Bi-Weekly News – March 2018

Bi-Weekly News

A Periodic Roundup of News About and Affecting the Bi+ Community, Curated by BQAC.

Bisexual, Latinx Activist Emma González Led an Extended Moment of Silence at the March for Our Lives in Washington.  González’s appearance at the podium during the national rally for gun control lasted six minutes and twenty seconds, the amount of time it took the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to unfold. González has spoken about how being bisexual influences her gun control activism, and recently met with students in Chicago.

The Chicago Department of Public Health Issued Its First-Ever LGBT Health Study.  The study provides an estimate of the LGBTQ population in the city and identifies LGBTQ-specific health needs.  Among other things, the study notes that lesbian and bisexual females are more likely to be smokers.

The 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Highlight Bisexual Characters and Creators. GLAAD-nominated TV shows that feature bi+ characters or actors include Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Bold Type, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and I Am Jazz.  Bisexual woman of color Halsey was nominated in the Outstanding Music Artist Category.   Samantha Allen’s Splinter article “Why Bisexual Men Are Still Fighting to Convince Us They Exist” was nominated for Outstanding Digital Journal Article.  The awards will take place on April 12 in Los Angeles and on May 5 in New York.  Pop culture website Vulture has discussed an ongoing “boom” in bi+ presentation on TV.

Queer-identifying Actress Cynthia Nixon Announced her Campaign for Governor of New York. Nixon, who has described her sexuality in different terms over the years, would be only the second person to be openly LGBTQ at the time she would take office as governor.  Caroline Framke at Vox wrote that calling Nixon “openly gay” erases her sexuality.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Removed a Webpage About Bisexual and Lesbian Women’s Health. A webpage for the HHS-operated Office of Women’s Health with links and health information for lesbian and bisexual women was removed at some point in the last year.  A spokesperson said the page was deleted and “the health content was integrated into the relevant health topics pages across the website.”

Art by Singers Harry Styles and Mike Posner Explores Bisexual Themes. Former One Direction member Styles’ song “Medicine” has been hailed as a bisexual anthem.  Posner’s 2017 book of poetry, recently released in audio form, contains a poem expressing sexual attraction to men and women.
Upcoming BQAC and Chicago-area Happenings: 

  • Bi Movie NightSong to Song, Monday, April 16, 2018, 7:00 PM at the Center on Halsted
  • Bi Discussion Group: Saturday, April 28, 2018, 2:00 PM at the Center on Halsted
  • Bi Movie NightSunday, Bloody Sunday, Monday, April 30, 2018, 7:00 PM at the Center on Halsted
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