White House to hold closed-door session on bisexual issues next month

August 22, 2013
Hundreds of people gather outside the US Supreme Court building in Washington, DC on June 26, 2013 in anticipation of the ruling on California's Proposition 8, the controversial ballot initiative that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. AFP PHOTO / MLADEN ANTONOVMLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images Hundreds gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on June 26 in anticipation of the ruling on California's Proposition 8. (Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images)

The White House will hold a closed-door roundtable discussion on issues facing bisexuals Sept. 23.

The event, described in an invitation by White House  LGBT liaison Gautam Raghavan as a session focused on "issues of importance to the bisexual community,” was first reported Thursday by the Washington Blade.

"Participants and administration officials will discuss a range of topics including health, HIV/AIDS, domestic and intimate partner violence, mental health and bullying,” Raghavan wrote.

A White House confirmed Thursday the event will take place, but decline to elaborate.

Human Rights Campaign spokesman Michael Cole-Schwartz, who said that  his group would be attending the session at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, said the fact that the Obama administration was holding an event focused solely on bisexuals underscored its grasp of LGBT Americans.

“President Obama and this administration have made clear their commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, and this event is further proof of their understanding of the needs of our community," he said.

 

Juliet Eilperin is The Washington Post's White House bureau chief, covering domestic and foreign policy as well as the culture of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. She is the author of two books—one on sharks, and another on Congress, not to be confused with each other—and has worked for the Post since 1998.
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