In honor of that, I am going to spend the rest of the month dedicating a post a day related to the bi community. The B (and the T) in GLBT tend not to get as much focus as the G and the L and that has always been distressing to me. It is what motivated me as an MSW intern to create a bisexual discussion group at the local GLBT community center.
So I guess a good way to kick this off is to introduce some terminology and resources:
Bisexuality- The potential for someone to be sexually and/or romantically attracted to another person regardless of gender or sex.
Biphobia- Fear, hatred, and discrimination against bisexuals. We need to be aware that biphobia can also exist within the GLBT community.
Bisexual Erasure- Omitting, dismissing, ignoring, or erasing references to bisexual people from the historical record, academic material, and from other primary resources.
BiNet USA BiNet USA, a 501C3 nonprofit organization, is the oldest national bisexual entity in the United States. It is a network of groups, projects and individuals, encouraging dialogue and participation as a way of creating and maintaining a cohesive bisexual community and empowering individuals to feel proud of their bisexuality.
Bisexual Resource Center (BRC) The Bisexual Resource Center was founded in 1985 by a group of bi activists after a regional conference. First named the East Coast Bisexual Network, it became a 501(c)3 in 1989 and was renamed in the mid-90s. The BRC is the oldest national bi organization in the U.S. that advocates for bisexual visibility and raises awareness about bisexuality throughout the LGBT and straight communities.
Robyn Ochs Educator, speaker, and activist.
If you have any other definitions or resources you think should be included, leave them in the comment section and I will add them.
by Rachel L. West, MSW, LMSW