Had a sexuality conversation with my mom today. We talked about Lesbianism, bisexuality, and pansexuality. And I explained to her that she can be straight as an arrow but fall for someone of the same sex. Also had to go over a lot of terms like transgender, transexual, and polysexual. I like that she actually wants to know about these things even though she thinks it’s too complicated and crazy. The way my mother is, she feels like you shouldn’t complicate yourself with labels. Not just homosexuals but heteros too.
At the end of the conversation she wasn’t confused as much because now she understands and can explain how/what I am. But she told me that if one of the aunts asked about me she’d just answer that I’m just living my life because that’s how it should be.
On another note: I kicked ass this semester and raised my GPA higher than I thought I would. Can I get a hell yeah?
April 29, 2010Assembly Passes AB 2072 Newborn Hearing Screening Bill, Denies the Deaf Access to ProceedingsSacramento, CA – This morning, the California Assembly passed AB 2072 a newborn hearing screening bill sponsored by Assemblymember Mendoza (D-Norwalk) which states the bill will have…
Assuming that everyone you meet is either heterosexual or homosexual.
Supporting and understanding a bisexual identity for young people because you identified “that way” before you came to your “real” lesbian/gay/heterosexual identity.
Expecting a bisexual to identify as heterosexual when coupled with the “opposite” gender/sex.
Believing bisexual men spread AIDS/HIV and other STDs to heterosexuals.
Thinking bisexual people haven’t made up their minds.
Assuming a bisexual person would want to fulfill your sexual fantasies or curiosities.
Assuming bisexuals would be willing to “pass” as anything other than bisexual.
Feeling that bisexual people are too outspoken and pushy about their visibility and rights.
Automatically assuming romantic couplings of two women are lesbian, or two men are gay, or a man and a woman are heterosexual.
Expecting bisexual people to get services, information and education from heterosexual service agencies for their “heterosexual side” (sic) and then go to gay and/or lesbian service agencies for their “homosexual side” (sic).
Feeling bisexuals just want to have their cake and eat it too.
Believing that bisexual women spread AIDS/HIV and other STDs to lesbians.
Using the terms “phase” or “stage” or “confused” or “fence-sitter” or “bisexual” or “AC/DC” or “switchhitter” as slurs or in an accusatory way.
Thinking bisexuals only have committed relationships with “opposite” sex/gender partners.
Looking at a bisexual person and automatically thinking of their sexuality rather than seeing them as a whole, complete person.
Believing bisexuals are confused about their sexuality.
Assuming that bisexuals, if given the choice, would prefer to be within an “opposite” gender/sex coupling to reap the social benefits of a “heterosexual” pairing.
Not confronting a biphobic remark or joke for fear of being identified as bisexual.
Assuming bisexual means “available.”
Thinking that bisexual people will have their rights when lesbian and gay people win theirs.
Being gay or lesbian and asking your bisexual friend about their lover only when that lover is the same sex/gender.
Feeling that you can’t trust a bisexual because they aren’t really gay or lesbian, or aren’t really heterosexual.
Thinking that people identify as bisexual because it’s “trendy.”
Expecting a bisexual to identify as gay or lesbian when coupled with the “same” sex/gender.
Expecting bisexual activists and organizers to minimize bisexual issues (i.e. HIV/AIDS, violence, basic civil rights, fighting the Right, military, same sex marriage, child custody, adoption, etc.) and to prioritize the visibility of “lesbian and/or gay” issues.
Avoid mentioning to friends that you are involved with a bisexual or working with a bisexual group because you are afraid they will think you are a bisexual.
Transcending Boundaries Conference www.transcendingboundaries.org “Intersections” November 19-21, 2010 Worcester, MA Registration Opens *** Please forward to friends and allies as appropriate ***
We are excited to announce that the Transcending Boundaries Conference for 2010 is open for registration!
Transcending Boundaries, Inc. began in 2001 as an organization and conference for those who blur the lines of sex, gender, and sexual orientation, including the bisexual, pansexual, transgender, genderqueer, intersex, kink and polyamorous communities. The conference includes a vigil and reception as part of the Transgender Day of Remembrance, two full days of panels, workshops and discussion groups, a keynote luncheon with Lee Harrington, and Saturday night entertainment.
Register early and save! Early registration is open now through August 1st. Early registration is $69, student price $49. After August 1st the price will increase to $79, student price $59. After October 15th, late registration will be $90, student price $70.
Group rates for organizations of 10 people or more are available. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
A note on scholarships: Transcending Boundaries believes no one should be unable to attend the conference due to an inability to pay registration fees. If you are unable to pay the above fees, please contact us. A limited number of scholarships may be available and will be granted on need on a first come basis. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
TBC is “a lively weekend of education, social activism, research, and support for persons whose sexual orientation, sexuality, gender identity, sex, or relationship style do not fit within the binary confines of male or female, gay or straight, monogamous or single.”
The seventh Transcending Boundaries Conference will be held Friday November 19, 2010 through Sunday November 21, 2010 in Worcester, Massachusetts. You can learn more about the conference here.