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.