Date: 05/18/2009 3:45 AM Eastern Daylight Time
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Please join the members of BiNet USA on Saturday October 10th and Sunday October 11th when they along with thousands of other bisexual, fluid, pansexual and queer-identified people will gather with gay men, lesbian women, transgender and genderqueer people and our families, friends and “Straight-but-not-narrow” allies at our nation’s capital and other locations across the country to strategize, advocate and demonstrate to gain our human rights.
We will gather with others to let our elected leaders know that now is the time for full equal rights for LGBT people, and we will leave energized and empowered to do the work that needs to be done in every community across the nation.
So please join the Bisexual, Fluid, Pansexual, Queer-identified Contingent along with other groups and individuals in solidarity of equality of all.
BiNet USA Statement Regarding the “National Equality March“
The Board of Directors of BiNet USA, during its regular, scheduled meeting on Saturday September 12th 2009, approved a resolution that endorsed with reservations the “National Equality March”, set for Saturday October 10 thru Sunday October 11th 2009 in Washington DC.
A number of bisexual, fluid, pansexual and queer-identified people, possibly many – including both new and veteran activists – are expected to journey to the nation’s capital to participate in this event, and, that being the case, the BiNet USA board encourages them to be out, proud and visible as bisexual, fluid, pansexual and queer-identified people who seek equality and equal protection under the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution, as march organizers have called for; indeed, a number of BiNet USA’s members/supporters plan to carry our banner.
At the same time, the board’s endorsement resolution acknowledged that a number of the board’s members, advisers, and supporters have significant concerns and reservations regarding the advisability of holding this particular march at this particular time and in the particular way it was organized.
The board’s resolution reads as follows:
Whereas, BiNet USA has received a request by the organizers of the “National Equality March” to endorse their event of Saturday October 10 thru Sunday October 11th 2009 in Washington DC; and
Whereas, bisexual, fluid, pansexual and queer-identified people intend to participate in this event; and
Whereas, BiNet USA supports the goals of the event, namely freedom, equality, equal protection and so forth; but
Whereas, some of BiNet USA’s board members, advisers and supporters have reservations and concerns regarding the timing, efficacy, advisability, process, genesis and more regarding this event,
Now therefore, BiNet USA’s board of directors does hereby endorse the goals of the “National Equality March” and encourages bisexual, fluid, pansexual and queer-identified people to attend and support it as well, and wishes the organizers well in their efforts.
It also acknowledges the concerns of those who feel this event is ill-timed and not an optimal expenditure of limited resources during the current economic downturn and with so many other battles that need to be funded and worked on, including specific marriage initiatives, ENDA, repeal of DADT and DOMA, etc., and acknowledges that many feel more stakeholders should have been consulted much earlier in the process to see if this “march”/gathering at this time was the best course of action.
That said, we look forward to the gathering and hope it energizes those who have never marched and renews and re-energizes those who have been doing activist work for longer periods.
The board also encourages those who cannot get to Washington DC from across the nation to participate in their own local parallel community or organizational events, including National Coming Out Day activities on October 11th.
Founded in 1990, BiNet USA is America’s Civil-rights and advocacy organization for all bisexual, pansexual, fluid and all the rest of us “somewhere in between” people as well as their lesbian, gay, transgender, “straight but not narrow” and questioning friends and allies, BiNet USA facilitates the development of a cohesive network of independent bisexual/pansexual, fluid and friendly communities; promotes bisexual, fluid, pansexual and inclusive visibility; and collects and distribute educational information regarding sexual orientation and gender identity with an emphasis on the bisexual/pansexual, fluid and allied communities.
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