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Happy Fourth Anniversary, Bisexuals of deviantART! :love::boogie::dalove::squee:

I am, admittedly, four days behind the actual anniversary of January 10th, but I think I can cut myself some slack considering I was recently in a car accident and now I'm moving. :phew: Don't worry, I'm fine, and life is only looking up-and-up!

Now, I know that I have not given this group the attention it deserves in recent years. I want you all to know that I continue to be impressed and moved by your kindness, support, and fabulous talent and creativity. I wish that I could personally comment on and welcome each and every person who joins our ranks. You guys all rock!

That being said, the new year is going to bring even more chaos for me, and I am afraid that I may not be able to keep things up as I always hope that I can. I am really going to try to put some extra effort into posting what little I can, such as discussion topics and polls, but as for the Twitter/YouTube, I just don't have the time to be able to start up and run those. We do have a Facebook, although I need someone to be actively updating it for it to be of any use to you guys.

So, as per usual, the call goes out for staff willing to help with a Twitter, YouTube, or Facebook page! Serious inquiries only. I appreciate the thought, but I really only need you if you are going to be able to post at least 3 times a week on the page (news updates, discussion topics, etc).

In the meanwhile, I am hoping to run a little contest here in the next few months, and I would really like to get the chatroom going, again!

For now... thank you for keeping this group alive and beautiful for 4 beautiful years, and I look forward to many more!

:dummy:
Jay


THE FACEBOOK GROUP


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Discussion Topics Master List
Russian Winter Olympics
Happiness and Pride
Coming Out
Marriage for Bisexuals
Bi-Prejudice in the LGBT Community
Bisexuals & Polyamory
Hetero Privilege
Bisexuality & Dating
The Pendulum
Bisexuality & Religion


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Well hello there, friends!

Our brand is expanding! Next up, YouTube!

So here's the idea: I want us to have testimonies from our members, interviews with bisexual leaders, bisexual musicians, updates on the group and our events, and more! It's something I'm very passionate about and looking forward to doing, but it means that I'll need help!

So, are any of you willing to help run a YouTube channel? Creating content, mostly. What would you be willing to do? Please post here! I'd also love to hear your suggestions on what you'd like to see on our YouTube, so please let us know! I'm very excited to move in this new direction with our group, and I'm excited to see you all over in Videoland!

A link to our YouTube channel will be provided in the near future, once it's finished being put together and we can get some content up.

:dalove:
Jay


THE FACEBOOK GROUP


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Discussion Topics Master List
Russian Winter Olympics
Happiness and Pride
Coming Out
Marriage for Bisexuals
Bi-Prejudice in the LGBT Community
Bisexuals & Polyamory
Hetero Privilege
Bisexuality & Dating
The Pendulum
Bisexuality & Religion


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FAQ
Facebook Group
Updated Oct. 14, 2013

Q: Why do you only accept bisexual/bicurious members?
Acceptance of only bisexual members has been an ideal in our group from the beginning. By no means is this a movement to seclude ourselves from any other communities or people; it is simply a step to create a safe environment for those who are like-minded. In groups for writers or photographers, only writers and photographers are invited to join. Why should we be any different? Bisexual and pansexual people deserve a place where they can be themselves, without any of the prejudices and stereotypes that are prevalent in both the gay and straight communities.

Q: Why was I denied from joining the group?
From September 18, 2011 to October 28, 2011, the policy was to not accept any members that did not clearly demonstrate having read the rules in the note which automatically comes up when you try to join the group. Unfortunately, this rule was not met with a very positive reception, and so we now accept all applications for membership. Those who clearly state that they are bisexual/questioning are very much appreciated, but you will no longer be denied as a member of the group for ignoring the suggestion to say so.

Q: What kind of art may I submit?
We only accept art that has to do with bisexuality. It can get a bit vague, but as long as it has something to do with your sexuality and your identity (or that of your bisexual characters) and it's high quality work, it should be accepted. If you're ever unsure, you can always ask. That being said, I have to turn down a lot of artwork because it's unoriginal/not enough effort has been put into it. If it's just a paint drawing with the words "i like being bisexual" on it or something, it will not be accepted. Take a look at the reasons why submissions are most frequently denied, and keep that in mind when you submit! We do not currently accept memes of any variety.

Q: What happens if my sexual identity changes?
Lots of people have their identity evolve and change as they get to know themselves better. Please leave our group as a member, but feel free to continue watching us. This is a home for bisexuals to share their talents, but we're glad for any amount of time you spent with us on your journey.

Q: Who can I talk to about _____?
Questions about how the group is run, deviation queries, and general questions about bisexuality may be sent to jmmlewis.
Questions about the groups rules and resources can be forwarded to KnittedBunny.
Questions and worries that you're seeking advice on can be sent to DeeTay, our support team leader.
Questions about the Facebook group can be sent to jmmlewis or the forthcoming FB moderators.

Q: Why was my submission denied?
All submission denials can be contested in the comments section of the submission process. There are a myriad of reasons I don't accept deviations, including: useless erotica/smut, lack of effort shown, poor structure in literary pieces, topics unrelated to bisexuality. That being said, my decision is final, and I will no tolerate members getting fussy over it. If you are rude in your questioning of why a deviation was denied, I will not hesitate to ban you from the group.


We're always looking for more help in terms of links, interesting articles, conversation points, etc. - so if you're interested in taking on an administrative position, either comment here or send a Note to jmmlewis!

:dalove:

UPDATE
Hi, everyone! I am looking for someone who can post news to our FB group. I have a few too many things on the go now that I'm working full-time again, so I need someone to be in charge of that for me.

Any volunteers? Please let me know ASAP! I can give you good sites to go to for news related to bisexuality, for sure.

Thanks!

Jay :heart:

NEWS!
Hello, everybody! I have great news for you guys! Thanks to your response to the poll I put out yesterday, I've decided to open up a Being Bi Facebook page. I know that some of you may not be able to join for one reason or another, and that's totally okay. This group is for those of us who have already come out to our friends & family and would like to be able to communicate with people outside of deviantART.

If you'd like to receive updates from Being Bi on FB, and would like to share and connect with people through posts, then all you have to do is visit the page and click "Like." Please keep in mind that in order to keep moderation needs to a minimum (I have a life outside of BB!), this is a page, not a group. That means official posts will be visible first, while member posts will be visible on a secondary basis. Thanks for your understanding. :heart:

I look forward to opening this new chapter in our group's history! I am stoked to see what you guys do with it.

:love:
Jay


THE FACEBOOK GROUP


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Discussion Topics Master List
Russian Winter Olympics
Happiness and Pride
Coming Out
Marriage for Bisexuals
Bi-Prejudice in the LGBT Community
Bisexuals & Polyamory
Hetero Privilege
Bisexuality & Dating
The Pendulum
Bisexuality & Religion


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Facebook Group
Hey everyone!

Just as a reminder, here's a breakdown of the guide to behaving well in Discussion Topics:

:bulletpink: Calm, respectful discussion. I don't want any bitch fights or "yelling" or prejudice.
Remember that we all have our sexuality in common, but we're all going to have different opinions.
If we don't take the step to respect each other, no one will ever respect us.

:bulletpink: Suggest! If you have something you want to see us discuss formally, leave a comment
about it or note me! I'd love to know what you want to talk about. But please don't open another
discussion thread in these comments specifically.

That's it. Be nice to each other. Say what you have to say, read through other comments, discuss, share! Just answer the questions you would like to and share any other thoughts you have on the topic. :3

So, that being said...
For those who are aware of the situation in Sochi:
Do you think your country/other countries should boycott?
Would you like to see the 2013 Winter Olympics re-located?
Do you think sponsors should pull out in order to encourage Russian reform?
Do you think the Russians will reform?
Are you scared of the events in Russia, or do you feel relaxed?

OR

What is your general opinion of the situation?


Don't know about the Sochi situation? Check out this link and other stories on the CBC website; great news outlet!



Keep it work friendly, kids! Remember, you can answer one or all of these questions, and can add
anything else you have to say on the topic to your response!

Remember that our Resources page, linked below, has a variety of links which can help you to accept your sexuality and come out to others!

Have at 'er!

:heart:

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Discussion Topics Master List
Happiness & Pride
Coming Out
Marriage for Bisexuals
Bi-Prejudice in the LGBT Community
Bisexuals & Polyamory
Hetero Privilege
Bisexuality & Dating
The Pendulum
Bisexuality & Religion
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