A Periodic Roundup of News About and Affecting the Bi+ Community, Curated by BQAC.
Janelle Monae Came Out as Pansexual. The singer-actress announced her pansexuality in an interview with Rolling Stone. On the day Monae’s news went public, “pansexual” was the top word search on Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary.
Maryland Lawmaker Comes Out as Bisexual During Impassioned Speech in Favor of “Conversion Therapy” Ban. Maryland Delegate Megan Simonaire spoke about how her family’s conservative religious views contributed to her depression, even though she was not personally forced into “conversion therapy.”
Bisexual Member of Congress Kyrsten Sinema Leads in Polling for the Arizona Senate Election. Recent polling shows Sinema (D-AZ) leading all three of her potential Republican challengers. Sinema is the first-ever out bisexual member of Congress and, if elected, would be the first out bisexual U.S. Senator.
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” Won Outstanding Comedy Series at the First Round of the 2018 GLAAD Awards. The FOX comedy stars bisexual actress Stephanie Beatriz, whose character is also bisexual. Samantha Allen’s Splinter article “Why Bisexual Men are Still Fighting to Convince Us They Exist” won Outstanding Digital Journalism Article. The second round of the 2018 GLAAD awards will be announced on May 5.
A Study on Food and Housing Insecurity on College Campuses Showed Heightened Risks for Bisexual Students. The study by Temple University and the Wisconsin HOPE Lab found that LGBT students were more likely to report food or housing insecurity relative to their heterosexual peers, with nearly half of bisexual students reporting these problems. LGBT policy attorney Heron Greenesmith responded to a USA Today columnist’s mockery of the study’s findings.
Bisexual Scientists Used the Hashtag #BiInSci to Raise Visibility on Twitter. The hashtag was started by University of Georgia virologist Isabel Ott.
Upcoming BQAC and Chicago-area Happenings:
- Bi Movie Night: Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, Monday, May 7, 2018, 7:00 PM at the Center on Halsted
- Bi Discussion Group: Saturday, May 26, 2018, 2:00 PM at the Center on Halsted
- Aurora Pride Parade: Sunday, June 17, 2018, Noon, Downtown Aurora. BQAC is participating; details TBA
- Bi Discussion Group: Saturday, June 23, 2018, 2:00 PM at the Center on Halsted