#Bisexual

Check Out The Cast From The Upcoming Bisexual Dating Series "The Bi Life"

The cast of a new bisexual reality show has been revealed.

We shared with you in August that drag queen and Big Brother winner Courtney Act would be hosting a new reality show about the lives and relationships of bisexual, pansexual, and sexually fluid people.

This 10-part series, titled The Bi Life, has apparently gotten some great scenes while filming and Courtney Act says it’s a real treat.

“There’s been lots of sparks and some tears. When someone goes on a date, the rest of the cast sometimes have the opportunity to watch them on the date. It’s kind of like watching a sports match – [you have] your team and the opposition but you want it to end well,” said Courtney.


But who are the members in the cast? Knowing our audience, here are the names and portraits of the men from the series.

Ryan Cleary

Matt Brindley

Michael Gunning

Kyle McGovern

The Bi Life premieres on British and Irish tv screens on October 25 on E!.

HIV Diagnoses Rose Faster Among Young Gay, Bisexual Men, New Study Says

Do you think the youth of America are getting tested? Are teens and twenty somethings taking the responsibility and testing for HIV?

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that HIV diagnoses are rising faster for young men who have sex with men (MSM) than for their older MSM peers. However, the extent to which the rates are being driven by increased testing or by an increase in transmission is unclear.

The CDC reported that between 2008-2016, the annual number of new HIV diagnoses among young MSM (those aged 13-29) increased by 3 percent per year, while decreasing 4 percent per year among MSM aged 30-49, and remaining virtually unchanged for MSM over the age of 50. Overall, the number of new infections among the youngest cohort of MSM was four times higher than among the 50-plus age group, MD Magazine reports. - mdmagazine.com

So are younger men getting tested more and therefore being diagnosed more?  Are the "older" men not getting tested as much?

Andrew Mitsch, MPH, an epidemiologist with the CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, said the age-cohort disparities themselves were not a surprise, but he and his colleagues were struck by the size of the gaps. However, Mitsch told MD Magazine® the increase in diagnoses among young MSM might not be due to risky behavior.

“The increase in annual HIV diagnoses among younger gay and bisexual males might reflect increased HIV testing, in addition to ongoing transmission,” he said. “Our report suggests that the public health community and partners are reaching more members of this vulnerable group with HIV testing. It’s important to note, however, that some younger gay and bisexual males—like American Indian and Asian—are presenting at diagnosis with advanced immunosuppression.” - mdmagazine.com

But here in Wilton Manors, it seems every Friday and Saturday night there is at least one mobile testing center parked near one of the 14 gay bars on Wilton Drive. In my head, I'm thinking ... I hope the young men of our community are using this service.  Maybe I should just be thinking every gay man should be taking advantage of this service.  

Of course, when ever we mention HIV these days, the PrEP debate/usage comes up as well.

One issue hanging over the discussion is utilization rates of PrEP, the pre-exposure prophylactic. Overall usage remains very low and varies widely by region. A letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine earlier this month highlighted some of those disparities.

“[T]hough the CDC estimates that more than 1.1 million people in the United States would benefit from PrEP, it has been prescribed to less than 150,000 people since it went on the market,” wrote Robert H. Goldstein, MD, PhD, of Massachusetts General Hospital, and colleagues. “Of these prescriptions, nearly 75% went to white gay or bisexual men, predominantly those living in the Northeast or on the West Coast.”

Mitsch agreed that access to PrEP remains an issue, but he said awareness is also a challenge.
“There is still work to do to increase knowledge of PrEP among both health care providers and a broader population of people who would benefit from its use,” he said. - mdmagazine.com

The best thing for all of this is communication.  Communication with your doctors, with your partners, and even with your friends.  Even a heated debate is one where HIV/AIDS is being discussed. It's a topic, a worry, a concern that will be with us for many years to come. 

When was the last time you were tested?  I get tested twice every year, once in April (my birth month) and once at Thanksgiving. It's just easy for me to remember and it's now habit since 1998, when I became sexually active. And to be honest, there are years where I have more tests than sexual partners. 

Do you have a personal schedule for getting tested? Or do you wait until you think you might have "a scare" and then get tested?


h/t: mdmagazine.com

Study Focusing On Bisexual People Shows Hidden Issues With Health, Poverty, And Discrimination

A new report by the Center for American Progress (otherwise known as CAP) revealed that bisexual people face poverty, mental health issues, and identity issues at higher degrees than their lesbian and gay peers.

The study was conducted with the belief that there isn’t enough data out there concerning just bisexual people. Instead, bisexual people are often tied together with their gay and lesbian peers. Yet, the bisexual experience is unique and different from these two groups.

As such, CAP conducted a survey in which it asked questions of 1,864 LGBTQ adults (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender, queer, asexual) and 1,007 heterosexual and cisgender/nontransgender adults.

Once the data was collected, the results were specifically separated by groups defined by sexuality. This is how CAP was able to compare the results concerning bisexual people to their heterosexual and homosexual peers.

As for the results, they found that bisexual+ people, as pansexual and queer people who have experienced attraction to more than one sex were merged with bisexual respondents, reported several unfortunate circumstances.

First, Bi+ men were four times as likely to report living in poverty compared to straight men. The numbers surmounted to 24% Bi+ men reporting a life in poverty, 12% gay men, and 6% straight men. Meanwhile, Bi+ women were at 21%, 13% of lesbians reported the same, and 14% of straight women also reported as such.

In addition, Bi+ women were less likely to report that they were currently working. 53% of bi women said so while 76% of lesbian said they were employed, and 65% of straight women said the same. For the men, the numbers were a little closer with Bi+ men at 65%, Gay men at 70%, and Straight men at 78%.

In addition, Bi+ women were more likely to use public benefits like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medicaid than their straight and lesbian peers. 27% and 21% of Bi+ women said they were using SNAP and Medicaid respectively while only 10% of Lesbians said they were using either program. Also, 10% and 16% of Straight women said they were using SNAP and Medicaid.

Sadly, the news doesn’t end there as Bi+ men reported worse mental health outcomes than straight men and bi+ women reported experiencing poorer physical and mental health outcomes than straight women and lesbians combined.

Lastly, the study shared the fact that bisexual erasure plays a part in the poor experiences of bisexual people too. While bisexual people with a partner of a different gender may not experience discrimination in the way that their gay or lesbian peers do, they experience bisexual erasure through feelings of shame or isolation.

It is important to note that the data found in this survey is not statistically significant because of the sample size. That said, they give an idea into a community that is often erased or combined with other groups.

What’s really important about this survey is the fact that it teaches us to separate bisexual people from the rest of the LGBTQ community when it comes time to research. Their responses and experiences are unique enough to warrant individual attention.

A Bachelor Vietnam Contestant Confessed To Falling For Her Fellow Competitor

Fans of the Bachelor and reality television will get a kick out of this one.

There are many different forms and variations of reality tv shows out there. The Bachelor is no different and has several iterations across the globe, but its The Bachelor Vietnam that’s currently got online commenters buzzing.

The tv series is currently airing and had a shocking scene at the last rose ceremony.

Female contestant Minh Thu was disappointed to see that she had not been given a rose (and thus was eliminated from the dating competition). That said, she then shared that she wasn’t too upset, because she had already found love somewhere else.

 “I went into this competition to find love, and I’ve found that love for myself,” she told Bachelor Nguyen Quoc Trung, according to Next Shark. “But it isn’t you. It’s someone else.”

Minh Thu then approached fellow contestant Truc Nhu and asked her to walk of the show together.

Truc Nhu, looking conflicted, decided to follow Minh Thu, but only after momentarily speaking to Nguyen.

“I’m sorry, I really wanted to get to know you.”

Quoc Trung then tried to convince Truc Nhu to stay, but she left the room.

While all of that is amazing and the type of reality tv we could get into, the story doesn’t end there.

Later on in the episode, good ol’ Quoc Trung met up with Truc Nhu to convince her to stay. Truc Nhu then decided to listen to him and re-accepted his rose.

Let's be honest. This scene looks like it was faked and scripted for controversy and attention, at least to this writer.

That said, we can't rule out the possibility of this being a sincere moment of bisexual love and drama.

Fake or not, one thing is for sure. This certainly made exciting tv.

h/t: Next Shark

West Hollywood to Celebrate Nation’s First Bisexual Pride

The city of West Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA is pushing for a more progressive and inclusive future with its first annual Bi Pride. It is the first event of its kind in all of the US and will take place on the eve of Bi Visibility Day on September 22nd.

Bi Visibility Day first began in 1999 at the International Gay and Lesbian Association (ILGA) World Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. Since then, it has been a day recognized worldwide to remind people that bisexuality is a valid sexual orientation. It is annually designated for September 23rd.

The City of West Hollywood, amBi LA, and HRC LA are working together to organizing the first Bi Pride. The president of amBi, Ian Lawrence-Tourinho, said:

“While a small number of cities have issues proclamations recognizing Bi Visibility Day, this is a historic celebration hosted by any U.S. city.”

The event is set to kick off with a rally in front of the WeHo Park Auditorium. From there it will continue with a Bi Visibility Walk through the heart of West Hollywood, and then end with a party in the park. So far, guests include L.A Department of Cultural Affairs Artist in Residence Kai Hazelwood and Torrey Mercer.

Admission to the event is free with free parking available on a first-come-first-serve basis at the library parking structure.

In the meantime, Twitter has been consistent in reminding us of bisexuality and its relevance with tweets like the ones seen below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

h/t: LGBTQNation, amBi

Drag Star Courtney Act To Host A British Reality Show About Bisexual Dating

Courtney Act is set to host a British dating show about LGBTQ people.

The famed drag star and Big Brother UK winner has been announced to be hosting a 10-part series titled The Bi Life.

The series will follow a group of bisexual, pansexual, and sexually fluid singles as they live in Barcelona, Spain.

The show is being mirrored like the popular dating show Love Island, according to QNews, as the series will watch the cast bonding, partying, and flirting their days away.

As for Courtney Act, she shared nothing but excitement for the series.

“As if this summer hasn’t been hot enough, we decided to crank it up another notch with The Bi Life on E!,” she said.

“It’s high time there was a dating show for the large number of young people today, like me, who are attracted to more than one gender. In 2018, we know that sexuality is fluid and sharing the stories and experiences, the laughter and the love making, of young bi people is so important.

“So get ready to see the true stories of bisexual singles, who are the largest part of the LGBTQ+ community, but the least known.”

The series will premiere on the E! channel in October in the UK and Ireland.

h/t: QNews

Rapper Taylor Bennett Talks LGBT Representation In the Hip Hop Industry

Last month, I shared with you two stories about toxic masculinity and LGBTQ acceptance in the rap/hiphop industry.

First, I shared the fact that rapper Wiz Khalifa thought any man who bites out of a banana is “sus,” which is basically a cry for a reality check.

Realizing the wrong message about the hip hop/rap industry might have come across, I then wrote up a list of 10 big name rappers/hiphop artists who are LGBTQ themselves or accepting of us. One of those rappers was Taylor Bennett.

Now, I’m happy to share with you that Bennett is being just as inclusive and representative as we hope all LGBTQ creatives would be.

While being interviewed on radio talk show The Breakfast Club (which is ironically the same talk show where Khalifa said his unfortunate statement), Bennett shared that the hip hop industry is more welcoming than people think. He aso said that its his wish to represent LGBTQ Black people who live in hostile environments where its dangerous to come out.

"Hip Hop is gay as f*ck,” the artist stated, “but also know that there's a lot of Black people that never had the opportunity like me to come out. That's what I want to do is I want those motherf*ckers to feel comfortable."

Bennett also shared a few words for homophobic parents and people who make Black teens feel the need to remain in the closet.

"I want your kids to feel comfortable. N*gga, you can hate on me but Imma put this out and make sure that when your kid is in school that he gets to be whoever the f*ck he wanna be."

For those who don’t know who Taylor Bennett is, he first got attention for being the younger brother of Grammy winning artist Chance the Rapper. Bennett then came out with his own music.

On top of that, Bennett came out as bisexual last year to honor his 21st birthday. In a tweet, Bennett share with the world that he’s grown to accept his sexuality enough to be open about it.

Bennett’s older brother Chance, real name Chancelor, then shared that he didn’t know about his brother’s sexuality beforehand but he’s honored to know now.

“We honestly didn’t talk about it until after he put it out on Twitter… so I think it’s cool he could tell everyone via the Internet and kind of blunt the impact,” said Chance to Inquirer.net, “I think what he did was stronger than most people.”

He added, “I kinda just stepped back and… admired him.”

We need more rappers like Taylor Bennett.

And again, you can check out this list of nine other rappers like him.

Tessa Thompson Opens Up About Her Sexuality And Her Relationship With Janelle Monáe

Tessa Thompson says she's dated men and women before.

While talking to PORTEREdit, Thompson says she’s not only with dating men or women, but that she thanks her family for that fact.

"I’m attracted to men and also to women. If I bring a woman home, [or] a man, we don’t even have to have the discussion.”

Specifically, the actor shared that her open and accepting family is part of the reason for that.

"I can take things for granted because of my family – it’s so free and you can be anything that you want to be,’ she said

In addition, Thompson spoke on her close relationship with singer Janelle Monáe. Thompson starred as several of Monáe’s music videos including Make Me Feel, Pynk, and all throughout Monáe’s visual album Dirty Computer.

Thompson says she understands where people are coming from with their curiosity around the subject but that the two also want to keep some of their relationship private.

“We love each other deeply,’ she added. ‘We’re so close, we vibrate on the same frequency.”

“That was something I was conscientious of in terms of this declaration around Janelle and myself,” Thompson said.

“But so many people don’t. So, do I have a responsibility to talk about that? Do I have a responsibility to say in a public space that this is my person?”

“It’s tricky, because Janelle and I are just really private people and we’re both trying to navigate how you reconcile wanting to have that privacy and space, and also wanting to use your platform and influence,” she said.

Its also important to add that Thompson plays the bisexual superhero Valkryie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Although her character is currently M.I.A. after the Avengers: Infinity War, recent comments from Marvel President of Production Kevin Feige have us thinking her character will be back for more in upcoming films.

Did Jason Mraz Just Come Out?

For Pride Month, Billboard asked several artists and other figures in pop culture to write “love letters” to the LGBTQ+ community.

Here’s one by “I’m Yours” singer-songwriter Jason Mraz:

   


                        

Dear You,

Thank You.

You have inspired me.
Re-wired me.
You showed me what strength is.
You demonstrated courage over and over again.
You risked so much for love.
You never compromised your expression
Even when
Your rights and freedoms were being compromised.
You stood up for me.
You stood up for the world.
And now the world is better because of you.
We still have a long way to go
But know
I am bi your side.
All ways.

Jason Mraz


It’s a lovely, touching poem… and those last lines have some of us wondering—did Jason Mraz just come out? Is Jason Mraz bi?

In 2005, the musician told now-defunct Genre:

"I have a bisexually open mind, but I have never been in a sexual relationship with a man. If the right one came along, then sure." 

Now 40, Mraz married a woman, Christina Carano, in 2015. He was previously engaged [to a woman] in 2010 for about six months before the two called it quits.

Mraz has won two Grammys and sold seven million albums. Last fall, he made his Broadway debut in the hit musical Waitress, starring in a 10-week run.

Billboardhttps://www.billboard.com/articles/news/pride/8460900/jason-mraz-gay-pride-love-letter-lgbt

h/t: https://www.eonline.com/au/news/944186/jason-mraz-pens-love-poem-to-lgbtq-community-i-am-bi-your-side

A Virginia Grandmother Goes Viral After Ironing Her Grandchild's Bisexual Pride Flag

A Virginia grandmother went viral after her granddaughter shared the image of a loving gesture.

This past weekend, a woman named Lexie tweeted out a picture of her grandmother ironing her bisexual pride flag before she headed out to Washington, D.C.’s Pride.

In the tweet, which now has 34,300 comments, 239,000 likes, and 33,000 retweets, she wrote:

“I got up this morning to get ready for #DCPride. My grandma walked into my room, looked at my bi flag, and said, ‘Oh, this needs to be pressed out!’ Such a simple gesture, but it holds so much love and meaning for me.”

After she noticed that the original tweet was going viral, she sent out a second tweet explaining that she once was afraid to come out to her grandmother. That makes this gesture all the more meaningful.

Then finally, she tweeted out a third time to share a selfie with her grandmother while saying, “here’s another picture of my grandma because I want the world to see how beautiful she is! Show her some love! Happy pride y’all.”

h/t: NewNowNext

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