The Honourable Sôgmô Gaius Soergel Publicola was invited by the White House Office of the Executive Office of the President of the United States to attend the third annual Bisexual Community Briefing at the Eisenhower Executive Building on the White House campus. The Sôgmô was invited in respect to his bisexual activism as leader of a bisexual support and discussion group, where he facilitates for consciousness raising. Það is also a member of the Bisexual Leadership Roundtable, an international group of bisexual advocates and experts.
The briefing was broadcasted here.
In attendance were experts on bisexual health, law, and numerous intersectionalities with the bi+ community. There were five panels which discussed a variety of topics that uniquely affect bisexuals. The first was on bisexual allies; the second on bi+ people of colour; the third, bisexuals’ need for anti-discrimination laws; the fourth, pansexual, fluid, and bi+ communities; and the fifth was on “beyond #BiWeek,” next steps for the bisexual movement. Also at the event were many bisexual cultural figures.
The Sôgmô’s bisexual activism affects the Sandum micronation in a myriad of ways. In addition to Celebrate Bisexuality Day being a Sandum day of recognition, the Sôgmô uses bisexuality’s consciousness raising to adhere to the same philosophical elements of Sandum philosophy which embrace impermanence and the embrace of ambiguity and flexibility. Moreover, Sandum public policy is composed in a manner to embrace diversity of characteristics and in a way which encompasses Sandus’s compassionate mission. Finally, Sandum culture is composed in a way which rejects monosexism, bi erasure, and biphobia/homophobia, which is to be expected as a majority of Sandum citizens are bisexual.