Bisexual Advocates to Join White House Briefing on Monday, 9/26 for Bisexual Awareness Week

September 23, 2016 • 10:49 am

Participation in White House event to conclude weeklong celebration of bi-specific issues and communities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, September 26, bisexual advocates and allies will gather at the White House, where the office of Public Engagement will commemorate the 18th annual international Celebrate Bisexuality Day and the third annual Bisexual Awareness Week (September 19-26) with a community briefing that recognizes the unique experiences and contributions of bisexual people.

Over 100 leaders and advocates around the country will attend the briefing, which will focus on policy and cultural issues of significance for the American bisexual community. It will feature panel discussions on bisexual policy priorities, steps the administration has taken to support bisexual people, personal narratives and stories from bisexual Americans, and current challenges that the community faces. The 2016 briefing is the third time that the White House has invited bisexual community members to meet with the administration.

The event, which takes place on Monday, September 26 from 4:30-6:30pm, will be live streamed by the White House at www.whitehouse.gov/live.

The briefing is the latest initiative in the White House’s many efforts to help increase visibility of bisexual people. Under the leadership of President Obama, the White House administration has taken great strides to support bisexual people and the larger LGBT community, including: passing a more expansive federal hate crimes law; repealing the discriminatory ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy in the U.S. military; vocally endorsing nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people; and refusing to uphold the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act, serving as a powerful force in the fight for same-sex couples’ freedom to marry.

In addition to Monday’s event at the White House, bisexual advocates will host “Can You See Us Now?”, a historic panel on bisexual stories on Capitol Hill on Friday, September 23 from 2:30pm-4:30pm at Cannon House Office Building 122. The event will emphasize the specific experiences of bisexual women. Confirmed panelists include Dr. Lauren Beach, Esq., Director of LGBTI Health at Vanderbilt University; Alexandra Bolles, Senior Programs Strategist at GLAAD; Yesenia Chavez, Legislative Assistant to Congressman Raul M. Grijalva; Angela Dallara, Director of External Communications for Freedom for All Americans; Eliot Sutler, Esq., Co-founder of Bi Women of Color Collective and USDA Civil Litigator; andKayley Whalen, bi, trans and Latina advocate, Social Media Manager for the National LGBTQ Task Force; with selected readings by Nancy Marcus, BiLaw co-founder, bisexual legal expert, and senior staff attorney of Lambda Legal; and Faith Cheltenham, BiNet USA President, as moderator. The event is hosted by BiNet USA, Freedom for All Americans, and GLAAD, and co-sponsored in part by the National LGBTQ Task Force. It is open to the press and the general public, and will also be live streamed at https://www.facebook.com/thetaskforce/.

Throughout the afternoon on Sunday, September 25, bisexual activists and allies will gather for the BiStories Unconference, a networking opportunity with community leadership in order to discuss strategic steps toward full inclusion of bisexual communities in public policy and nondiscrimination protections, as well as participate in public initiatives that amplify bisexual-specific narratives. The event will take place at the Human Rights Campaign Equality Forum and A, B, and C: 1640 Rhode Island Ave NW, with programming details to come. It is open to the press and to the general public.

Freedom for All Americans is the bipartisan campaign to secure full nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people nationwide. Our work brings together Republicans and Democrats, businesses large and small, people of faith, and allies from all walks of life to make the case for comprehensive nondiscrimination protections that ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally.

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