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HEY, BISEXUAL GROUPS still here!Washington City Paper’s coverage of bisexuality and its willingness to carry notices for bisexual groups. I was, therefore, dismayed to see some (probably unintentional) mistakes in your coverage of the bisexual movement (City Desk, 9/17).
The article described the recent demise of AMBi (the former “Alliance of Multicultural Bisexuals”) in such a way that readers are given the erroneous impression that AMBi’s collapse leaves bisexuals in the D.C. metropolitan area with nowhere to go except lesbian and gay groups. The article also partially attributed AMBi’s collapse to the “success” in getting gay and lesbian groups to accept bisexuals, and then mistakenly implied that this “bridge-building agenda” of funneling bisexuals into gay and lesbian groups is common to all bisexuals.
Nothing could be further from the truth. There are at least three other quite active (and activist!) bisexual groups in this area, with widely divergent memberships and organizing strategies. All of these groups have placed announcements over the last 12 months in the “Notices” section at the back of City Paper. There are other bisexual ideologies besides AMBi’s. AMBi adhered to two bisexual outlooks: bridge-building (known in our movement as “les-bi-gay,” i.e., put bis in gay groups) and pansexuality (explorations of group marriages, non-monogamy, S&M, and other nontraditional lifestyles). The group I lead, BCA, is feminist, quite stodgy and traditional in our socializing and lifestyles, and committed to building a separate bisexual subculture for bis, just as gays and lesbians have a culture of their own.
Bisexuals who are interested in building a bi culture can contact BCA, (202) 828-3065. Bisexuals who are les-bi gay or pansexual, who would have joined the late AMBi, are cordially welcome at either the Bi Network, (202) 828-3080, or at the Bi Organization of Virginia, (703) 359-8768.
Please, reports of our movement’s “death” in D.C. are premature.