The bisexual community rejects simple dichotomies that others would use to divide and oppress lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Bisexual people and their allies are united to support a broad LGBT civil rights movement.
In January 2009, at the 21st National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change, in Denver, Colo., bisexual activist Robyn Ochs received the Susan J. Hyde Activism Award for Longevity in the Movement. Watch the video here:
Why It Matters:
- Bisexual people share an inclusive vision of human rights and social justice more than a narrowly defined "gay identity politics" could hope to achieve. The struggle to establish civil rights protections for bisexual people cannot be separated from the struggle to win freedom and equality for LGBT people.
- As those who embrace the radical notion of being able to love one another irrespective of gender, bisexual people challenge and question fundamental assumptions regarding sexuality, gender and relationships. Learn more about bisexual-related issues at BiNetUSA.
- As more LGBT people work in coalition, the Task Force is further empowered to confront society's homophobia, sexism, racism, biphobia and gender discrimination that confront us all.
- A real-life example of this work was our response to a controversial 2005 New York Times article titled, Straight, Gay or Lying? We responded to that with a piece that addressed specific problems in the article and with a fact sheet called Bisexuality, Dispelling the Myths.
What We’re Doing:
- The Task Force often works in coalition with bisexual rights advocates and connects the community to an array of bisexual-related resources.
- Our Policy Institute has published studies addressing issues specifically related to the bisexual community.
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