In a first for the Obama administration and perhaps for any administration, the White House announced plans to hold a discussion about issues specific to the bisexual community.
The meeting will take place September 23 by invitation only and will be closed to the media. Topics will include HIV/AIDS, domestic partner violence and bullying.
Human Rights Campaign spokesman Michael Cole-Schwartz said the HRC will be in on the meeting, and he praised the effort. “It’s a testament to this administration that they are focusing on all elements of the LGBT community, and they should be applauded for hosting an event focused on some of the specific issues impacting bisexual people,” he told the Blade.
Lindasusan Ulrich, author of the “Bisexual Invisibility” report released by the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, also commented positively on the initiative. “I’m very excited that the White House is holding this roundtable — it feels like a turning point in the needs of the bi community finally being taken seriously,” she toldThe Advocate.“Given all the disparities bisexuals face in terms of health, suicidality, funding, and a host of other issues, we’ve got an opportunity here to start a national conversation that could have a positive effect on the largest segment of the LGBTQ community. I hope this will be just the beginning.”
Can we just talk about this for a second? Not only has Barack Obama taken more steps toward lesbian and gay equality than any other president in history, but he is actually addressing the B of LGBT — something even some mainstream queer organizations don’t do. This is an incredible follow-up to the similar meeting on transgender issues the White House held in 2011, and it absolutely gives me hope and makes me feel more welcomed into the national conversation about LGBT rights. Awesome, awesome, awesome.