CHICAGO - June 29, 2012—You can’t imagine my surprise when I received an email late Friday night from Bro Michael Oboza—long time Bisexual activist in Chicago in distress, “Bisexuals Are Under Attack Now!” Regarding a very curious and bi-phobic article written by “Free Republic” called “’Captain Bisexual’ Marches in Chicago Pride Parade as Young Children Watch.”
Captain Bisexual a.k.a. Noel Spain, Founder of Bisexual Queer Meetup in Chicago Activist, and has started the very famous bisexual visibility superhero, with cape and passion for justice about four years ago at the Chicago Pride Parade.
Are Bisexuals Harmful to Kids as Role Models?
The Article goes on to say:
”Talk about marketing perversion and unhealthy behavior to kids: take a look at these photos of “Captain Bisexual” marching in Sunday’s Chicago homosexual “pride” parade. He is the child-friendly face of a group called Bisexual Queer Alliance Chicago/ Click on the photos to enlarge them and notice the youth in the background.”
The Bisexual contingent started with Mr. Spain in Chicago, trying to make visibility for bisexuals possible.
Free Republic goes on to add:
“Even though it appeared the organizers had dialed down the more raunchy floats…..spectacles like (Captain Bisexual) this that were utterly inappropriate for Children. And yet, as you can see, many children looked on from the sidelines.”
As we know Chicago Pride has been bringing many more families from all walks of life in recent years to watch the festival, events and floats. ABC 7 News was quoted as saying, 2012 Chicago Pride was in fact record breaking in attendance. Clearly, the masses are accepting people being themselves. What’s different now?
Bisexual Male Visibility!
Captain Bisexual is a very kid-friendly character and no way is this costume seen in any way as inappropriate to children of any form. Is the issue more to do with visibility for the bisexual community and educating the public that bi’s exist? Why did this publication only single out bisexuals and not the other gay, lesbian and transgender participants in the parade? What is so scary that a friendly superhero of visibility and human rights for all, needed to be connected to harming children, in this now friendly family event in Chicago?
This isn’t the only story that has hit the bisexual community this month! Adele’s ex bisexual boyfriend and Johnny Depp Alleged new girlfriend has been highlighted all over the media with biphobia language—comments about bisexual men being liars, cheaters, bi women being whores and the like.
Here are some headlines in the media:
- Depp’s bisexual costar behind Paradise love split?
- Depp linked to bisexual actress
- Adele’s bisexual lover left her for a gay friend caused the trauma and heartbreak behind her music new book claims
- Adele Dumped By Bisexual Boyfriend - Biography Claims
Sadly, no other LGBT media has really covered this story but Advocate.com, (That I know of) as they try to bring more bisexual content to their media outlet. Sadly, the comments on their website were very negative regarding, “Why did we need to know about this [Adele] story. One person even stated, “There are no bisexual men” on Advocate.com.
Bi Social Network has long known that bisexual males and celebrities that come out of the closet, are being attacked on all fronts, because many are finally speaking out on existing! We need more, but as with any movement, the first can get hit a bit when trying to change perceptions.
Bi Talk Radio, Thursday, July 5
Bi Social Network will have a special Bi Talk Radio show Thursday, July 5. Times TBD. Check back for interviews and news on this story and what if any, the Chicago bisexual community is going to do about it?
Thoughts? Should the bisexual community protest? Should we get GLAAD or BiNetUSA involved? Please comment below!
***This is a breaking news story. We will update your on information as it comes available.
Disclaimer Note: Noel Spain is a friend and partner Bi Social Network and a key player for bisexual visibility in Chicago and has worked tirelessly to make a difference in our community. Go Captain Bisexual!