I also don’t think we will make headway until the greater lesbian and gay community really becomes more open and affirming of bisexual people and until they include us in more visible ways within the national organizations. All of the major LGBT organizations have some sort of transgender project or a special office dedicated to transgender issues. We deserve and need that sort of investment within these organizations as well. Bisexual people are members and donors of those organizations and our financial support should be used on our issues as part of the whole LGBT community’s mission.
In 2011, Ellyn Ruthstrom became the first - and so far, only - regular paid employee of the Bisexual Resource Center (BRC), a Boston-based organization that has been working for over 25 years to provide support and resources for bisexual and questioning people … Due to funding running out, Ellyn is no longer a paid employee of the BRC, although she continues to be the president of the organization. Ellyn joined a tiny number of people in the world who have been paid to work at bisexual organizations. In that regard, we lag far behind gay, lesbian, trans and LGBT organizations, which have long had paid employees.