We've all had a lot of fun together. And now is one of those rare, serious moments where we get to have each other's backs as bisexuals and take a real world shot at ending a truly discriminatory practice in our own backyard:
Absurd as it is it may sound, The City of WeHo has had a years-long, running Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board, a fairly new Trans Advisory Board and no Bisexual Advisory Board. You read that correctly. None.
It recently came to light during the press' reporting of the controversy over the Pride organizing and accountability process that we literally were not represented at all.
When I heard this it finally made sense why the only thing Bi about Pride has been amBi, the LA Bi Task Force and one or two other organizations. And let's not forget, we Bi people comprise the largest population of LGBT.
In fact, a Bi Advisory Board was recently voted down by the Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board.
I'm tired of being erased like some 3rd grader's math homework.
On June 9th, amBi's founder, Dr. Mimi Hoang, Faith Chelthenham head of the national advocacy organization BiNet USA and myself, as Chair of the LA Bi Task Force will have from three to six minutes only to speak in total before the West Hollywood Lesbian and Gay Advisory board to urge them to create a Bisexual Advisory Board.
That's very little time. So we need to speak with a far more powerful voice - your presence.
We're calling all our bi brothers and sisters and allies to show up at the meeting and offer their enthusiastic support.
We need to pack that place so that our numbers spill out into the street in front of the library so these people see that bisexuals exist in the real world and not just on trendy TV programs and hipster fashion ads.
Three to six minutes will be all we need if it's backed up by the presence of scores of proud, real world bi people like those who make up amBi.
We don't need celebrities. If they show up fine.
What we really need are teachers & professors, nurses, doctors, cops, lawyers, secretaries, actors, musicians, therapists, architects, artists, dancers, poets, writers, scholars, researchers, journalists, physical therapists, chiropractors, first responders, accountants, bookkeepers, film crew, engineers, techies, Silicon Beach entrepreneurs, app developers, receptionists, security guards - you get the picture . . .
We need US!
It took five years for the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center to change its name to the LA LGBT Center. Let's make this one happen in two and a half hours - between 6:30 PM and 9 PM on June 9 at the West Hollywood Library.
Partners, families and allies welcome. Bring your flags, buttons, or bi pride gear.
Let's do something fun afterwards like go to a restaurant, or bar - TBD.
I'm Robert Ozn and I'm an out bisexual.