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thetrevorproject:

We admire Brenda Howard for working tirelessly to promote bisexual rights and for organizing the first LGBT Pride Celebration. Thank you, Brenda! Read more about Trevor’s Women’s History Month celebration. 

thetrevorproject:

We admire Brenda Howard for working tirelessly to promote bisexual rights and for organizing the first LGBT Pride Celebration. Thank you, Brenda! Read more about Trevor’s Women’s History Month celebration. 

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Bisexual - A person whose enduring physical, romantic and/or emotional attraction is to other people of various sexes and/or gender identities. Individuals may experience this attraction in differing ways and degrees over their lifetime.
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lostsisterhood:

My copy of Bi Any Other Name finally arrived!  And I was starting to think it got lost on the way. I can’t wait to read it!

One of the editors is Lani Ka’ahumanu who is a badass bisexual woman of color and one of the founders of the bisexual movement in the US. This anthology contains essays by Robyn Ochs, co-editor Professor Loraine Hutchins, Naomi Tucker and other bisexual activists and authors!

Know Your Bisexual History: The Bisexual Community in the USA has always been a “Majority Minority” movement, where many of the founding members came to activism from the Civil Rights and Indigenous People’s Movements.In 1994, bisexual activists Lani Ka’ahumanu, Ibrahim Abdurrahman Farajajé, Laura Perez, and Victor Raymond, all from the Indigenous Queers/Bisexual Caucus, presented “Preaching to the Perverted or Fluid Desire”, at the National HIV Prevention/Education Summit held by the Association of Physicians for Human Rights (now the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association).

Fun Fact: Bisexual + Indigenous People’s Activist, Victor Raymond, PhD is one of the founders of the BECAUSE Conference (Bisexual Empowerment Conference, A Uniting Supportive Experience), an annual Midwest Regional Queer Conference created + organized by the Bisexual Community for all LGBTQ People. You can read a 2012 interview  with Professor Raymond + other Midwestern Activists about BECAUSE here: 20 Years of Bisexual Conferencing with BECAUSE.

midwestbiactivist:

bisexual-community:

lostsisterhood:

My copy of Bi Any Other Name finally arrived! And I was starting to think it got lost on the way. I can’t wait to read it!

One of the editors is Lani Ka’ahumanu who is a badass bisexual woman of color and one of the founders of the bisexual movement in the US. This anthology contains essays by Robyn Ochs, co-editor Professor Loraine Hutchins, Naomi Tucker and other bisexual activists and authors!

Know Your Bisexual History: The Bisexual Community in the USA has always been a Majority Minority movement, where many of the founding members came to activism from the Civil Rights and Indigenous People’s Movements.

In 1994, bisexual activists Lani Ka’ahumanu, Ibrahim Abdurrahman Farajajé, Laura Perez, and Victor Raymond, all from the Indigenous Queers/Bisexual Caucus, presented Preaching to the Perverted or Fluid Desire, at the National HIV Prevention/Education Summit held by the Association of Physicians for Human Rights (now the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association).

Fun Fact: Bisexual + Indigenous People’s Activist, Victor Raymond, PhD is one of the founders of the BECAUSE Conference (Bisexual Empowerment Conference, A Uniting Supportive Experience), an annual Midwest Regional Queer Conference created + organized by the Bisexual Community for all LGBTQ People. You can read a 2012 interview with Professor Raymond + other Midwestern Activists about BECAUSE here: 20 Years of Bisexual Conferencing with BECAUSE.

Even a superficial look at other societies and some groups in our own society should be enough to convince us that a very large number of human beings – probably a majority – are bisexual in their potential capacity for love … We will fail to evolve in our understanding of human sexuality if we continue to see homosexuals merely as “heterosexuals-in-reverse”, ignoring the vast diversity actually represented by society’s many varied expressions of love between people.
Margaret Mead (1901-1978), American Anthropologists + Bisexual Academic + Scholar "Bisexuality: A New Awareness" article in Redbook, published January 1975
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bisexual-community:

Know Your Bisexual History: In 2011 Actor + Bisexual Rights Campaigner Alan Cumming, added his name to Bi Social Network’s I Am Visible” bisexual awareness campaign. This step forward in bisexual visibility was the brain-child of Chicago bisexual activist, journalist and creator of the Bi Social Network, Adrienne Williams who initiated a poster campaign of a number of bisexual activists, including three by Cumming, (which can currently also be seen on their facebook page: 1, 2, 3 ).

In an extensive interview, campaign organizer Williams was quoted as saying,

“He’s using his voice to stamp out biphobia and bi-erasure in entertainment, news and media and we are honored. If one bisexual life can be changed by showing that we are everywhere, that even in entertainment there are people like them, then all the better.”
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bisexual-community:

The fight for bisexual visibility in the US must invariably include Dr. Loraine Hutchins’ name in blazing lights.

Trailblazer that she is, she co-edited the groundbreaking anthology, Bi Any Other Name: Bi People Speak Out co-edited with her good friend Lani Ka’ahumanu. More recently she co-edited Sexuality, Religion and the Sacred: Bisexual, Pansexual and Polysexual Perspectives with Hameed S. (Herukhuti) Williams, PhD, MEd.

Hutchins helped kick off a local and national fellowship of bisexual and bi-friendly people that became BiNet USA, America’s national bisexual network. Last fall she joined an invitation-only group of bisexual activists at the White House to address bisexual issues with high-level government officials. Hutchins truly helps set the “B” in “LGBTQ” a-Blaze.

Click HERE to read this fascinating article about one of the founding matriarchs of the post-Stonewall Bisexual Movement + learn a lot about Bisexual, Trans/Genderqueer, Intersex as well as Gay and Lesbian History you only thought you knew.

Bisexual Activist Wendy Curry's acceptance speech at the Queens Chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) awards luncheon.

Curry a long time Bisexual-identified LGBTQ Community Activist and president emeritus of BiNet USA, was the recipient of the 4th Annual Brenda Howard Memorial Award. This Award recognizes an individual or organization whose work on behalf of the Bisexual and LGBTQ Community best exemplifies the pioneering and political spirit of the late bisexual Activist and "mother of pride" Brenda Howard.

We are a people with a history. Remembering, thanking and honoring the bisexual activists who have worked so hard over the years to get us to where we are today is so important.
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To zero in on the distinctive deconstructionist politics of queerness, turn again to the letters columns. It is no coincidence that two other major Bay Times letters column controversies of the early 1990s concerned bisexual and transgender people, the two groups included in the revised queer category …

“It is not empowering to go to a Queer Nation meeting and see men and women slamming their tongues down each others’ throats,” says one letter arguing over bisexuals.

“Men expect access to women,” asserts one from the transgender debate. “Some men decide that they want access to lesbians any way they can and decide they will become lesbians.”

Strikingly, nearly all the letters are written by, to, and about women-a point to which I will later return.

“A woman’s willingness to sleep with men allows her access to jobs, money, power, status,” writes one group of women. “This access does not disappear just because a woman sleeps with women ‘too’ … That’s not bisexuality, that’s compulsory heterosexuality.” You are not invited; you will leave and betray us.

We are already here, other women respond, and it is you who betray us with your back-stabbing and your silencing. “Why have so many bisexual women felt compelled to call themselves lesbians for so long? Do you think biphobic attitudes like yours might have something to do with it?” asks a woman named Kristen.

“It is our community, too; we’ve worked in it, we’ve suffered for it, we belong in it. We will not accept the role of the poor relation.” Kristen ends her letter tellingly, deploying a familiar phrase: “We’re here. We’re queer. Get used to it.”

Joshua Gamson, Must Identity Movements Self-Destruct? A Queer Dilemma (pdf)

Look, it’s 1990’s bisexual people using the term queer and queer discourse to defend themselves against biphobia by gay and lesbian people! (via mswyrr)

Strongly recommend that everyone read the article these quotes are from, it is So worth it. (via bisexual-community)

Madiba’s South Africa has special significance in bisexual history. It was shortly after Madiba’s presidency that bisexual activists and other LGBTQ delegates at the 1999 International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) World Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa commemorated the first day celebrating bisexuals and bisexual experience.

[Know Your Bisexual History]: Did you know that in the early days of the AIDS Crisis when the  NHS and other health and government agencies were pretty much ignoring what was happening … becasue after all, "who cares if gay men are dying?" … some AIDS Campaigners quietly encouraged fears that "those sneaky cheating bisexuals" were spreading AIDS to their "innocent" wives and children.

While that strategy worked and was a factor in pushing public health services to pay more attention to the growing plague, the association of bisexuals as spreaders of AIDS and other STD/STI’s still lingers in people’s minds. But the truth is your sexual orientation doesn’t spread diseases, risky behaviors do. No matter what label you personally use.