Here one of the greatest panels of Bi Elders who essentially started the Bisexual Movement! Their activism goes back more than half a century.
It's an appropriate way to spend Oct. 11 National Coming Out Day and October is also LGBT History Month.
The prestigious panel includes: Lani Ka'ahumanu and Loraine Hutchins the co-editors of the definitive anthology "Bi Any Other Name" and who co-founded the first national bi organization, BiNet USA - the National Bisexual Network. Lani was the first bi person on the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and member of the Safer Sex Sluts.
Loraine taught Women's Studies, researched intersections of sex-positive spiritual paths from a queer feminist perspective and is also an activist for differently-abled people.
Robyn Ochs is a tireless activist and speaker, editor of the Women's Quarterly and two bi anthologies, and helped solidify the definition of bisexuality as we know it today.
ABilly Jones-Hennin launched the first national gay and lesbian black advocacy group in 1978, the National Coalition of Black Gays, and became a bi activist ever since.
Hosted by Mike Szymanski, co-author of the first "The Bisexual's Guide to the Universe," the first book to win in the Bisexual Category at the Lambda Literary Awards and a writer about bi issues for the past three decades.
This is a rare panel of bi history superstars, and many other surprise guests will phone in during the show. Please register in advance, and please bring lots of questions for this exciting panel.
We want this to be a smooth Zoom and so we ask that you pre-register for the Oct. 11 event. We appreciate a nominal charge to help with our expenses, but no one will be turned away for lack of payment.
On Jun 1st, 2022, the first day of LGBTQ Pride Month, we announced our rebrand, which includes changing our name to the Los Angeles Bi+ Task Force to be more explicitly inclusive of bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer, omnisexual, and other non-monosexual identities. We also published our our new logo, which has new colors and triangles representing the bisexual, pansexual, transgender, non-binary, and racial equality flags. LABTF is committed to uplifting the voices of bi+ people of all genders, races, ethnicities, and walks of life and this new name and look represents that commitment.
Read the full press statement here.
We are continuing to do Bi+ events, but our booths at Pride festivals, events and Bi+Alogue costs some money, and we are run by volunteers. We depend on our Give Out Day campaign which is a national campaign to support LGBTQ giving. Give Out Day is a safe, easy way to donate to LGBTQ+ causes because all donations go directly to the cause, there are no fees. We have a goal of raising $2000, and you may donate year-round! Please donate here and read about the top 4 bi+ orgs on our Bi+ Blog here.
Interested in volunteering for LABTF? We currently have spots available on our three teams: Education, Advocacy, and Marketing, also for general volunteering on an as-needed basis. Here's a brief description of our Teams:
* EDUCATION Team - workshops/panels/conferences; creation of educational materials; blogging
* ADVOCACY Team - townhalls; political campaigns; ensuring inclusion in mainstream LGBTQ spaces
* MARKETING Team - social media outreach; website/newsletter development; merchandising
Each Team meets once every two months on Thu evenings. Commitment is flexible - attend as much or as little depending on availability. You may opt out at any time. Sign-up here.