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.

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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

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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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binetusa:

Bisexual History: News clipping of brief article article on bisexuality from the New York Times News Service June 1995 entitled "More Acceptance? Young People Confront Bisexuality" includes mention of BiNet USA.

Some bisexuals who felt they were being made scapegoats turned to political organizing. They formed groups like BiNet USA, a coalition that has sought to win acceptance by gay rights advocates, who have not always welcomed them personally or as allies.

The Stonewall Riots themselves began as a police instigated brawl at a club where many of whose customers were primarily black + latin@, (if you’ve ever seen “Paris Is Burning" you’ll have a good idea of much of the the clientele). It quickly morphed into a generalized street riot  that included many run-away + throw-away queer street kids who congregated  close by at Christopher Park (at the intersection of Christopher, Grove, and West 4th Streets).

It was extremely chaotic and continued on for quite some time, so over the years it is hard to figure out exactly who was where when. So given our prevalence as over 50% of the LGBTQ community, it would be surprising and downright odd if a good proportion of the people caught up Weren’t bisexual, (that being said people certainly do know many Elders of the LGBT Community who are members of the Stonewall Veterans Association, who have over the years, had lovers of various genders and who have used various labels over time that include bisexual, as well as homosexual, gay, tranny, trans, queer, if not more). Interestingly enough one of the the most seriously hurt people arrested that first evening was a straight folksinger, (and a colleague of folksinger Phil Ochs, the uncle of bisexual activist Robyn Ochs) who finished a gig and walked out onto the street and into the wrong place at the wrong time. The police beat him about the head, dragged him from the street into the bar and then arrested him.  

In the political movement that immediately grew from the aftermath there certainly was a great deal of Bisexual Representation, including in leadership roles.  

Some of the most well know were the late Brenda Howard, called the "Mother of Pride" for her work in coordinating a rally and then the Christopher Street Liberation Day March to commemorate the first anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Howard also originated the idea of a week-long series of events around Pride Day which became the genesis of the annual LGBT Pride celebrations that are now held around the world every June. 

Additionally the late Sylvia Rivera, a great friend and colleague of Brenda Howard, was also a non-monosexual person having had lovers of different genders, including her long-time partner Julia Murray.  For which Rivera endured a great deal of flack from many people - including "respectable" gay/lesbians - who felt it necessary to remark, that in their opinion if she was going to have a female-identified partner then why didn’t she just stay as a male-identified person herself, thereby being "normal".  And in this way showed their complete lack of understanding of the differences between gender and sexual orientation.

Also there was the late Steven Donaldson who among other things, (those were busy times) founded the first official Student LGBT Group (then called a Homophile Group) in on April 1967 The Student Homophile League (SHL) (now called the Columbia Queer Alliance at Columbia University.  He then went on to assist students at other colleges and universities to found their own groups. By 1971, there were an estimated 150 gay student groups at colleges and universities “often with official sanction and with remarkable acceptance from fellow students”.

bihistorygroup:

[Know Your Bisexual History]: Photos from joint Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR) + Gay Liberation Front (GLF) protest for an end of oppressive treatment of LGBTQ Patients at NYC’s Bellevue Hospital (Fall 1970 credit Richard C. Wandel).

  1. Bisexual Activist Brenda Howard, GLF (standing far left, pigtails + glasses); Gay Activist Bob Kohler, GLF (sitting 2nd left, light hair); Trans*Bi Activist Sylvia Rivera, STAR + GLF (sitting 3rd left, dark hair)
  2. Trans*Bi Activist Sylvia Rivera, STAR + GLF
  3. Trans* Activist Marsha P. Johnson, STAR

At that time, NYC’s Bellevue Hospital followed prevailing thought that sexuality and gender identity that did not correspond to a narrow and binary view of normative behaviors was a sign of mental illness. Like many institutions they practiced Electroshock Therapy to "cure" bisexual as well as gay/lesbian people and mistreated LGBTQ patients who were simply there for routine medical complaints.

But all LGBTQ people, including large numbers of bisexual activists, began fighting back and by 1973 the American Psychiatric Association (APA) declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder.

"the meaning of Stonewall has shifted as the assimilations in favor of a ‘we’re just like them’ gay politics have struggled against the radical activists over the legacy of the riot and the broad, multi issue based activism which accompanied it." ~”History or Myth? Writing Stonewall” by Benjamin Shepard in Lambda Book Report;Aug/Sep2004, Vol. 13 Issue 1/2

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binetusa:

BiNet USA Prez to speak at "Biconic Flashpoints: 4 Decades of Bay Area Bisexual Politics" Opening

On the evening of Thursday May 29th the new exhibit Biconic Flashpoints: 4 Decades of Bay Area Bisexual Politics will open in the Community Gallery of San Francisco’s GLBT History Museum. Drawing on materials from the personal archives of longtime bisexual activists as well as the holdings of the GLBT Historical Society’s archives, the Biconic Flashpoints exhibit will showcase never-displayed artifacts, video, and photos from key moments in the Bay Area’s bisexual political history. The curators include:

  • Lani Ka’ahumanu, a BiPOL founding organizer, co-editor of Bi Any Other Name, activist, poet, educator, performer and visionary grandmother.
  • Emily Drennen, an outspoken bisexual and sustainable transportation advocate who loves spending time with her wife, Lindasusan, and their foster-adopt son.
  • Martin Rawlings-Fein, a published author, bisexual and trans activist, filmmaker, and Jewish educator studying to become a rabbi.
  • Lindasusan Ulrich is a writer, musician, activist, and future Unitarian Universalist minister dedicated to a vision of radical welcome.

For the opening, BiNet USA President Faith Cheltenham will be coming to San Francisco to say a few short words in honor of the work the curators have done and this historic exhibition.


Often referred to as San Francisco’s "queer Smithsonian," the GLBT Historical Society houses one of the world’s largest collections of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender historical materials. Located in San Francisco’s Castro District, the society’s GLBT History Museum is the first full-scale, stand-alone museum of its kind in the United States. The museum celebrates 100 years of the city’s vast queer past through dynamic and surprising exhibitions and programming.

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Note: Look everyone. The "END MONOSEXISM" graffiti was from the 1993 March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation (no Trans allowed yet by order of Big Gay Inc. But the ONLY Bisexual Speaker allowed, a QWoC Ingenious People’s Activist stood strong against that). That was over 20 years ago.

What was that I thought I heard people saying? That there is no such thing as Bi History? That Bisexual People never contributed to the Queer Nation? That Bisexuals are just closet case, party-hearty sluts or a recent invention of privileged, transphobic, white, cisgender, teenagers on Tumblr?

I’m sorry please speak up. I can’t hear you over you eating your words.

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A new multimedia exhibit opening May 29 at the GLBT History Museum tells the story of San Francisco Bay Area’s bisexual activism that since the 1970s has been grounded in the politics of visibility, accountability, and vitality. A playful spirit has mixed with a seriousness of purpose at key moments across four decades, fueling today’s dynamic global bisexual movement.

Titled BiCONIC FLASHPOINTS: 4 Decades of Bay Area Bisexual Politics the exhibit features never-before-displayed video, artifacts and photographs from the GLBT Historical Society’s archival bisexual collections as well as the personal holdings of bisexual leaders. 

The curators include:

  • Lani Ka’ahumanu, a BiPOL founding organizer, co-editor of Bi Any Other Name, activist, poet, educator, performer and visionary grandmother.
  • Emily Drennen, an outspoken bisexual and sustainable transportation advocate who loves spending time with her wife, Lindasusan, and their foster-adopt son.
  • Martin Rawlings-Fein, a published author, bisexual and trans* activist, filmmaker, and Jewish educator studying to become a rabbi.
  • Lindasusan Ulrich is a writer, musician, activist, and future Unitarian Universalist minister dedicated to a vision of radical welcome.

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[Image: The hardest thing to do is to say that I am Bisexual. Lesbian or Straight always seems easier.]

Once upon a time (not too too long ago) it was also considered SO horrifying to admit to being a Lesbian — a word that in popular imagination associated with licentiousness, loose morals, mental illness, suicide, porn, and perversion — that the early Lesbian Pride Group of the 1950’s, the Daughters of Bilitis wrote instead in their mission statement, which was printed on the inside of every cover of their magazine The Ladder until 1970:

1. Education of the variant…to enable her to understand herself and make her adjustment to society…this to be accomplished by establishing…a library…on the sex deviant theme; by sponsoring public discussions…to be conducted by leading members of the legal psychiatric, religious and other professions; by advocating a mode of behavior and dress acceptable to society.
2. Education of the public…leading to an eventual breakdown of erroneous taboos and prejudices…
3. Participation in research projects by duly authorized and responsible psychologists, sociologists, and other such experts directed towards further knowledge of the homosexual.
4. Investigation of the penal code as it pertain to the homosexual, proposal of changes,…and promotion of these changes through the due process of law in the state legislatures.”

New York chapter president Barbara Gittings noted that the word "variant" was used instead of "lesbian" in the mission statement, because "lesbian" was a word that had a very negative meaning in 1956.

It wasn’t until Homosexual (and Bisexual and Trans/Gender Non-Conforming) people finally heeded the call of Harvey Milk to "Come Out" even when difficult and started standing up and correcting the Myths + Stereotypes by publicly self-identify as Lesbian - actually using the Word - and by the example of their own lives show that the meaning the general public understood + universities + learned academics and doctors were teaching as fact, was a complete lie did the word “Lesbian” (and Gay which originally also had a sexual connotation of being a paid hustler and general low-down immoral slut) become the "respectable" words we think of today.

An example that people who shy away from the word Bisexual and try to twist and turn and rename themselves into "something more ‘respectable’ like … for example Lesbian + Gay" would do Very Well to Remember History and emulate what Lesbian Women and Gay Men did.

To quote bi writer Eponymous FliponymousThe word is not the problem.

an all-black speakeasy indicated that “the women were dancing with one another and going through the motions of copulation, and the men were dancing with one another.” Patrons probably danced the “Black Bottom” or the “Turkey Trot”-dances brought by African Americans from the south that circulated in a variety of northern urban venues-but the underground homosexual speakeasy versions were sexualized.

These reports support the thesis that African American cultural practices, especially dance, shaped homosexuality not in some abstract, indistinct way, but directly through the communal molding of dance forms that were often indistinguishable from sexual intercourse.It does not require a huge leap of faith to believe that this public, interactive construction of sexualized dance extended its influence off the dance floor, choreographing the supposedly “private” performance of sexual intercourse.

Homosex Changes: Race, Cultural Geography, and the Emergence of the Gay by Kevin J. Mumford. 1996. American Quarterly.

SO it turns out, BLACK GAYS AND LESBIANS [Ed Note: and Bisexual + Trans], heavily influenced the “modern” GAY AND LESBIAN [Ed Note: and Bisexual + Trans] movements in such a way that previously PRIVATE (miscegenation balls) that were not just code for interracial sex but gender “inversion” (gay and lesbian behavior) PRIVATE IS POLITICAL…meaning the crafted narrative that I was made to believe my whole life about how “black men cant be gay” IS FALSE! The whole narrative of white men teaching black people homosexuality IS FALSE! 

WOW…so many questions remain about how black gay, lesbian [Ed Note: and Bisexual] and Trans-folk get pushed, silenced and altogether left out of histories and narratives WE seem to be at the forefront of …

some of it our own doing and then others the doings of white people who think of our bodies and forget our minds…….hmmmmmm (via howtobeterrell)

Interesting Side Note: In her book Freedom to love all: Homosexuality is not Un-African, Nigerian bisexual activist Yemisi Ilesanmi makes a case for LGBT Rights as Human Rights while also debunk the myths surrounding homosexuality in Africa.

(via thegingerycauldron)

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The Bisexual Revolution Will Be Tumbled, YouTubed and Tweeted

Major magazines call us slacktivists, a generation of social media savvy youth whose sole contribution to social justice causes consist of clicking “like” on facebook statuses posted by various Big Gay Inc … it is most certainly not true for all of us. In fact the internet and social media are revolutionizing bisexual activism in a positive way that is anything but “slacktivist”

Tumblr has one of the most active and vibrant bisexual communities anywhere online. There discussions are constantly going on about what it means to be a bisexual, how can we phrase and express our desires in a way that is both true and affirming and inclusive of transgender people.

New ideas are constantly created, discussed and honed, in between posts of pictures of Easter Eggs, Sneakers and much cool bisexual swag to acquire. Among the may voices are such notables as Author Jan Steckel; Academic & Author Shiri Eisner; Vlogger & Artist Ritch Ludlow; Editrix Jen Yockney; Bi Blogger Patrick RichardsFink; Writer Jacqueline Applebee; Salt Lake City’s 1 to 5 Club; 20+ years of bi political action on Bialogue; the discerning reader’s delight Bisexual Books; USA’s Transcending Boundaries Conference & Midwest Bi Activist; Bisexual London and many, many more.

Along with well known writers and academics are thousands of everyday bisexual people. There were people living in rural regions like me … There are big city bisexuals … Everyone brings a different and unique perspective to the bi tumblr community from intersecting issues of race, class, education and age, we all have a different and important perspective on what being a bisexual in the 21st century means.

It is on the internet where the original inclusive definitions of bisexual is being promoted and discussed.

Thanks to the internet’s ability to connect bisexual people, everyone has a voice. What had slowly been being morphed into a dumbed down description of bisexuality as “attraction to men and women” or “attraction to both genders” that were being promoted by the Big Gay/Lesbian Groups and their Straight Allies were deemed unsatisfactory.

And it is on facebook, twitter and tumblr that the old inclusive definitions of bisexual such as “same gender and other genders” or "more then one gender” are being reasserted, not only to other bisexuals but also to larger LGBT blogs and organizations.

Conversations about creating safe and inclusive spaces in the real world abound … When I run into a problem with my real world activism I know I can always pull out my smart phone or go to my laptop and post about it and a large supportive activist community will be there to help me out in solving it … 

Far from being “slacktivists” online bisexual activists are often leading the way, writing, theorizing and discussing things among themselves and saving lives with their displays of pride. Resisting blocks on our identity by major corporations and fighting both online and off for a better world for bisexuals is an amazing thing and far from being “slacktivist”.

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Aud Traher is a Bisexual-Trans Activist, local LGBT organizer, blogger, local craftperson, a member of the Pennsylvania Student Equality Coalition (PSEC) and anthropology major living in working in a rural community in Eastern Central Pennsylvania. Having been an organizer in the college’s LGBT Group and noticing the need for similar services that included people in the town and countryside, Aud decided to found a local LGBT Group open to all.

Bisexual people have a thriving international Community; a long and illustrious History of queer activism; and a thriving, joyful and distinct queer Culture.

And while we welcome everyone to join us as friends, family and allies, we don’t actually need or want any monosexuals - gay straight or lesbian — to find us, fix us, validate our existence; rename us or define us.

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. 

great to see one of the founding members of Bialogue from way back in the day being honored

(via bihistorygroup)

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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.

(via bihistorygroup)