Originally founded in 2008 and previously named The Los Angeles Bi Center Planning Group, the Los Angeles Bi Task Force (LABTF) became a non-profit in 2010 and is a grassroots 501(c)3 non-profit organization that promotes education, advocacy, and cultural enrichment for the bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer, and other non-monosexual ("bi+") communities in the Greater Los Angeles area, which includes Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Ventura Counties.
National-level accomplishments include sending bi+ leaders annually to the White House during the Obama administration beginning with the groundbreaking Bisexual Community Roundtable in 2013, and helping to petition Google to unblock the autocomplete function for the word "bisexual" from search engines in 2014. LABTF is also one of first bi+ orgs in the country to commemorate Celebrate Bisexuality Day with a public celebration - the Bi Arts Fest hosted annually between 2010-2017, and consistently serving as a partner of the Bisexual Health Awareness Month (BHAM) campaign since 2014.
Local-level achievements include conducting the Bisexual/Pansexual/Fluid Community Needs Assessment of Greater LA in 2014, being the first bi org to march under its own banner at Los Angeles Pride in 2011, and marching as a community partner in #ResistMarchLA in 2017. LABTF also received a proclamation from the City of Los Angeles in 2015 and from the City of West Hollywood in 2016. Other signature events include our trademark "Bi & Beyond" educational workshops as well as other presentations, and local bi+ leader team-building events and retreats.
Dr. Mimi is a nationally-recognized psychologist, educator, author, and grassroots activist specializing in the LGBTQ+ and Asian Pacific Islander (API) communities. Since the 1990s, she has co-founded three bi+ orgs in Los Angeles - the Los Angeles Bi Task Force, ambi (LA's Bi Social Community), and Fluid at UCLA. In the past Dr. Mimi served on the Board of the South Bay LGBT Center and 'Ohana House/Asian Pacific Islanders for Human Rights, and is currently a member of the state-wide #Out4MentalHealth project. Her steadfast leadership has earned her a seat at the landmark 2013 White House Bisexual Community Roundtable and being named “One of the Most Significant Women in the Bisexual Movement.” She currently works as a Staff Psychologist at Loyola Marymount University (LMU), Professor at Antioch University, and as a consultant/trainer on diversity issues. Dr. Mimi lives in the South Bay with her wife and two cats. www.drmimihoang.com
Sara Stanizai is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and the owner of Prospect Therapy in Long Beach, CA. In addition to being on the board of the Los Angeles Bisexual Task Force, she is a consultant and trainer with Building Allies and the Reducing Disparities Project, a program of the California Department of Public Health. While her clinical work focuses on serving the LGBTQ+ community locally, she has presented and facilitated training nationwide, including at the Philadelphia Trans Wellness Conference and Gender Odyssey. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and pets. Learn more at www.prospecttherapy.com.
Lauren is an LGBT activist with a particular focus on education and destigmatization around bisexuality, non-monogamous relationships, and gender nonconformity. She has been a volunteer for LABTF since 2017. While attending college at Lehigh University, she was active in Lehigh Spectrum, the school’s LGBT organization, which provided a platform for activism. She noticed that while more than half of the club’s members were bisexual, pansexual, fluid, or queer rather than gay or lesbian, group discussions still seemed to consider bisexuals to be only marginally part of the community. In her work as a crisis counselor at the Suicide Prevention Crisis Line, she sees firsthand the importance of a sense of belonging, and hopes to further a welcoming community where everyone feels that they can belong, no matter their orientation or label. Lauren works as a Mechanical Engineer in Los Angeles.
Originally from New Jersey, Justin Hanenberg is a resident of Los Angeles since 2015. His move to southern California was highly influential to embracing queerness. While social permissiveness is a major factor in coming out, having community and culture inspires positive actions and attitudes. Now, Justin manages Membership activities for Sex Positive LA and an Event Organizer for amBI Los Angeles. Joining LABTF was a natural choice for him to continue community outreach. Justin's advocacy for bisexual/pansexual visibility aims to rediscover ideas of masculinity, gender identity, and sexual health protocols. He currently works as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist specializing in immunology and esoteric chemistry. He lives in the San Fernando Valley with his long-term partner and his imaginary dog.
Sofia is a Los Angeles native who has been involved with social justice groups that organize around issues like police brutality, education, and LGBTQ rights. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Liberal Studies at Cal State LA with an emphasis in Directed Elementary Subject Matter. During her studies Sofia worked for the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality and was an active member of the Queer Connection. She also participated as a student speaker for the Cal State LA Safe Zone program founded by Dr. Mimi and was introduced to the leadership lab at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, an organizing arm of the center and canvassed on issues affecting the the LGBTQ community. Sofia is happy to be joining the Los Angeles Bi Task Force and hopes to foster a community of inclusion. www.linkedin.com/in/sofia-varona/