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Research Study of Bisexual Women's Experiences - please participate!! [11 Jul 2011|12:41am]

[ mood | curious ]

I am a doctoral student in clinical psychology and am recruiting participants for my IRB-approved dissertation study on the experiences of bisexual women who are in exclusive romantic relationships (including marriages, civil unions and other partnerships). Please consider participating, if you or someone you know fits this description! Participation is via a secure online survey, is anonymous, and takes about 30 minutes, and participants can enter a survey to win one of three $25 gift cards. Here's the link; more information is below.


Liz Clark, M.A.



My name is Elizabeth Clark and I am a doctoral student in clinical psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. I am currently working on my dissertation under the supervision of Dr. Braden Berkey. My dissertation research seeks to increase our understanding of the experience of bisexual women who are in monogamous romantic relationships. Specifically, the study investigates bisexual women’s experiences of both stigma against and support for their bisexual identity, and explores possible links between experiences of stigma and mental health. Findings from this study will help mental health clinicians work with bisexual women in a more informed, culturally competent manner, and may also inform the development or improvement of policies and programs serving the bisexual community.

I am writing to ask you to participate in my dissertation research by responding to an online survey that can be accessed using the link below. As stated above, we are interested in the experiences of bisexual-identified adult women who are currently in a monogamous romantic relationship (including dating, marriages, civil unions, and other life partnerships). We are seeking a diverse group of respondents of varying race/ethnicity, level of education, socioeconomic status, and age. Everyone who takes the survey must be 18 years old or older. Please consider participating if you are eligible, and please feel free to forward this announcement to friends, loved ones, and colleagues who may be eligible.

If you choose to participate, no identifying information or names will be collected. Your name cannot be connected in any way to the responses you provide; responses are completely anonymous in this study. The researcher will store the data on a secure, encrypted computer drive. Only the researcher (Elizabeth Clark), advisor (Dr. Berkey), and a trained research assistant will have access to the data. 

There is a minimal risk of discomfort or anxiety due to the nature of the questions asked; however, you are free stop participation in the research at any time.

By participating in this survey, you are helping researchers better understand the experiences of bisexual women in relationships. Additionally, by telling us about your experiences, you are helping add to the body of research about bisexuality as distinct from gay or lesbian identity. The more research there is on bisexual identity and experience, the more recognition bisexuality is likely to receive from the field of psychology and from the general public. 

For the purposes of this study, the researcher asks that you or any respondent complete the study only one time.  The total time commitment is approximately 30 minutes, and the entire survey is completed online. After you complete the survey, you will have the opportunity to provide your email address if you would like to be entered into a drawing for one of three $25 Amazon.com gift cards. If you provide your email address, it is not linked in any way to your responses, which will remain anonymous.
If you would like to participate, please click the following link:

If you have any further questions about the study, you may contact the researcher, Elizabeth Clark, by email at eac6200@ego.thechicagoschool.edu or you may contact the researcher’s advisor, Dr. Braden Berkey, at bberkey@thechicagoschool.edu or 312.467.2351. 
If you have questions concerning your rights in this research study you may contact the Institutional Review Board (IRB), which is concerned with the protection of subjects in research projects. You may reach the IRB office Monday-Friday by calling 312.467.2343 or writing: Institutional Review Board,The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 325 N. Wells, Chicago, Illinois, 60654.

Thank you!!
~ Elizabeth Clark, M.A.

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Vote for Pro-LGBT Miss America Contestant! [09 Jan 2011|01:43pm]

Vote for Ms. Claire Buffie a contestant for Miss America is the first ever pageant queen to campaign on an LGBT rights platform. Having won the nomination for Miss New York the beauty queen/photographer and activist now vies for the top crown.
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Register tonight for MENY's Lobby Day and save $10! [14 Dec 2010|05:23pm]

Marriage Equality NY's annual lobby day in Albany will be February 8, 2011.

If you plan to attend, you can save $10 by registering tonight at http://www.meny.us/med

Tomorrow, December 15, the ticket prices jump from $40 to $50.
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American Institute of Bisexuality Launches Message of Hope on International Human Rights Day [14 Dec 2010|02:21am]

[ mood | thoughtful ]

As we commemorate International Human Rights Day, the American Institute of Bisexuality is launching a message of hope for bisexual teens who suffer bullying and harassment along with their gay, lesbian and transgender peersCollapse )

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I Am a Lesbian Married to a Straight Man [20 Nov 2010|12:08am]

Where do I begin?

Well, I will just start from where I think I had my first inclination.
When I was about 11 years old, I felt an attraction to girls when most of my friends were feeling an attraction to boys...you know 11 year old girls, all about the "boy bands" and pop music...while my friends were into NSYNC, I was more "attracted" I guess you could say to singers like Christina Aguillera.

I never got vocal about my feelings but to one friend of mine whom I have known since I was 4. She said she had felt the same things too, and whereas young people are curious, we were curious together.
read the rest of her story here
also visit kategrace a free lesbian dating community or Lesbian America Lesbian Dating Personals News & Local Events

thanks to you all and god bless
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[USA] cast of "Rose" tell bisexual teens "It Gets Better" [17 Nov 2010|09:55pm]

[ mood | hopeful ]

The cast of the web series 'Rose By Any Other Name . . .' give their support to bisexual teens out there in the Collapse )

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and now for something completely different: a Klein Sexual Orientation Grid meme! [08 Apr 2010|07:47pm]

[ mood | silly ]

becasue life is too short not to have a bit of funCollapse )

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OUTSpoken for Equality needs queer couples who want to get married! [02 Feb 2010|02:06pm]

On the 10th of February we will be going to City Hall to attempt to get marriage license. If you would like to participate, please call Kitty Lambert at 716.578.3782 or come to our weekly meeting, Thursdays at 6:30 at El Museo in Allentown.

There's a lot more we have planned, come to our meetings and learn more!
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Academic Bi: New International Mailing List/Yahoo Group [24 Jan 2010|09:30pm]

[ mood | working ]

for the Discussion of and the Exchange of Information and Ideas about Topics related to Bisexual/Pansexual Theory, Queer Theory and the Academic Study of Bisexuality, Pansexuality, Fluidity, et. al.Collapse )

yes please DO X-Post

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[Bi Women]: Call For Submission - Spring 2010 issue will be BI YOUTH [30 Dec 2009|02:01am]

[ mood | creative ]

Attention Bisexual, Pansexual, Fluid + Queer-identified Youth (25 and under) Robyn Ochs, Editor of the quarterly newsletter 'Bi Women' invites you to submit pieces for the Spring 2010 issueCollapse )

yes please DO X-Post

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TIPS FOR A HAPPY HOLIDAY [18 Dec 2009|10:32pm]

[ mood | cheerful ]

If you are gay, lesbian, bisexual, fluid, pansexual, queer-identified, transgender, genderqueer . . .Collapse )

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At Home Insemination for the LGBT Community [05 Nov 2009|02:03pm]

Have you and your partner contemplated having a baby? Have you done research about your options and found nothing that isn't expensive or takes years of waiting? This is a problem that plagues the LGBT community.There is a solution, though. Women have turned to home insemination kits in order to conceive. Home insemination is an affordable solution for the LGBT community and has emerged as a real solution for women who want to conceive.
At Home Insemination vs. IVF and AIArtificial Insemination and IVF treatments are so incredibly costly, and in this economy it makes it very hard for any couple to even consider having a baby. The success rates of AI are anywhere from 5-25%. Did you know that when couples attempt to get pregnant, the at home success rates are almost identical to that percentage?
Why spend thousands of dollars on AI when you can spend significantly less, have the same success rates, and be able to stay in the privacy of your own home?
This is a question women are asking themselves. Is it really worth it to go through the emotionally exhausting and financially draining IVF procedure?
Instead of choosing IVF or AI at a fertility clinic, women are choosing at home insemination. With at home insemination kits, they can have everything they need at their disposal. They are able to inseminate themselves with the same success rate as they would in a doctor's office, and spend less money.
For significantly less cost, women can now have the same technology they would get in a doctor's office. This makes the choice very easy for many women.
Those who are interested in at home insemination can choose The Total Conception. The Total Conception was designed specifically for the LGBT community. The kit provides women with the best technology in order to help them conceive.
For more information, visit kate Grace Lesbian Dating Community
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[USA]: A "Rose" blooms on YouTube [29 Oct 2009|07:20pm]

[ mood | amused ]

come watch the fun new Weekly Web TV Series 'Rose By Any Other Name . . .' all about modern life, love and mannersCollapse )

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[USA]: Bisexual Voices Speak Out on National Equality March! [10 Oct 2009|01:49am]

[ mood | interested ]

We've come to it at last—what so many have been talking about, wondering about, and even fighting about for the past several months. The National Equality MarchCollapse )

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[USA]: National Equality March: Bisexual Inclusion Isn't That Hard [03 Oct 2009|06:15am]

[ mood | determined ]

the problem that the National Equality March kept missing was that they hadn't given us the courtesy as a community to define ourselves - they kept telling us their (frequently skewed) vision of whom they thought we wereCollapse )

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[Chicago USA]: Bi Health Summit -- just over a week away! [05 Aug 2009|08:59pm]

[ mood | optimistic ]

Please join us at the Chicago Hilton Towers on Friday, August 14th for an all-day, can't-miss conference on the critical issues and most up to date information on bisexual health.Collapse )

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[USA]: Their Families Count But Shouldn't Ours Count Too? [22 Jul 2009|09:12pm]

[ mood | invisible ]

Today HRC and other LGBT Groups announced a new joint campaign called 'Our Families Count' to make sure same-sex partnerships, marriages and LGBT Families will included in the 2010 Census. But somehow our invitation must have gotten lost in the mail, cause no Bi/Fluid/Pan Groups were invited to participate.Collapse )

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Things to do for a visitor. [19 Jun 2009|04:03pm]

This will probably be heavily cross-posted, but all of the Buffalo communities seem to be dead here... eh.

Hello everyone. I'm Lauren, a 20 year old sexually undefined (I feel like I fall in love with people, not gender) college student.

Anyway, I'm coming to visit Buffalo soon and will be there June 30th-July 7th. I grew up there but haven't lived there as a teenager and young adult so I don't know what is worth checking out in the city. Music-wise, I'm very into folk-punk (and I know Halo Fauna/Eric Ayotte play in Buffalo on occasion, I just don't know where) and folk in general and am looking toward shows/people into that sort of thing.

I am a lover of nature, outdoors, and art. Also, looking for a place where I can somehow borrow/rent a bicycle.

Additionally, any places that you think are worthy of checking out (whether vegan restaurants, worthwhile parks, any and all art collectives!!, CHEAP COLLEGE STUDENT THINGS) please let me know.

Sorry if this isn't entirely appropriate, mod(s).
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Listing of New York Senators on the Fence or Opposed to Gay Marriage [15 Jun 2009|06:41pm]

20 senators publicly stated their support for equal marriage, 32 are needed to pass the bill. Please check this list and contact your state senator and urge them to support marriage equality for all couples.

Marriage is a civil rights issue, nobody should be denied the 1,800 state and federal benefits that come with marriage, such as the right to visit a loved one in a hospital, file joint tax returns, co-adopt kids, and many other rights and privileges enjoyed by heterosexual couples.
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