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A Bi-Trans Activist visits Baton Rouge for Pride 2013: My trip to the land of Alligators, Jazz and Filé Gumbo
Hello all Allison here. I am a Bi-trans activist working with Unitarian Universalist groups and this year it was my great privilege to have been invited to speak at Pride 2013 in the wonderful city of Baton Rouge Louisiana.
I was especially thrilled to see the “South” action as Pride 2013 was kicked off and individuals were out in force expressing their pride as LGBT… Oops, wait- sorry LG-T. I say that because of the reactions I received by individuals who expressed that there was no bisexuality. I was stunned … I was flabbergasted. Given I was a guest; I thought it best to relax and tackle this little biphobia from the writing desk.
What was quite interesting was that others were standing up saying “LGBT” over and over as if they actually believed it existed, then erased and dismissed the entire concept. Sexual Orientation bias and privilege isn’t just in the straight folks. It’s within our own lesbian and gay ranks as many attempt to discredit, ignore, erase or simply dismiss our bisexual orientation as false or irrelevant. It’s breathtaking at times to think that individuals who are themselves a minority want to push us deep in a closet and state that all the knocking that is occurring is just some disgruntled confused persons.
Somewhere, somehow, many lesbians and gays needs to get the message- oppression and sexual orientation privilege exertion isn’t just about the straights – it’s about YOU. The overarching messaging that is continually flowing from Gay Inc and especially many in the LG needs to come to a screeching halt. You discredit yourselves and create great harm to others when you act like buffoons ignoring thousands of years of history. May we all learn that we don’t have the knowledge, the wisdom or the right to diss someone’s sexual orientation due to false prejudices and judgments.
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Allison Woolbert grew up in Silver Bell, Arizona, a remote copper mining community (now a ghost town), where she never quite fit in. She attended Abilene Christian University, where she didn’t fit in either; ended up in the US Air Force, where she definitely did not fit in; and in 2008 was introduced to the Unitarian Universalists (UU), where she finally started to feel like she fit in. She has been the CEO of Phoenix Consultants Group, a national software development firm, for the past 16 years.