Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Bisexuals at Creating Change with BQAC!

Photo Courtesy of Bisexual Queer Alliance Chicago (BQAC)
Photo Caption: Captain Bisexual with Bisexual Justice flag at Chicago Pride in 2012 
Photo Credit: Chuck Kramer

BISEXUAL HOSPITALITY SUITE ON 20th FLOOR!

Bi and all allied folks! Make sure to join us in the official Bisexual Hospitality Suite somewhere on the 20th floor of the Hilton if you are attending Creating Change this year. Follow along with the new Facebook page, Bisexual/non-Monosexual Community at Creating Change 2016

This year's Bisexuality Hospitality Suite is sponsored by Bisexual Queer Alliance Chicago, the bi non-profit located in Chicago. This year's suite is intended to be a laid back experience with spontaneous programming and the opportunity for people to relax amid the busy conference. Many huge thanks to Jasmine Marshall, Chris Pierce, and the whole team over at Bisexual Queer Alliance Chicago for their amazing hard work so far! 
Learn more about the mission and work of BQAC: http://bqachicago.org/

#CC2016 SCHEDULE 
(tentative, and possibly prone to change, let's stay fluid!)

THURSDAY
The Bi+ Institute on Thursday focuses on self-care and intersecting identities. The day long Institute is presented by Heather Benjamin and Kate Estrop from the Bisexual Resource Center along with Aud Traher, Lynnette McFadzen and Faith Cheltenham from BiNet USA. Join us for discussions of monosexism and intersectionality and plan to leave refreshed, recharged and ready to dismantle every 'ism. 

SUITE LUNCH (FRIDAY and possibly Thurs, gotta check again with Jasmine)
Lunches will be co-sponsored by The Task Force and Bisexual Queer Alliance Chicago (among other donors). Lunch will be held in the Suite during the lunch break from 12:15-1pm. Lunch options will include vegetarian, gluten free, and dairy free and will be first come, first served. Supplemental breakfast will also be offered each day depending on supplies, so if you're hungry please check in at the Suite.

SUITE ENTERTAINMENT
#stillbisexual Video Screenings: Meet the community of Chicago via the intimate storytelling social media campaign, #stillbisexual. Learn more about #stillbisexual at www.stillbisexual.comA local arts troupe will do a 1 act play for the Suite and you won't want to miss it!

SATURDAY
Some of the veterans of the Chicago bi movement will visit Creating Change, including Captain Bisexual! Bi Suite attendees will have the chance to take photos with Captain Bisexual and others bisexuality themed characters.
Keep visiting the Facebook page for the latest news, photos, and video from Creating Change 2016!

Please respond here with other opportunities for bi community to connect at Creating Change, whether it's your awesome workshop or panel, please let us know where to show up and be visible with you at Creating Change.

You can also join in on Twitter by using the hashtags #CC2016 and #BQAC if you are looking to connect on the ground.

Captain Bisexual Wishes You Safe Bi Travels!
Photo Courtesy of Bisexual Queer Alliance Chicago (BQAC)
Photo Caption: Captain Bisexual with Bisexual Justice flag at Chicago Pride in 2012 
 Photo Credit: Chuck Kramer

Friday, January 08, 2016

Year's End for the bisexual activist looks like --

Year's End for the bisexual activist looks like --
by Faith Cheltenham, BiNet USA President, 12/31/15


1) Every LGBT newspaper and magazine will sum up the year for the lesbian, gay and transgender community, because bisexuals only exist for one week in September and even that will be forgotten = BIPHOBIA

2)The White House will look back and relish the day gay and lesbian couples won the right to marry, making it clear once more that if you're in a bisexual couple, your rights matter less or not at all (which might be why so many bi folks lose custody of their children to their different sex OR same sex partner) = BIPHOBIA

3) As we remember the suicides that sparked compassion from this year, bi+ teens won't be remembered because there is little to no compassion for them. Their lives and deaths go unspoken, unremembered and unrecalled by gay and straight alike = BIPHOBIA

SO THIS IS AS GOOD A TIME AS ANY TO LET YOU ALL KNOW I AM RENEWING MY COMMITMENT TO BINET USA AND WILL CONTINUE AS SELF-DESCRIBED "PRESIDENT OF THE BISEXUALS" WITH Aud Traher AS MY VICE PRESIDENT.

After a "minor crisis of Faith" this year, I came to terms with my love for working with bi, pan, fluid, queer (bi+) communities. I took a long hard look at whether I want to be doing this work and happily agreed that I did. Ending 2015 with $34k in grants for Binet USA projects certainly helped indicate the tide is beginning to turn for bi people, and I'm ready to keep going for more!

I have, and continue to, make life+ work+balance changes, in particular changing how much I work (no more 19hr days) and who I work with most often and most closely. I remain super committed to having a lot of laughs while working (with Heather Benjamin especially, that girl can make ya laugh).

I am very grateful for the elders I have in my circle, for without them it truly would feel that the mountain I am walking had no beginning or end.

I will always work on multiple fronts for justice as a Black bi queer woman and will work to amplify communities that intersect my own. In the coming year I'd like to see launched a collective space for bi, intersex, trans and asexual communities (BITA? BAIT?) as we continue to see our communities forgotten in the long march for equality. {SIDE NOTE}
Sara Beth Brooks (Asexual Awareness Week co-founder) and Pidge Pagonis (Intersex Awareness Day co-founder) should totally know each other!

OTHER HOPES AND BI DREAMS:

Dictionary.comurbandictionary.com, OED, and all others start to meet the Ochs standard when defining "bisexual", so we stop seeing bisexuals discriminated against on the basis of a binary that doesn't exist for us, but does exist against us

☆Moderating a Bisexuality and Pop Culture panel at Comic Con with Alan Cumming, Anna Paquin, Sarah Paulson, Minna LeeTara Madison Avery and Eliel Cruz

☆Funding for training of all LGBTQIA service providers in the world so they know what a bisexual looks like, what their life experiences are and how to care for bisexuals in the wild

☆Overhaul of resources pages for LGBTQIA youth serving organizations, many of whom serve majority bisexual populations without educating those same bisexual populations about bi history, bi culture, bi health disparities, bi suicide, bi murder, bi rape or bi bullying

☆HIV prevention and education work that is fully inclusive of bi community. At the time of this writing, neither I nor Mark S. King (HIV expert and author) can find a single service provider who currently works to target bisexual populations for HIV education, prevention or care. Not a single person in the whole world. This is extraordinarily important to change, in particular for communities of color disproportionately affected by HIV.

☆Broader and deeper work for bi+ people of color, bi+ disability, bi+ mental health, bi+ youth, bi+ rape survivors, and bi+ elders.

☆A Google Glass grant so we can launch The Bi-Face Project to highlight the micro aggressions bi people face daily when disclosing their sexual orientation.

☆BiNet USA PSA's about biphobia, bi discrimination and lived narratives of bi, pan, fluid, queer folks, and maybe Nyle DiMarco could join us and help us put out some ASL signs that we still need like panromantic and biromantic!

☆A Bi/Pan Roundtable with Persephone Olson and other critical leaders in bi and pan communities, so that it is more widely known that we as a community believe all sexually fluid persons are valid and worthy of having their lives saved.

☆More bisexuals of every background at the White House for substantive, impact driven meetings that include them without them having to shout their name. Biiiisexxxxuuuuaaaaalllll!

☆More marches, rallies and direct actions targeting biphobia, bisexual erasure and/or any organization that isn't working yet to end the discrimination, appropriation, rape, murder and violence against bi+ women, men, and gender nonconforming individuals.

If you are not saying our name, you're killing us.

If you're not remembering us, you contribute to our assaults, rapes and violent ends.

If you keep forgetting us, we will help you remember.

☆And finally, my last hope and dream, and it's major, is to get operating and capacity building funding for BiNet USA so we can continue to serve a critical role in advocating, networking and connecting the bi community with itself, as well as to services that will save lives and keep them safe. No bisexual community advocacy organization has had such funding since 1996, but in 2016 let's change that!

May you have a happy and safe 2016, may the Force be with you, and may the BiNet stay strong,

Faith Cheltenham, BiNet USA President

Image Caption: Faith Cheltenham in front of the White House with bisexual pride flag and anti-LGBT protesters. 


Image Credit: Dr. Scout

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

BiNet USA supports Tangerine Oscars campaign

Last night BiNet USA President, Faith Cheltenham, had the pleasure of attending a screening of Tangerine, hosted by Caitlyn Jenner and featuring a talk by Tangerine actress Mya Taylor. For the first time, a trans actress has the opportunity to be nominated for an Academy Award for the portrayal of a trans person!

It was an important event, even more so considering the recent criticism of Caitlyn Jenner by trans community members, and we hope to see more support from Ms. Jenner of grassroots transgender organizers and advocates, particularly those that are trans people of color, like Monica Roberts, Jennicet Gutierrez and Bamby Salcedo. It was incredibly encouraging to see authentic, funny and honest portrayals of trans people in one great film and we can only hope such representation will continue to increase for all members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA) community.

With that goal in mind, Faith invited Ms. Gutierrez, Ms. Salcedo, bi/trans cartoonist Tara M. Avery, trans journalist and advocate.com's Dawn Ennis and others to join her at the screening in hopes of drawing more support for the Oscar campaign for Tangerine. Many thanks to Brigade Marketing, Magnolia Pictures and Caitlyn Jenner for hosting the event at The Landmark in Los Angeles, CA.

TransLatin@ Coalition co-founder Bamby Salcedo speaking with Tangerine actress Mya Taylor

Tangerine actress Mya Taylor with Jennicet Gutierrez of Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement
Tangerine producers Mark and Jay Duplass look on as Caitlyn Jenner introduces Mya Taylor

Mya Taylor and Caitlyn Jenner
And no screening is complete without Mr. Bradley Whitford.
Mr. Whitford and Faith met late last year at the LGBT Champions of Change event at The White House where the show he currently stars on, Transparent, was screened.

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

A brief history of The Atlantic's biphobia

Suggest bi story ideas and panelists to @TheAtlantic and use #bijack and #AtlanticLGBT to help send a message that the B in LGBT should always be included in the "unfinished business" of the LGBT community.

Don't forget to join us all day tomorrow as we #bijack the #AtlanticLGBT summit on the unfinished business of the LGBT community. They always seem to forget about us, let's help them remember the B in LGBT. Follow @BiNetUSA on Twitter!

A brief history of The Atlantic's biphobia

Articles discussing LGBT experiences without referencing the data, stories or experiences of bisexual people while also frequently ignoring the fact that bi people suffer higher rates of disparity than their gay, lesbian and straight counterparts (8):

Articles that ignore the fact that the majority of people in the article are bisexual identified (5):

Articles that use biphobic slurs (1):
Articles that refers to bisexual people, solely in reference to sex acts (2):

Articles that use gay to refer to LGBT people and/or uses misorientation to erase a bi person's bisexual identity (3):

Article that fails to identify bi people as bi people like Queen's Freddie Mercury (1):

Articles whether the author utilized bisexually erasive language to refer to the LGBT community, even though they were interviewing self identified bisexual individuals (3):

Andrew Sullivan (@sullydish), long running biphobe and historic trope and stereotype slinger of the bi community, just doing his thing (10):

Articles where the really great writer, Ta-Nehisi Coates (@tanehisicoates), engages in bisexual erasure and ignores the impact of biphobia, often with #callousdisregard  (3):

Articles that refer to bisexuals as inanimate objects (1):

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Bijack With Us - Unfinished Business: The Atlantic's LGBT Summit

Help @BiNetUSA #bijack The Atlantic's Unfinished Business LGBT Summit, all you have to do is tag bi inclusive content with the hashtag #AtlanticLGBT and/or #bijack. Let's let them know there is a thriving bi, pan, fluid, queer (bi+) community that deserves an apology from The Atlantic for it's long history of bisexual erasure and biphobia.


It's extremely disappointing to see an The Atlantic Magazine event on "LGBT Unfinished Business" choose not to feature bi experts or community advocates. The most well-know bi person featured at the summit is not an expert on the bi community and once famously  said that she chooses not to "pull out the 'bisexual' word because nobody likes the bisexuals".

Then again, Cynthia Nixon is on a panel about a lesbian one woman show, so lucky us?

We're not surprised though, bi advocates have consistently tried to get inclusion of bi voices, bi stories and bi community from The Atlantic to no avail. And people ask us why we have to protest the LGBT community all the time?!

We lost another kid recently, a member of the bi, pan, fluid, queer (bi+) community took her own life, on the heels of multiple deaths by suicide that our community continues to weather. What else do we expect when nearly 50 percent of bi people think seriously about suicide and only 5 percent of bi+ youth reported being happy in the Human Rights Campaign's Bi Youth Report?

They certainly can't trust The Atlantic for life saving, sustaining, affirming, relevant, and intentionally bisexuality aware reporting. The refusal by media to amplify, or at times even acknowledge, the lives, realities, and experiences of the bisexual community, which includes over 30 different bisexuality related identities, is murdering our kids.


Many of us have begun to advocate that our community vocally disrupt bi erasure at public or private events with "bi-sex-u-al" chants or with bi+ American Sign Language and handmade signs. We believe biphobia must be actively confronted, especially when it takes the harmful form of bisexual erasure.



Alicia's American Sign Language Dictionary image explaining ASL signs for Queer and Bisexual.
Photo Credit: Mq. & Mrs. Tumblr, mqandmrs.tumblr.com/


If a speech, panel or session, gives the strong impression there is no bisexual community, it's bi erasure.


If a speaker refers to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community concerns without referencing bisexual stats like 61% of bi women and 37% of bi men having experienced domestic violence OR 42% percent of bi women reporting they've been raped OR nearly 50% of bi people reporting they've seriously considered or attempted suicide, it's bi erasure. 

If there isn't a single person at a conference to speak in an expert way to the work THEY DO to save lives and keep them safe in the bi+ community, it's bi erasure.

If there's not someone who is proud to speak to their own resiliency and that of their community, it's bi erasure. 

"Bi+ organizers make an incredible difference. Yesterday was an incredible roller coaster for many bi/pan/omni/poly/queer people as headlines rang out "gay marriage" was legalized and statements from the White House overlooked bisexuals.   While I, as a bi-identified person, was thrilled about getting one step closer to dignity for all Americans, I felt the all too familiar pain of bi-erasure. Bi+ folks have been fighting and organizing and suffering and celebrating through this all, too.  Thanks to everyone who worked to turn headlines towards "same-sex" marriage. Thanks to those who sent response to the White House. Thanks to those working in the White House for responding. Thanks to my colleagues who listened to the concerns of bisexuals yesterday and heard why it was a hard day for many of us."  - Mary Hoelscher, MN, bisexualorganizingproject.org - 6/27/15
Quote from Mary Hoelscher from Minnesota's Bisexual Organizing Project, on the stress and strain of bi erasure in the time of marriage equality. 


In the better news column, there are multiple trans community experts on panels at The Atlantic's Unfinished Business conference, so the T will not be silent. We are thrilled that bi+ trans advocate Hayden Mora (@haydenlmora) is on a panel and we love that Casa Ruby's pan, trans and Latina founder, Ruby Corado (@CasaRubyDC), is also speaking on a panel. And we appreciate that there is a whole session devoted to the story of Nicole, a trans kid who will appear by Skype.

Nowhere near enough trans content, but at least it's not the slap in the face and a literal kick in the teeth that this event is for the bisexual community. Luckily we bisexuals have other options than just staying silent!

JOIN US ON TWITTER TOMORROW by following @BiNetUSA and the hashtags #bijack and #AtlanticLGBT. 

Let them know you're sick of @TheAtlantic magazine's bi erasure and biphobia. Let's all send a clear message that the B is here to stay!


Out of over 300 TheAtlantic.com articles with the word bisexual in them, only a few speak to bisexual community concerns. More frequently they focus on bi strippers, lying congresspeople, promoting harmful bisexual tropes and stereotypes and erasing the lived narrative of bi+ people.

In fact, only 2 articles discuss bi+ people with concern for their well-being, but only on TV.

A third article celebrates Oregon's Kate Brown becoming the first bisexual governor

We get it, we're good for sex and watching on TV, and you're not too bummed about us governing, but you still have trouble saying our name @TheAtlantic, and it's a problem.

READ NEXT: A brief history of The Atlantic's biphobia






Monday, November 30, 2015

Bisexual and HIV Activist Khafre K. Abif honored with the 2015 POZ 100

 We congratulate Khafre on being POZ 100 Honoree for his continued work in the fight against HIV/AIDS

 HRC #biweek Event



At #biweek White House Public Policy Briefing

"I am so honored and truly humbled to be recognized with the other 99 in the 2015 POZ 100, long-term survivors for my work in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Most often I feel as if no one is hearing or seeing my work. I am grateful someone thought enough of me to nominate me, and the staff at POZ magazine to select me. There are many voices at the local, region and national level in this fight and for me be honored in this way provides me with more fuel to continue pushing, writing, speaking, sharing and reaching out to those living with HIV/AIDS and into communities most heavily impacted by this pandemic.
I must say that living with HIV for 26 years has taught me a great deal, the losses for me have also been great, but ultimately the reward has allowed the God I serve to use me as He sees fit. He found a space for this self-identified Bisexual African American HIV positive man to have and raise children, and use his passion and commitment to AIDS & LGBTQ activism, writing, editing, and blogging to find voice and encourage others to find their own voice.
What is missing from the piece, because each needed to be so short, is that I have a child born of my DNA, a nature birth with his mother and him remaining negative, the fact that I am currently in a fifteen years relationship with my female partner who also remains HIV negative, and the acknowledgement that I most likely contacted HIV from the unprotected sex I had with men because I self-identify as a Bisexual man."
Khafre K. Abif



"The stories people tell have a way of taking care of them. If stories come to you, care for them.”

Friday, November 20, 2015

Not One More : Transgender Day of Remembrance 2015

    About a week ago a petition appeared on change.org, asking that the largest LGBT (Lesbian,Gay,Bisexual, and Transgender ) organizations, such as HRC, The Task Force, and others drop the T, and stop fighting for transgender causes. The petition quickly went viral, spawning a thankfully much more successful counter and statements from the organization's that their commitment to trans rights remained.
   This Transgender Day of Remembrance, we as a community need to remember those on whose shoulders we stand and who paved the way for so many of this movements immense success. We would not have the nationwide success of marriage equality if it were not for the bravery, tenacity, and sacrifices of so many.     We have also lost so many this year, predominantly trans women of color. Petitions like the aforementioned are simply a small symptom, a tiny sneeze, representative of the disease of transphobia, and especially transmisogynoir that is often at the root of the deaths of so many.
   Though the overall movement, including trans rights, has made great strides recently it is still not enough. One death is too much.     On this TDOR we all need to firmly commit ourselves to fighting transphobia and transmisogynoir wherever we find it. Transphobia, and transphobic acts, even “harmless” ones like petitions or jokes in media are absolutely acts of violence. They are acts of terrorism against trans people. Terror and violence that combine with other forces like racism, police brutality and white cis hetero patriarchy to serve one end, the death of trans individuals.
   Every single member of the LGBQ community must pledge that even one death is too much. That next year we will have a shorter list to read out. We have the power, especially the cis white members, of this community, to make a difference.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

BiNet USA Meets US Women's Soccer Team at the White House

Obama Honors US Women's Soccer Team on their 2015 FIFA World Cup
October 27th, 2015 

BiNet USA thanks Chong Moua for her reporting on the White House event honoring the US Women's Soccer team for BiNet USA's blog. Here's the exclusive photos and report! 

Photo Caption: BiNet USA blogger Chong Moua in front of the White House. 
Photo Credit: BiNet USA/Chong Moua


Being in the White House was an amazing experience! That day was a celebration and there was an energy and buzz in the air. It was amazing to see so many young kids attending this event with their parents and to see women and girl athletes be celebrated. It was also really cool that while waiting in line, I bumped into Rea Carey from the National LGBTQ Task Force. We got the chance to chat a bit about the excitement for Creating Change 2016.

  Photo Caption: The US Womens Soccer Team's Gift to Obama -- his own jersey! 
Photo Credit: BiNet USA/Chong Moua


As you can imagine, time was limited and lines were long. I had the opportunity to grab a quick photo with Abby Wambach, 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion and 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year.

Photo Caption: Chong Moua with the World Famous, Abby Wambach -- FIFA Women's World Cup Champion and 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year! — in the fair land o' The White House.
Photo Credit: BiNet USA/Chong Moua


Photo Caption: The brave young lady who wrote to the President and First Lady that women and girl athletes can be just as good as boys, if not better.
Photo Credit: BiNet USA/Chong Moua

 I had a couple favorite moments: 
1) Seeing a young girl step up to the podium to read the letter she wrote to the President and First Lady after her brother told her she couldn’t play sports as good as boys.  The letter shared how she believed girls could do anything just as good as boys, if not better. And how she was so proud that the US Women’s Soccer Team won this year’s FIFA Championship. The President said, “Playing like a girl means you’re a badass.”
 
 Photo Caption: Abby Wambach speaking to the press outside White House
Photo Credit: BiNet USA/Chong Moua

 2) Hearing Obama acknowledge Abby Wambach’s celebratory kiss with her wife while draped in an American Flag – “Showing us all how far we’ve come – On and off the field”
It was also really great to hear about the US Women’s Soccer Team’s national #SheBelieves Initiative, a campaign and message developed by the players that young girls can accomplish their goals and dreams ---- I feel this is such an important message, especially in a femme-phobic society and in sports where men get more visibility and recognition.
3) Lastly, seeing the President’s departure on the Marine One Helicopter! 

Photo Caption: Chong Moua in front of Air Force One chopper on White House lawn, What a thrill!
Photo Credit: BiNet USA/Chong Moua


 Photo Caption: Chong Moua in the White House smiling.
Photo Credit: BiNet USA/Chong Moua



Thank you Chong Moua for sharing your experience with the bisexual community!


Women Rock!!!! 
Binet USA #BiVisibility #BiPride #WomenAthletes #QueerAthletes #USWomensSoccerTeam #2015FIFAWorldCup


P.S.

Follow the social movement #SheBelieves on Twitter to learn more about the U.S. Women's Soccer campaign that sends the message to young girls that they too can accomplish all their goals and dreams.

Photo Caption: U.S. Women's Soccer Player Christen Press for the #SheBelieves campaign
Photo Credit: U.S. Women's Soccer

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Bisexual Awareness Week 2015 Results Are In!


Photo: Multicolored person holding bisexual pride flag, image by Garnet.

The laptop gurus and code ladies have done their magic and the final numbers for Bisexual Awareness Week are in!

(drum roll)

199 million people reached with bisexuality related tweets during #biweek 2015!

Over 120,000 individual tweets shared over a quarter of a billion times!

In comparison, last year we saw thousands of tweets for #biweek and half a million people reached with bisexuality's most popular hashtag #bivisibilityday. So this is a huge increase in social engagement surrounding bisexuality. 

In fact, there was so much awesomeness, we had to make a video of the data and popular images of the week.


TOP HASHTAGS

 #bivisibilityday
#biweek
#bipride
#bisexualawarenessweek
#bisexualawareness
#bivisibility
#oneofus
#pansexual
#bisexuality
#biwh15
#stillbisexual
Photo: #biweek data  on Google Drive Credit: BiNet USA


Interested in doing bisexuality related social media campaigns in the future? 

Download our reports and find out the best influencers, top media and best accounts to follow for maximum exposure. All reports are providing by hashtracking.com, a leading source of Twitter data.

Our thanks to all #biweek co-partners which included:



GLAAD
Human Rights Campaign
National LGBTQ Task Force
National Center for Lesbian Rights
Movement Advancement Project
National Black Justice Coalition
Bisexual Resource Center
Bisexual Organizing Project
Center for Culture, Sexuality, and Spirituality
BiCast
Center Bi
LA LGBT Center
Los Angeles Bi Task Force
Bi Brigade
Extra special thanks to:
Zeke, Alexandra, Adriana, Brendan and everyone at GLAAD
Beth, Jay and all the awesome members of the Bi/Pan/Fluid/Queer Employee Resource Group at the Human Rights Campaign
Rea, Mark, Stacey, and everyone at the National LGBTQ Task Force
Dani, Erik, Alberto and everyone at the National Center for Lesbian Rights
Heron Greenesmith and Calla Rongerude at the Movement Advancement Project
Sharon, Isaiah and everyone at the National Black Justice Coalition
Jim, Jon, Joe, Matt and everyone at The LA LGBT Center
The Entire Bisexual Community but especially Lynnette McFadzen, Aud Traher, AJ Walkley, and the entire board of BiNet USA.
Cathy Renna and the whole Target Cue team!

And of course a national Bisexual Awareness Week would never have been possible without Sheri Atkinson and the University of California Davis LGBT Center which first launched a Bisexual Awareness Week for its students in 2008.

 

Some of the most popular images shared during #biweek are below! 

Photo: BiNet USA co-founder Robyn Ochs with GLAAD's Alexandra Bolles at the White House Bisexual Community Policy Briefing, 9/21/15. 

Photo: Bi Asian American advocate Joy Messinger (@joydelivery) holding bi pride flag 

Photo: HRC #biweek meme that says I am bisexual and I support equality. The Human Rights Campaign and GLAAD both launched new support resources for the bi, pan, fluid, queer (bi+) community during this year's Bisexual Awareness Week.

Bi advocate Laurel A McDonald (@lolo_potamus) created the hashtag #oneofus to draw attention to bi figures often erased in history. The picture of bisexual icon Freddie Mercury, lead singer of Queen, was one of the most widely shared.

Photo: Margaret Cho quote featured in GLAAD #biweek memes, see them all at www.glaad.org/biweek2015

Photo: Person holding heart that looks like glitter bi flag 

Photo: Standing in front of the White House, Dr. Lauren Beach, Esq., Dr. Herukhuti and Heron Greenesmith, Esq., the policy coordinators for the Bisexual Community Policy Briefing at the White House. 

 Photo: Large A in bi colors. Advocate.com changed its logo to bi colors for the whole week! Thanks Advocate!

 Photo: Bi and Proud meme from the National Center for Lesbian Rights. NCLR held a Twitterstorm during #biweek to spread the word about the bi community and NCLR staffer and BiNet USA board member Dani Siragusa attended the Bisexual Community Policy Briefing at the White House and wrote about her experiences here.

Photo: The Movement Advancement Project launched a new bisexual infographic, and it ended up being one of the more popular shares of the week.


Photo: Bisexual superheroes including Constantine, Catwoman, and Wonder Woman in a comic drawing. 

Photo: Camille Beredjick (@cberedjick) at GLSEN was featured in an MTV News Story about being a bi millennial

Photo: The Human Rights Campaign hosted a Bisexual Community Health and Wellness event on 9/22 with a panel featuring Theresa Sparks, bi+ trans icon and Executive Director of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and Khafra Abif, Black bisexual HIV/AIDS educator and writer.

Photo: RJ Aguiar joined Ian Harvie, Connor Manning and Kristina Wong at the LA Bi Task Force 6th annual Bi Arts Fest.

Photo: Bisexual actress Evan Rachel Wood helped kickstart #biweek with tweets centered around the Human Rights Campaign Bisexual Health Brief leading to coverage of bisexuality on Entertainment Tonight, US Magazine, People, and USA Today among others. Image Credit: BelieveOutLoud.com


Photo: Images for multiple intersections of bisexuality, pansexuality, demisexuality, asexuality, gender identity and expression were also popular during #biweek. 

Photo: This year's #biweek logo was made by the talented Nikki Roszko of Darling Media Productions

To keep up with Bisexual Awareness Week, don't forget to visit bisexualweek.com


#biweek was made possible by the generous contributions of The Arcus Foundation