Divisions in the community, imposed from the outside — imposed by heterosexism and heteronormativity, imposed by heterosexual people in a heterocentric society, enabled by monosexual gay people and non-monosexual people who reject the community label because of what the heteronormative and monosexual people falsely claim it means — is a problem on an institutional and a personal level, as it disrupts the community and people who find themselves without a strong and stable community to come out into.
The word is not the problem.
The word is not the problem.
The word is not the problem.
The people who have invested their time, energy, and money into a schema that discredits and erases bisexuality in order to make themselves seem more acceptable to a culture that would shrug them off in an instant are the part of the problem that lets the haters keep on hating.
The Overculture that assimilates by trivializing differences and celebrating conformity is the problem.
use "that’s a single story" instead of "that’s a stereotype" less of attack, more effective for dialogue
Why is it considered a legitimate research question to ask if we exist? Because bisexuals are framed as liars, by both the straight and the lesbian/gay communities. Because it’s a way to other and exoticise us.
Because there is a long tradition of not taking any marginalized group’s experiences seriously until their lived experience was "verified" by someone in the majority.
Bisexual - A person whose enduring physical, romantic and/or emotional attraction is to other people of various sexes and/or gender identities. Individuals may experience this attraction in differing ways and degrees over their lifetime.
So you may have heard of the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival’s infamous Trans Exclusion Policy. What you may not have learned about is their weird policy of gender segregation concerning children. There are separate childcare facilities on site for male and female children and male children over four years old are not allowed to experience the festival freely while female children are. Seriously what is wrong with these people? They sound like their ideas about gender came from the Taliban. I think it’s shameful and sad that any parent would force their child into a situation where their rights are curtailed due to their gender.
Transcending Boundaries Conference 2014 - Inclusion In Action
Please join us at the 2014 Transcending Boundaries Conference this year being held at the Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley Airport right outside of Hartford, Connecticut USA. As always, our 2014 Conference is an open forum for people of ALL Genders, Sexual Orientations and Relationship Statuses.
Our theme this year is "Inclusion in Action".
We are thrilled and proud to welcome Educator and Activist Wintersong Tashlin as this year’s Keynote Speaker for this immersive weekend of Networking, Education, Entertainment and Social Time, where we will strive to understand Ourselves, our Individual Communities, and the Public World in which we live.
The Conference itself attracts a variety of participants including students, academics, researchers, professionals, community leaders and just plain folks drawn from the North-East Region of the USA, the Nation and well as Internationally who all come to attend educational workshops, network, and enjoy building better more welcoming LGBTQ + GSM Communities.
Transcending Boundaries, Inc. is the 501(c)3 that hosts this Annual Community Conference to Celebrate the Diversity of Gender, Sex, Sexuality and Relationships as well as other Events in the North-East region of the USA.
We are looking forward to seeing all of you on the weekend of April 4th thru 6th 2014 for what promises to be an inclusive, fun and education experience.
Look its my conference!!!!
I am a mix of giddy excitement and con-chair freakout. You should all come if for no other reason than because it will be funny to watch me try to maintain my dignity.
Signal Boost Please
[Image: Screen shot of Tumblr search box (top right hand side of screen) taken 3 March 2014 showing the tracked search term #Bisexual (unlocked) with Tumblr’s 'suggestions' beneath it: #gay #lgbt + #sociopathic. The word "sociopathic" is circled with an arrow pointing to it and the words "Really Tumblr?" written next to it, all in a bright red.]
I’m not sure what algorithm Tumblr currently uses to decide what is an appropriate "related tag", but I suggest they fix this. Immediately!
Also since this is not the first time Tumblr’s Algorithm’s have "suggested" insulting terms might be related to bisexuals please be aware that a careful examination of bisexual + bisexuality related posts has been made. At this time none were found with the word "sociopathic" tagged OR in the body of the text.
But even if 1 or 2 did … given the number of Stupid Things people Write + Tag on Tumblr (think sex + drugs + rock and roll plus racial slurs) we are VERY VERY sure that Tumblr not wishing to have Reverend Al and the National Action Network on their Doorstep demanding recompense has ways to override egregiously idiotic correlations.
Sad that the same technical safeguards were not applied to the Bisexual Community.
Simultaneously informative and infuriating, “Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States” is a searing examination of queer experiences—as “suspects,” defendants, prisoners, and survivors of crime …
Painstakingly researched and written by Joey Mogul, Andrea Ritchie, and Kay Whitlock – all of whom have worked tirelessly for social justice causes – the book uncovers the underlying, interlocking causes and effects of how our thinking about sex, class, race, and gender is contributing to a system that is both out of control and dangerous, particularly to those who deviate from socially mandated gender and sexual norms …
The authors credit the work of LGBT advocacy organizations to repeal sodomy laws and pass hate crimes legislation. But they also contend that, in mainstream gay discourse:“messages are crafted to emphasize reassuring images of LGBT normalcy and friendliness, not to embrace and highlight the struggles of segments of the LGBT population that continue to be criminalized.”
It is a great companion book to ‘The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness’, Michelle Alexander’s searing critique of the war on drugs and the resulting surge in criminalizing people of color in the United States.
Click HERE to read the full book review
Anil Vora is a principal partner at Indian Tiger Films, a film production company spotlighting films about LGBTQ people of color. A self-confessed geek, VORAcious in his consumption of books and films, Anil is also an actor and playwright, and teaches private classes on the history, symbolism, and appreciation of Bollywood films.
I say I’m bisexual because I can. Because I have privilege and safety and loving friends and family and if someone needs to be an example, then make an example of me because I can take it.
I say I’m bisexual so that others don’t have to … Without us (the loud, the proud, the labeled bisexuals), it would be so easy to pretend we don’t exist. That sexuality is binary (ironic, that). So I say I’m bisexual so that no one can forget we exist. So that no one can forget we have higher risk for negative health consequences, domestic violence and poverty. And so that when the counters count, they have to count me!
I say I’m bisexual so that every time someone comes out as having a relationship with someone of the same gender after having relationships with people of a different gender (or vice versa) and the press rush to say that person is "gay," they remember me and take a step back.
I say I’m bisexual so that I can be googled. So that someone alone, someone far away, someone scared can look on the internet and find me — and see my life and my pride and my fear and my love and my label.
I say I’m bisexual so that I can never deny it. Because denying love is too hard …
I say I’m bisexual so that someday I won’t have to. So that when we get better at recognizing that sexual orientation is just another piece of a person, I can just be another person.
Click HERE for full article
Heron Greenesmith is a policy attorney and researcher for LGBT folks, and an advocate for bi-visibility. She has written about employment discrimination and the legal invisibility of bisexuality …Find her on her blog, on Twitter (@herong), on Instagram (@herongio) or somewhere on Goodreads.