N. Breiner, J. Nwachukwu, A. Dennis: LGBTQ+ Legal Protections

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Published  2019-03-14

Elizabeth and Amy discuss LGBTQ+ legal protections with Nicholas Breiner, a Kentucky teacher who was fired when he came out as Bi; and Jennifer Nwachukwu and Aunna Dennis of the Lawyers’ Committe for Civil Rights Under Law.

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Nicholas Breiner’s website: www.nicholascbreiner.com

This Kentucky Teacher Claims He Was Fired for Being Bisexual

To schedule Stop Hate Training for your community, contact The Lawyer’s Committee at Aunna Dennis: adennis@lawyerscommittee.org

Jennifer Nwachukwu: jnwachukwu@lawyerscommittee.org

Stop hate  www.8449nohate.org

OR call 1-844-9no-hate

Call Voting Rights Project if you encounter problems while attempting to vote in any election: Election Protection Hotline: 1-866-our-vote
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Gray Crosbie

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Published  2019-03-14

 Amy and Faith talk to Gray Crosbie, subject of the BBC- The Social video “I Left Part of Myself in the Closet”.

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Gray Crosbie is a bisexual, non-binary  performance poet and writer living in Glasgow, Scotland. You can follow them on Twitter and Facebook


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Book Review: Jan Steckel’s “Like Flesh Covers Bone”

About the Book

Synopsis: A hundred pages of direct, uncompromising, and lyrical poetry filled with moving moments of intimacy, humor, love & loss.

Genre: Poetry

Date: December 2018

Publisher: Zeitgeist Press

ISBN: 978-1-940572-21-5

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Review

I have been following Jan Steckel on social media for some time, so I was familiar with her poetry before reading Like Flesh Covers Bone. I’ve been delighted by many of her sharp observations of the world, sometimes optimistic and other times cynical. This new collection is one I am sure to read over and over, particularly a few of my favorites.

My top two are the titular poem, “Like Flesh Covers Bone,” and one called “Intersection.” In both cases, it is the way they reach into my soul and my personal experiences. The first knocked me emotionally flat the first time I read it. I gasped for breath, recalling my own first disillusionment as a newly graduated hospital nurse. The second had me nodding along with every line, feeling as though Steckel reached right into my heart and plucked out what was written there.

Every poem hits a high note, which is an accomplishment. Admittedly, I love poetry of all kinds, so I went into it with an already open mind. Even so, it’s rare that I am so drawn into the words that I don’t want to do anything except sit at the poet’s feet and bask in the beautiful lines. I couldn’t put it down.

I had the privilege of speaking with Steckel on the BiCast. I highly recommend listening and absorbing what she has to say about writing, life, and bisexuality. She reads a few of her poems, and it is a treasure to be able to hear them right from her lips.

There’s a little of everything in here: some relatable moments and feelings, political cynicism and activism, history lessons, heart-wrenching memories, and humor. What I always say with poetry is that not every verse is for every person, but in a collection everyone can find something. Reading through is worth it for every aha! moment, every instance of feeling seen and heard and understood.

And that, for me, is the heart of this book. As a writer, what I strive for is to create something that tells others, “You are not alone.” This is what Steckel has accomplished here, a work which reminds us that someone out there gets us, that what we feel is not wrong. These pages are like seeking a comforting hand in the dark and, once found, holding on for dear life. I challenge everyone reading to find themselves in at least one of the poems and meditate on the words.

Like Flesh Covers Bone is a book for any of the following people to enjoy: lovers of poetry; bisexual people; genderqueer and gender non-conforming people; readers who enjoy swearing in their poetry; anyone who would like to understand queerness better; humans.

For relatable moments, flashes of keen insight, and poetry at its finest, this gets 5/5 bi fives.

About the Author

Jan Steckel was a Harvard- and Yale-trained pediatrician who took care of Spanish-speaking children until chronic pain persuaded her to change professions to writer, poet and medical editor. She is an activist for bisexual and disability rights who lives in Oakland, California.

Her poetry book The Horizontal Poet (Zeitgeist Press, 2011) won a 2012 Lambda Literary Award. Her fiction chapbook Mixing Tracks (Gertrude Press, 2009) and poetry chapbook The Underwater Hospital (Zeitgeist Press, 2006) also won awards. Her creative writing has appeared in Scholastic Magazine, Yale Medicine, Bellevue Literary Review, and elsewhere. Her work won the Goodreads Newsletter Poetry Contest, a Zeiser Grant for Women Artists, the Jewel by the Bay Poetry Competition, Triplopia’s Best of the Best competition, and three Pushcart nominations.

Social Media

Like Flesh Covers Bone FB page | Jan’s Facebook Author page | Website | Twitter | InstagramTumblr | Pinterest | Goodreads | BiCast Interview

 

Black Bi+ History Month with Faith Cheltenham and David Johns

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In celebration of Black History Month, Faith Cheltenham, Vice President of BiNet USA, hosts David Johns, Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition. 

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Links to Things Mentioned in the Episode

The Murder of  James Bird, Jr. Jasper, TX – This gruesome crime inspired current hate crime legislation in the United States. Content warning: violence, Graphic description of racially motivated – hate crime – murder.

Faith’s List of 18 Black Bi+ BiCast Episodes


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2018 PFLAG Queens Brenda Howard Award Winner, Lynnette McFadzen

thebicast-logo-1440x1440Published 2019-02-24

 Elizabeth, Amy, and Mick interview founder of the BiCast, BiNet USA President,  and 2018 PFLAG Queens Brenda Howard Award recipient and  Lynnette McFadzen.

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BiNet USA

Brenda Howard Award Description


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Shout Out Comic with Ashley Gallagher

thebicast-logo-1440x1440Published 2019-02-16
Elizabeth and Lynnette speak with Ashley Gallagher, writer of Manicita and the Songkeeper,featured in the upcoming LGBTQIA+ anthology, Shout Out, by TO Comix Press.

Above page image used with express permission by TO Comix Press.
Want to see more? Buy a copy when it comes out in May. Totally worth it.

Links:

Shout Out: Bold Queer Comics for Teens Find Manicita and the Songkeeper among other great work in this upcoming Queer anthology being released in May.
Ashley Gallagher See more of Ashley’s work here.
POMEmag From the website: POMEmag is an internet magazine for witchy goofballs who are also big huge nerds. We publish smart, strange content for thoughtful and sensitive weirdos. 

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Bi + Visibility in Video Gaming with Mata Haggis-Burridge

thebicast-logo-1440x1440Published 2019-01-24
Lynnette, Amy, and Elizabeth discuss bi visibility in video games with Mata Haggis-Burridge, Professor of Creative and Entertainment Games at Breda University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands. He is the External Consultant for the game Fragments of Him.

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Breda University of Applied Sciences (BUas)  has a globally top-ten rated video game development Bachelor degree taught entirely in English located in The Netherlands, one hour from Amsterdam.

Copper Stone Sea – Mata’s consultancy providing writing, narrative design, and game design services

Read Everyday Bisexuality in Video Games, a recent interview with Mata by the gamesindustry.biz team:

Fragments of Him Fragments of Him is available on PlayStation4, Xbox One, and Windows PCs via Steam or directly from http://fragmentsofhim.com/ .

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Rakefet Abergel: Jax In Love

thebicast-logo-1440x1440Published 2019-01-08
Lynnette and Elizabeth interview Rakefet Abergel, writer and star of Jax In Love.
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You may have heard that I launched our crowdfunding campaign for the production of my next film entitled, “Boo”. I really need your help. We have a little more than a month to raise at least 80% of our goal, or we get NOTHING. BOOOOO to that, right? The screenplay for BOO was an official selection of over a dozen film festivals so far, and a finalist or winner at a few as well! – Rakefet Abergel


 

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Bi Activists: Charlie Mathers and the new Bi+ Manifesto

thebicast-logo-1440x1440Published 2019-01-08
Join Amy and Lynnette (with Elizabeth on recording) as they chat with Charlie Mathers from Gay Star News (UK) as they tell us about the new Bisexual Manifesto and those who came before.
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#Bseen with Amber And Bree

thebicast-logo-1440x1440Published 2018-11-26
BiNet USA VP Faith Cheltenham and Lynnette McFadzen speak with Bree Mountain and Amber Loomis about the new #Bseen campaign coming out of Australia
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Instagram: @biplusvisibility
Twitter: @biplusvis
Facebook.com/biplusvisibility
Biplusvisibility@gmail.con
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@laseydunaman
In addition: Together we can Improve our bi+ community health statistics. Thanks for telling everyone you know to head over to http://HealthCare.gov to check out plans. #GetCovered #EnrollByDec15 @Out2Enroll #EnrollTheB
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