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Thursday, September 7 • 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Bi-alogue: How to Avoid Myths and Misconceptions When Covering the Bi Community

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Bisexual people make up the largest part of the LGBTQ+ community, but despite its sizable numbers, this diverse group is often rendered invisible in mainstream media coverage of queer life. When bisexuality is addressed in films, television shows, and news media, these depictions often rely on tired tropes and harmful myths about who bi people are, creating further stigma and misinformation. This panel will address those age-old stereotypes and provide greater understanding of the community through thoughtful discussion, probing insights, and personal reflections based upon the panelists’ lived experiences. In addition to providing appropriate terminology, this session will answer: Why does such a large community face such widespread erasure? How can authentic and accurate coverage of bi people address this problem? And what can we do in our newsrooms and everyday lives to be better advocates and allies to the bisexual community? By the end of this discussion, we hope to leave listeners inspired, challenged, and ready to have better conversations about an oft-misunderstood community.

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Jennifer Rahal-Moore

Vice-President, Pennsylvania Equality Project, Pennsylvania Equality Project
Retired reading and special education teacher; currently vice-president of Pennsylvania EqualityProject. Bisexual and currently married to a gay man for 33 years with three adult children. Enjoyworking within the LGBTQ+ community to assist with social and educational needs.
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Nico Lang

Freelance Reporter, Self-Employed
Nico Lang is the creator of Queer News Daily and an award-winning reporter, editor, essayist, author, and critic. You can read their work in Rolling Stone, Esquire, The Washington Post, Teen Vogue, Them, The Advocate, VICE News, Vox, The Wall Street Journal, Out, The Daily Beast... Read More →
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Charles Tyson, Jr.

Podcaster/Podcast Host, Full Circle (the Podcast)
Charles Tyson, Jr. is a biracial, bisexual West Philadelphia native and co-host of “Full Circle (the Podcast) with Charles Tyson, Jr. & Martha Madrigal,” a weekly news commentary podcast centered around national and global headlines affecting the LGBTQ+ community, now in its second... Read More →
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Martha Madrigal

Podcaster/Podcast Host, Full Circle (the Podcast)
Martha Madrigal is a bisexual trans woman, “artivist,” writer, humorist, and the co-host of “Full Circle (The Podcast) with Charles Tyson, Jr. & Martha Madrigal” a weekly news commentary podcast centered around national and global headlines affecting the LGBTQ+ community... Read More →
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Lauren Rowello

Freelance Journalist
Lauren Rowello is a Philadelphia-based writer whose work often focuses on themes of identity, authenticity, and resistance. Their journalism and essays have been featured in a variety of national publications, including The New York Times and The Washington Post, as well as queer... Read More →
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Sydney Rae Chin

Steering Committee Member, Philadelphia Asian Queer
Sydney Rae Chin is a chef and pleasure curator. They serve as a member of PAQ's steering committee. Alongside that, Sydney faciliates spaces around non-monogamy and relationships.

Thursday September 7, 2023 4:15pm - 5:15pm EDT
Congress C (4th Floor)