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Posted on Sep 26, 2014

Snapshots: Dear Prudence win, international advocacy, & more

Wonder what we're up to at GLAAD? Be sure to check out GLAAD's Newsroom each week for updates about our latest work to build support for LGBT equality through news, entertainment and online media.

GLAAD's Director of News Ross Murray attended The Fellowship Global senior advisory board meeting in Washington, DC, to discuss international human rights with an emphasis on countries within Africa, intersectional justice, and a review of the emerging movement among African Americans in the United States. Ross met with African LGBT leaders and international LGBT advocates. (Photo credit Ann Craig).

Following GLAAD's campaign and public outcry urging Dear Prudence columnist Emily Yoffe to improve her advice to bisexual readers, Slate's syndicated writer did just that. Yoffe got the message about affirming and recognizing the bi community, and passed it on to a reader when Yoffe acknowledged bisexuality as a lived identity and encouraged visibility in safe spaces. GLAAD's successful campaign was covered by The Advocate. Read more here.

GLAAD has joined 13 Members of Congress, led by Congressman Mike Honda of California and over 20 organizations, in a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The letter asks the FCC to ensure that online filtering software used at federally-funded schools and libraries does not prevent access to sites with important resources for LGBT community. Read more here.

GLAAD participated actively in #BiWeek to raise awareness about the bisexual community. GLAAD created an original video of bisexual New Yorkers telling their stories at the iconic Stonewall Inn. We also shared 8 things you didn't know about bisexuality, and highlighted the bi community's voices in a #MyBisexualityIs round-up. Internet users and various media outlets have taken note of GLAAD's dedication to #BiWeek. To learn more and watch additional videos, visit glaad.org/biweek2014.

In a stand against the anti-LGBT Values Voter Summit, GLAAD signed an open letter that was published Friday in the Washington Post and The Hill asking Republican officials to dissociate themselves from the groups behind the Values Voter Summit. Additionally, GLAAD offered questions that the media should be asking speakers and attendees. Over the course of the summit, GLAAD shared the Commentator Accountability Project of the dozens of speakers. Read more here.

Results from GLAAD's survey about representations of the transgender community on television were covered in a Hollywood Reporter article, in which GLAAD's Director of Entertainment and Sports Media, Matt Kane was quoted. According to the 2002-2012 survey, the trans community was severely underrepresented and negatively portrayed. The Hollywood Reporter piece, "Transgender TV Takes the Spotlight," focuses on the new series, "Transparent," which GLAAD Board of Directors Co-Chair Jennifer Finney Boylan advised. Read more here.

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September 29, 2014
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Posted on Sep 23, 2014

#BiWeek win: You spoke, Dear Prudence listened

Following GLAAD's campaign and public outcry urging Dear Prudence columnist Emily Yoffe to improve her advice to bisexual readers, Slate's syndicated writer did just that this morning.

Slate's weekly live chat with advice columnist Emily Yoffe, sparked much anger around the internet when she advised a bisexual woman to keep her identity "private" and equated the woman's identity to "plushophilia" (an erotic interest in stuffed animals), getting "turned on by being a dominatrix," and to "not [being] by nature monogamous."

GLAAD publicly critiqued Yoffe's seeming insensitivity to the bisexual community and perpetuation of anti-bi stereotypes. GLAAD repeatedly reached out editors at Slate and Slate Outward, as well as Yoffe, herself, urging them to improve their coverage and knowledge of bi-related topics. The Advocate took note of GLAAD's efforts, and the story caught wind with Jezebel, Mic, XO Jane, Autostraddle, and more.

Finally, Yoffe got the message about affirming and recognizing the bi community, and passed it on to a reader this morning:

Q. Coming Out, Again: I’m 33 and for most of my life have considered myself gay. I came out to my family when I was in my early 20s and they were very supportive. I’ve had two long-term boyfriends, the last one for almost six years. After he and I split (early last year), I had a lot of support from my best friend and co-worker, who is a girl. I found myself becoming attracted to her and we actually started dating a few months ago and it’s going great! One problem: I don’t know how to introduce her to my family and explain the situation to them. My brother and his wife made a pretty big deal over telling my nieces and making sure they knew I liked boys and that it was OK.

A: If you feel ready to introduce your new love to your family, you should just be straightforward: “I’m seeing someone I want you to meet. Her name is Isabelle. Yes, it came as a surprise to me, too.” The situation apparently is that you are bisexual. Your family is open-minded and supportive, so surely they will being able to cope with the news that you have found someone you really care for, no matter what your partner’s sex. [Emphasis added]

Though the reader did not use the word "bisexual" to identify himself, Yoffe is to be credited for acknowledging bisexuality as a lived identity and encouraging visibility in safe spaces.

Today marks the 15th annual Celebrate Bisexuality Day, which is part of #BiWeek, a seven-day campaign to draw attention to the public policy concerns of bisexual people while also celebrating the resiliency of bisexual culture and community. Bi erasure is often connected with many social and physical disparities the bi community must confront. Coming out can bring visibility where there once was erasure.

Check out 8 things you didn't know about the bi community and learn more about bi erasure here.

From September 21-27, join GLAAD in recognizing the bisexual community for Bisexual Awareness Week, including Celebrate Bisexuality Day on September 23. Check out the new ways for bi, trans, and ally communities to get involved every day.

Join the conversation today by tweeting #BiWeek!

You can learn about the bi community, bi erasure, notable bi figures, and find resources for media at glaad.org/biweek2014 and more at bisexualweek.com.

September 23, 2014
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Posted on Sep 23, 2014

#MyBisexualityIs amplifies, empowers bi voices during #BiWeek

It's Bisexual Awareness Week, and GLAAD is joining the rest of the internet by celebrating with #BiWeek, a social media campaign designed to draw attention to the public policy concerns of bisexual people while also celebrating the resiliency of bisexual culture and community.

Bi people have taken Twitter by storm today to make their voices heard. In a society that so often erases the voice of the bi community, rendering its members near invisible, the #MyBisexualityIs campaign is an empowering and personal look at the diverse experiences of people who are bisexual.

Many people used their own experiences to dispel prevalent anti-bi myths:

 

Others took the opportunity to tell their stories for the first time:

 

And some folks just straight up preached some truths:

Last but not least, GLAAD staff participated on Instagram, too:

"#MyBisexualityIs sharing my voice."

 

"#MyBisexualityIs working to develop bi characters that speak out for us and help build understanding of the community."

 

"#MyBisexualityIs a love, the depth of which surprises and teaches me each day."

 

You can find 10 more empowering confessions from bi people here.

Check out 8 things you didn't know about the bi community and learn more about bi erasure here.

Join the conversation today by tweeting #BiFacts for #BiWeek!

From September 21-27, join GLAAD in recognizing the bisexual community for Bisexual Awareness Week, including Celebrate Bisexuality Day on September 23. Check out the new ways for bi, trans, and ally communities to get involved every day.

You can learn about the bi community, bi erasure, notable bi figures, and find resources for media at glaad.org/biweek2014 and more at bisexualweek.com.

September 23, 2014
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