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.

bihistorygroup:

Remembering Brenda: An Ode to the ‘Mother of Pride’

Did you know? The first pride was organized by a bisexual woman.

The year was 1969. It was illegal for LGBT people to get together and have a drink or dance with same-sex partners. Most bars wouldn’t allow queers into their establishment … But there was one place where everyone could gather — The Stonewall Inn …The police knew that gays went to Stonewall. They would raid the bar … Many times, the raiding officers got rough, making police brutality a common occurrence … Until June 28, 1969, when those fairies, drag queens, queers, trans people, and gender-nonconforming folks said “Enough is enough.” The three-day standoff that ensued, infamously known as the Stonewall Riots, launched the modern-day LGBT rights movement…

A month after the riots ended, New York City saw one of the country’s first public marches where LGBT people proudly, publicly claimed their identities: The Christopher Street Liberation Day March. The parade influenced other cities around the world, laying the ground work for Pride parades internationally.

And while Stonewall has become an iconic moment in our collective LGBT history, many are unaware that the first Pride parade, the Liberation Day March, was organized by a bisexual woman. A year later, the same woman coordinated the one-year anniversary of the Christopher Street Liberation Day March, sparking what would become a lifelong passion for the late Brenda Howard

Born in the Bronx, Howard had a heart for activism, and was involved with antiwar and feminist movements in earlier years … She was friends with many of the individuals who were inside the bar that night the Stonewall Riots began. Her advocacy for the community started then, but it continued for more than three decades. Her lifelong advocacy ended when she died in 2005 — during New York City’s Pride Week…

Howard was arrested in Chicago in 1988, while demonstrating for national health care and the fair treatment of women, people of color, and those living with HIV and AIDS. She was arrested in Georgia in 1991 for protesting the firing of a lesbian from the state attorney general’s office due to Georgia’s anti-sodomy law. She was arrested multiple times for social justice causes, but she always kept fighting…

Some of the work closest to her heart was in the bisexual community. Howard cofounded the New York Area Bisexual Network in 1988, an organization that, to this day, serves as a central communication hub for bisexual and bi-friendly groups in New York City and the tri-state area.

She successfully lobbied for the inclusion of bisexuality in the 1993 March on Washington, at a time when the movement was focused primarily on gay men and lesbians.

Howard was a hands-on, grassroots activist who fought for the rights of the minorities … every year around the world, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals march proudly, celebrating their individuality, their families, and their freedom. We march today because a bisexual woman marched then.

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Eliel Cruz Bisexual Christian. Freelance Writer at huffington post, policymic, the advocate magazine, believe out loud on religion, sexuality, media, and culture.

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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[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.

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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 (via bihistorygroup)

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.”

(via bihistorygroup)

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.

(via bihistorygroup)

Bisexuals find themselves erased in history. Many famous people―such as Marlene Dietrich, June Jordan, Freddie Mercury, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Walt Whitman―have been labeled as lesbian or gay for their same-sex relationships, yet their long-term relationships with different-sex partners are ignored or their importance minimized. This disrespects the truth of their lives for the sake of a binary conception of sexual orientation. It also makes it more difficult for bisexuals just coming out to find role models.

http://www.sf-hrc.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=989 (via strippingwizardsonabartop)

Good to know! Thanks. That’s what’s sad about erasure, for a long fucking time you don’t even know you’ve been erased. Even asexuals have more history than bisexuals, they get a hint from celebrate and the slurs frigid or prude. But bisexuals don’t even have a derogatory history, we have almost no history. Not sure which is worse. (via spiritscraft)

I think it can also be the opposite - still erasure, but only acknowledging their opposite-sex relationships. I had no idea that Eleanor Roosevelt was queer. (via vangoghsdaughter)

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bisexual-books:

Want to help with a new bisexual activist project?  Join this group in preventing bisexual erasure on Wikipedia by monitoring and editing entries about bisexual celebrities and bisexual topics to ensure accurate information about bisexuality online.  

This is what the group says it is all about:

Bisexual Wikipedia Editors: A place for active Bisexual/Non-Monosexual and Allied Editors of Wikipedia to meet online to discuss topics related to those activities.

Note that this is going to be VERY "Mission Focused" do please do NOT use this for general chat or entries will be removed.

Also it goes without saying (or should) that being here means you agree that bisexual people exist and are not transphobic, cisgender heteronormative/homonormative closet cases blah, blah, blah. This is NOT the place for "Label Wars" etc.
It says it was formed when it was noticed that well known bisexual authors including Lord Byron and June Jordan had had their Wikipedia entries "scrubbed" to make them look straight. And that this is a continuing problem that needs to be monitored and addressed on a daily basis.