“Bisexuality in the Media” panel discussion kicks off Bisexual Awareness Week

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A Bisexual Panel discussion will be held at One Archive and will be filmed for archival purposes for GLAAD and a documentary. The discussion will focus on good and bad media portrayals and experiences that people have had with various media.

The discussion panel is hosted by the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association – Los Angeles (NLGJA-LA), and co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Bi Task Force, BiNet USA & the ONE Archives Foundation.

Advocate.com managing editor Michelle Garcia will moderate the discussion and ask what it means to be bisexual; positive and problematic media coverage of the bisexual community; health disparities and other issues that affect bisexual people; and upcoming opportunities to cover the bisexual community. Garcia will also moderate an audience question and answer period so that guests can ask panelists their questions about bisexuality and covering the bisexual community.

Panelists will include:

  • Curt Duffy
    Duffy teaches English at Pierce College and provides online pedagogy expertise to the Inspiration to Publication program at Antioch University in Los Angeles. His short fiction has been published in The Journal of Experimental Fiction, Storyglossia and elsewhere. Duffy has conducted creative writing workshops on ground, online and even on a “Star Trek”–themed cruise. Duffy lives near Joshua Tree, Calif., where he is a community activist working toward social, economic and environmental justice. He serves on the steering committee of the Los Angeles Bi Task Force.
  • Heron Greenesmith
    Greenesmith leads the Movement Advancement Project’s (MAP) LGBT movement research analyses and conducts research in support of MAP’s public policy work. Before joining MAP, Greenesmith was legislative counsel at the Family Equality Council, where she focused on federal regulatory reforms for LGBT parents and their children. She writes about bisexuality, health, employment discrimination and LGBT families. Greenesmith is a board member of the National LGBT Bar Association, a former fellow with the Rockwood Leadership Institute, and a returned Peace Corps Volunteer.
  • Denise Penn
    Denise Penn, editor of BiMagazine (BiMagazine.org), is a Southern California-based journalist who has covered issues for the LGBT and HIV-affected community for nearly two decades. She was an investigative news reporter for the Blade Newsmagazine from its inception and has contributed to In Los Angeles Magazine, EDGE, Sex Vibe and many others. She was the news editor for the Lesbian News for a decade. She also produced and hosted an award-winning LGBT community television program in Long Beach for a dozen years. She is a past president of BiNet USA and is currently a board member of the American Institute of Bisexuality (AIB).
  • Mike Szymanski
    (Yes, this is the writer for the National Bisexuality Examiner) who came out as bisexual in a cover story of Genre magazine, which resulted in more than 50 television appearances, including Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue Show and 20/20. Szymanski won the Lambda Literary Award in 2007 for co-authoring an informative humor book “The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways.” He has written about bisexual issues since 1998.
  • Karen Yin
    Yin blogs about language style on AP vs. Chicago (APvsChicago.com), a guide for anyone who “gives a dollar sign, ampersand, exclamation point, and pound sign about style.” She is the style columnist for Copyediting newsletter, the executive editor of three national publications (Origin Magazine, Mantra Yoga + Health, and Thrive Magazine), a reporter for Discover Hollywood, and an award-winning writer at work on a collection of short stories exploring the language and experience of identity.

This is meant for media junkies of all persuasions. It could be helpful for broadcasters, journalists, public relations professionals and others who advocate for fair, inclusive media coverage of LGBT issues are invited to join NLGJA-LA for the panel.

Admission is free, but there will be a $5 suggested donation.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the panel starts at 7 p.m. at the ONE National Archives at 909 W. Adams at the University of Southern California.

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