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Through the Gainesville Bisexual Alliance and BiNet USA, Ann Schranz is working to confront prejudices about bisexuality.
"Many people believe there are only two choices," Schranz said, "gay or straight. In our experience, that's not true. There aren't just two choices. And bisexuals are often misunderstood by both gay people and straight people." Schranz said she believes in a more fluid idea of sexuality -- one that can change over time. "Sexual orientation is not something someone figures out once and for all," she said.
Schranz is co-founder of the Alliance and one of two regional representatives in the Southeast region for BiNet USA, the largest national bisexual organization in the country.
"The purpose of the Alliance is to support bisexuals and educate about bisexuality," she said. "Providing support to individuals is the most important (purpose) -- and being a voice against conservatives who have a very narrow definition of what is right when it comes to whom we sleep with."
BiNet USA works to collect and distribute information regarding bisexuality and to bolster the bisexual community by providing support and networking resources.
The Gainesville Bisexual Alliance meets monthly and publishes a monthly newsletter, which Schranz edits. "The meetings are a safe space for someone to explore their feelings about bisexuality or to learn more about it," she said. "They're bi-friendly, which means that anyone not hostile to bisexuality can attend the meetings."
For information about attending the Gainesville Bisexual Alliance, call (904) 335-6359. For information about BiNet USA, contact Loraine Hutchins at (202) 882-4384.
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