WH to Host Bisexual Roundtable

Talk about a long time coming! We may have reached critical mass for bisexual activism. A roundtable meeting has been organized for next month according to Advocate.com:

White House to Host Meeting on Bisexual Issues

The closed-door session, set for next month, is likely the first of its kind.

BY Trudy Ring

August 23 2013 6:56 PM ET

The White House will host a roundtable discussion next month of issues facing bisexuals, in “an apparent first for the Obama administration,” the Washington Blade reports.

The meeting, by invitation only and closed to the media, will be held September 23 at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House. According to an invitation obtained by the Blade, “Participants and administration officials will discuss a range of topics including health, HIV/AIDS, domestic and intimate partner violence, mental health, and bullying.”

Human Rights Campaign spokesman Michael Cole-Schwartz said the HRC will be in on the meeting, and he praised the effort. “It’s a testament to this administration that they are focusing on all elements of the LGBT community, and they should be applauded for hosting an event focused on some of the specific issues impacting bisexual people,” he told the Blade.

Lindasusan Ulrich, author of the “Bisexual Invisibility” report released by the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, also commented positively on the initiative. “I’m very excited that the White House is holding this roundtable — it feels like a turning point in the needs of the bi community finally being taken seriously,” she told The Advocate. “Given all the disparities bisexuals face in terms of health, suicidality, funding, and a host of other issues, we’ve got an opportunity here to start a national conversation that could have a positive effect on the largest segment of the LGBTQ community. I hope this will be just the beginning.”

Author: Ron Suresha

Ron Jackson Suresha is an editor, anthologist, and writer. He is considered an authority on emergent queer masculinities, in particular the subcultures of gay and bi male Bears and of male bisexuality. For Ron's service to the bear community, he was named "Bear of the Year" 2008. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Suresha attended the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, 1976-8), where he studied creative writing, and Vista College (Berkeley, Cal., 1989-92), where he studied American Sign Language. For more than two decades, he has worked as a freelance proofreader for trade book publishers such as Shambhala Publications. He was married in October 2004 to Rocco Russo. He is also a licensed Justice of the Peace in Connecticut, an ordained minister, ULC, and a member of the New London Green Party. Nonfiction works include Bears on Bears: Interviews & Discussions; Bi Men: Coming Out (coeditor, with Pete Chvany); Bisexual Perspectives on the Life and Work of Alfred C. Kinsey (editor). His latest book is The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin: Stories, jests, and donkey tales of the beloved Persian folk hero, published by Lethe Press.