September 21, 2015 at 10:02 pm EDT | by Chris Johnson
Bi advocates discuss policy at White House meeting

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Bisexual advocates met at the White House. (Photo by Peter Salanki; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Bisexual advocates met at the White House on Monday to policy issues and disparities that uniquely affect that segment of the LGBT community.

Faith Cheltenham, president of BiNetUSA, was among the bisexual advocates who attended the roundtable and said the most important takeaway was the need for awareness of issues facing the community.

“There is a bisexual public policy created by the bisexual community to enlighten the lives of bisexual people, to create safety in their lives and stop this kind of wholesale discrimination that bi people report consistently,” Cheltenham said.

The event took place during the second annual Bisexual Awareness Week in which advocates are set to hold events throughout the country to raise awareness for the bisexual community.

Cheltenham wouldn’t divulge details about the White House meeting because of its off-the-record nature or say which senior officials were in attendance, but said the event sought to address disparities in mental health, violence, employment and entrepreneurship faced by bisexual people.

It’s not the first time a meeting for bisexual advocates took place at the White House. In 2013, the Obama administration hosted a similar roundtable dedicated to bisexual issues.

A White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the event took place and its intent to raise awareness.

“As a follow up to the first bisexual community issues roundtable in 2013, the White House Office of Public Engagement will convene a bisexual community issues briefing with key policy advocates, health experts, activists, and administration officials, to discuss the unique disparities the bisexual community faces around health, intimate partner violence, and erasure in mainstream LGBT discourse,” the official said. “The objectives for this briefing are to better shine a light on the issues within the community and explore policy interventions.”

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

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