Bi+ media representation panelists announced for GLAAD's #BiWeek event

In honor of the 3rd annual #BiWeek (Bisexual Awareness Week), co-founded by GLAAD, GLAAD is hosting a panel discussion on bisexual+ (bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer-identified, and unlabeled) representation in today’s ever-changing media landscape.

GLAAD's "Bi+ Representation in The Media: A #BiWeek Panel Discussion" will be moderated by Mathew Rodriguez (Mic), and will include bi+ media experts Alex Berg, (Producer, HuffPost Video), Eliel Cruz (Executive Director, Faith in America; YouTuber; journalist), Bryan Ellicott (trans* & bi advocate; brought lawsuit against NYC for anti-trans discrimination; BiNet USA board member), Ashley C. Ford (Matter Studios, Authorized, BuzzFeed, ELLE), and Denarii Monroe (Black Girl Dangerous, Everyday Feminism, Ravishly).

Come check out these renowned panelists and hear how their intersecting identities inform their work in media, media’s role in fostering bi+ acceptance and visibility, and more. This event is free and open to the public, and is happening on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm at GLAAD's office. You can RSVP and find the address here.

Several of the panelists took to Twitter to share their excitement about #BiWeek:

Mathew Rodriguez is a queer, Latino, New York city-based award-winning journalist, essayist and activist. He is currently a staff writer for Mic and the former community editor for TheBody.com.

Alex Berg is a bisexual and queer video producer and on-air talent at The Huffington Post. She hosts segments about LGBTQ and social justice issues, and produces videos on national news, feminism, and race. Eliel Cruz is the Executive Director of Faith In America, an organization dedicated to ending religious-based bigotry towards LGBT people.

Bryan J. Ellicott is a trans and bi advocate who, in recent years, brought a lawsuit against the city of New York for anti-transgender discrimination. He is an executive board member of both SIDA (Staten Island Democratic Association) and SDNYC (Stonewall Democrats of New York City), and a board member of BiNet USA.

Ashley C. Ford is a writer, editor, and public speaker. Currently, she is also writing a memoir, and co-editing the anthology Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture with Roxane Gay. Ford has written or guest-edited for The Guardian, ELLE, BuzzFeed,Slate, I-D, Lenny Letter, Matter, Design*Sponge, and various other web and print publications.

Denarii Monroe's writing has been featured in Everyday Feminism, Black Girl Dangerous, Ravishly, Wear Your Voice Mag, and others. Most of her decade-long advocacy work has been rooted in student activism, with a focus on intersectional LGBTQIA+ issues.

#BiWeek was created 3 years ago by GLAAD, BiNet USA, and others to accelerate acceptance of the bi+ community. #BiWeek draws attention to the public policy concerns, while also celebrating the resiliency of, the bisexual community. Many within the bi community often face underreported or unreported issues and challenges; from health disparities to physical violence, anxiety, depression, poverty, and more, and at a higher rate than their gay, lesbian, and straight peers. BiWeek aims to increase visibility, education, and awareness of the bi community's needs, as well as its many achievements, collectively and individually.Throughout #BiWeek, allies and bi+ people learn about the history, culture, community and current policy priorities of bi+ communities.

Check out glaad.org/biweek for more on how to celebrate bisexuality+.