Lynnette McFadzen – Co-Host and Producer
Hi! My name is Lynnette and I am proud member of The BiCast crew. I am a older Gender non-conforming out and proud bisexual/demisexual female. They/she/her. I was born in Porterville, California but grew up mainly in Oregon. I have lived in LA and Tucson in the past but now call The City of Roses my home. Portland, Oregon is a progressive and amazing place to a be part of. And very beautiful.
I have worn many hats in my life including nurse, waitress, factory worker, fast food worker, Customer Service Representative to name a few. I obtained my G.E.D. and put myself through community college twice. Someday I hope to finish at least my associate degree, but it seems less and less important to do that as time goes on.
I also am a survivor of Hepatitis C. Possibly contracted during my nursing career but how really isn’t important is it? The fact that I beat it after two years of chemotherapy is that I am now after 30 years virus free!
I am the mother of 3 wonderful women and grandmother to 4 amazing grandchildren, ranging from 23 to 2. And now a great grandma! I feel blessed every day. I am single but have been divorced and widowed. And at the present, celibate. But not for any reason connected to my sexual identity. It is something I needed to do in the process of healing myself. I am a walking statistic. A survivor of poverty, child molestation, teen pregnancy, domestic violence, loss of loved ones, substance abuse, clinical depression, ill health and suicide attempts. I finally came to a place it was time to restore myself. And I believe I have after many years of work.
I also am what I have heard called “latent bisexual”. Which means I came out very late in life. I struggled to prove my heterosexuality to myself over and over throughout my years. Why? Because I believed what I had been taught about bisexuality. That is was a choice and to be bisexual meant you were morally bankrupt. That you were hyper-sexual and unreliable. It wasn’t until I came to a place of maturity and self honesty I embraced that part of me. I had a lot of help from younger on line friends who had a better understanding of sexuality than I ever did. And from a family member who is Bisexual.
So I faced my own biphobia. And came out to my loved ones, who it really did not impact at all. We are a very diverse and progressive group. But I needed to say the words out loud, for me. A very frightening moment in my life. The fear was however, quickly replaced with relief and a sense of rightness Of finally being centered. A very happy moment for me.
I had expected grief from the straight world but was totally unprepared for the disdain and outright hate from the LGBT community that I approached for support. It was shocking and disheartening. So I went searching and found my own community. A rich and vibrant one. Full of culture, history and support. And I learned what really is like be bisexual.
Biphobia and erasure became a focus for me. I am the product of the grassroots activists era and saw how one voice can do so much to change the world. I wanted to help others know they are not alone. And show them they have a place to go for support and acceptance. Of limited funds and energy I really couldn’t be physically involved in rallies and events so I approached others about using another avenue of social media to help build our community. I found the most wonderful passionate people in our BI groups and The BiCast was born!
Lynnette has become Secretary, Board of Directors, BiNet USA. She continues to expand her activism and is deeply involved with projects and management of the organization.
Lynnette has assumed the role of President , BiNet USA. And is expecting her second great grand child!!
She is also now a great grandmother!
And of course #StillBisexual!!