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
Chat with Bisexuals (in the USA)
Bisexual Men on facebook
Bisexual Women on facebook

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
      Bi MagazineFacebookTumblr
      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

Posts I Like
Who I Follow

[Leeds UK]: Earlier today (25 July), Edwards was detained after a routine sign-in at Water Side Court in Leeds, north-east England.

His family say he was given no warning and no indication to him or his family that he would be detained.

Orashia Edwards who is bisexual lost his asylum case earlier this month and is now threatened with immediate deportation to Jamaica West Indies… His family say Edwards was suicidal after losing the legal case, and his mental health has worsened considerably over the past few weeks. ‘They’re refusing to tell me where my son is. Something has changed. I am very, very terrified,’ a tearful Brown told GSN on the phone. 

After he lost his legal battle, he said he would ‘prefer to be a dead man than get on a flight to die. I have nowhere to go’.

Leeds for Change, an organization campaigning on behalf of LGBTI asylum seekers, successfully got a flight cancelled that was meant to deport Edwards last January.  The group alleges the Home Office decision behind who is granted asylum have been prejudiced.

Some activists also say the Home Office finds it difficult to grant bisexual people asylum, saying there is an attitude that they could ‘pass’ in their home country.

HOW TO HELP
  • No Borders Leeds - Orashia was detained again for the 3rd time this morning as he went to sign on in Waterside. His most recent appeal was denied yesterday yet nobody was informed until today, again leaving little or no time for Orashia, his family or his legal team time to prepare. Please help inform others and pass on this latest news. Thank you
  • Petitioning Teresa May, Home Secretary; Ed Miliband, Labour Party; Nick Clegg, Lib Dems Don’t Deport Orashia SIGN PETITION HERE
  • The Home Office are really feeling pressure from support & publicity around Orashia’s campaign. Please keep the pressure on. Write to your MP using this template letter and send it to your MP here. More contact details on this page.
  • Please donate to his legal fund here. Orashia’s family are working every hour possible to raise funds which have already cost over £2000 so far. All of Orashia’s legal team are working pro bono :) so the costs are just covering his court fees.

Thank you so much for all the support so far

whitehouse:

This week, President Obama signed an Executive Order that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating against their employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Note:  In a historic first a bisexual community leader, Faith Cheltenham president of BiNet USA (right hand side, blue dress) was asked to stand with the president at the event.  You can read her personal story + watch a video of Workplace Discrimination Faced By Bisexual + Other LGBT Workers.  

On Friday, join a conversation on the new Executive Order and steps the President has taken to expand opportunity for the LGBT community. Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, will host for a Tumblr Q&A this Friday, July 25 at 1pm ET.

Right now, you can ask your questions here on the White House Tumblr, and Valerie Jarrett will answer a bunch on Friday, July 25 at 1pm ET.

The Absurdity of TERF Theory- Confronting Hate SpeechEvery movement desiring equality has its haters. The Transgender Equality Movement is no different … The Gay Rights Movement has the National Organization for Marriage. Bisexuals and Trans people together have the forces of Dan Savage, Julie Bindel, Big Gay Inc, and their "fellow travelers" to contend with…

So, it just is a matter of physics that we would end up with our very own hate group Gender Identity Watch (GIW) or their common identity of Transgender Exclusionary Radical Feminists (TERFs)…

So today, we bring up some well-known tropes and strategies used by groups like the GIW and their followers.

The Transgender Violence Tracking Portal collects data on anti-trans violence in order to protect the transgender community in real time and help us be better-informed advocates for change.

Transgender* people make up 1 to 1.5% of the world’s population but about 400 times more likely to be assaulted or murdered than the rest of the population. These crimes are more likely to be violent, and are often meant to intimidate the entire community. Many of these crimes are left unsolved, which makes it doubly important to track and hold law enforcement accountable to solving these crimes.

We work to provide news of violence against the transgender community and, eventually, a central repository of reports (searchable by location and time).

Backed by a successful kickstarter campaign, the site currently features news and the ability to submit an incident report, as well as reports of missing persons and the ability to share and disseminate news via social media from a central location.

We hope you will join us in our effort to help protect and stop violence against the transgender community by taking action with us today.

Awards: Proud to have been Featured 3 times as an evil enemy to Gender Identity Watch

bisexual-community:

In the comic books, Constantine alludes to past relationships with both women and men and is periodically depicted leaving the bed of male lovers. But NBC’s Constatine, played by Matt Ryan, doesn’t have any same-sex dates on his dance card at the moment, it seems. 

And while Cerone is right in noting a few instances where Constantine was seen getting out of bed with a man, it was more than just "one or two issues." Throughout the comic, Constantine alludes to more than just a few sexual encounters with someone of the same sex.

It’s bad enough networks don’t create bisexual characters let alone when they "straightwash" one. Make your voice heard!

  1. Sign the Petition then signal boost it to your friends on Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, and anything else you can think of
  2. Tweet using the hashtag #BiBlazer (A combination of Bisexual and Hellblazer) to stop the bi erasure of a canon bisexual character. Direct your tweets to @JohnConWriters and @NBCConstantine.

binetusa:

Center for American Progress: Workplace Discrimination Faced By Bisexual + Other LGBT Workers

“The prevailing logic has remained that if I am out as a bisexual woman, I must be asking for something: discrimination, harassment, or even sexual assault.” — Faith Cheltenham

No one should ever feel that they are “asking” for discrimination, harassment, or sexual assault, either in or out of the workplace. Unfortunately, however, many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, individuals are made to believe they deserve discrimination simply due to their sexual orientation and gender identity.

Faith Cheltenham of BiNet USA recounts her experiences of sexual harassment in her workplace when disclosing her bisexuality to her colleagues; even her supervisor said that she was asking for sexual innuendos from co-workers.

In addition to describing her experiences as a black bisexual woman—which were more difficult in large part due to the multiplier effect of sexual orientation and race-based discrimination and bias… According to Cheltenham:

It is unfair that so many bisexual women like me have to choose between being visible and being safe at work. It’s unjust that so many LGBTQ people have to choose between being employed and being open in their identity.

Please CLICK HERE to read more about workplace discrimination faced by bisexual + other LGBT workers

This call for pitches and staffers is open to anyone. LGBTQ individuals and people of color are strongly encourage to submit pitches and applications. There is a strong interest in content from the mid-west, south, and content written by/about the broad Pacific Islander and South Asian communities

General themes to consider: Arts, Politics, Family, Gender & Sexuality, Health, Justice, and History

Please CLICK HERE for all guidelines, where + what to send


In 2002, spurred by the shuttering of a.Magazine, a small group of 20-and-30-something journalists and artists got together to fill the void by envisioning the kind of magazine we always wanted to read

We began meeting around a kitchen table in San Francisco that spring, and over snacks and beer, a vision slowly emerged. The magazine wouldn’t flinch at covering serious issues, but also wouldn’t take itself too seriously. It would cover Asian Americans in Texas, Kansas and Minnesota, not just the critical mass living in California and New York. It would feature emerging artists, thinkers and doers, not only the few established Asian Americans who’d gotten mainstream approval. It would be a magazine that looked beyond identity — we’d explore cultural issues while tackling what is Asian American by accident, by tangent or by happenstance.

Hyphen issue 1
, which paid tribute to Asian American activism, was published in June 2003 … in tackling issues of culture and community with substance and sass, Hyphen has also flourished, becoming a media must for savvy Asian Americans.

This past weekend (July 11-13), I attended DashCon, the first con exclusively devoted to Tumblr users (although not affiliated with Tumblr). Because of poor management by a staff that was well-intentioned but inexperienced, young, and lacking in resources, the con suffered a couple of major public calamities, including a desperate mid-con plea for emergency cash on their Tumblr site (which they received) that immediately became the target of contempt and ridicule by primarily non-con attendees on Tumblr and other social media sites.

The hostility of this rhetoric often conflated the organizers with the attendees, who were primarily female and queer teens, many of whom were local and attending their first con. The largest concentration of this rhetoric is the Dashcon tag and user reblogs spread it quickly; one early Tumblr post – reblogged over 67,000 times – characterized con-goers as “white kids in flower crowns rioting for the anti-sexualization of women in media while holding panels about homoerotic subtext.”

Comments on other social media sites like Jezebel swiftly adopted this derisive tone, describing attendees as “dorks who live in their parents’ basement” or “hormonal teenagers who enjoy drama way too much” in contrast to the “mature” fans on Tumblr “who discuss theories.” Such misinformed and misogynist discourse was accompanied by paternalistic horror about the possible exposure of teenagers to an informational 18+ BDSM panel.

As a counter to this discourse, I want to highlight some of the more productive social and cultural aspects and implications of the con. For attendees, it is a vital safe space for self-expression and community bonding, intellectual engagement, counseling, and social empowerment for attendees. In turn, the implicit discomfort and hostility directed at them reveals how this space threatens social hierarchies regarding, in particular, female sexual pleasure and knowledge, “feminine” cultural production, “mass” tastes, and non-normative sexual/gender identities and practices.

DashCon Discourses: Through a Feminist Lens | Antenna

The whole piece is well worth the read. (via acafanmom)

I want to draw attention to THIS. Dash Con’s management problems were many, HOWEVER the reason it ended up in the spotlight was pure sexism.

The first posts criticizing the convention based on half-truths were immediately reblogged with nasty comments about ugh fangirls, dumb teen girls, and their girly flower crowns.

If this massive disorganization had happened at a male-dominated con, I firmly believe no one would have noticed or cared much except those people there.  But Dash Con was a convention run primarily by women with mostly women as panelists and mostly women as attendees.

That meant they were already being castigated as incompetent, frivolous, and “the worst of tumblr” on Friday night before anyone knew any actual facts.  Other male-dominated cons would have been given the benefit of the doubt, time to make explanations, and would have been put under less of a microscope.

Dash Con is a searing example of the perfectionist tight rope walk that women are expected to do in our screwed up society — make any mistakes and our culture will turn on you to broadcast every mistake.  And maybe we’ll just add some totally made-up stuff in there too.  Don’t step out of line girls.  Leave cons to the boys.

- Sarah (via bisexual-books)

Bisexual Community Tumblr had no real interests in Dash Con 2014, and truthfully paid little attention to it UNTIL we started noticing the weird blog posts that were going around (and around and around) about it.

The thing that really struck people here as strange is that a Great Deal of the criticism was coming from people who Weren’t Going, Weren’t There and actually Hadn’t Bothered to Check Anything out. Instead people were just passing on what in many cases turned out to be mean-spirited false - not to mention frequently misogynistic, biphobic, homophobic and transphobic - rumors (x).

Well guess what? We are interested now. This casual internet bullying totally got our attention. We REALLY dislike Bullies! And we REALLY dislike sloppy misinformation that ends up hurting innocent people!

So we hope there will be a Dash Con 2015. And we think it might be a good opportunity for Bi Tumblr people in the USA to meet in RL and do some planning and map out some more bisexual activism. Particular for Bi Youth to meet and discuss what they want for the future and how to get it. (via bisexual-community)

(via bisexual-community)

New Documentary Highlights Discrimination Within the Black Lesbian/(and Bisexual) Community

The Same Difference is an hour-long documentary about lesbians who discriminate against other lesbians and bisexual women by Nneka Onuorah, an associate producer for BET.

“It’s almost like a gang,” Onuorah tells ELIXHER. “This is the criteria. This is what you have to do or you’re not a part of it, you’re not in it, or you’re not real. I thought that was ridiculous” … she wanted to start the conversation and shed some light on those issues …

So far, the teaser has been well received. The LGBT community wants to see it because they are living this every day…

Her fundraising goal is $15,000 and the money raised will go to production costs for her to complete the film. Onuorah does not want to only get the major city perspectives that are always seen. She wants to talk to people in states like Utah, Arkansas, and Washington … she also wants to make sure the message is heard by everyone, not just the lesbian community.

“It’s the same difference,” she says. “It’s not like we [lesbians] just face discrimination or we discriminate against each other and have stereotypes. This happens in the African American [heterosexual] community. From culture to culture, we’re doing this to each other. You can take the ‘lesbian’ out of the film and it will still be as powerful”The Same Difference is sure to spark a national dialogue around identity and the way we police one another. Give what you can to help make this important film happen. Donate here.

petitsirena:

sticks and stones may break my bones, but language dictates everything from social norms to legislation and it’s indeed often used to bolster violence and oppression sooOo