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Three Bisexual Point Leaders Attend First Ever White House Roundtable Discussion on Bisexuality
On Monday, September 23, 2013 over 30 leaders from the bisexual community attended the first-ever White House Roundtable Discussion on Bisexuality in Washington, DC Spearheaded by BiNet USA and the Bisexual Resource Center, the meeting also boasted attendance from high-ranking federal governmental officials and representatives from national LGBTQIA organizations. The historic day included discussions about how HIV/AIDS, mental health, physical health, hate crimes, workplace discrimination and domestic violence impact bisexual communities.
Point Alumni Amy Andre (‘07) & Lauren Beach (‘06, ‘09) as well as Current Point Scholar Sarah Young (‘11) attended the event.
Says Amy Andre, "I was the Team Leader for the Health Team. We were tasked with presenting on physical health disparities faced by the bisexual community." Lauren Beach said, "I was a Co-Team Leader for the HIV/AIDS Team. Citing the 2010 National HIV/AIDS Strategy, my team’s presentation collaboratively demonstrated the need for specifically tailored, culturally competent interventions designed to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS in bisexual populations, as well as the need for more bisexual researchers and community health workers to develop and implement these interventions." And Sarah Young explained "I was a member of the hate crimes group. Our group worked together to raise awareness of hate crimes and how they particularly impact the bi community." and also "I was pleased to help represent Southerners at the Bi Roundtable."
Asked what their biggest take-away from the meeting was Sarah Young replied, "The biggest lesson I learned is that many well-meaning agencies believe that they are truly doing LGBT work, but continue to think that the needs of the ‘LG’ speak also for the ‘B and T’. As bi leaders, it is our responsibility to continue to be present when decisions are being made that impact our community. I’m thinking more critically as an organizer about the way our needs overlap with the needs of LGT people, and the way our needs may be unique.”
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The Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society. Point promotes change through education, mentorship, leadership development and community service training, and provides its scholars with the financial ability to attend the nation’s foremost higher educational institutions.

Three Bisexual Point Leaders Attend First Ever White House Roundtable Discussion on Bisexuality

On Monday, September 23, 2013 over 30 leaders from the bisexual community attended the first-ever White House Roundtable Discussion on Bisexuality in Washington, DC Spearheaded by BiNet USA and the Bisexual Resource Center, the meeting also boasted attendance from high-ranking federal governmental officials and representatives from national LGBTQIA organizations. The historic day included discussions about how HIV/AIDS, mental health, physical health, hate crimes, workplace discrimination and domestic violence impact bisexual communities.

Point Alumni Amy Andre (‘07) & Lauren Beach (‘06, ‘09) as well as Current Point Scholar Sarah Young (‘11) attended the event.

Says Amy Andre, "I was the Team Leader for the Health Team. We were tasked with presenting on physical health disparities faced by the bisexual community." Lauren Beach said, "I was a Co-Team Leader for the HIV/AIDS Team. Citing the 2010 National HIV/AIDS Strategy, my team’s presentation collaboratively demonstrated the need for specifically tailored, culturally competent interventions designed to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS in bisexual populations, as well as the need for more bisexual researchers and community health workers to develop and implement these interventions." And Sarah Young explained "I was a member of the hate crimes group. Our group worked together to raise awareness of hate crimes and how they particularly impact the bi community." and also "I was pleased to help represent Southerners at the Bi Roundtable."

Asked what their biggest take-away from the meeting was Sarah Young replied, "The biggest lesson I learned is that many well-meaning agencies believe that they are truly doing LGBT work, but continue to think that the needs of the ‘LG’ speak also for the ‘B and T’. As bi leaders, it is our responsibility to continue to be present when decisions are being made that impact our community. I’m thinking more critically as an organizer about the way our needs overlap with the needs of LGT people, and the way our needs may be unique.”

Click HERE to Read the full article


The Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society. Point promotes change through education, mentorship, leadership development and community service training, and provides its scholars with the financial ability to attend the nation’s foremost higher educational institutions.

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