By Eliel Cruz
Originally published on Advocate.com June 26 2014 3:06 PM ET
There are few resources available in mainstream LGBT media intended specifically for bisexual people. Most resources are limited to those who are monosexual — those who are primarily attracted to only one gender. While many LGBT organizations include B in the acronym, few actually provide bi-specific resources.
A group of bisexuals based in Portland, Ore., is trying to change that with a self-produced series of videos and interactive blogs. Bi Brigade seeks to offer insight and advice from bisexual people, for bisexual people. The group launched its first video last month, and provided The Advocate with a sneak peek into the project.
“We intend to destroy monosexism through the creation of visible, valuable, and tangible bisexual community,” Cameron Kude, the creator of Bi Brigade, tells The Advocate.
The group meets once a month, online and in Brigade members' homes, to offer guidance to bisexuals in need, and to educate those wishing to learn more about fluid sexualities. Each month, the Brigade tackles a topic about the bi community, and records the conversation to share with the online community. Bi Brigade accepts submissions for topics, looking to offer thought-provoking content while simultaneously dispelling myths about the bisexual community. Kude believes this kind of community is vitally important.
“I started Bi Brigade because I had to share the healing experience of being immersed in the bi community," Kude tells The Advocate. "In a society that constantly makes you question the validity of your bisexuality, there’s nothing more affirming than surrounding yourself with other bisexuals. I think it’s important because bisexual-specific resources are so hard to come by. I think it’s important for the same reason that any community is important: Community is good for people. Bi community is good for bi people.”
His message rings true to many bisexuals looking for community, especially after encountering biphobia from both the straight and gay communities. With few bi-specific communities for support, bisexuals face some of the highest rates of suicide and mental health problems in the LGBT community. Bi Brigade hopes to help fill the void of bi-specific resources and information.
“I hope to inspire people to embrace their bi, non-monosexual identities," says Kude. "I hope that by demonstrating the possibility of bi community to the world, more people will decide to connect with other bisexuals in their own communities. I hope to achieve universal bisexual liberation.”
Bi Brigade's second installment, released exclusively with The Advocate, was in response to a 17-year-old who submitted a question about confusion. The teenager recently found herself sexually attracted to someone of the same sex, but is still attracted to men as well. See how the Brigade responded to her inquries here; and watch the Brigade's first installment in the video below.
Follow the Bi Brigade on its website and Facebook.