Wednesday, May 31, 2017

BiNet USA Board Member Denise Penn is first openly bisexual inducted at Harvey Milk Plaza


BiNet USA Board Member Denise Penn is first openly bisexual inducted at Harvey Milk Plaza.


We have always known BiNet USA board member Denise Penn was an amazing bisexual+/LGBTQIA activist. We join the Selection Committee in celebrating her tireless volunteerism and work.

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Mayor Robert Garcia, Denise Penn and City Councilmember Lena Gonzalez

On Friday, May 19th, City officials and community members celebrated four new inductees to Equality Plaza at Harvey Milk Promenade Park in downtown Long Beach, California. Speaking on behalf of the Selection Committee were Raul Anorve, Chair as well as Mayor Robert Garcia and City Councilmember Lena Gonzalez.
Five years ago, the park opened, becoming the first park in the country named after the late Harvey Milk,the first openly gay person to hold elected office in California.

Every year, an official Harvey Milk Park Committee selects honorees whose names will be placed on a brick in the wall of the Plaza.
Those nominated can be either living or deceased and who identify as LGBTQ community members, and have made exceptional / outstanding contributions serving the Long Beach-area LGBTQ community.

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Denise Penn, Ron Sylvester, Pat Crosby eating rainbow cake in celebration

This year’s inductees:

Pat Crosby of Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride, Inc.
Denise Penn, LGBT Journalist
Ron Sylvester, Chair Emeritus of The Long Beach LGBT Center
Paul Self, past president of the Long Beach Lambda Democratic Club (posthumously)

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Mayor Robert Garcia presides at Harvey Milk Park Induction ceremony

Denise’s Long Beach Activism:

Denise Penn has been working as an advocacy journalist covering issues for the LGBT and HIV affected community for nearly three decades and has promoted civil rights for all.
From 1992 to 2007,  she gave a voice to the Long Beach LGBT community as a reporter, a columnist and contributing editor for the Orange County and Long Beach BLADE from the time of the publication’s inception in 1992.  Prior to this time, there were gay publications published in Los Angeles, there was nothing that addressed the issues facing LGBT  readers in Long Beach.  Her coverage of discrimination cases and hate crimes have received national attention.
From 1996 to 2008, she Produced and hosted The Gay & Lesbian News Magazine, an award-winning weekly live cable television program serving the Long Beach LGBT community, presenting news and entertainment many artists, actors, musicians, directors and political figures as well as ordinary people with stories to tell.  (Denise stepped up following hate crime against the show’s founder, Bob LaFont.)

She coordinated and moderated the discussion panels for the Long Beach International Film Festival and Cinema Out  film festival in Long Beach in the late nineties and from 1997 to 2001, participated as a cast member, along with other community leaders,  in Santa Maria House's annual HIV/AIDS fundraising murder mystery "Mystery Night on the Amtrak" every year.
In 2007, She became one of the original columnists for The Long Beach Post, founded by Dr. Robert Garcia and Shaun Lumachi February 13, 2007.
From 2006 to 2008, She was PAC Chair of  Long Beach Lambda Democratic Club, and Co-Chair of the Annual Human Rights Award Dinner in 2008.
In  2010, she was a Founding Board Member of  Artful Thinking Organization: Artful Thinking Organization (ATO) is a nonprofit formed in 2010 to engage in artful activities related to educating the public about HIV/AIDS and Breast Cancer. ATO sponsors the Long Beach Dyke March that occurs on the Friday preceding Pride every year.
Served also on the Steering Committee of the Long Beach Hisotrical Society’s LGBT History Project, donating some artifacts and articles to the exhibit, “Coming Out in Long Beach.”

Thank you Denise for all you do!!!

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Photo Credits:OC Weekly

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Denise Penn and children with concrete soapbox replica Harvey Milk stood on


Friday, May 19, 2017

#ProtestWithPride 051917 Media Roundup


Links on efforts by D.C. locals to take back their Pride below!


Photo Caption: Eliot Sutler, Esq. at Captial Pride meeting seated alongside other local advocates including Angela Peoples, Executive Director of GetEqual (in red plaid with blue t-shirt and black sandals).



PROS
(YAY, MANDY CARTER)


CONS (MORE LIKE KLAN IF YOU ASK FAITH)
(above photo is of new BiNet USA board member and DC local Eliot Sutler, Esq., YES!)


PRIDE TENSIONS SEPARATE FROM MARCH?
(co-chairs include Lynnette McFadzen, BiNet USA President YAY)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Vote for the Bi Series!!



The Bi Series/ LGBT Foundation

Please vote for The #BiSeries as Team of The Year in LGBT Foundation's Volunteer Awards! This will really help us get us get funding for a Bi Programme next year. Share!

The Bi Series Team

The Bi Series is the only bi-specific project run by LGBT Foundation and the only year-long bi project run by an LGBT charity in the UK, and it's run entirely by volunteers. Thanks to the bi advocates and activists on this team, bi community members have a safe space where they know they will be welcome. So far, this project is run with no funding. Bi Series volunteers have called in favours from other members of the bi community to run these events, and people have travelled from all over the country to attend them. Our big launch event sold out and we are hoping even more people come to the Bi Takeover For Pride on 19th August. Our next event is about bi wellbeing and it's on 17th June.


Photo: Jen Yockney


No name or email address required

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Bi March For Equality



Image of a yellow cougar with its mouth open wide yawning and letters that say Can they hear us now? #EqualityMarch #OurTimeToMarch fb/com/biplusatequalitymarch2017
Image Credit: BiNet USA

Dear bisexual+ community member or ally,

Some members of the LGBTQ+ community have seen historic progress in the last decade, so  some might assume we've overcome our biggest obstacles, and that the achievement of increased access for some of us, is enough to satisfy our cry for justice for all.

As bisexuals we know that not to be true, to never be true because until all our communities are safe, none of us are. There is still much more we must do, especially given the current threat our communities face from increased hostile rhetoric, discriminatory policies, and violence perpetrated against the most vulnerable among us.

As a disabled bisexual demisexual elder myself, I'm worried and scared for my own health and safety as well as that of my community, which already faces very high health disparities. This is why I have decided to co-chair the Equality March for Unity & Pride, a national march in Washington D.C on June 11th, 2017. 

Read more about march at equalitymarch2017.org and read more about my fellow co-chairs who I believe represents the diversity within our community here.

Image Credit: EqualityMarch2017.org


Will you support the march?  Will you join the bisexual+ contingent as we proudly march in what could be one of the largest bisexual contingents of all time?
The Equality March for Unity & Pride is a grassroots movement that will celebrate, inspire, and mobilize the diverse LGBTQ+ communities to clearly and peacefully oppose efforts to persecute and discriminate against LGBTQ+ individuals.

If you can, please consider contributing to the March via my personal link: https://www.crowdrise.com/equality-march-2017/fundraiser/lynnettemcfadzen1

Image of Lynnette McFadzen, a white demisexual bisexual elder with purple hair
Image Credit: Lynnette McFadzen
Thanks for sharing this news with your friends, organizations and communities,

Lynnette McFadzen
Producer, The BiCast
President, BiNet USA
Co-Chair, Equality March

Friday, May 12, 2017

BiNet USA Op-Ed: #BiQuestionsTrump

BiNet USA Op-Ed: #BiQuestionsTrump
By BiNet USA Vice President Faith Cheltenham


If I could ask President Donald Trump something (and there was evidence my vagina and dignity would survive), I’d ask:

And



Honestly? As a bisexual person of color, I have many questions for President Trump. And, I have questions for the bi+ community and our allies too––questions about who we are, what we stand for, how we’re surviving, and how we can hold each other, our leadership, and the President accountable.


Are you, like me, terrified for the present and futures of bi+ youth, trans youth, people of color (POC) youth, and bi+ trans POC youth? For all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual people?


Are you seriously worried about the health of all your body parts, especially your heart? Since we so know how to get it from both sides? Have you contributed your story to acaworks.org? Doing so made me feel better, you might also try it.


Image of rainbow paint with these words: Kudos to the dramers, the fighters, rule breakers and boundary makers. Keep on letter writers! Keep strong and carry on. Image Credit: BiNet USA



Do you fear for your own safety? Do you close your eyes when a person you've never met gets close, almost too close, but not *that* close? Do you feel a bit triggered, especially upon realizing you're in for 4-8 years of deplorability, depending on good behavior?


If you are a person of color, has the increase in racism, both conservative and liberal, really been a lot to handle? If you are a bi+ person who considers themselves an ally to people of color (POC), have you struggled with your desire to do better in identifying and working to dismantle white supremacy?


Is mainstream and LGBT media amplifying misinformation about bisexual people when they incorrectly report on bi+ celebs like Mel B, Angelina Jolie and Amber Heard and their very real experiences of violence? Is it that better or worse than when they neglect to report on our experiences at all?

Image of fireworks meets a dandelion with the words Personal and political threats to our bodies are something #bisexuals are used to. We are also familiar with Fighting. The. Fuck. Back. Image Credit: BiNet USA


Once again, is our collective experience being used to sell records and films, to generate donations to organizations, and be silently consumed without a single whisper of “our letter” or an acknowledgment of our very existence?


Is 2017 much like 2007 for bisexuals? Or 1997? Or 1987?

While things are different today, it can feel like the terror, grief, and rage are as real now as they were then, or as real as it's always been. The threat of bisexuals being erased and forgotten from media narratives surrounding our own trauma remains relevant. The confusion of which way to go or which way to march remains. Luckily, bisexuals are still the ones who can go more than one way.


Kudos to the dreamers, the fighters, rule breakers and boundary makers. Keep on letter writers! Keep strong and carry on.


Image of rainbow paint with these words: Kudos to the dramers, the fighters, rule breakers and boundary makers. Keep on letter writers! Keep strong and carry on. Image Credit: BiNet USA



Personal and political threats to our bodies are something #bisexuals are used to.

We are also familiar with Fighting. The. Fuck. Back.

One of the ways I do that is by “bisexually questioning” the truths provided to me. I think if we approach most problems with the "bisexual intersectional" in mind, it makes it harder to sit back and do nothing.

So I’m gonna go ask President Trump some of my bi questions via Twitter, I hear he's on there! I encourage you to do the same using the hashtag #BiQuestionsTrump.



Many thanks to BiNet USA President Lynnette McFadzen and BiNet USA Secretary Beth Sherouse for their assistance with this campaign and supporting materials.