Category: Transphobia

pro-aspec-lesbian: One thing I never understood in the discourse, no matter if ace exclusionists,…

pro-aspec-lesbian:

One thing I never understood in the discourse, no matter if ace exclusionists,…

aphobe-nonsense:Me, upon seeing what appears to be a ‘straight couple’ at a pride event: *stays in…

aphobe-nonsense:Me, upon seeing what appears to be a ‘straight couple’ at a pride event: *stays in…

miles-thebi: fuckyeahbiguys: A companion to the…

miles-thebi:

fuckyeahbiguys:

A companion to the @biresourcecenter post about bi erasure in When We Rise.

Everyone check out this depressing and cute comic

miles-thebi: If you define bisexuality as “an attraction to men and women”, then define pansexuality…

miles-thebi:
If you define bisexuality as “an attraction to men and women”, then define pansexuality…

your-homophobia-is-showing: Straight passing =/= actually being straight and having straight…

your-homophobia-is-showing:
Straight passing =/= actually being straight and having straight…

miles-thebi: If you define bisexuality as “an attraction to men and women”, then define pansexuality…

miles-thebi:

If you define bisexuality as “an attraction to men and women”, then define pansexuality a “an attraction to men, women, and transgender individuals”, you are using transphobia to support a biphobic idea of bisexuality.

Simple as that.

The transphobia should be obvious; making the distinction between men, women, and transgender individuals invalidates trans men and trans women as ACTUAL men and women. It also places all transgender individuals in this “other” category. Not man, not women, no matter how they identify their gender. Trans women are actual women, not an “other” kind of woman. Trans men are actual men, not an “other” kind of men. Nonbinary people can identify under the terms “men” and “women” if they choose to, and they will still be just as valid as men and women as another individual.

The biphobia may be a little less obvious, however. Bisexuality is not defined as an attraction to cis men and cis women (saying so actually invalidates many bisexual people and aids in the invalidation of actual trans/nonbinary bisexuals), it is defined by the majority of the community as a “attraction to two or more genders or same and different genders”. The act of claiming otherwise (on a community level, not a personal definition level) is erasive and contributes to biphobia within the LGTBQ++ community.

Your argument that “bisexuals are attracted to cis men and cis women” not only invalidates trans men and trans women, and nobinary/trans bisexuals, it results in two very dangerous dynamics in the LGTBQ++ community.

Firstly, it creates tension between the bisexual and transgender/nonbinary communities. Historically, this is a fairly recent tension, as trans activists and bisexual activists often worked hand in hand during the first trans rights movement. This dynamic shreds apart two of some of the closet knit communities, and forces transgender people to identify as labels other than bisexual, else they face a wave of biphobia from their fellow transgender community. Despite this (thankfully), a large amount of transgender individuals identify as bisexual, and have begun doing what they can to end the faulty idea that bisexual is binary.

The second dynamic is constant fighting between the bisexual and pansexual community. Opinions about umbrella term usage aside, these communities have an enormous amount of overlap that requires them to work together to fight ideas of monosexism; a social system that operates on the belief that single gender attraction is the standard, and enforces this by rewarding SGA and punishing MGA. Gay/Lesbian monosexism operates in a different environment than hetero monosexism, but both cause strife towards the MGA communities.

These dynamics are reinforced daily by all members of the LGBTQ++ that continue to allow the bisexual definition of “attraction to cis men and cis women” to spread and be taken as the real definition. Until the rest of the LGBTQ++ gets on board and begins to allow bisexuals to define their community, and their individual forms of attraction, we will not be able to heal the fracturing relationships between BT and P.

“Yes, of course “Passing Privilege” is a “thing”. But given that being (White) Cis and Straight is…”

Yes, of course “Passing Privilege” is a “thing”.

But given that being (White) Cis and Straight is the current presumed default, most Queer people accidentally “benefit” from it most of the time. However *somehow* it is only Bisexual+ and Trans/Enbee people who get “victim blamed” for allegedly “benefiting” from it.

Bisexual Youth partial comment in discussion on Miles the Bisexual

BiNet USA Salutes President Obama’s Appointment of New Civil Rights Commissioners

BiNet USA Salutes President Obama’s Appointment of New Civil Rights Commissioners:

“As bisexual+ people, we’re used to being erased, or ignored, or overlooked. We’re rightfully frustrated when others act as if the B in LGBT is silent or not there at all. We get caught up in debates about labels.

All of these conversations are crucial for bi+ folks to have AND we also need to remember that, as bisexuals+, trans, gay, lesbian, queer, intersex, and asexual people, we’re all in this thing together, working for social justice.” ~Martha Hardy​ for the Bisexual Organizing Project (BOP​)


Catherine Lhamon and Debo Adegbile’s work is crucial to the well-being of Bisexual+ Americans. BiNet USA​ wholeheartedly supports today’s appointments as Commissioners for six-year terms on the United States Commission on Civil Rights​.  As part of the #bistories project, BiNet USA​, working with Freedom for All Americans​, discovered hundreds of instances of bisexual+ discrimination in education, housing and work.

To learn more about the disparities facing Bisexual+ people in the USA please see:

  1. Invisible Majority: The Disparities Facing Bisexual People and How to Remedy Them (2016) Movement Advancement Project
  2. The Bi Stories Project: (2016) First person narratives from Bisexual Americans from a joint project of BiNet USA and Freedom For All Americans

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance 2016. We remember. We…

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance 2016. We remember. We will not forget. We will ally, flank and do whatever it takes to stand with trans folks, including the many bisexual+ trans people in the U.S. who face increased anti bisexual+ and anti transgender sentiments but still keep living, thriving and working to help us all b free.

In the name of the so many who came before, I send prayers up in the memory of Sylvia Rivera, trans bi+ Latinx icon FOR ALL transgender, nonbinary and gender nonconforming people in the world.

I hope that they, and my own beautiful nonbinary child, experience every day in the love they deserve.

I pray that the times the T in LGBT experience hatred or discomfort become rare, but *when* it does happen that trans people are quickly be surrounded in love and in light, with an explicitly anti-racist and a delightfully pro trans soft place to heal.

I pray as well that more and more cisgender people begin to celebrate the awesomeness of trans and nonbinary experience, for we should be a more grateful people to so often be blessed with bravery beyond measure.

I, and my family, personally pledge to more frequently open my home, heart and wallet to ensure that safety under the rule of the D.

I extend my thanks to all the trans allies of bisexual+ people, including bi+ trans folks who work without cease to see themselves authentically represented in the LGBTQIA movement. There would be too many names to list if BiNet USA were to call out all the trans leaders who have consistently stood bi us or with us, sometimes because they are us too and sometimes because they will do whatever it takes to ally us. Hayden L Mora Monica Roberts Bamby Salcedo Lourdes Ashley Hunter Diego Miguel Sanchez Apr Cecilia C ChungBrynn Tannehill Scout Kylar Broadus Kris Hayashi Masen Davis
blessings to you!

As well, BIG BI HUGS, major thanks and BI+ Blessings to the many bi+ trans leaders in the bisexual+ movement like Julia Serano Andrea Jenkins Kayley Margarite Whalen Zeam Porter Bryan John Ellicott Aud Traher Martin Rawlings-Fein Tara Madison Avery Colleen Elizabeth McTigue Andy EyeAlex Iantaffi Sonya Saturday and the most recently honored by the QUEEN OF ENGLAND Jen Yockney MBE.

I hope you all, including those unnamed, find yourself surrounded with more work that uplifts every intersection of your being, and that you get to laugh and live in love every day of your life. You deserve to.

Thank you for blessing my life both personally and professionally, and I pray that the bi+ community is more frequently seen at your side in pride.  ~~ Faith Cheltenham, President BiNet USA


That’s my personal prayer this Transgender Day of Remembrance. What’s yours?

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