SDCC 2016: BiNet USA to Launch Bi Stories Project
BiNet USA, the nation’s umbrella organization and voice for bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer (bi+) people, will launch a new campaign at this week’s upcoming San Diego Comic-Con, focused on bi+ people and their families and loved ones sharing their stories. The stories will be collected as part of a program aimed at raising awareness of the discrimination bi+ people face, as well as the journeys of those who love and support them.
The BiNet USA Bi Stories project will launch in conjunction with a Comic-Con panel, “Bisexuality and Beyond: New Frontiers in Popular Culture,” sponsored by the BiNet Bi Stories Project and Prism Comics, and featuring Cheltenham, Bob Schreck (Legendary Comics), Marissa Lee (Racebending.com), Tara Madison Avery (Gooch, Anything That Loves), RJ Aguiar (YouTube’s “TheNotAdam,” NotAdamAndSteve.com), and Steve Orlando (Midnighter, Batman & Robin Eternal). The panel will focus on bi representations in popular culture and what these images of bisexual identity mean for the bi+ community.
The panel and the Bi Stories project, along with BiNet’s other work, is meant to raise awareness and visibility about the numerous disparities the bi+ community faces –– including higher rates of physical and mental health problems, and lower levels of social support –– compared to both their lesbian/gay and non-LGBTQ counterparts. Bi+ people also face discrimination and biphobia from within the LGBTQ community, making it more difficult to be out and connected with a supportive community.
Earlier this month, BiNet USA’s Bi Stories Project co-sponsored programming at the annual Netroots Nation conference, including a “chill space” for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) people of color, and an event highlighting the voices and experiences of bi+ people of color, #BiPOC Speak Out.
To participate in the program, please visit binetusa.org/bistories and use the #bistories hashtag on social media to follow along with all of our Comic Con activities!