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Has Bi organizing gone the way of TV Guide?

Once upon a time, every "tv watching" home needed a TV Guide. It told you what was on at what time. Without it, you were forced to stand by the tv and manually switch between channels until you found something good.
Eventually, cable companies added a scrolling guide, which morphed into a searchable guide.
There was no longer a need for a paper guide.

Similarly, there was a time when bisexuals were isolated, lacking in references, depictions in the media, or acceptance by the larger glbt community. Bi organizing grew out of a need for a generation of self identifying bisexuals to find out about
ourselves, to connect with others who felt the same way, to create a large enough presence to be taken seriously by the glbt community.


These days, there are whole libraries of bi themed books, dozens of discussion groups online, myspace, facebook, yahoogroups.
We have bi characters in film and on tv. And almost all major glbt organizations have out bisexuals on staff.

We set out to do what we meant to do. We're now at a crossroads. Do BiNet and other national bi groups step back and become merely a directory for other bi groups? Do we serve solely as a 501c3 placeholder for smaller bi groups to fundraise through?
Or do we retire?


We are run currently by the same generation who saw the original need for bi activism/organizing. We are lacking perspective
to make these decisions on our own. We desperately need people willing to join the board volunteer 5 or so hours a week and
help us steer BiNet into this century.


We can't seem to find anyone. Is that our answer? Is it possible - with war, the economy, health insurance, famine, and all
the other issues today, when compared to the current level of bi acceptance... that people's volunteer hours are better spent elsewhere? If that is the case, are we fooling ourselves by keeping this going?
Do we need to step back and let BiNet go away? Keep the listserv and let all else die? Eventually, the few remaining board members will fade away and the decision will be made.

Comments

imfallingup
Feb. 20th, 2008 11:26 am (UTC)
Pointed here by nyabn in postqueer. My comment here brings up a fair bit of my issues with many single-issue organizations I'm seeing complain about lack of membership.

I think it's important to step back and question: who are you trying to serve? What do those people actually feel they are needing?

Activism exists to counter oppression. Biphobia isn't gone; it's changed and isn't the same as it was. But the people most aided by single-issue activism eventually find themvselves less and less dealing with that single oppression, and can more fully take advantage of other privileges afforded them. Which means joining the mainstream. Which means no longer needing to do activism. While those dealing with multiple oppressions don't see the same benefit, and often have such a long history of rejection from this single-issue activism (see women of color who reject Western feminism that has been primarily for white women and on the backs of women of color) that we form our own groups, deal with these issues in our own communities.