Bialogue: Bisexual + Queer Politics

Bialogue is an activist/political social justice group working on issues of local, regional, national & international interest that effect the bisexual, non-monosexual, queer-identified and greater LGBTQ+ Community.
Bialogue: Social Justice Warriors and darn proud of it!
Our mission is to dispel myths and stereotypes, to address biphobia homophobia, transphobia and bisexual erasure, to educate the public on the facts and realities of bisexuality, non-monosexuals, queer-identified and all the other not 100% straight and not 100% gay/lesbian people who occupy the vast middle of the Kinsey scale's Bell Curve and to advocate for our Community's right to dignity, freedom to live without the burdens of prejudice and harassment and for our full equality under the law.

Find Bisexuals: in USA on planet earth
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Bisexual Conferences
   ○ 2012 Transcending Boundaries Conference October 26th-28th 2012 Springfield MA USA
   ○ 2013 Creating Change Conference (CC13) January 23-27 2013 Atlanta GA USA
   ○ BECAUSE 2013 2013 Minneapolis–Saint Paul MN USA
   ○ Bi Lines VI: A Celebration of Bisexual Writing in Reading Music & Culture June 2013 NYC USA
   ○ BiCon 2013 July 18-21 2013 University of Edinburgh Scotland

Bisexual Magazines & Bloggers
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      Bi MediaFacebook
      Bi Bloggers
      Bi radical (Bisexual-Theory/Queer-Theory) • Tumblr

Famous 'Must-read' Bisexual-Theory/Queer-Theory Articles/Essays
      Bisexuality FAQ
      Bisexuality does not reinforce the gender binary
      Words, binary and biphobia, or: why “bi” is binary but “FTM” is not
      Being Bisexual Means That You’re Only Attracted to Two Genders
      The monosexual privilege checklist
      Why I identify as bisexual + differences and similarities
      Way Beyond the Binary

Bisexuals = people who people of Same Gender as themselves + ♥ people of Different Genders/Gender Presentations from themselves

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thebicast:

This year with your help even if you cannot attend the Bisexual/non-Monosexual Community at Creating Change 2015 in Denver in person, you will be able to keep up with what is going on thru your bisexual community’s own Podcasting + Video Network, The BiCast.

You will be able to hear interviews + see video presentations with the people who are working to make all our lives so much better and all about the latest initiatives and programs and what they can do to help you, your family, your friends and your local community. 

But we cannot do it without your help! 

Like (almost) everything else in the Bisexual community in the USA we are a Completely 100% All Volunteer Organization, with ZERO funding other that what we take out of our own pockets (and believe us that is a lot) AND your kind and generous donations.

So thank you! So far with your assistance we have been able to purchase through your donations things related to our start up costs including Domain Name Purchase as well as Recording and Editing Software. 

I mean Wow! with your help we have really done a lot!

So we are really on a roll here BUT to keep going and keep bringing you all the programming that You Have Been Asking For we have additional costs. These include such things as music free of copyright infringement, better Sound Equipment, a New Computer, (since currently the show is completely produced off of our founder and producer’s aged and failing laptop). We also have such recurring costs such as Printing, Travel Expenses and Video Rentals. 

So the Good News is we have actually secured the credentials and permission to report from such important national LGBTQ/Progressive Events including:

  1. RootsCamp 2014 (December 13 thru 14) Washington DC
  2. Creating Change 2015 (February 4 thru 8) Denver CO
  3. BiReConUSA and BECAUSE 2015 (April) Minneapolis MN

But the other news is now we Need Your Help with the expenses to actually make it happen. Can we count on You to Help us Help you? So we can be there to be the Bisexual Community’s eyes and ears at these gatherings where future policy decisions are being made?

Please CLICK the LINK to go to our Fundraising Page and see what option you can do to assist. We have arranged it so you to become a member at whatever rate you can spare starting at $1 a month and up. And can we also ask you to also please LIKE and SIGNAL BOOST this so we can get the word out to as many people as possible?

Thank you all so much for all your Continued Generosity and Support. And also please keep writing in telling us what You Like and what else You want to Hear and See. You Our Audience are our Best Programming Partners and Motivators to keep on keeping on.

Cheers,
The BiCast Group


The BiCast is an non-profit podcast and video network covering news, views and current happenings effecting the bisexuals people, and their friends, family and allies.

We strive to to provide information, news, support and entertainment to all of us under The Bisexual Umbrella. We work to bring you topics and activists of interest to our audience. Our crew is dedicated and diverse in regions, ethnicity, gender and sexual identification. But we do have one thing in common. We are all passionate about our mission.

We foster the building of our community , on a global and at a grassroots local level. We encourage audience participation and provide everyone the opportunity to be a guest host.

thebicast:

autostraddle:

National LGBTQ Task Force Has A New Name — Will It Have More Inclusive Programs to Match?

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With little fanfare, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force changed its name to the National LGBTQ Task Force last week

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It would have been powerful to see the Task Force get ahead of the political curve with its naming and mission. Instead, its name change coincides with a political and cultural moment when transgender and bisexual people have seen a burst in acceptance and success in achieving policy needs

.  .  .  The group’s future actions and inclusivity will speak much louder than its name, said bisexual activist Lynnette McFadzen, the creator of the BiCast. The Task Force has a history of excluding bi and trans needs from its programs, though it’s improved in recent years, she said.

“The real issue isn’t their name, it’s their conduct, and that’s something they need to work on,” McFadzen said. “If they conducted themselves as an inclusive task force, that would be great. I’m not concerned about the alphabet soup.”

But they still have work to do. The organization left the bi community stunned when it published an piece from one of its staff members called “Bye Bye Bi, Hello Queer” on Celebrate Bisexuality Day.

The article called for a rejection of the term bisexuality based on outdated definitions of the term that enforce a binary understanding that the bi community itself doesn’t use.

The Task Force also published a positive article about bisexuality on the same day, and it later published a counter article from trans and bi writer Aud Traher. Weeks later, it took the offensive post down and posted a brief apology.

thebicast:

I’m Bisexual and I’m standing up against Bullying - spiritday 10.16.2014

thebicast:

[Washington DC]: SAGE & Center Bi Celebrate Bisexual Pride 2014

On the evening of Monday, September 22nd at the Residences at Thomas Circle the DC Center’s Center Bi Community, SAGE Metro DC, the Alliance of Multi-Cultural Bisexuals (AMBi), and DC Bi Women teamed up to put on a Bisexual Pride Awareness Day event.

Among the featured speakers were Faith Cheltenham, President of BiNet USA, and Ellyn Ruthstrom, President of the Bisexual Resource Center and Executive Director of SpeakOUT Boston. Additionally the Mayor’s Office of GLBT Affairs presented an official city proclamation to celebrating Bisexual Pride Day.

bimagazine:

New Group Poised to Advance Bisexual Health Research

In June of 2014 bisexual and allied health researchers and activists from across the US met to form a new group, the Bisexual Research Collaborative on Health (BiRCH) at a meeting on bisexual health research chaired by the Fenway Institute in Boston MA USA to promote discussions of bisexual health research and combat bisexual erasure. The new organization’s plans include finding methods to raise public awareness of bisexual people’s health issues and planning a national conference on the topic.

I am a member of America’s contingent faculty—a scholar-activist committed to social justice and ecological wellbeing. Seven years ago, two years after obtaining my doctorate, I was sleeping on my mother’s couch. I have not had health insurance for the last nine years and am still awaiting approval from my state’s health exchange for ACA assistance.

I have had asthma since 2003. I earn too much to receive social service subsidies and too little to keep my head above the rising financial waters without the support of family and friends. I live among other poor and working class people of color, many of whom are living with mental and/or physical illnesses, substance addictions, and the results of the structural violence of social inequality. I am also a black bisexual man.

So when I received the invitation to Boston for a meeting at the large and impressive Fenway Institute—a research division of Fenway Health, an organization committed to “enhance the wellbeing of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and all people in our neighborhoods and beyond through access to the highest quality health care, education, research and advocacy” with total net assets for 2013 of nearly $44 million according to its latest annual report—to form a bisexual health research agenda, I considered it a big deal …

The one-day meeting, which was a who’s who of bisexual research, LGBT public health research, and LGBT practitioners, included a few bisexual activists and junior scholars. I lost count at the number of people with Ivy League affiliations, academic journal editorial board memberships, White House experience, or principal investigator experience on large research studies. And I wasn’t diligent about counting from among the approximately twenty-five (25) bisexual, gay/lesbian and heterosexual attendees the numbers of bisexual men or people of color but there were a few of both.

The need for community-driven bisexual health research is too high for imperialist, competitive politics … This has been painfully evident in LGBT movement politics. Many middle class and wealthy gays and lesbians of European descent have pursued LGBT issues directly related to their self-interest and in ways most advantageous for them—leaving to their own devices the queer others of the sex and gender justice movement e.g., poor and working class people, people of color, bisexuals, transgender people, sex workers, the incarcerated, etc. The mainstream pays lip service to people like me—my neighbors, friends, and family.

When asked about her experience of the meeting, Kerith Conron, ScD, MPH, Research Scientist, Center for Population Research in LGBT Health, The Fenway Institute declared, “Our meeting was a unique opportunity to integrate three key aspects of my life: social justice, community, and sound science.” How the group continues to integrate those three elements will tell us everything we need to know about who wins, loses, or runs a Boston.

Click HERE to read Dr. Herukhuti's full article on Bisexual Research Collaborative on Health (BiRCH)


In addition to now being a founding member of BiRCH, Dr. Herukhuti is a clinical sociologist, cultural studies scholar, performance artist, and neotraditional African shaman who focuses on sexuality, gender, and spirituality themes within Africa and the Diaspora. an adjunct Professor at Goddard College, he recently organized the successful Bisexual Institute at the 2014 Creating Change Conference.

He is the author of Conjuring Black Funk: Notes on Culture, Sexuality, and Spirituality; co-editor of Sexuality, Religion and the Sacred: Bisexual, Panexual and Polysexual Perspectives with Dr Loraine Hutchins; and is co-editor of Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men with Robyn Ochs.

unquietpirate:

Alright, you knew there had to be one. From Maymay’s Bi Visibility Day Facebook thread (in which I am basically the only one ranting politically and everyone else is just being silly and adorable. :) )

I think the people who claim that "the word bisexual reinforces the gender binary because it has ‘two’ in it"are confused — because what they’re actually trying to assert is that people who identify as "bisexual" are "only attracted to men and women."

In other words, biphobes argue we’re only attracted to ONE type of person: Specifically, people who fit the gender binary. That what we find attractive about a person is not their gender but the fact that they have a binary one. (It’s a sneaky way of trying to accuse bisexuals of only being attracted to cis people, although that’s a transphobic argument in and of itself because it makes the assumption that the only people who ‘really’ have binary genders are cis people.)

I think what these people actually need is a more accurate word to describe the person they’re accusing bisexuals of being: A "binarysexual." I would be perfectly happy with people going around saying, "A binarysexual is someone who is only attracted to the two genders that fit the binary — but either one of those binary genders is fine." But to suggest that ALL bisexuals are "binarysexuals" just because bisexual starts with 'bi' is as inane as suggesting that all bisexuals are also bicyclists, bigamists, or bionic "because they start with the same prefix, DUH!"

It’s as much of an intentional misunderstanding of the word "bisexual" as it would be if I said, "Well, technically, pansexual means being attracted to EVERYBODY." That’s what the prefix 'pan' literally means. What differentiates a "pansexual" from a "bisexual" is that bisexuals are sexually attracted to people of more than one gender, and pansexuals are sexually attracted to every person they ever interact with — they’re like the opposite of "asexuals".

The thing about words is they actually mean lots of different things simultaneously. And so people like to try and make arguments from "the definition of the word" but the definition of a given word is not singular or fixed — and the particular narrow definition you’ve picked up on because it supports your argument isn’t automatically the correct one just ‘cause you found it in a dictionary. That kind of flimsy rhetorical strategy doesn’t even fly in 10th grade speech and debate class; it’s sure as hell not a strong enough argument to be a justifiable basis for erasing other peoples’ identities.

In fact, as I recall, people used to claim that being “bisexual” meant that you had TWO PARTNERS — hence all the the biphobic nonsense about how bisexuals are naturally nonmonogamous, will always cheat on you with [insert gender you’re intimidated by], can’t be trusted, blah blah blah. This is just the updated version of that ridiculousness. But plenty has already been written by Shiri Eisner (radicalbi.wordpress.com) etc. about the homonormative political strategy to drive a wedge between B’s and T’s by encouraging bisexual folks and trans* folks to see each other as adversaries competing for the same piece of the Big Gay Pie. So, I won’t go into all of that here.

I guess all I’m trying to say is, if people are really so desperate for an identity that means "only attracted to people whose gender fits the binary" that they can distance themselves from, then let’s give them one: "Binarysexual". And then I’ll challenge those folks to find any bisexual person who that actually describes. Because regardless of what you think the abstract etymology of someone’s identity label means, the actual ways that real people engage in relationships on the ground really matters. I know a LOT of bisexual folks in real life, and I would be hard-pressed to name a single one of them who is only attracted to people with binary genders. In fact, if I had to point to a sexual orientation that, in practice, tends to limit their attraction to binary-gendered cis folks only, you know which one I’d pick? Straight people.

Oh, and then there are all those radfems — both straight and lesbian — who don’t believe that trans women are women, much less potential partners. They’re pretty binarysexual. And gay men who dump their partners when they transition? Binarysexual, too! Hell, there seem to be a lot of them, maybe the binarysexuals need a visibility day of their own.

But that day is not today.

Also, notice how, over the past few years, this nitpicky discourse about the etymology of the word "bisexual" has totally overwhelmed public dialogue about what’s going on for actual bisexual folks. Things like, say, massively higher rates of suicide, homelessness, and bullying than monosexual queers.

Why aren’t we talking about that stuff? Or the more mundane but still importantly relevant day-to-day questions and struggles that are unique to bisexual experience? We never get around to these conversations, because even among community of other folks who are attracted to people of multiple genders, we spend an inordinate amount of time arguing and explaining and defending and defining the fuckin’ word we’re using to say a thing that *everybody already understands what we mean by.*

And notice how the solution that people offer to that problem is so often, "Well, why not just use a different word then?"

Let’s not acknowledge the fact that "queer" doesn’t convey any specific information about a person’s sexual orientation besides that it’s not straight and that it’s kinda political. And that "pansexual", while a lovely and inclusive neologism in theory, doesn’t have the history or culture or instantaneous "brand recognition" behind it that "bisexual", which has meant something for going on 100 years now, does. The concept of"bisexuality" *specifically* threatens both heterosexual and homosexual hegemony in a way that "pansexuality" (at least currently) doesn’t. These words are useful, and even necessary, but not sufficient to replace or obsolete the word "bisexual".

"But there are plenty of other words you could us! You wouldn’t have these problems if you’d just stop being bisexual!"<——- This is literally what bisexual erasure looks like.

Right now, "bisexual" is the most well-known, well-understood, established, and effective word in the English language for conveying the concept of loving people of multiple genders. When we lose that word, we lose a weapon. And, kids, we still really need that weapon. See Also: Higher rates of suicide, homelessness, bullying etc.

Anyway. That’s my rant. (I guess I had to rant somewhere. :P)

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bisexual-community:

Whether you are Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian, Gay, or even Atheist, coming out of the closet is always often a difficult experience for many. Most times, it is a decision that subjects us to a lifetime of discrimination, isolation, ostracism, and judgements not just from the society but unfortunately, also from those we care most about i.e. our family members and friends …

I cannot and must not let my Freedom to be me be curtailed by people who rejoice in wallowing in ignorance and hate.

Closets are for clothes; I am more than my clothes.
Closets are for objects; I am not an object.
Closets are for non-living things; I am a living thing.
Closets are prisons; I refuse to be a prisoner.
Closets are forced on many; I reserve the right to break free.

Click HERE to read post by Nigerian Bisexual Activist Yemisi Ilesanmi

she-walks-on-me89:

terminal-bisexuality:

"Why would you want to call yourself bisexual? That word has such negative connotations."

Yes, of course it does. Those are called stereotypes. That’s what stereotypes do.

My last therapist said that to me. Those exact words.

Sure do hope that you are referring to your ex-therapist!

bisexual-community:

biresourcecenter:

How to be an ally to a bisexual person

Happy National Coming Out Day, everyone!

Loving Reminder that Gay, Straight + Lesbian people ALL have the opportunity to be good Allies to Bisexual/Non-Monosexual people! 

transcendboundaries:

Today is National Coming Out Day, a day we hope will be about celebrating identity and being supported for as many of you as possible. If you’re coming out for the first time we hope you get the response you are hoping for.

But we also need to acknowledge that coming out isn’t right for everyone. Many people don’t come out because they know the losses they suffer as a result will outweigh the relief gained. If you choose not to come out, we support you.

Some people can’t come out for reasons of personal safety. If you can’t come out because doing so will render you homeless or at risk of violence we support you.

It is NEVER acceptable to out someone against their wishes. That is a form of harassment and abuse. It is not acceptable to demean someone for failing to come out; no one knows their struggle better than they do and we must trust their decisions.

TBC is working toward a world where being out will no longer be dangerous or scary. We’re not there yet but we remain hopeful.

Happy National Coming Out Day!