The annual USA bi gathering BECAUSE is almost upon us – this year it’s on the weekend of April 17-19. The conference will be held at the University of Minnesota in the Coffman Memorial Union in Minneapolis, MN.
This year, the BECAUSE Conference theme will be leadership, with the tag line “Developing Leaders to Empower Community.”
Alongside an extensive workshop programme, the conference’s keynote speakers will be Andrea Jenkins and Eliel Cruz.
Andrea Jenkins is an award winning playwright, visual artist, poet, writer, spoken word artist, performer, and Bush Leadership Fellow, who works as a Senior Policy Aide to the 8th Ward Minneapolis City Council Member Elizabeth Glidden. She is a nationally known trans activist in the USA.
Eliel Cruz is a high-profile writer and blogger, and the bi section editor of Advocate.com.
Preregistration for BECAUSE is available online until April 11. Attendees are encouraged to preregister as the conference provides multiple meals and it’s a lot easier to plan this for the organisers if they know how many people are coming – so please, help them out! But rest assured on-the-day registration is also available.
The only out bisexual in the USA’s House of Representatives was re-elected yesterday.
Democrat Kyrsten Sinema first won her seat in Arizona in 2012 with a 10,000 majority over her Republican rival.
Yesterday in an election that saw a national swing away from her party, that rose to a 14,000 majority – despite a significantly lower turnout for midterms than in 2012 when the Presidential election was held at the same time.
A White House website petition calling on President Obama to proclaim observance of Bi Visibility Day has just launched – but needs to reach 100,000 signatures to ensure a formal response from the White House. With four weeks to go, can we find 100,000 bisexuals and allies to sign their names?
The petition reads:
Recognize International Celebrate Bisexuality Day.
Every year since 1999, bisexuals and our supporters have celebrated our unique ability to love someone no matter their gender on September twenty-third. Some people refer to this day as “International Celebrate Bisexuality Day” and others refer to it as “Bi Visibility Day”. We face the unique problem of invisibility- when we are in same-sex relationships people assume we are gay, and when we are in opposite-sex relationships it is assumed that we are straight. In fact, many people assert that we do not exist at all. [Source: http://www.upmc.com/media/NewsReleases/2013/Pages/gender-racial-sexuality-differences-exist-in-attitudes-toward-bisexuality.aspx] Mr. President, can you help us by proclaiming the observance of International Celebrate Bisexuality Day in the United States?
You can add your name here.
Reports in the LGBT press in the USA suggest the White House will host a summit addressing bisexual issues on September 23.
The date – marked since 1999 as Bi Visibility Day – is clearly deliberately chosen, and the White House’s move to hold the event on that date will in turn help raise the profile of Bi Visibility Day.
The Washington Blade reports that according to an email passed to it, the meeting will be “a roundtable discussion on issues of importance to the bisexual community” to be held the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House. “Participants and administration officials will discuss a range of topics including health, HIV/AIDS, domestic and intimate partner violence, mental health, and bullying.”
In the UK representatives of key bi organisations have been meeting with the Government Equalities Office for the past two years in a broadly similar initiative: it’s good to know that what’s been happening over here is set to start happening over there.
The third America’s Conference on Bisexuality opens today in East Hartford, Connecticut.
It will run in tandem with the fourth Annual Transcending Boundaries Conference for a weekend of education and socialising at the Sheraton Hartford Hotel.
The combined conferences run across the weekend November 4th – 6th and will include the launch of a new book, Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around The World. The programme says, “join editor Robyn Ochs in celebrating the release of this exciting international anthology that features writers from 32 different countries. Robyn and a selection of the book’s contributors will read their essays and answer questions about the book. Come learn about Getting Bi, get your copy signed, join us in celebrating the successful completion of this 3 1/2-year grassroots project!”