Bisexual advocates celebrate bisexuality with events, policy briefing, and education during #BiWeek September 20-26, 2015
The 2nd annual Bisexual Awareness Week (#biweek) kicks of this week September 20 – 26, including “International Celebrate Bisexuality Day” on September 23rd. BiNet USA will be hosting events during this week across the nation to address issues related to bisexual visibility, identity and community.
On Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 2pm EDT Campus Pride is hosting a Google+ Hangout to celebrate Bisexuality Day and discuss the landscape for Bi+/Pan/Fluid folks. The featured panelist is Aud Traher, Vice President of BiNet USA and the panel will be moderated by Rebby Kern, Media, Communications and Programs Manager of Campus Pride. View last year’s hangout featuring Eliel Cruz, bisexual writer for the Advocate.
“In a world increasingly acknowledging the complexity of human sexuality, including bisexuality and sexual fluidity, BiNet USA is thrilled to support a national conversation that accelerates the cultural acceptance of our community, said Faith Cheltenham, President of BiNet USA. “This year’s awareness week has garnered unprecedented support from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organizations who are committed to amplifying the voices of bisexual people, who are often rendered invisible in the media and public spheres.”
On Monday, September 20, 2015 bisexual leaders from across the nation are joining a private policy briefing at The White House. A roundtable of this sort entered The White House for the first time in 2013. Learn more about bisexual public policy.
“Despite comprising more than half of the lesbian, gay, and bisexual population, bisexual people are only about one third as likely to be out to their close friends and family, ” said Heron Greenesmith, LGBT Movement and Policy Analyst at the Movement Advancement Project. “As shown in our new infographic, two-thirds of bisexual people report hearing negative comments at work and bisexual people are more likely to report negative health outcomes.”
“#biweek events like the LA Bi Arts Fest let us celebrate the resiliency of the bisexual community and hear from artists, newsmakers and celebrities like Transparent’s Ian Harvie on how bisexuality supercharges every intersection of our lives,” said Robert Ozn, LA Bi Task Force chairperson.
- Show your bisexual pride on social media by using Twibbon’s bisexual flag tool to update your profile photo.
- Read Campus Pride’s middle sexualities resource to get the 101 on bi/pan/fluid issues and definitions.
- Bring speakers to your campus to discuss bisexual issues using the Campus Pride Speakers Bureau – request a speaker today.
- Attend local events in your area hosted by BiNet USA–see below:
Events scheduled for Bisexual Awareness Week:
9/20 – Portland, OR: Join the Portland Bisexual+ Community for Sunday Coffee @ the newly reopened LGBT cafe Triumph with The Bi Brigade. http://www.binetusa.org/
9/22/15 – Washington, D.C. Bi+ Community Health and Wellness Festival for #BiWeek 2015, with a reception starting at 6:30 at the Equality Forum at HRC. The event will begin with a reception and an official proclamation of Bisexual Awareness Week from the DC Mayor’s office. Free on-site HIV testing will also be available during the reception from Whitman Walker Health. http://www.binetusa.org/
9/23/15 – Los Angeles, CA, LA Bi Arts Fest featuring #biweek panel discussion about bisexual invisibility and intersectionality of issues related to sexual orientation, performing and fine artists from across the LA bisexual spectrum. http://www.binetusa.org/
9/24/15 – San Francisco, CA based #biweek Twitterstorm coordinated by the National Center for Lesbian Rights. http://www.binetusa.org/
9/25/15 – Boston, MA: Bisexual Resource Center event celebrating 30 years of the BRC, the oldest national bi organization in the U.S. that advocates for bisexual visibility and raises awareness about bisexuality throughout the LGBT and straight communities. http://www.binetusa.org/
New York City: Staged reading of a new play by Dr. Herukhuti about Black men and bisexuality, My Brother’s A Keeper, on the campus of New York University, 5:30pm by the Center for Culture, Sexuality and Spirituality. http://www.binetusa.org/biweek
Minneapolis/St Paul: Bisexual Organizing Project is sponsoring a community social event with presentation of Community Recognition Awards. Appetizers and soft drinks provided. Cash bar and full menu service available. http://www.binetusa.org/
About BiNet USA:
As America’s oldest advocacy organization for bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer-identified and unlabeled people, BiNet USA facilitates the development of a cohesive network of independent bisexual and bi-friendly communities; promotes bisexual and bi-inclusive visibility; and collects and distributes educational information regarding sexual orientation and gender identity with an emphasis on bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer (bi+) communities.
Rebby Kern is the Media, Communications and Programs manger for Campus Pride. She also serves as the Director of Youth Interests for SDA Kinship International. Follow @RebbyKern on Twitter and Instagram to get the latest scoop for queer youth.
Campus Pride is the leading national educational organization for LGBTQ and ally college students and campus groups building future leaders and safer, more LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities. The organization provides resources and services to thousands of college students and nearly 1400 campuses annually. Learn more online at CampusPride.org.