Since 2009, his first year in office, the American President Barack Obama has officially declared June to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. He and his wife First Lady Michelle Obama have hosted an annual LGBT Reception at the White House, the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States, every year.
The bisexual community’s past attendees have been:
2009: Robyn Ochs
2010: Ellyn Ruthstrom, Faith Cheltenham, S. Billy Jones
2011: Lani Ka’ahumanu, Kuwaza Imara, Sheela Lambert, Paul Nocera, Adrienne Williams
This year, the annual White House Pride Reception will be Friday, June 15th at 4 PM. Eight American bisexual community leaders and activists will be going, and several U.S. national and regional bisexual organizations will be represented. From Dallas, Texas, Chiquita Violette, and from New York City Morgan Goode, both Members of the Board of BiNet USA; from the greater Los Angles area Denise Penn and Regina Reinhardt, both members of the Board of Directors of American Institute of Bisexuality (AIB); from the Twin Cities Lauren Beach, a Co-Chairperson of the Bisexual Organizing Project (BOP) Board of Directors; also from the greater NYC area Estraven from the New York Area Bisexual Network (NYABN); and from San Francisco Emily Drennen and Lindasusan Ulrich, a married couple who are both longtime bisexual organizers. Ulrich is also the principal author of the 2011 San Francisco Human Rights Commission report “Bisexual Invisibility: Impacts and Recommendations.” Robyn Ochs from the Bisexual Resource Center (BRC) and the Boston Bisexual Women’s Network was the bisexual community’s liaison to the White House.