In conjunction with Celebrate Bisexuality Day on September 23rd, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation will hold a panel discussion on bisexual youth.
The panel will feature bi community leaders as well as those who work with LGBT youth, discussing the unique issues and concerns facing youth who identify as bisexual. Panelists will also discuss the findings in the new HRC Foundation report “Supporting and Caring for Our Bisexual Youth” Produced with BiNet USA, the Bisexual Resource Center and Bisexual Organizing Project, the report will be released the day of the event.
The panel will take place at 6 p.m. in the Equality Forum at Human Rights Campaign Headquarters.
Panelists: • Amy Andre - bi activist and consultant, co-author of Bi Youth Report • Anika Warner - GSA Network Specialist, SMYAL • Dr. Herukhuti - Founder, Center for Culture, Sexuality and Spirituality • Katy Butler - youth anti-bullying activist • Faith Cheltenham, BiNet USA • Ellyn Ruthstrom, Bisexual Resource Center • Ari Pomerantz, Treatment Adherence Advocate, HIPS
In addition to the usual hashtags: #BiPride, #BiVisibility, #Bisexual, #BiDay, #BiVisibilityDay the following hashtags can be used on given, corresponding days during #BiWeek:
Sunday 9/21 Bi History (#BiHistory) – Post, status update and tweet about important moments in bisexual movement history and/or the names and images of famous bi people throughout history
Monday 9/22 Bi Facts (#BiFacts) – Post, status update and tweet facts about being bi e.g., stories and statistics about bi health, safety/security, quality of life, or funding and social disparities
Tuesday 9/23 “My Bisexuality Looks Like…” - Post, status update and tweet “my #bisexuality looks like” finishing the sentence to express bisexual/non-monosexual + queer pride and experiences
Wednesday 9/24 Bi Media (#BiMedia) – Post, status update and tweet the names and images of your favorite bisexual blogs, films, tv shows, authors, artists, cultural workers, and thank them for their work
Thursday 9/25 Recognize Bi Men (#RecognizeBiMen) – Post, status update and tweet selfies of bisexual men. Allies can post, status update and tweet selfies with bisexual men in their lives or holding up an image of the book Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men-An Anthology
Friday 9/26 Bi Trans/Genderqueer (#BiTrans) – Post, status update and tweet affirming statements and images about being bisexual and trans/gender non-conforming
Saturday 9/27 Bi Allies (#BiAllies) – Post, status update and tweet selfies of bisexuals with people that love, support and champion them
The Celebrate Bisexuality Party, being held on Sunday, September 21st from 5pm-9pm at the Center on Halsted on the third floor. The night will consist of live performances in the theater and in between acts feel free to party out in the reception area that will have a bar and a DJ! A $10 ticket may be purchased at the door which include a free drink ticket.
[Image: Photo of the famous Bisexual Caribbean-American Author and Activist the late June Jordan laughing, with the following quotation from her work, “I do believe that the analogy for bisexuality is a multicultural, multi-ethnic, multiracial world view. Bisexuality follows from such a perspective and leads to it, as well.”]
“Bisexuals are individuals who transgress the artificial socially constructed boundary of gender identity as well as the biologically constructed boundary of sex. Called “Gatekeepers” by the Dagara of West Africa and “Two Spirit” by many Native Americans, bisexuals in these cultures were seen as having a special spiritual inheritance and earthly destiny”
As well as her experiences of being a frequently tokenized black queer woman who is routinely erased from narratives for a more convenient fiction: that the LGBT community is all gay, all white, all cisgender, and all rich; a mom to one kid and one stepkid; wife to one geek; and president of BiNet USA, one of the oldest national bisexual non-profit organizations in the United States.
Please CLICK HERE to read the full article in The Bilerico Project
On Friday, join a conversation on the new Executive Order and steps the President has taken to expand opportunity for the LGBT community. Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, will host for a Tumblr Q&A this Friday, July 25 at 1pm ET.
“The prevailing logic has remained that if I am out as a bisexual woman, I must be asking for something: discrimination, harassment, or even sexual assault.” — Faith Cheltenham
No one should ever feel that they are “asking” for discrimination, harassment, or sexual assault, either in or out of the workplace. Unfortunately, however, many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, individuals are made to believe they deserve discrimination simply due to their sexual orientation and gender identity.
Faith Cheltenham of BiNet USA recounts her experiences of sexual harassment in her workplace when disclosing her bisexuality to her colleagues; even her supervisor said that she was asking for sexual innuendos from co-workers.
In addition to describing her experiences as a black bisexual woman—which were more difficult in large part due to the “multiplier effect” of sexual orientation and race-based discrimination and bias… According to Cheltenham:
It is unfair that so many bisexual women like me have to choose between being visible and being safe at work. It’s unjust that so many LGBTQ people have to choose between being employed and being open in their identity.
Please CLICK HERE to read more about workplace discrimination faced by bisexual + other LGBT workers
Some bisexuals who felt they were being made scapegoats turned to political organizing. They formed groups like BiNet USA, a coalition that has sought to win acceptance by gay rights advocates, who have not always welcomed them personally or as allies.