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Sweet or Unsweet ? Gay or Straight? Do You Have to Decide?. Danny Glassmann Rebecca McQueen Spectrum Advisors Elon University Unity Conference – 4 April 2009. Workshop Overview. Welcome and Introductions Activity #1 – Stereotypes/Myths About the Bisexual Community

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sweet or unsweet gay or straight do you have to decide

Sweet or Unsweet?Gay or Straight?Do You Have to Decide?

Danny Glassmann

Rebecca McQueen

Spectrum Advisors

Elon University

Unity Conference – 4 April 2009

workshop overview
Workshop Overview
  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Activity #1 – Stereotypes/Myths About the Bisexual Community
  • Stereotypes/Myths in the Media
  • Exploring Stereotypes/Myths
  • Debunking the Myths
  • Activity #2 – BI-ngo!
  • How to be an Ally
  • Questions/Comments
welcome and introductions
Welcome and Introductions

Your Presenters…

Danny & Becca

activity 1 stereotypes myths
Activity #1 – Stereotypes/Myths
  • Divide into smaller groups.
  • Brainstorm and create a list of stereotypes and myths about the bisexual identity and community.
  • Introduce group members and share lists with the entire group.
  • Group with the most unique list wins a prize!
stereotypes myths in the media
Stereotypes/Myths in the Media
  • Tila Spoof: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGw8Op2UABw&feature=PlayList&p=EDA2F67A170BE850&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=21
  • The L Word: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHDO2UqYhXw
  • Nip/Tuck (Start at 4:07): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6upZukvLVU&feature=PlayList&p=0EF17B9BD41AB822&index=29
  • Homicide: Life on the Street: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emE3ytE_DIg&feature=PlayList&p=0EF17B9BD41AB822&index=3
  • Homicide Again: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QgCFe1Mn3Y&feature=PlayList&p=0EF17B9BD41AB822&index=26
  • Bi The Way Trailer:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmOYg3IP4eU&feature=PlayList&p=0EF17B9BD41AB822&index=9
exploring debunking the stereotypes myths
Exploring & Debunking the Stereotypes/Myths
  • Discussion Questions:
    • Other stereotypes/myths?
    • Where do these stereotypes/myths come from?
    • How are these stereotypes/myths formed?
    • How might these stereotypes/myths be incorrect?
bi ngo
  • Break into five smaller groups.
  • Each group creates team name/identity and chooses one person to represent the team.
  • Team with the most points wins!
  • In the case of a tie, a final question will be asked and team closest to the answer wins!

What does bisexual mean?

sexual behavior with or physical attraction to people of both genders (male and female)


A 2002 survey in the United States by the National Center for Health Statistics found that what percentage of men ages 18–44 considered themselves bisexual?



A 2002 survey in the United States by the National Center for Health Statistics found that what percentage of women ages 18–44 considered themselves bisexual?



Dr. Alfred Kinsey's 1948 work Sexual Behavior in the Human Male found that what percentage of the male population had engaged in both heterosexual and homosexual activities, or 'reacted to' persons of both sexes, in the course of their adult lives?



Who theorized that every person has the ability to become bisexual at some time in his or her life?

Sigmund Freud


According to Money (1988), men with what are more likely to be bisexual, paraphilic and impulsive?

An extra Y chromosone


What is the tendency to ignore, remove, falsify, or reexplain evidence of bisexuality in the historical record, academic materials, the news media, and other primary sources.?

Bisexual erasure


Many non-human animal species exhibit bisexual behavior. Name 1!

Bonobo, orca, bottlenose dolphin, and Humboldt Penguins.


Name at least two movies that depict bisexuality?

The Pillow Book (film); Alexander (film); The Rocky Horror Picture Show; Henry and June; Chasing Amy; Kissing Jessica Stein, The Fourth Man, Basic Instinct and Brokeback Mountain.


On what show was this statement made: “A bisexual is a person who reaches down the front of somebody's pants and is satisfied with whatever they find.”

Saturday Night Live

Dana Carveyas The Church Lady


True or False:

Bisexuals are attracted to both sexes equally?



Who created a scale, graduated between heterosexuality and homosexuality, to rate individuals on actual experiences and psychological reactions?

Dr. Alfred Kinsey


What is biphobia?

Biphobia is a term used to describe fear of and aversion toward bisexuality and bisexuals as a social group or as individuals.


True or False?

Everyone is bisexual!


Kinsey found that only a very small minority of adults identify themselves as bisexual on his 7 level rating scale.


Name this:

Bisexual Pride Flag


The organization encourages, supports and assists research and education about bisexuality, through programs likely to make a material difference and enhance public knowledge, awareness and understanding about bisexuality.

The American Institute of Bisexuality


He was a pioneering bisexual rights activist, who was an important figure in the modern LGBT rights movement, and founded the first bisexual support group called the Bisexual Forum?

Fred (Fritz) Klein


What do these acronyms mean:




Members of the Same Sex


Members of the Opposite Sex

how to be an ally
How to be an Ally

An Ally's Promise

By Anthony D'Angelo

I Believe

I believe success is the freedom to be yourself.

I believe nobody is wrong; they are only different.

I believe your circumstances don't define you, rather they reveal you.

I believe without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community.

I believe our minds are like parachutes; they only work if they are open.

I believe we only live once, but if we live it right, one time is all well need.

I believe we must first get along with ourselves before we can get along with others.

I Will

I will seek to understand you.

I will label bottles not people.

I will grow antennas not horns.

I will see the diversity of our commonality.

I will see the commonality of our diversity.

I will get to know who you are rather than what you are.

I will transcend political correctness and strive for human righteousness.

I Challenge You

I challenge you to honor who you are.

I challenge you to enjoy your life rather than endure it.

I challenge you to create the status quo rather than merely accept it.

I challenge you to live in your imagination more than your memory.

I challenge you to live your life as a revolution and not just a process of evolution.

I challenge you to ignore other peoples ignorance so that you may discover your own wisdom.

I Promise You

I promise to do my part.

I promise to stand beside you.

I promise to interrupt the world when its thinking becomes ignorant.

I promise to believe in you, even when you have lost faith in yourself.

I Am Here For You.

how to be an ally1
How to be an Ally

How to Be An Ally to A Bisexual Person

  • Believe that I exist.
  • When I tell you I'm bisexual, please don't try to talk me into redefining my identity into something more comfortable for you.
  • Celebrate bisexual culture along with me.
  • Please don't try to convince me that people who lived bisexual lives in the past would have been gay if they had lived today.
  • Validate my frustration with the gay and lesbian community when they ignore or exclude bisexuals.
  • Ask me, if appropriate, about my other-sex relationships and my same-sex relationships.
  • If there is some sort of bisexual scandal in the news, don't use it as an opportunity to make derisive remarks about bisexuals generally.
  • When I'm not around, or any other bisexual, speak up when bisexual people are being defamed or excluded.

Adapted From “How To Be an Ally To a Bisexual Person “ on The Bilerico Project.  Guest blogger Ellyn Ruthstrom is the President of the Bisexual Resource Center and the Calendar Editor of Bi Women Boston.

bisexual community resources
Bisexual Community Resources
  • Web Resources:
    • Bisexual Resource Center - http://www.biresource.net/
    • American Institute of Bisexuality - http://www.bisexual.org/
  • Publications:
    • Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out by Loraine Hutchins and Lani Kaahumanu, Eds.
    • Bisexual Politics: Theories, Queries, & Visions by Naomi Tucker, Ed.
    • Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World by Robyn Ochs and Sarah Rowley. Eds.
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Enjoy your tea.

Whether sweet, unsweet, or otherwise!


Danny & Becca