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Morgan Goode: On Board with the Future of the Movement

3:36 pm - 03/22/2012

As part of a recent wide ranging interview with NYC based bisexual & genderqueer photographer, writer and activist Morgan Good, well know bi-identified Bilerico columnist Amy Andre asked Morgan, a Board Member with BiNet USA to give a quick snapshot on the bisexual community in the USA right now:

NYC based bisexual & genderqueer photographer, writer, activist adn BiNet USA Boardmember Morgan GoodAmy: Where do you see the bi movement headed?

Morgan: Hmmm...it's really hard to say. Most bisexual activists are hard at work in movements and organizations that are not explicitly bisexual. Even working at LGBTQ+ organizations, I had to be very vocal in order to be out, otherwise I would just be absorbed into whatever identity I was assigned based on my current partner's actual or perceived gender identity, or mine for that matter.

I think if organizations want to be genuinely bi inclusive, they have to actually understand bi issues on an institutional level. They can't just keep saying "oh, we have bisexual people working here." Because even if you do, that doesn't necessarily mean that the organization, the policies, the decision makers, are bi-affirming.

And I think this continues to happen because most people still think that a bisexual person is just a part-time gay - half gay/ half straight. People don't have an understanding of the fact that being bisexual is as different from being gay as it is from being straight and we have our own issues - like poor health, higher prevalence of suicidal ideation, greater stigma.

My pet peeve is the claim that bisexual people have it easier or that some people come out as bi because it sounds more palatable than being gay. In the future, I would like to see greater understanding of bisexuality as a separate identity, which would hopefully result in more resources being out toward addressing issues of discrimination that bisexual folks face, because it's literally killing us!

You can continue reading Ms. Andre's full interview with BiNet USA Board Member Morgan Good in The Bilerico Project where Morgan also discusses topics including mixed race issues and queer activism in general.

SOURCE: The Bilerico Project | Bisexual Index:Bisexuality FAQ | Bisexual Invisibility: Impacts and Recommendations |

tabaqui 22nd-Mar-2012 09:31 pm (UTC)
Very cool, thank you.
bialogue 22nd-Mar-2012 09:32 pm (UTC)
you're welcome
ameonna 22nd-Mar-2012 10:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much for this post.

Edited at 2012-03-22 10:20 pm (UTC)
bialogue 22nd-Mar-2012 10:28 pm (UTC)
you're welcome
tnganon 23rd-Mar-2012 03:56 am (UTC)
"more stigma"

why is it necessary to imply that bi people face more stigma than gay or lesbian people? those kinds of comparisons are pretty much always a bad idea.

Edited at 2012-03-23 04:04 am (UTC)
paulnolan 23rd-Mar-2012 10:11 am (UTC)
I'm guessing for the same reason it was necessary for them to post about gay people ~knowing how homophobes feel~.
tnganon 23rd-Mar-2012 03:58 am (UTC)
and i have to say i'm not a mod, but personally i'm really uncomfortable with you posting about lbgt issues in this community given that you responded to someone posting incredibly homophobic comments with this gem:

"the overly PC doctrinaire "gold star" lesbian who sees patriarchal conspiracies around every corner including in the most innocent comments made by anyone who is not "in" with their particular in crowd and the hipster slanguage they use"

but hey, i guess i'm just an overly PC patriarchal conspiracy theory loving d*ke!

Edited at 2012-03-23 04:04 am (UTC)
paulnolan 23rd-Mar-2012 10:07 am (UTC)
+1 srsly.
zombieroadtrip 23rd-Mar-2012 02:21 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm not comfortable with this user continuing to post either. They made no apologies for the offensive "monosexual" checklist, patronized another user rather than back up their sources, and the comment you quoted speaks for itself. They're clearly out to vilify the LG community with ignorant, homophobic opinions. It's gross.
chaya 23rd-Mar-2012 02:46 pm (UTC)
Tbh I've been keeping an eye on their submissions and comments since that whole mess.
redstar826 23rd-Mar-2012 08:20 pm (UTC)
thank you so much for saying this <3
oudeteron 24th-Mar-2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks for speaking up. Bothers me as well to see them posting.
paulnolan 23rd-Mar-2012 10:10 am (UTC)
Oh it's you again.
redstar826 23rd-Mar-2012 08:35 pm (UTC)
My pet peeve is the claim... that some people come out as bi because it sounds more palatable than being gay.

I realize that I'm probably just going to get a bullshit answer from you because that seems to be how you roll, but isn't it true that some people do that? Of course, that shouldn't be used to make generalizations about everyone, or to say that bisexuality isn't real. But, I know that I briefly tried to tell myself that I was bi because that sounded less scary before I was ready to acknowledge that I am gay as all get out. And when I came out to my mother, she tried convincing me that maybe I was "just bi" because that sounded less scary to her and she could still hold out hope that I might end up with a man.
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