Thursday, May 25, 2017

OVER 30 LGBTQ+ ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY SIGN-ON TO SUPPORT THE EQUALITY MARCH FOR UNITY AND PRIDE IN WASHINGTON

OVER 30 LGBTQ+ ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY SIGN-ON TO SUPPORT THE EQUALITY MARCH FOR UNITY AND PRIDE IN WASHINGTON

 The Equality March logo
 (Blue background with "The equality March For Unity and Pride" in crossword style.
 6/11/2017 worldwide)





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 24, 2017
Contact: press@equalitymarch2017.org
OVER 30 LGBTQ+ ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY SIGN-ON TO SUPPORT THE EQUALITY MARCH FOR UNITY AND PRIDE IN WASHINGTON
The Equality March for Unity and Pride will happen on June 11
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the National Co-Chairs of The Equality March for Unity and Pride announced that over 30 LGBTQ+ organizations from across the country have signed-on as supporters of the day’s events. Their work ranges from racial justice to LGBTQ+ liberation from communities across the movement, and include such national non-profits as the ACLU, Center for Black Equity, the National Center for Transgender Equality, the Human Rights Campaign, the Victory Fund, PFLAG, and the National LGBTQ Task Force. These organizations will help bring together the grassroots movement to celebrate, inspire, and mobilize the diverse LGBTQ+ communities to clearly and peacefully oppose efforts to persecute and discriminate against LGBTQ+ individuals in Washington, DC. for the June 11th march.
“The National Co-Chairs of the march are thrilled to have the support of so many organizations that recognize the need to center the most marginalized in our communities,” said Anika Simpson, a National Co-Chair for the March. “LGBTQ+ people have seen historic progress in the last decade, but we haven’t overcome our biggest obstacles and there’s still much more work for us to do. Far too many among us are facing increased hostile rhetoric, discriminatory policies, and increased violence. That’s why it’s our time to march.”
The Equality March aims to provide space for members of the LGBTQ+ communities, their loved ones, and those who stand in solidarity to support, uplift, and bring attention to those in the community who have been actively silenced and neglected. The National Co-Chairs have established a 15-point policy platform that articulates the unique and intersectional perspective of the event, including positions on: reproductive justice, immigration justice, international, indigenous /”Two Spirit,” youth, racial justice, income inequality, disability rights, elder rights, legislative issues, violence, biphobia, transphobia, HIV/AIDS, and religion and faith.
In addition to the march in Washington, D.C., sister marches are planned in more than 60 cities across the country in solidarity with the march’s mission to support the ongoing struggle for rights and safety for all LGBTQ+ individuals and families with similar emphasis on queer people of color, transgender, and gender nonconforming communities.
A full list of partner organizations is below:
Anti Violence Project; Family Equality Council; Human Rights Campaign; PFLAG; GLSEN; NCLR RIGHTS; NQAPIA; Equality Florida; GLMA; Astraea Foundation; Pride At Work; ACLU; NCLR RIGHTS; NGLCC; Center for Black Equity; OutRight International; Out and Equal; CenterLink; SAGE; OutServe/SLDN; Council for Global Equality; National LGBTQ Task Force; National Center for Transgender Equality; Equality Florida; COLAGE; National Minority AIDS Council; Equality Federation; Lambda Legal; Williams Institute; The Trevor Project; SMYAL; Victory Fund; GLAD; Immigration Equality; SAGE; BiNet USA
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About The Equality March for Unity and Pride:
The “Equality March for Unity & Pride” is a grassroots movement which will mobilize the diverse LGBTQ+ communities to peacefully and clearly address concerns about the current political landscape, and how it is contributing to the persecution and discrimination of LGBTQ+ individuals. For more information, visit www.equalitymarch2017.org. 



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.