A few weeks ago Arizona made history by electing America’s first openly bisexual senator. The Daily Beast covers Kyrsten Sinema’s ground breaking election and discusses biphobia and bisexual representation in American politics and the public sphere.
Robyn was interviewed for this article and is quoted at length on the importance of Sinema’s election:
“I’ve been out as bi for 42 years,” she told The Daily Beast. “For the first 40 years, I felt so frustrated with the lack of progress in popular culture, in the public sphere—and in the last two, three years, I feel that we have reached a sort of turning point.”
Read the full article here.
Read Shayna Maci Warner in the new Bi Women Quarterly: “On October 8th, 2016, screams of queer elation sounded across the internet: Sara Ramirez, Tony Award-winner and star of Grey’s Anatomy, had just come out as bisexual. Some of us had respectfully restrained from speculating about the star’s sexual orientation for many years, but after viewing Ramirez’s incredible speech from the 40 to None Summit in which she described herself as a “multiracial woman, woman of color, queer, bisexual, Mexican-Irish American, immigrant,” I couldn’t help but be among those jumping for joy. We knew it. I knew it. …” FIND THE NEW ISSUE HERE. Enjoy!
Refinery29 takes a look at Heteroflexible identity and the cries of biphobia that sometimes come along with it. Robyn was interviewed and quoted for this article, saying:
“To argue over which word is the best and to disrespect other people’s choice of label is not a productive use of our time. Our time would be much better spent working together to hold space for all non-binary sexualities.”
Whether we identify as bi or heteroflexible (or pan, polysexual, fluid, or anything else), multisexuals occupy the same space between the sexual binary of gay and straight. Uplifting each other in the labels that make us feel most comfortable helps everyone.
Refinery29 tackles the binary and cites Robyn’s definition of bisexuality in this article about what “Bisexual” really means for the community.
Bisexual isn’t an outdated term, because it doesn’t actually reinforce the gender binary at all, and much of the confusion around the term is rooted in misunderstanding. In fact, non-binary understandings of bisexuality have been around at least since at least 1990 (see Bisexual Manifesto), though they were not then in widespread use. Currently the most popular definition, developed more than a decade ago, is one that includes everyone. It was crafted by famed bisexual activist and editor of the Bi Women Quarterly
“Despite being the B in LGBT, bisexual people can feel overlooked and misunderstood. They’re also often subjected to complete nonsense, biphobia and ignorance.
Thankfully, there are plenty of bisexual heroes out there championing bisexual rights – whether they’re activists, writers or celebrities speaking out.
From Evan Rachel Wood to Alan Cumming, here’s a handful of our favourite bi heroes.”
The theme of this issue is “Chosen Family.” This term refers to those with whom we choose to have a significant and ongoing relationship and mutual support. This concept is particularly relevant to the LGBTQ+ community, as some of us are estranged – or at least have an ambivalent relationship – with our family of origin due to their rejection of – or discomfort with – our sexual orientation and/or gender identity and/or politics. A 2013 Pew Research Center survey on the LGBT population found that 39% of LGBT American adults have been rejected by family or friends because of their sexual orientation. For this reason, we have chosen to dedicate an issue of BWQ to this subject.
You will find in this new issue of Bi Women Quarterly essays by Apphia K., Theresa Tyree, Aicila Lewis, A.J. Lowe, Jane Bailey, Elaine Schleiffer, JMC, Ellyn Ruthstrom; and poems by Hailey Forrester and Dove. Oklahoman Amanda Lowe shares her experience at the Creating Change Conference in Washington, DC., and in our Around the World column, Soudeh Rad reports on the first-ever bi pre-conference institute at ILGA Asia, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. You will also find Katelynn Bishop’s review of the new memoir by one of the co-founders of Black Live Matters, Patrisse Khan-Cullors, our Research Corner, Advice from A. Rose Bi, a WhyNotBothCo comic, News Briefs, and our calendar of events.
Robyn Ochs, Editor
LB Klein, assistant Editor
Standing on the side of love in Boston at the 8/19 Rally Against Hate after the events in Charlottesville.
At the 2017 Camp Pride and Advisor Academy conference, Robyn was honored with the Voice & Action National Leadership Award.
Shane Windmeyer, Executive Director of Campus Pride, said: “Robyn is a tireless national advocate for LGBTQ youth and one of the leading voices and educators when it comes to bisexual awareness and visibility in the country. She continues to give so much of her expertise and talents to Campus Pride and college campuses. We are honored to give her our highest honor with the Voice and Action award.”
Aneesah Smith and Delfin Bautista were also honored, receiving Campy Awards for their commitment to Campus Pride and their volunteer work for the organization over the past three or more years.
[The text, next to an image of the Statue of Liberty, reads:
On this 4th of July, a day when there is so much talk of
“patriotism,” here are some words written by my uncle, Phil Ochs in
“Here is a land full of power and glory;
Beauty that words cannot recall;
Oh, her power shall rest on the strength of her freedom;
Her glory shall rest on us all.
Yet she’s only as rich as the poorest of her poor;
Only as free as the padlocked prison door;
Only as strong as our love for this land;
Only as tall as we stand.”
Patriotism, to me, is not about blind and unquestioning devotion to
authority. It’s about taking responsibility for righting what’s wrong.
It’s about making this country the best place it can be for ALL of us.
It’s about protecting our rivers and our oceans and our streams. It’s
about protecting our air. It’s about advocating for the most
marginalized. It’s about standing up to those who would put their own
profit and gain before the greater good. Patriotism, for me, is service.
Patriotism is activism.]