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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.


Feb. 21st, 2008 11:41 am (UTC)
It all starts with one...
Like the old saying goes, "Organizing bisexuals is a lot like herding cats." Sad, but true, but also not surprising in some ways. After all, telling people over and over and over again that you really do exist when you're standing right in front of them wears a kid out! It also goes to show that the more we learn to love ourselves, the more we'll advance.

Hey - it worked for other letters in the L - G - B - T.... =)

Seriously though, the one thing that should keep all of us going is that however few there are, the outspoken/organizing voices that exist are there. It's times like these that I'm reminded of one of my favorite quotes by Margaret Mead:

"Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

And that means US. Not in numbers, but in voices. Maybe the better question to ask ourselves is this: "What have I done today?" I'm lucky enough that I get to do a lot of it by just going to work (OutQ in the Morning on Sirius Satellite Radio). But I also grab any opportunities I can for discussion in everyday life - even at the dentist's office (a charming tale I'll share another time)!

We can't "give up." No one will fight for our rights - and truly, if we don't - why should they?