The White House is set to hold a closed-door event next month exclusively dedicated to issues facing the bisexual community — an apparent first for the Obama administration.
In an email invitation dated Aug. 16 and obtained this week by the Washington Blade, White House LGBT liaison Gautam Raghavan refers to the event as a “a roundtable discussion on issues of importance to the bisexual community” and says it’ll take place Sept. 23 at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House.
“Participants and administration officials will discuss a range of topics including health, HIV/AIDS, domestic and intimate partner violence, mental health, and bullying,” Raghavan writes.
The invitation was apparently sent to LGBT supporters of President Obama and explicitly says the meeting is “off the record and closed to members of the press.” A White House official confirmed the event would take place, but didn’t respond to further requests to comment on it.
Michael Cole-Schwartz, a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, said his organization was invited and plans to participate, adding it’s the first exclusively bisexual event at the White House of which he’s aware.
“It’s a testament to this administration that they are focusing on all elements of the LGBT community and they should be applauded for hosting an event focused on some of the specific issues impacting bisexual people,” Cole-Schwartz said.