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Name of Creator:Bisexual Resource Center (Boston, Mass.).
Title:Bisexual Resource Center records
Date:1983-2002
Reference Code:M144
Location Code:33/3
Extent:11.5 cubic ft.
Scope and Content Abstract:

The Bisexual Resource Center collection documents the organization's efforts to increase visibility and understanding of bisexuality and to provide support to bisexual or bi-friendly individuals and organizations. The collection documents the Bisexual Resource Center's daily operations, shifts in governance and mission, involvement in local political causes, and workshop and conference planning.

This collection includes collected materials from national and international bisexual and bi-friendly organizations and events, and scholarly and mainstream publications about bisexuality.

A highlight of this collection is the thorough documentation of the nationwide preparation for, participation in, and response to the 1993 March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Equal Rights. The event is discussed in the newsletters of nearly all of the organizations found in this collection. The march is commemorated in a scrapbook in Box 10, described in numerous newspaper and magazine articles in Boxes 1 and 2, and documented on film in Box 3.

Other notable materials include survey responses containing information about hundreds of female bisexual respondents, and nearly complete runs of several magazines and newsletters such as the Bay Area Bisexual Network magazine, “Anything That Moves,” the Dutch magazine, “Pink;” and the newsletters of the Boston Bisexual Women's Network, “Bi Women” and “BBWN Newsletter.”

Historical Abstract:

The Bisexual Resource Center is a Boston-based non-profit organization founded in 1985 as the East Coast Bisexual Network, Inc. [ECBN.] After attending the first conference on bisexuality in the northeast in 1984, Boston-area bisexual activists, including Robyn Ochs, Laura Sachs and Scott Lewis, organized a second regional conference the following year. With the profits from this conference, the East Coast Bisexual Network was founded as an umbrella group to facilitate organizing among bisexual groups on the East Coast. The East Coast Bisexual Network was founded concurrently with the first groups devoted specifically to bisexual political activism. In the late 1980s, the East Coast Bisexual Network made HIV / AIDS education and activism a priority, as bisexual men and women were popularly accused of transferring the disease from gay males to lesbians and the straight population. In 1993, the organization expanded to include international bisexual organizations, and changed its name to the Bisexual Resource Center. During the 1990s, the organization worked to control misinformation as bisexuality gained visibility in the mainstream media. The Bisexual Resource Center continued to build alliances among, and combat biphobia within the gay, lesbian, and transgender communities.

Shortly after its founding, the East Coast Bisexual Network began collecting materials created by bisexual and bisexual-friendly organizations, and materials about bisexuality that were produced by the mainstream media and the academic communities. When the organization broadened its mission to include the national and international bisexual community, efforts were made to expand and formalize these resources into an archives.

These materials were collected for use by Bisexual Resource Center patrons.In 1989, the East Coast Bisexual Network opened an office in the Lesbian and Gay Community Center at 338 Newbury St. in Boston. The office served as headquarters for the East Coast Bisexual Network, provided affordable conference and meeting space for Boston's bisexual community, and housed the archives. In 1992, the office moved to 95 Berkeley St. after the Lesbian and Gay Community Center declared bankruptcy. In 2008, the office is located at 29 Stanhope St.

Language and Scripts:Collection is predominately in English, with some materials in German, Dutch, Finnish, Swedish, and Spanish.
System of Arrangement:Organized into 2 series: 1. Organizational Records; 2. Reference Archives.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Deihl, Marcia, 1949-
  • Ochs, Robyn

  • Bay Area Bisexual Network
  • BiNet USA
  • Bisexual Resource Center (Cambridge, Mass.)
  • Boston Bisexual Women's Network
  • Bay Area Bisexual Network
  • BiNet USA
  • Bisexual Resource Center (Cambridge, Mass.)
  • Boston Bisexual Women's Network

  • AIDS (Disease) -- Education
  • AIDS (Disease) -- Social aspects
  • Bisexual feminism
  • Bisexual people
  • Bisexual youth
  • Bisexual men
  • Bisexual women
  • Bisexuality -- Periodicals
  • Bisexuality -- Political aspects
  • Bisexuals
  • Bisexuals -- Identity -- Periodicals
  • Bisexuals -- Political activity
  • Bisexuals -- Services for
  • Bisexuals' writings
  • Gay, lesbian, and queer studies
  • Gay liberation movement
  • Gay rights
  • HIV/AIDS awareness
  • March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation (1993: Washington, D.C.)
  • Non-monogamous relationships
  • People of color
  • Political activists
  • Support groups
  • Transgender people -- Services for

Conditions Governing Access:Member lists are restricted. For further information, please contact the University Archivist.
Immediate Source of Acquisition:Received from the Bisexual Resource Center in 2005 and 2007.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:Copyright restrictions may apply.
Related Materials: The Archives and Special Collections Department captures the website content of the Bisexual Resource Center, which is accessible at: http://wayback.archive-it.org/1747/*/http://biresource.net/
Processor: Finding aid prepared by Cynthia Rufo, Oct. 20, 2008