Event DateSaturday, May 30 2009 : 11:00am – Saturday, May 2, 2009 : 6:30pm
Saturday, May 30, 2009
The Center and the Bi Writers Association present Putting the ‘B’ in LGBT” Summit
This free one-day Summit will be held on Sat. May 30, 2009 at the Center in NYC, co-organized by the Bi Writers Association and the Center and co-sponsored by The New York Times Company GLBT & Allies Affinity Group and The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force. Event speakers include Robyn Ochs, Editor of Getting Bi and Honoree of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force; Loraine Hutchins, Co-Editor of Bi Any Other Name; Cindi Creager, National News Director, GLAAD; Dr. Jaime M. Grant, Director of Policy Institute, Gay and Lesbian Task Force; Sean Kennedy, News Features Editor, The Advocate and Chagmion Antoine, Correspondent for 365 Gay News on Logo.
“Many people aren’t quite sure how the ‘B’ fits into LGBT,” says Bruce Anderson, Interim Executive Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center “as a result, mention of bisexual people often goes missing from discussion of LGBT rights issues like marriage equality, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and ENDA in press releases, media coverage and political speeches.”
“We want to marry our same-sex partners, want to stop getting kicked out of the military, need non-discrimination protection at work and hate crimes laws on the street… these issues are very important to the bi community,” says Sheela Lambert, Founder of the Bi Writers Association. “Accuracy of reporting on LGBT issues is compromised when bisexual people are left out of the equation,” Lambert points out.
By holding the summit, organizers hope to develop a consensus between LGBT rights organizations, journalists and political officials that inclusion of bisexual people in the discussion of LGBT issues is necessary. “This summit aims to give people the tools to understand and include the bi community more fully,” Lambert explains.
11-12 Registration, Free Continental Breakfast & Shmooze
12-1PM Opening Plenary
Putting the “B” in LGBT
Keynote Speaker: Robyn Ochs, Editor of Getting Bi, Honoree of National The Gay and Lesbian Task Force and marriage equality activist.
1:15PM - 2PM Bisexuality: Exploding the Myths
Panel of experts will explode myths and stereotypes about bisexuality and explain the realities. Dont be afraid to ask questions!
2PM - 2:30PM
Lunch Inexpensive & healthy lunches will be available for purchase.
2:30PM - 3:45PM Bi Community Panel: Telling Our Stories
Panel of bi speakers discuss how LGBT rights issues such as Marriage Equality, Military Discrimination and Job Discrimination impact their lives. Q&A following presentation.
4PM - 4:45PM Crafting the Message: How to Put the “B” in LGBT
Practicum on putting the ‘B’ in LGBT in a press release, news story, policy paper, speech or interview on LGBT rights issues. How to report more accurately on bisexuality.
5PM - 6:30PM Closing Plenary Discussion
Putting the “B” in LGBT: How can we do a better job?
Roundtable discussion by distinguished LGBT rights activists, media professionals, political office holders and bi community activists. Audience participation welcomed.
Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 6:30PM
The Bi Writers Association is hosting a post-Summit dinner.
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Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 8:30PM Bi Lines II: A Celebration of Bisexual Writing in
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For More InformationContact: Sheela Lambert, Founder, Bi Writers Association, 212-928-3558, http://www.biwriters.org