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

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Posts tagged "Queer"
The institution of heterosexism is based on a mutually exclusive heterosexual/homosexual framework. This heterosexist paradigm posits two sexual orientations on either side of a "fence" that draws the line where privilege begins and ends. Heterosexuals are on the "normal/good" side and homosexuals are on the "abnormal/evil" side. The line separates and protects "us" from "them," while it assures members of each side of what they are not. This line also effectively marginalizes lesbians and gay men as "other" and is the core of homophobia.

Furthermore, lesbian, gay, and heterosexual people are invested, and find a sense of security in being the "other" to each other, and unite in the fact that they are only attracted to either the "same" or the "opposite" gender/sex.

This sets up another "us" vs. "them" dynamic which effectively marginalizes bisexual people as "other." Integral to this dynamic is the automatic assumption people can be defined by the gender/sex of their current or potential romantic interest. For example: two women are assumed to be lesbians in a "lesbian" relationship; two men are assumed to be gay in a "gay" relationship; and a man and woman are assumed to be heterosexual in a "heterosexual" relationship.

However, any, or all of these people could be bisexual. And depending upon monogamy and non-monogamy agreements and choices, any, or all of these folks could have sexual behavior with more than one gender/sex whether they identify as bisexual or not.
What is Heterosexism? from What Does Biphobia Look Like? pub 2014 by LGBT Resource Center UC San Diego

Queerworld.com On Growing Movements Like Gardens

What do the environment, sustainability, and social movements have in common?  Natural systems may teach us to understand how movements grow like gardens and the nature of the key players in each stage of a movement…

Often the early adopters, the brave, first, outspoken pioneers in any movement, bear the brunt of negative reaction from the status quo when they first speak out with new understanding. They need a thick skin to withstand society’s pressure to return to the norm. Yet they are just one set of players on the progression of change, each expressing the different stages of a movement and requiring different powers to face resistance to change…

People who are the second or third generation of a movement often have entirely different characteristics, goals and needs than the pioneers. They may not have been able to take hold in the harshness of the first degraded environment, but they, in turn, contribute to the microclimate and help it become richer, more favorable, and, importantly, they help it spread.

Even though their look and function may be entirely different, their existence is critical in the succession model and movement towards a thriving ecosystem. Without this diversity, no ecosystem can emerge, thrive, and sustain itself

I have noticed that there can be strong misunderstanding among people of different generations who share principles, goals, and values, and I believe it is a result of not understanding our places in the stages of growing a movement. In the environmental movement

I sometimes noticed resentment from the pioneers towards the more tender newcomers who might expect to be able to express themselves more easily in the current environment.

I also noticed impatience on the part of newcomers to pioneers’ thorniness and attachment to their founding roles.

Yet the environment teaches us that without pioneers, the next generations cannot take hold and thrive; and without the next generations of different beings the whole movement stagnates and does not thrive

If we are to all move forward as a whole towards a healthy ecosystem or social system that enables every one of us to thrive regardless of who we are, how tough we are, or what our aspirations are, we must embrace and accept that each person has an important role to play and appreciate how interdependent our relationships are to the whole system’s success.

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ethiopienne:

No pride for some of us without liberation for all of us. Portrait of Marsha “Pay It no Mind” Johnson, a mother of the trans* and queer liberation movement. She fought at Stonewall and dedicated her life to helping trans* youth, sex workers and poor and incarcerated queers. We honor her legacy by supporting trans women of color to Live + Lead.

art by Micah Bazant

(via nooffswitch)

sacredsexualities:

[Image: Dr. Herukhuti in silver boubou with the quote, "When you Love Someone, you become a Lover. When you Love People, you become a Revolutionary.”]

transfrequency:

The Stonewall Riots were started by trans PoC, and making a movie about it, directed by a cis white guy, and starring a cis white guy. is probably one of the biggest slaps in the face to the trans community to date. Transwomen of color started the riots, and were swept under the rug as drag queens by the cis gay community. Making the movie with white cis male actors is disgusting and transphobic as hell.

This is so true it was Queer Youth together who stood up at Stonewall. And who then, with their politically aware and active elders IMMEDIATELY began organizing and did not let the spirit die. It was EVERYONE all LGBTQ of all together — all races/ethnicities, genders/gender presentations — many of whose leaders were Transwomen of Color, NOT just a favoured few cis gay men.

In fact the respectable types, the A-Gays, the people in business suits, the precursor to Big Gay Inc. were horrified. They actually tried to stop the Queer Liberation Movement. Look at this picture here from that time, showing this:

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Stonewall was a Riot NOT a business meeting. (via thebisexualbangladeshi)

midwestbiactivist:

BECAUSE Conference - Bisexual Empowerment Conference, A Uniting Supportive Experience

Minneapolis, MN, USA: From Friday, June 6 to Sunday June 8, 2014, Bisexual Organizing Project and the University of Minnesota GLBTA Programs Office will host BECAUSE 2014 at the Science Teaching and Student Services Building of the University’s East Bank Campus. 

The BECAUSE Conference is the annual conference of Bisexual Organizing Project, and, since 1992, has been dedicated to building an empowered bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer, and unlabeled and allied community in the United States.

BECASUE 2014 Thank you University of Minnesota GLBT Office (photo EvenAud aka No Off Switch)

BECAUSE stands for “Bisexual Empowerment Conference: A Uniting, Supportive Experience.” As The Advocate Magazine recently noted, "BECAUSE is one of the largest and longest running conferences specifically dedicated to serving bisexual and allied communities."

BECAUSE 2014 Bisexual Conference keynote speakers ABilly S Jones-Hennin + Mary Anne Mohanra

This year’s conference is sure to wow even seasoned conference attendees. With a schedule that not only includes two renowned keynote speakers - science fiction author Mary Ann Moharaj and longtime bisexual and civil rights activist ABilly S Jones-Hennin - but alsMark Bentley Cohen’s play Bi, Hung, Fit… and Married,” there is something for everyone at this year’s gathering.

The beautiful program for BECAUSE 2014 (photo EvenAud aka No Off Switch)

This year’s diverse selection of workshops is also sure to educate, enlighten and entertain. Whether you are bi and living life totally in the closet or are fully out and proud; whether you are an experienced bisexual activist or an ally who wants to better support your bi partner; whether you do or don’t identify with any of many community and identity labels, BECAUSE is organized to provide a warm and welcoming environment for you.

Walk up conference registration is available at the door. Tickets are $60.00 for non-students, $35.00 for conference volunteers and non-University of Minnesota students, and free to University of Minnesota students. 

Bisexual Organizing Project also welcomes everyone to join the BECAUSE 2014 conversation on Twitter. To join in, simply use the hashtag #BECAUSE2014. Even if you do not have Twitter, anyone may go to http://twubs.com/because2014 and follow tweets from the conference in real time.  

Midwest Bi* Activist will be live tweeting the conference on 6/7 and 6/8. We look forward to seeing everyone at the conference, whether in person or online. 

bisofcolour:

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Image from channel 4 - Unreported World. May 2014.

(TW: mentions of abuse & homophobia/biphobia/transphobia)

link to video - Jamaica’s underground LGBT but it may not be viewable outside the U.K)

I don’t watch a lot of television. I find a lot of it frustrating and boring because it never reflects anyone remotely like me: black, fat and queer. But I tuned in to see the Unreported World’s short documentary on queer folks living in Jamaica. I lasted about five minutes before I had to switch off and have a cry.

The documentary was very moving; in one scene LGBT people had rocks thrown at them by crowds. When the police showed up, they said the LGBT folks were throwing stones at the crowd, completely reversing the truth. The next scene showed a government official telling a few queer folks that they can’t come to Jamaica and dress the way they did: “You’re not foreigners.” The last scene I watched after I tuned back in, showed a young person crying, saying that when he couldn’t bear any more, God would send an angel to him. I started crying again at that point.

I know that bigotry, homo/trans/biphobia exists all over the world. Jamaica isn’t the only place where queer people of colour live in fear. My home in England has laws to prevent discrimination, but I am still subject to physical, sexual and verbal threats and abuse on a regular basis because I’m black and bisexual. But what affected me so much about the programme, was that the hateful things that were done, were done to people who looked just like me. The nasty slurs were said with a Jamaican accent - the same accent I grew up with and was expected to emulate, even though I had never been to Jamaica. One particular slur, “b*tty boy” is something that still makes me scared because it was used often by the people around me growing up.

I’m glad the documentary aired, but I wish I’d been better prepared for how deeply it affected me. I was upset for the rest of the evening; I had flashbacks of the abusive people I grew up with, and all the horrible things they said and did. My heart went out to the LGBT folks who had to live in a sewer drain just to stay safe. After I was done crying, I remembered J-Flag who support LGBTI people in Jamaica.

I know that I am fortunate that I can live as an openly out and proud black bisexual. I hope that one day, those in the documentary can do the same, and live in safety and freedom.

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use "that’s a single story" instead of "that’s a stereotype" less of attack, more effective for dialogue
suggestion for effective talking points + strategy from GLSEN Research