Even though I grew up in a family that’s been involved in local and national politics for decades (I went to my first election night party when I was nine), it took me years to discern that “activism” was not just
marching in the streets. Sure, that’s showy and needed and effective, but there are so many ways to be visible and speak up for causes—bi+ visibility among them. I fell into the form I do (writing) almost by accident, by volunteering to write a piece or two for bi.org. But as the years have marched on, I’ve come to discover the power in putting my voice out there on the digital landscape—and how often that makes space for other queer voices in the community too. Speaking your truth as a bi+ person is a form
of activism, whether it’s with a bullhorn or a keyboard. I’m so lucky and grateful to do some rabblerousing for the community—in digital and analog forms.
Dee Dee Lynn
I’ve been the Facilitator Coordinator for the Seattle Bisexual Women’s and Nonbinary Network, taking responsibility for meetings, training facilitators, and leading the only bi-specific group in Seattle Pride for the majority of the last 15 years. I was chosen as the bisexual leader from Seattle to attend the last White House Bisexual Leadership event in 2016. I’ve networked with groups with large bisexual contingents in the greater Seattle area, and most recently with Allyship, the National Park Service, and spoken at Seattle’s Dyke March, and brought Robyn Ochs to a lunch with Seattle bisexual leadership. I’ve also been active in BiNet Seattle in the past as well as an active participant and outspoken advocate in online bisexually-focused advocacy groups.
Francesca Maria Bongiorno
Marching with the bi+ contingent at New York City Pride. Attending Bi Visibility Day events at The Stonewall Inn, and at New York City LGBT Community Center. Reading my poetry at a Bi Visibility Week open mic (held at Bureau of General Services, Queer Division, which is a bookstore located inside the LGBT Community Center).