John M. Becker

In Historic First, Bi Activists Gather at White House

Filed By John M. Becker | September 25, 2013 5:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Gay Icons and History, Politics
Tags: bi erasure, bi pride, bi visibility, bisexual erasure, bisexual visibility, Celebrate Bisexuality Day, White House

Bisexual FlagOn Monday nearly 30 bisexual advocates from all across the country gathered at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C. to meet with government officials and discuss issues of specific importance to the bisexual community. The closed-door meeting, sponsored by the White House Office of Public Engagement, is the first bi-specific event ever hosted by any White House.

The event coincided with the annual Celebrate Bisexuality Day.

The Washington Blade's Chris Johnson reports:

Two groups responsible for putting together the roundtable are the Boston-based Bisexual Resource Center and BiNet USA, an umbrella organization for bisexual groups.

Faith Cheltenham, president of BiNet USA, said she's "excited" the administration is taking time to talk to members of the bisexual community about their issues.

"Our community is definitely in desperate need," Cheltenham said. "We're hoping that this dialogue is just the start of a very long, fruitful relationship to help serve our community."

HRC's Michael Cole-Schwartz told the Washington Post that this event demonstrates the Obama administration's level of commitment to and grasp of America's LGBT community:

"President Obama and this administration have made clear their commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, and this event is further proof of their understanding of the needs of our community."

Stay tuned for a blog post from author and bi advocate Amy Andre, who attended this week's closed-door White House roundtable and will share her experience with Bilerico readers. It will run on Friday.

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