No Time for Divisiveness

Published in the Washington Blade, November 24, 2006

No Time for Divisiveness. Gays Should Stand With Bisexuals in Equality Fight

To the Editors:

Re: “Friend who claims to be bi needs to be honest” (advice column by Woody Miller, Oct. 20)

Your writer wrote, “The truth is also that a lot of closeted gay men claim to be bisexual because it protects them from society’s wrath.” When was the last time you heard bisexuals accused of “recruiting,” or called “moral perversions”? Does the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy apply to bisexuals? Do churches refuse to ordain bisexual priests? Ever heard of a “bisexual bashing”?

Well, I have news from him: bisexuals, like lesbians and gays, are discharged from the military, prohibited from ordination and bashed. The only way we will all win equal rights is if we stand together and refuse to use “the masters tools” on each other the way they are used on us. We’re all in this together, and we must respect one another. So please, educate yourself and get a clue.

Robyn Ochs
Jamaica Plain, Mass.

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