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ADVOCATE ARTICLE TO BIS: "GET OFF 'THE L WORD!' "

There is an article by Laura Weinstock called "Lame-duck Lesbians?" in the latest issue of The Advocate [April 25, 2006] complaining that there is too much bisexuality on The L-Word.  

Although she claims "I am not antibisexual" Ms. Weinstock contradicts that when she holds up Queer as Folk as the right way to run a show because "not one of it's main gay male characters ever slept with a woman" and goes on to say that although "bisexual men [are] clearly a reality in the gay world" QAF producers should be applauded because "they chose to use their limited airtime exclusively for gay story lines", [QAF was on five seasons].  

I guess Ms. Weinstock feels we should patiently wait until someone creates an all-bisexual show (anyone want to hold their breath until this happens? no? I didn't think so) so we won't cause any impurity on the show she considers "hers."

This is a retread of the old "get your own Parade, Community Center, T-Shirt, Button etc" philosophy that used to be so prevalent.

TELL ADVOCATE & THE L WORD YOU DON'T AGREE!

Please write to the *Advocate (and cc Bialogue) that you completely disagree with Ms. Weinstock and you are delighted that The L Word is including bisexual characters and that is why you are riveted to the show (or whatever you'd like to say.)  We will forward your letter to The L Word also as they don't have a public email.  

To find the Article: www.advocate.com click on this weeks issue (on R) scroll to bottom L of pop-up page and click on article.

Send your letter here: letters@advocate.com

*Please note that The Advocate states: "Please keep letters brief and to the point; we reserve the right to edit all letters as deemed necessary. Letters must include the home address and phone number of the writer."

SAMPLE LETTER BELOW:

The article by Laura Weinstock [Lame-duck Lesbians?, April 25, 2006] complaining that there is too much bisexuality on the L Word is offensive.  I am personally delighted that The L Word is including bisexual characters and that is one of the reasons I am riveted to the show.  Bi women have lesbian friends and date lesbians and vice versa.  Sexuality is sometimes fluid and doesn’t always behave according to identity labels.  

Although Ms Weinstock claims "I am not antibisexual" she contradicts that when she holds up Queer as Folk as an example of the right way to run a show because "not one of it's main gay male characters ever slept with a woman" and goes on to say that although "bisexual men [are] clearly a reality in the gay world" QAF producers should be applauded because "they chose to use their limited airtime exclusively for gay story lines." QAF was on five seasons.  Clearly, Laura is a girl who doesn’t like to share.

Obviously Ms. Weinstock is a throwback to the old "get your own Parade, Community Center, T-Shirt, Button, etc." philosophy that was previously used for excluding bi and transpeople and which caused so much pain in our community.  Thankfully, these days most lesbian and gay people lean towards a more unity-focused approach.  After all, we’re all queer and we’re all here.  

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