. Gay and lesbian people must support us openly and publicly, confronting biphobic stereotypes within lesbian and gay communities and organizations, and proactively working for bisexual inclusion. They must uplift our work and respect our contributions and struggles. Silence is violence.



We demand the right to live free of rape, assault, and intimate-partner violence, all of which disproportionately threaten far too many of our lives. Moreover, we demand that when a bisexual person is a victim of violence, our identity isn’t used as a justification for our own abuse.


We demand our share of research funding and community programming — and we ask that our disparities not be used to gain funding that does not explicitly include us.


We demand not only that the bisexual community have a seat at the vast and easily expanded table, but also that the trans/non-binary community be given a seat as well. We will continue fighting to insure none are left behind.


We demand accurate and inclusive reporting and representation in the media. Articles written about bisexuality and non-monosexuality must include links to bisexual resources and organizations. Nothing about us without us.


We demand our autonomy, our right to define ourselves, and the respect that our self-definition be accepted and understood. Our identities, our community, and our culture belong to us, and are not open for debate, conjecture, or dismissal. We demand an LGBTQIA+ community that acknowledges, respects, and celebrates the existence of bisexual and other non-monosexual people and works to end biphobia and bierasure.



We demand an LGBTQIA+ culture that recognizes and acknowledges our history, our culture, our activism, and our heroes, and we ask you to celebrate that with us.


Lynnette McFadzen

President, BiNet USA


Special thanks to Dr. Beth Sherouse, Dr. Loraine Hutchins, Harrie Farrow, Denise Penn and Ron Suresha for their assistance.

LGBTQ+, Disability & Deaf Platform is also complete. Find here