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.
Thank you so much for reblogging the post about the Midwest USA's Bisexual Organizing Project. How has it come to this in the LGBT Community, that when a Bisexual site sees a Lesbian site reblog one of our posts we freeze in panic + expect abuse? We here at Bisexual Community have been accused of being foolishly naive but we Really Believe that the vast majority of the Queer Nation does NOT hate each other + only a shrill noisy minority are transphobic, biphobic, etc. Thanks 4 proving us right.
“Just wanted to say how much I appreciate how inclusive you guys are. Obviously you cater to lesbians (it’s in the name, for crying out loud!) but I, as a bisexual teenage girl, have never felt left out in the slightest. Thank you <3”
This was a message we received last night. This is why we try and reblog/do what we can to unite everyone and deconstruct this idea of inequality within our own community. To see those world-wide and especially in Russia and Uganda among other countries who are dealing with such terrible conditions in having their lives threatened daily and being stripped of basic human rights and safety it is important more than ever to stand as one and support each other.
♥ Thank You ♥
Thank you, OutFront Minnesota, for your excellent inclusion of bisexual community in your most recent newsletter.
Biphobia and bi-erasure are very important issues in our community. At OutFront, we feel it is important for everyone in the LGBT and ally communities to understand the issues faced by the bi community. This report about people who identify as bisexual from the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, is very enlightening.
Another good reference that serves as a clearinghouse for a lot of information on bisexuality is Midwest Bi* Activist.
If you identify as bisexual, are questioning, or want to know more about bisexuality, mark your calendar now and plan to attend the three-day BECAUSE Conference, which will feature nationally known speakers and workshops on sexual orientation and gender identity. This year, the conference is being held at the University of Minnesota on June 6 - 8.
The Bi Salon is a community discussion group by and for bi/pan/fluid/queer/unlabeled and allied communities that meets the second Thursday of every month (next Thursday, February 13) at Café Southside, 3405 Chicago Avenue South in Minneapolis. We also encourage friends and family to attend — everyone is welcome! Sponsored by Bisexual Organizing Project and OutFront Minnesota. For more information, contact Rebecca Waggoner at 612.822.0127x7656 or rwaggoner(at)outfront(dot)org.
We hope you will utilize these resources now or in the future to learn more about what is often referred to as "the silent B in LGBT.”
co-founded Minnesotans United
, which successfully passed legislation that made Minnesota the 12th state to honor marriage equality. Their mission is to create a state where lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are free to be who they are, love who they love, and live without fear of violence, harassment or discrimination.
They envision a state where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have equal opportunities, protection and rights. We are working toward the day when all Minnesotans have the freedom, power and confidence to make the best choices for their own lives. If you want to become involved in this exciting, ever-growing movement for change, visit their web-site
, facebook page
and twitter account
for more information.
TODAY Saturday 1 February at 12 PM Central Time, Lauren Beach and Camille Holthaus of Bisexual Organizing Project-BOP will talk about bisexuality with Aldous C. Tyler on his radio show, TMI. Stream the show live via www.wsum.org or catch-up with it later by downloading the podcast after the show airs. Be sure to tune in.
We will be giving a shout out to all the Bisexual + Bi-friendly folks at the 2014 Creating Change Conference in Houston TX who are blowing up the #BiCC14 hashtag on Twitter!
The Bisexual Organizing Project (BOP) serving all the Bisexual/Non-monosexual Communities in the greater Twin Cities Metro Area (Minneapolis–Saint Paul) as well as the communities across Minnesota and the Upper Midwest Region of the USA. BOP welcomes people across gender, sex, and sexuality spectrums, including but not limited to Cisgender, Trans, Genderqueer, Intersex, Asexual, Gay, Lesbian, Straight and all Bisexual, Non-Monosexual and otherwise Queer-identified people.
• BOP advocate for equal acknowledgement and recognition of bisexual identities and communities.
• BOP creates a safe community for bisexuals our allies within and outside of LGBTQ spaces, to allow all individuals to be fully who they are.
BOP is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization registered in Minnesota. BOP sponsors the Bisexual Empowerment Conference: A Uniting Supportive Experience (BECAUSE); participates in 10-15 Pride Festivals in MN, WI, and ND; manages a weblog that reaches both the BOP community and bisexual communities worldwide; and hosts several monthly social events in the greater Twin Cities Metro area.
do you ever wish you were straight? i just get in these moods were i hate the fact that i'm bi. i was so close to straight but nope, i had to have this pesky little attraction to my gender. sorry. i don't have anyone to talk to and i'm kind of upset.
Nahhhh… sometimes I think it would have been nice if I had been a lesbian (seriously it would have saved me from dealing with a lot of fucked up straight relationships, if I had found out I was a lesbian rather than bi).
But the truth is I wouldn’t trade my bi-ness for ANYTHING! I love being bi. I love being attracted to multiple genders. And I love who I am because of it. I love the people I’ve met and the friends I’ve made. I can’t imagine myself being straight, and I don’t know if I would be the person I am today without my bi-ness.
All that being said…. I do understand how you feel (not necessarily in regards to sexuality, but with other things like my physical ability). It can be so hard, especially when you feel that you are alone. And when you feel like you are just plain wrong.
Let me tell you anon, I know it’s really hard, but trust me when I say that you are special and you are good and your worth is NOT lessened by your sexuality. You got “close to straight” but I think you hit the jackpot by being bi. c:
I am here for you always, ok? Just message in anytime and we all are here for you.