What we're about

Indianapolis Bisexual+ Support is for supporting people of ANY gender who identify as (or suspect they may be) bi+. Allies of the bisexual+ community are also welcome.

Bisexual people - and those with similar identities such as queer, pansexual or fluid - face unique challenges when compared to lesbian, gay, or straight communities ( https://bisexual.org/ ). Let's support each other and share our experiences over coffee or a meal. The goal of this group is for bi+ folks to know and feel that their sexuality is 100% valid, and that they are both "bisexual enough" and "queer enough" - regardless of relationship status or history.

Although our main site is here on Meetup, we also have a Facebook Group for online discussion between in-person events: https://www.facebook.com/groups/846810378826765/ . Our Twitter handle is @IndyBisexual; the URL is https://twitter.com/IndyBisexual . Our Google Doc of bisexual+ resources is here: https://tinyurl.com/yant4fuo .

Your Commitment:

Indianapolis Bisexual+ Support follows the guidelines written by San Diego's Bi Coming Out Support Group (http://www.ambi.org/events/bi-coming-out-support-group), which I request you read and commit to before attending an event:

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"[This is] a safe place to explore what is happening in your life. You are not alone. Others have unique but similar feelings and experiences.

"[This] group is a place for us to talk about our feelings, our identities, and our relationships. All of us are in a different place. We are here to listen and support, not judge, or give advice unless that is what you ask for. To that end, please do not come to this meeting with the intention of finding a mate or arguing about labels or public issues. Please keep the focus on your life. Use I statements (I think, I feel, I believe, I've read that, I've heard that). Avoid universal general statements (All men are . . . ). Do not argue. Do not use derogatory labels for people or body parts. We are not here to talk about what you do in bed or want to do in bed.

"Not everybody is out of the closet. Respect that. Keep confidentiality. Once you leave the room, don't identify to others who was there and what they said. We DO want you to talk about your feelings with your significant others and friends. You can say "We talked about THIS and somebody said THIS" but don't say who said what."

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This is NOT a dating meetup or a way for couples to "find a third." If you are not willing to follow these guidelines, do not join this group. If you happen to hit it off with someone and date them later, that's fine. Just don't allow any drama to mess with the group's success.

All Bi+ People and Allies Can Join:

Participation is open to people of all abilities; please let me know how I can support you in participating if you have a disability. Of course, all races are welcome. Trans and gender-nonconforming people are welcome. People of all religions (or no religion) are welcome, as long as you celebrate bisexuality as completely valid. All ages 18 and above are welcome - this is in line with Meetup's rules (https://www.meetup.com/guidelines/).

The only thing we don't tolerate is intolerance. No biphobic, homophobic, transphobic, etc. comments or behavior are tolerated. If someone acts inappropriately, they will receive a clear warning explaining what they did incorrectly and why it was inappropriate. If they fail to change their behavior after the warning, they will no longer be welcome in our space.

Supporting This Meetup:

It costs $175+ per year to make Indianapolis Bisexual+ Support happen. Your annual membership fee defrays that cost, pays for special events, and contributes to our rainy-day fund. Once you join this meetup, you have 60 days to try us out and decide whether you wish to pay the membership fee. If you choose not to pay and don’t communicate with me an inability to pay, Meetup will automatically remove you from the group.

If money’s tight and you can't afford the membership fee, please let me know, and we'll gladly work it out so you can still participate.

If There's an Issue:

If someone messages you and it doesn't feel right, you can report and block them (https://www.meetup.com/help/customer/portal/articles/1651875-block-someone-from-contacting-me/?urlkey=help&topic=help&__topic_subdomain=1). If a member of this meetup is out of line, whether face-to-face or through another means of communication, please also let me know so I can take appropriate action.

Looking forward to giving and receiving support with bi+ folks!

Sincerely,

Caitlyn Tetmeyer

Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/846810378826765/)

Twitter (https://twitter.com/IndyBisexual)

Google Doc of Bi+ Resources (https://tinyurl.com/yant4fuo)

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