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Richmond Bi+ Resource Group

hosted by MCC Richmond
BiPlusGroup@mccrichmond.org

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People with potential attraction to more than one gender deserve spaces and access to information.  Individuals deserve support.  Where people are gathered, community is built.

We hope this space and the invitation to come together may be helpful so that people do not have to be alone and that they can simply be who they are.

Group Information

We currently act as a resource group (see Resources below).

We co-host a bi-monthly movie night.

We have organized group visits to Virginia Pride (Sept) so that people can experience the fun together.

In the past, we have had

  • Discussion and Support groups, 

  • Community Forums and Learning Nights,

  • Trips to the movies,

  • Co-hosted a Bi+ Awareness Event (2019) at Diversity Richmond.

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If this website has been helpful,
If you have ideas for the community,
or for more information, contact BiPlusGroup@mccrichmond.org

Vision

People need community.  It is important for human well-being to have connection with others and a place to belong. Community provides engagement and support, but also helps us question and grow.  Bi+ people deserve a space to meet others like them and to identify issues that make a difference in our lives. We want the chance to find meaning and identity in life and to be our best selves.

Resources

Resources

Online Community

Thoughts about activism...

"Every time a bisexual person makes their bi identity known, that is a form of activism."

- Robyn Ochs

Read more...

Being an activist can be intensely lonely. Directly challenging oppressive systems and norms can, and often does, lose you old friends. Similarly, the visibility and publicity your work brings you can make it difficult to find new friends. You can be put on a pedestal and at a distance from the very communities you’re attempting to serve. This isn’t to discourage activism because it is essential and can be deeply rewarding. This is to remind you that you’re not the only one. The isolation you feel is shared by activists across the world. This means that you can fight it.

- From Maz E. at Bi Women of Color

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Special Awareness Events

September is Bi+ Visibility Month, centered around Sept 23rd (Bi+ Visibility Day)

Bi+ Visibility Day, a history and calendar of worldwide events

Celebrate Bi+ Awareness Week #BiWeek (2018). GLAAD

Accelerating Bi+ Acceptance.  GLAAD

 

March is Bisexual Health Awareness Month, Bisexual Resource Center

Living Into Equity This Bisexual+ Health Awareness Month, Human Rights Campaign.

Coming Out as Bisexual to Your Doctor (2019). Human Rights Campaign.

Research Sources

Among LGBT Americans, Bisexuals Stand Out When it Comes to Identity, Acceptance (2015 from 2013 study).  Pew Research Center.

Bisexual Invisibility: Impacts and Recommendations (2011).  San Fransisco Human Rights Commission.

How Many People are Lesbian Gay Bisexual or Transgender? (2011).  Gates, Gary J.  The Williams Institute at UCLA

A Third of Young Americans Day They Aren't 100% Heterosexual (2015). Peter Moore. YouGov.

23 % of Young Black Women Now Identify as Bisexual (2019). Bridges, Tristan and Moore, Mignon R. The Conversation.

Journal of Bisexuality

Other Stuff

The CDC Still Isn’t Counting Bisexuals Correctly (2016). Arielle Duhaime-Ross.  The Verge.

What is Pansexuality? 4 Pan Celebs Explain in Their Own Words (2015). Danielle Evans. GLAAD.

22 Things You should Read for Bisexual Awareness Week,(2018). Zachary Zane. Pride.

Q & A: Bisexual Activist Robyn Ochs on Visibility, Erasure, and the Future of the Bi+ Movement (2016).  Zachary Zane. Huffington Post.

Pink News, Bisexual Articles

Other Questions

Q: What is the “Bi+ Umbrella”?

  • Bi+ means an acceptance of many different labels and identifications.

  • One older, now often rejected convention is the binary idea that all people are either straight or gay.
    This binary ignores (bi+) people who may have attraction to more than one gender.
    This binary also ignores (asexual) people who don’t have attraction to anyone.
    Bi+ can be a spectrum, a space between a binary.

  • The Bi+ Umbrella is particularly welcoming of people who may identify as….

    • Pansexual

    • Polysexual

    • Omnisexual

    • Bicurious

    • Fluid

    • Homoflexible

    • Heteroflexible

    • Questioning

    • Non-monosexual

    • Biromantic, Panromantic

    • Abrosexual

    • Grey-A

    • Queer

    • Pomosexual

    • Or people who don't like labels.

Q: Why invite friends and allies to our community and group?

We acknowledge…

  • that friends and allies are an important part of our community, that Bi+ people have friends and significant others of all orientations,

  • that people learn from each other,

  • that a cause for equity is stronger when those with privilege stand in support of those oppressed or diminished,

  • that we use our voices together to bring better tolerance and inclusion to our world.

Q: Do I Have to be “Out of the Closet” to Participate?

  • We have many different members who may be at different levels of disclosure and comfort.

    • Some may be working on affirming their own identity to themselves (personal),

    • Some may have only told a small group of trusted people (private),

    • Some may have told people on a more public scale.  

  • All group members are expected to respect the confidentiality of all other participants.

  • While someone may decide to reveal their identity in our private and confidential group setting, what happens in group stays in group.  If you see someone from group in public, don’t assume they are out in a public setting.

  • We absolutely respect the right that each person gets to decide who, where, and when to come out (or not at all).

Q: What Kinds of Things Are Off-Limits for Group

  • Overall, we just ask that people be respectful of others...this is what we would want for own self.

  • We are not a Counseling group, but encourage those who could find those services useful to seek them out.

  • We do not endorse political parties or political candidates.

  • We are respectful that people may come from a variety of religious backgrounds or spiritual perspectives.

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