This election is going to be close— it comes down to the last few thousand… it could mean a few votes in your own neighborhood…We need your help. We need your energy, long after pride weekend. –First Lady Michelle Obama.”
[Michelle getting volunteers energized to become mobile from now til November 2012.] — June 27, 2012 — First Lady Michelle Obama. Adrienne Williams, Founder of Bi Social Network got an invite to join a conference call to help support Barack Obama for President 2012
A blast from the past of Bi Talk Radio. Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona) on Politics who is now running for US Congress.
If you read my article on Chicago Poverty Examiner about the vote removing 3.4 Billions dollars from the poor and how Senator Durbin ‘caved’ in and voted yes, here is a update to clarify my position and voice.
*** UPDATED: The writer of Chicago Poverty Examiner want to clarify that opinions expressed here about a particular person is the opinion of Adrienne Williams, Examiner, and is in no way representing the views of Greater Chicago Food Depository or Feeding America, regarding outcome of policies and votes in the Senate, House of Representatives or any government office.
*** Chicago Poverty Examiner does reserved the right to be critical of officials who change positions for the good of persons who need representation and a voice. This column has been created for that purpose.
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Senator Dubin Blows! SNAP Farm Bill passes 64-35 on the backs of the poor in the Senate
Anonymous asked: I think I'm bisexual. I'm in love with my boyfriend, but I've always had crushes on women. Now, all of a sudden, I have fallen for this woman whom I was sure was gay (and my boyfriend gave me the green light to experiment), only to learn that she's straight...or at least, closeted. I can't stop thinking about her, and I'm pissed at her for leading me on. But I'm also so madly in love with her, it hurts to think about her. I'd love some guidance.
I’m assuming you are female? Did she lead your on or is still confused about herself? If someone doesn’t know who they are, how can they tell you?
Also regarding your boyfriend, did he give you the green light to fall in love or just have experimentation? Have you both talked about all the issues this will bring? Is it an open thing, a one time thing? A poly thing? A thing where only you have, he doesn’t know, knows, watches, not watches… lot of things to discuss..
Anonymous asked: also--sort of confused, where does this post?
Not sure what you mean? Where does what post?
Senator Durbin is trying to cave on SNAP Bill being voted today! This will potentially kill million of people who need basic food. That’s 3.4millions dollars for seniors, poor, people with mental issues who’s can’t work. Poor children. Call your Senator before 5pm today!
Is this the America you really want? Remember Berlin? Slavery. What they use to do with our mentally ill. Don’t let the right kill another group of people who are suffering because of greed of men!
So the baby pictures, with bi families, bi women and celebrations abound all over Facebook. But who are these people? Well, If you don’t know all the personals, and why they got the invite, read below all the brilliant things folks are doing to make a different in the bi community!
Emily Drennen has been an outspoken bisexual advocate since appearing on a live CNBC show to talk about her undergraduate research on bisexuality in young women. She has been a leader in the Bay Area Bisexual Network for many years, as well as working at cornerstone LGBTQ organizations LYRIC and the San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade. Much of her activism has focused on pushing mainstream “lesbian and gay” organizations to become more bi- and trans-inclusive.
Emily met her wife of 14 years, Lindasusan Ulrich, at a BiFriendly New Year’s Eve Party only a couple of weeks after moving to San Francisco in 1997. Married three times to each other, Emily and Lindasusan have been vocal spokespeople in the same-sex marriage movement. They have been featured in stories by Reuters, the San Francisco Chronicle, American Public Media’s “Marketplace Money,” and numerous other newspaper, radio, and tv outlets. She is enjoying being a new mom to their newborn foster-adopt son, RJ.
Emily is a transportation policy analyst by trade, earned her master’s degree in Public Administration from San Francisco State University, and has served as an appointed official on multiple local and regional government committees. A graduate of the Emerge program, she has been involved in San Francisco politics, including working at City Hall, serving on the board of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, and running for public office. She is currently a member of the Board of Trustees at her church, the First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco.
Estraven has been an activist since she attended her first March on the Pentagon in 1967. She has been facilitating the Bisexual Group at The LOFT, the LGBT Center in Westchester, since 2006, and helping to provide bisexual programming there. A therapist for 31 years, she has been developing a specialization in working with the LGBT community for the last 12 years. She is a bi blogger and public speaker, and was on the Board of BiNET USA for 3 years. Currently she is affiliated with NYABN, and tirelessly defends bisexuals and LGTQIA people from attacks all over the Internet, working to increase bi visibility, decrease prejudice against bisexuals, and to build a bi community.
Chiquita Violette : “I’m a 27 year old bi activist and student from Dallas, Texas. I began participating in activism in the summer of 2009 and have really been marching ever since. I mainly started with local direct action groups helping organize marches and protests. Later, I volunteered in the Bi Suite when Creating Change Conference came to Dallas in winter of 2010 and two years later, I found myself in Baltimore co-facilitating it’s Day Long Bi/Pan/Fluid Institute with many Bi activists that I look still up to. In between parades and protests, I enjoy writing for the Bi Women Newsletter and have been voted from volunteer to board member of BiNet USA. Not quite exactly where I thought I’d end up when I was just documenting my first protest three years ago but I’m happy to be here and have enjoyed the trip.”
Regina Reinhardt, PhD has been serving the bisexual community for 28 years. As a community service she became the coordinator/facilitator of the the Bisexual Forum, a support group for bisexual people, while at the same time serving the LGBT community as a psychotherapist. She gave workshops and lectures on bisexuality at conferences in the US, Germany and the Netherlands. She is the Managing Editor of the Journal of Bisexuality, which is now in it’s 12th year of publication. She was honored in 2008 by the Lambda Archives of San Diego as a Hero, Pioneer and Trailblazer for committing her life to advancing the rights for the LGBT people. She received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Susan A. Davis, Member of Congress and a Special Commendation from Council member Todd Gloria, City of San Diego. She is on the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Bisexuality (AIB), a Non-Profit Organization, created by Dr. Fritz Klein, her dear friend, who died in 2006. Regina is dedicated to continue to enhance public knowledge and awareness about bisexuality.
Denise Penn, MSW: Denise Penn is currently a Director with the American Institute of Bisexuality (AIB) a non-profit foundation supporting research and education. Prior to that, she was President of BiNet USA, the oldest and best known Bi-Activist group in the nation. She is a clinical social worker, writer and editor who has been working as an advocacy journalist covering issues for the LGBT and HIV affected community since the early nineties. She has presented numerous workshops and interviewed many experts on bisexuality. In addition, she has appeared on many talk shows discussing bisexual issues. As a Producer and host of The Gay & Lesbian News Magazine, a weekly live cable television program serving the Long Beach community, Denise reported the news and issues for over twelve years. She has been a news reporter, columnist, and contributing editor for several LGBT publications. She currently is the News Editor of The Lesbian News. She has also served on the Boards of the Free Clinic of Orange County, AIDS Walk Orange County, The Sexual Assault Network, and the Elections Committee of the County of Orange.
Denise is also a member of the Executive Board of the California Democratic Party and an officer of the California LGBT Caucus. She is also on the Orange County Central Committee and serves as Co Chair of the local LGBT Caucus. She has also served on the Boards of the Free Clinic of Orange County, AIDS Walk Orange County, The Sexual Assault Network, and the Elections Committee of the County of Orange. Covering politics, Denise has been at the last three Democratic National Conventions in Los Angeles (2000) , Boston (2004) and Denver (2008) and covers many statewide and local political events. She was named “Outstanding Woman of the Year” in 2008 by Long Beach Lambda Democratic Club.
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Do you know anything about who is going to the 2012 LGBT White House Reception this year? As a past attendee in 2011, I know firsthand how exciting this time can be. Travel plans, who to take, what hotel to stay, can I afford a hotel stay! Meeting up with local bi peeps—the list can be endless.
So I wanted to let folks know a little bit about each person going. Check out their bios and what they are doing for the bi community to move our bi visibility forward!
Get to Know the 2012 Bisexual Leaders at the Upcoming LGBT White House Reception
Lauren Beach has been proudly out to the world as a bisexually identified progressive bi* and queer activist for the past 10 years. During the past decade, Lauren has held many leadership positions in both university student organizations and in community 501(c)(3) LGB*T*QQIAA nonprofits. Some highlights of her work in bi* communities include serving as Chairperson of the Minnesota bi*sexual non-profit the Bisexual Organizing Project (BOP), helping to organize BOP’s BECAUSE Conference on Bisexuality, and co-founding the University of Minnesota’s Bisexual, Pansexual, Fluid Sexuality Inclusion Project. Much of Lauren’s service to broader queer communities has focused on improving health and wellness in LGB*T*QQIAA populations and on advocating for the inclusion of gender expression and gender identity in university-wide anti-discrimination and inclusion policies. Lauren has developed and given numerous educational workshops about the inclusion of LGB*T*QQIAA individuals and communities in diverse settings including Creating Change, the MBLGTACC, the Minnesota OUT! Campus Conference, Target, the University of Minnesota, Michigan State University, Augsburg College, Americorps, the Point Foundation, and many others. You may have seen Lauren featured as one of the founding voices in Bi Social Network’s “I Am Visible” campaign, where in her posting, “Straight in Disguise or Lesbian in Denial: Reflections on Life and Love from a (Bi)-Sexual Traitor,” she speaks out about the importance of bi* visibility. Recently, Lauren also began developing her own website dedicated to exploring issues of bi*sexual activism, www.midwestbiactivist.org. In addition to her activist pursuits, Lauren is also a NIH and Point Foundation funded candidate in the University of Minnesota’s Joint Degree Program in Law, Health, and the Life Sciences, where she simultaneously pursues a Law Degree and a Ph.D. in Genetics, in the lab of Dr. Louis Mansky.
Lindasusan Ulrich is a writer, musician, and activist dedicated to a vision of radical inclusion in both language and action. She served for eight years as the Communications Manager/Writer for Horizons Foundation (the world’s first LGBT community foundation) and is a former member of the LGBT Advisory Committee of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, where she was the principal author of “Bisexual Invisibility: Impacts and Recommendations.” This report was the first of its kind released by a governmental body in the US, and has since made its way to activists on five continents and inspired a similar report in the UK.
Lindasusan has led workshops and participated in panels about bi issues, including at the UCSF LGBTQI Health Forum, UC Hastings OUTLAW Conference, and AIDS Health Project. She is a recipient of the Maggi Rubenstein Leadership Award from the Bay Area Bisexual Network.
Lindasusan also brings her passion to a variety of issues beyond the LGBTQ movement, such as embodied spirituality, progressive politics, and the well-being of children in foster care. She received her undergraduate degree in nuclear fusion from MIT, an MA in English from UC Berkeley, and currently attends Starr King School for the Ministry on the path towards becoming a Unitarian Universalist minister. She lives in San Francisco with her wife, fellow bi activist Emily Drennen.
More to come…