Bisexual Social Support Group organizes

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Daphne Kannellopoulos from the Bisexual social group at Pride Center of New JerseyGroup Spotlight.

I got the idea to start a bisexual social support group when I had spoken with individuals who felt there was a need. I had thought about starting a group before, but since I’m an inveterate procrastinator,and have a hard time seeing myself as a “leader,” I didn’t.

Many years ago, I used to go to a bisexual women’s group and I found that I really liked having a space to discuss bisexual issues. After that group disbanded, it did not seem like there was any place for bisexuals to congregate and discuss issues that are pertinent to the bisexual community.

I’m encouraged by the two meetings we’ve had so far. The topic for the first meeting was coming out as a bisexual when you’re dating. That started up a spirited discussion. The topic for the second meeting was coming out as a bisexual at work. That topic did not really take off. With both meetings, the discussion eventually went to religion. Religion seems a popular topic. I imagine when religion is the official topic of one of the meetings, then we will end up discussing something else.

What will become of this group is yet to be determined and I am excited to see what direction the group may go in. People who have come to the group have said that they are very excited that this group exists. There is a women’s coming out group at the Pride Center of New Jersey that is very bi-friendly, but it seemed necessary to carve out a space where bisexuals can discuss issues pertaining to bisexuality. There do appear to be specific issues that bisexuals as a group deal with that other populations do not. At the first meeting there were three individuals that have never been to the Pride Center before.

I consider myself fortunate in that I rarely encounter biphobia (at least not to my face), but it is out there and it does exist. I never got the concept of discriminating against a group when you belong to a group that is discriminated against. I encountered no problems when I wanted to form the group, and many people have offered to help me out if I need them to.

We meet at the Pride Center of New Jersey in Highland Park on the second Tuesday of the month from 7:30 to 9:00. For further information, contact me at multicolorchimes@yahoo.com.

Daphne Kannellopoulos from the Bisexual social group at Pride Center of New JerseyGroup Spotlight.

I got the idea to start a bisexual social support group when I had spoken with individuals who felt there was a need. I had thought about starting a group before, but since I’m an inveterate procrastinator,and have a hard time seeing myself as a “leader,” I didn’t.

Many years ago, I used to go to a bisexual women’s group and I found that I really liked having a space to discuss bisexual issues. After that group disbanded, it did not seem like there was any place for bisexuals to congregate and discuss issues that are pertinent to the bisexual community.