Today: Freedom for All Americans Joins BiNet USA & GLAAD for Capitol Hill Panel on #BiVisibilityDayBy Adam Polaski • September 23, 2016 • 9:02 am
Today, September 23 is Celebrate Bisexuality Day, a day to recognize and honor the unique contributions of bisexual people around the globe.
In Washington, D.C. today, Freedom for All Americans is proud to join our partners at BiNet USA and GLAAD for a panel discussion on Capitol Hill, centered on and inspired by the #BiStories project, the ongoing effort to amplify the unique stories and experiences of bisexual Americans and their loved ones, with an emphasis on the impact comprehensive LGBT non-discrimination protections would have for bi, pan, fluid, and queer (bi+) people.
The panel specifically centers on bisexual women and the importance of ending discrimination against bi+ and LGBTQ communities. It is the first panel of its kind to take place on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. And it is co-sponsored by the National LGBTQ Task Force and supported by the Haas Foundation.
The panel features Dr. Lauren Beach, J.D., Director of LGBTI Health at Vanderbilt University; Alexandra Bolles, Senior Programs Strategist at GLAAD; Angela Dallara, Director of External Communications at Freedom for All Americans; Eliot Sutler Esq., Co-founder of Bi Women of Color Collective and USDA Civil Rights Attorney; and Kayley Whalen, Digital Strategies and Social Media Manager for the National LGBTQ Task Force. Faith Cheltenham, BiNet USA President, will moderate the event. BiLaw cofounder and legal expert Nancy Marcus, Senior Staff Attorney of the Law and Policy Project at Lambda Legal, will join for selected readings from her own contribution to the #BiStories project.
Angela Dallara, Director of External Communications at Freedom for All Americans, said today:
“Too often, bisexual stories and bi-specific experiences are missing in the variety of personal narratives and perspectives on LGBT policy priorities. This first-of-its-ki
nd panel is an opportunity to put bisexual communities front and center. To make real change, we must embrace and engage all LGBT people, not by paying lip service but by opening real doors to inclusion.”
Earlier this week, Executive Director Matt McTighe spoke about the #BiStories project in particular. He said:
“Sharing the stories of LGBT communities affected by nondiscrimination protections is a priority in Freedom for All Americans’ mission, and we are committed to full bisexual inclusion in that effort. The unique experiences of bisexuals are often dismissed or ignored in law, public policy, and culture. Telling these personal narratives builds the public support we need to move nondiscrimination forward and win. We’re proud to partner with BiNet USA, GLAAD, and others on this important effort.”
Freedom for All Americans is thrilled to be a partner on the #BiStories project – and to support the work of Bisexual Awareness Week all this week. Read more about the #BiStories project here.