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Los Angeles Bi Task Force
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1125 N. McCadden Place
Los Angeles, CA 90038
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The Los Angeles Bi Task Force (LABTF) is a non-profit organization that promotes education, advocacy, and cultural enrichment for the bisexual/fluid/pansexual communities in the Los Angeles area, and aims to develop a future bi resource center.
Mar 042014
 

Bisexual Health Awareness Month 2014 Calendar thumbnailOn the heels of the Bisexual Roundtable at the White House in 2013 and the Bisexual Resource Center recently proclaiming March “Bisexual Health Awareness Month,” the Los Angeles Bisexual Task Force (LABTF) releases its “March 2014 – 31 Days of Bi Wellness Calendar!” The bisexual community, which includes pansexual, fluid, queer, and other non-monosexual self-identified people, is truly an underrepresented and underserved population, as it continues to face social stigma, discrimination, and erasure, despite recent statistics showing that the bisexual community makes up the largest subgroup within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population.

LABTF, founded in 2008 and a non-profit since 2010, has created this one-of-a-kind calendar to serve both as a personal and public tool to shed light on the many health disparities affecting the bisexual community, including higher rates of hypertension, risky drinking, depression, anxiety, intimate partner violence, and suicidality. This handy calendar also serves to promote the many existing local and national bisexual organizations and resources available to community members and allies, and to advocate for increased research and programs specifically addressing the bisexual community. Feel free to print, post, and distribute this calendar to friends and colleagues!

Bisexual Health Awareness Month 2014 Calendar - Click here to download!

 Posted by at 3:06 pm
May 302012
 

Our new Steering Committee member, Ofelia del Corazon, is creating a chapbook titled Professional Bisexual! It will be ready by Pride (June 9-10) and hopefully available at our festival table.

See her blog post about an LA event this Friday at which she’s reading from the book: http://mommyfiercest.com/2012/05/25/the-professional-bisexual-dana-johnson-michelle-joyner-at-stories-books-and-cafe-june-8th-7pm/

May 132012
 

Los Angeles Bi Task Force is excited to announce two new appointments to our Steering Committee: Cadyn Cathers and Ofelia del Corazon. Both are highly accomplished for being so young. Cadyn is program coordinator at Antioch University, holds several other part-time positions, and is completing requirements for an MFT license (marriage and family therapy). He was instrumental in the successful TranSolidarity, a recent event in LA.

Ofelia describes herself as a “macho femme who likes to tell stories and organize events”. She co-founded the TG Film Fest: The Los Angeles Transgender Film Festival, a project of the Trans/Giving art collective. Ofelia is a community organizer and sex educator with tons of networking contacts around the U.S.

See the Steering Committee page for more information about these awesome additions to our leadership team.

May 112012
 

The Los Angeles Bi Task Force commends President Obama’s declaration of support for marriage equality. The first U.S. President to openly endorse same-sex marriage, he described his views on an ABC interview Wednesday night.

“I have to tell you that over the course of several years, as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors, when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships – same-sex relationships – who are raising kids together; when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married,” said the President.

We especially applaud President Obama for taking a stand for same-sex couples even though he is not a part of one, which underscores the foundation of equality for all, despite majority rule.  While there is still much work to be done in achieving full sexual and gender equality, we thank President Obama for taking a stand on equal rights for people who want to marry the person they love regardless of gender.

Aug 092010
 
Session Title: Current Research on Bisexuality—Identity, Attractions, Attitudes, Relationships, and Well-Being
Session ID: 1240
Session Type: Symposium
Division(s): 44, 9, 17, 35, 42, 56
Building: San Diego Convention Center
Room Description: Room 31C
Room Location: Upper Level
Day/Time: Thu/1:00PM – 2:50PM
CE Credit: 2 hours. (There are no additional fees to attend CE sessions; however, there is a processing fee to claim CE credits. Member–$30, Nonmember–$40. Instructions for claiming CE credit for selected sessions are available on page 36.)
Name Role Presentation Title Poster Number
Sari H. Dworkin PhD
Chair


Melanie E. Brewster MS
Participant/1stAuthor
Bisexual Identity in Emerging, Early, and Middle Adulthood

Bonnie Moradi PhD
Co-Author


Ronald J. Paul BS
Participant/1stAuthor
Development and Validation of a Measure of Internalized Biphobia

Nathan G. Smith PhD
Co-Author


Arnold H. Grossman PhD
Participant/1stAuthor
LGB Youth Services: Changes in Protective and Risk Factors

Marty A. Cooper MA
Co-Author


John A. Frank BS
Co-Author


Leon Silvers MA
Co-Author


Patrice S. Boyce MA
Co-Author


Jordan Rullo MA
Participant/1stAuthor
Viewing Time and Sexual Interest and Arousal in Bisexual Men

Donald S. Strassberg PhD
Co-Author


Mimi Hoang PhD
Participant/1stAuthor
Bisexual Women in Relationships: Bi-Identity, Internalized Monosexism, and Infidelity

Sari H. Dworkin PhD
Discussant


May 312010
 

Bi / Fluid Pride is in 2 weeks and we are up to 26 marchers!! Please join us (and bring a friend) so we can have an even bigger contingent! And if you can’t march, at least cheer us on from the sidelines and then come to the After-Party! Please note that the After-Party is at 909 Palm Ave, not 808 Palm Ave.

We also need a photographer and videographer for the parade.

LABTF has one more planning meeting (June 2nd) before the Parade – come if you want to be involved!

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 Posted by at 11:03 pm
Apr 122010
 

A Conversation with Mimi Hoang

Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Time: 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Location: Sierra Hall Room 451 (Whitsett Room) at Cal State Northridge

Description

Please join us for a conversation about bisexual activism, politics, and communities in the Los Angeles area, with our special guest Dr. Mimi Hoang.

Mimi Hoang, Ph.D., is an out bi psychologist, researcher, educator, community organizer, and activist. She is currently the Chair of the Los Angeles Bi Task Force, which focuses on educational, cultural, and advocacy programs for the bi/fluid/pansexual community. Dr. Hoang also co-organized the Bi/Fluid Pride contingents at LA Pride in 2008 and 2009 and was the Bi Advisory Board Chair for ‘Ohana House/Asian Pacific Islanders for Human Rights, and co-founded and chaired 2 bi social organizations — AMBI (A Meeting of Bi Individuals) and Fluid UCLA. She completed a dissertation study on bi identity and has conducted numerous lectures and workshops on bisexuality at conferences, universities, and community agencies. Dr. Hoang currently works as a Clinical Psychologist at Cal State LA and is passionate about the mental health needs of multicultural and underprivileged communities.

Are you interested in learning more before the conversation? Check out the Los Angeles Bi Task Force’s website at http://www.labtf.org/, watch the documentary “Bi The Way,” or read Bisexuality: The Psychology and Politics of an Invisible Minority, by Beth Firestein, Ph.D., or The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips, and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways, By Nicole Kristal and Mike Szymanski. But please don’t feel you need to “do homework” to come and participate!

Please invite all of your friends who might be interested! This event is free and open to the public. Visitor parking on the Cal State Northridge campus costs $6.00.

Here is a link to a campus map:
http://www.csun.edu/maps/Campus_Map.pdf

PRESENTED BY THE CENTER FOR SEX AND GENDER RESEARCH AT CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY NORTHRIDGE.
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/event.php?eid=104814876218002&index=1

 Posted by at 10:38 pm
Dec 112009
 

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of a dear friend and Bi/LGBT community member, Thomas/Theo Provost. He was a member of the LA Bi Center planning and AMBI steering committees. He was also a LABL moderator, a past facilitator of the Long Beach Bi Chat Group, and a charter member of Speak Out! Toastmasters. We will take some time to honor his memory and celebrate his contributions at the upcoming Bi Holiday Party this Saturday, December 12th, as well as at the next AMBI social on Saturday, January 2nd, 2010.

For more information about these two events, please visit the following websites:


www.meetup.com/ambila/
www.meetup.com/ambila/calendar/11969788/
www.meetup.com/ambila/calendar/11464579/

Our condolences to all who knew Thomas;  he touched so many of our lives.
 Posted by at 11:42 am