Bisexual Resource Center

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The Bisexual Resource Center (BRC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, that has served the bisexual community since 1985. Originally known as The East Coast Bisexual Network, it incorporated in 1989 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit and changed its name to the Bisexual Resource Center in 1993.[1][2][3] In 1987 The East Coast Bisexual Network (as it was then known) established the first Bisexual History Archives with Robyn Ochs's initial collection; archivist Clare Morton hosted researchers.[1]

The BRC is the oldest nationally-focused bisexual organization in the U.S.[3] Its current president is Ellyn Ruthstrom.[4] It provides education about bisexual and progressive issues and support for bisexual people. The organization, the most active American bisexual advocacy and resource group,[2] also sponsors bi-positive programming, holds a support group, promotes visibility at Pride events and provides speakers about bisexuality. It has a "long-standing role as a clearinghouse for bisexual information, " and has a lending library with approximately 200 books about bisexuality and some movies.[5]

The BRC publishes the biannual Bisexual Resource Guide, a comprehensive listing of bisexual and bi-inclusive organizations,[5] bi-related books and films,[6] web sites, and academic articles.[7] The first edition was published in the mid-1980s.[8]

The BRC produces Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World, now in its second edition. The anthology is edited by Ochs and Sarah E. Rowley and has 220 entries from people from 42 countries. Topics include coming out, relationships, politics, community, and more. The book also addresses the intersection of bisexuality with race, class, ethnicity, gender identity, disability and national identity.

The BRC had its first float at the Boston LBGT Pride parade in 2010.[9] In 2014, the BRC declared March of that year as the first "Bisexual Health Awareness Month", with the theme "Bi the Way, Our Health Matters Too!"; it included the first social media campaign to address disparities in physical and mental health facing the bisexual community.[10]

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  1. ^ a b http://www.binetusa.org/bihealth.html
  2. ^ a b Sears, James Thomas (2005). Youth, Education, and Sexualities: A-J. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 92. 
  3. ^ a b Bisexual Resource Center. "BRC About us". Biresource.net. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  4. ^ "Vote For Pride Marshals". Bostonpride.org. Retrieved 2013-12-04. 
  5. ^ a b Ellis, Alan (2002). The Harvey Milk Institute guide to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer internet research. Psychology Press. pp. 57–58. 
  6. ^ Kimmel, Douglas C. (2003). Psychological perspectives on lesbian, gay, and bisexual experiences. Columbia University Press. p. 261. 
  7. ^ Ochs, Robyn (1999). "Resources for Bisexual Women". In Orndorff, Kata. Bi lives: bisexual women tell their stories. See Sharp Press. p. 248. 
  8. ^ Siker, Jeffrey S. (2007). Homosexuality and religion: an encyclopedia. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 72. 
  9. ^ http://www.biresource.net/#
  10. ^ http://www.glaad.org/blog/bi-way-our-health-matters-too-its-bisexual-health-awareness-month

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