Human Services

Bisexual Resource Center, Inc.

  • Boston, MA
  • http://www.biresource.net

Mission Statement

Our Mission: The Bisexual Resource Center envisions a world where love is celebrated, regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression. Because bisexuals today are still misunderstood, marginalized and discriminated against, the BRC is committed to providing support to the bisexual community and raising public awareness about bisexuality and bisexual people.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. BLiSS (Bisexual Social and Support Group)
  3. Young BLiSS

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Service Areas

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National

The BRC responds to inquiries from around the United States for information, resources, and support about bisexual issues. The organization often provides speakers for conferences and workshops, both locally and in other parts of the country. The BRC provides a strong community support system to the local bisexual community in and around greater Boston by organizing social and support groups, sponsoring community events and bi cultural activities.

ruling year

1990

Principal Officer

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Ellyn Ruthstrom

Keywords

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bisexual, bi, brc, bisexual resource, resource, gay, lesbian, LGBT

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Also Known As

BRC

EIN

04-3072009

 Number

1868851250

Physical Address

29 Stanhope St

Boston, MA 02116

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Personal Social Services (P50)

Lesbian/Gay Rights (R26)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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By working on the local, state, and national levels, the BRC offers visibility and support to a community that is under-resourced, overlooked, and often misunderstood. The BRC creates and disseminates print and online resources about bisexuality that provides support within the community and raises awareness to those outside the community. The BRC co-organized the historic first White House Roundtable on Bisexual Issues held on September 23, 2013, a long-sought achievement after years of raising awareness about our distinct community needs.


The BRC is very proud to have been a co-organizer of the first Bisexual Leadership Roundtable at the Creating Change conference in Atlanta in January 2013, where leaders from around the country met to establish better communication between the various national and regional bi organizations. The meeting led to BRC co-organizing the historic first White House Roundtable on Bisexual Issues held on September 23, 2013, where 33 bisexual activists from around the country met with LGBT organizations and Obama Administration members to discuss issues important to the bi community.

On the local and state level, the BRC has been involved with the coalition work that brought about marriage equality in Massachusetts and worked to pass the Transgender Rights Bill in the state in 2012. We are also a member of the Freedom to Marry coalition that is working on the federal level to achieve marriage equality across the country.

The BRC was a sponsor of the Bilicious Boston show for three years (2010-2012), which is a multimedia performance event focusing on celebrating bi culture and the arts. The BRC marches annually in Boston Pride and staffs a table at the Pride Fest to provide the only bi-specific space at the event. The BRC also often tables at Northampton, Rhode Island, and Connecticut Prides to network across the region.

Locally, the BRC sponsors two monthly support groups, BLiSS and Young BLiSS, which provide peer-facilitated safe spaces for

Programs

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Program 1

Educating, disseminating information, and promoting research about bisexuality and bisexual people. Publishing and distributing literature which constitutes an important part of the infrastructure for the bisexual liberation movement, including the International Bisexual Resource Guide. Providing services to bis in diverse communities such as the disability ommunity, and to bis of color. Building coalitions with individuals and organizations of lesbians and gay men, heterosexuals, and members of the transgender community. Gathering and maintaining historical and research information in the Bisexual Archives. Consulting with researchers on bisexuality, sexual identity, AIDS, and other health issues related to bisexuality. We consult with and sponsor organizations writing grants to provide education and services related to bisexuality. Supporting local organizing, including sponsoring conferences. Organizing support groups. Providing referrals to support individuals and projects. Providing speakers to groups and the media.

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Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 2

BLiSS (Bisexual Social and Support Group)

The Bisexual Social and Support (BLiSS) Group meetings are an opportunity for those who are, or think they might be, bisexual or attracted to people of more than one sex or gender, to discuss a wide range of issues related to attraction and sexuality in a supportive mixed-gender environment. The group meets on the first Wednesday of each month, 7-9 pm at the Boston Living Center, 29 Stanhope Street, Boston.

Category

Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

None

None

Budget

$700.00

Program 3

Young BLiSS

The Young BLiSS group (Bisexual Social and Support Group) is open to those who are between the ages of 20-29 (or thereabouts) and identify somewhere along the lines of bisexual/omni/pan/fluid (or are questioning in that direction) The group meets once a month for a few hours of discussion and support. Meetings are held on second Thursdays of each month at Eastern Bank’s community room, 250 Elm Street, Somerville and the group heads to a local eatery for discussion and socializing.

Category

Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgendered

Population(s) Served

Other Named Groups

None

None

Budget

$200.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

The BRC responds to inquiries from around the United States for information, resources, and support about bisexual issues. The organization often provides speakers for conferences and workshops, both locally and in other parts of the country. The BRC provides a strong community support system to the local bisexual community in and around greater Boston by organizing social and support groups, sponsoring community events and bi cultural activities.

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Bisexual Resource Center, Inc.

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Principal Officer

Ellyn Ruthstrom

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ellyn Ruthstrom

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