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Bisexual Resource Center records

 Collection
Identifier: M144

Overview

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.

Dates

  • 1983-2002

Creator

Language of Materials

Collection is predominately in English, with some materials in German, Dutch, Finnish, Swedish, and Spanish.

Conditions Governing Access:

Member lists are restricted. For further information, please contact the University Archivist.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Chronology

  • 1984-1985 Boston-area bisexual activists organize the Second Northeast Conference on Bisexuality in Cambridge, Mass. With the profits from the conference, the East Coast Bisexual Network (ECBN) is formed and other events are planned.
  • 1988 The ECBN begins publishing the International Directory of Bisexual Groups, compiled by co-founder Robyn Ochs.
  • 1989 The ECBN opens the Bisexual Resource Office in the Lesbian and Gay Community Center building at 338 Newbury St. in Boston.
  • 1990 ECBN incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
  • 1992 Bisexual Resource Office moves from 338 Newbury St. to 95 Berkeley St. Efforts begin to more formally organize the growing archive.
  • 1993 Name changes to Bisexual Resource Center. BRC participates in the March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Equal Rights, and co-sponsors the National Conference Celebrating Bisexuality in Washington, DC during the weekend of the march.
  • 1995 The BRC publishes the first Bisexual Resource Guide, an international directory of bi and bi-friendly businesses, organizations, and media.
  • 2005 The BRC begins publishing Getting Bi: Voices from Bisexuals Around the World, an anthology of international perspectives on bisexuality.
  • 2008 The BRC continues to organize and sponsor events promoting awareness and acceptance of bisexuality. The organization is located at 29 Stanhope St., Boston, Mass.
1984-1985
Boston-area bisexual activists organize the Second Northeast Conference on Bisexuality in Cambridge, Mass. With the profits from the conference, the East Coast Bisexual Network (ECBN) is formed and other events are planned.
1988
The ECBN begins publishing the International Directory of Bisexual Groups, compiled by co-founder Robyn Ochs.
1989
The ECBN opens the Bisexual Resource Office in the Lesbian and Gay Community Center building at 338 Newbury St. in Boston.
1990
ECBN incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
1992
Bisexual Resource Office moves from 338 Newbury St. to 95 Berkeley St. Efforts begin to more formally organize the growing archive.
1993
Name changes to Bisexual Resource Center. BRC participates in the March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Equal Rights, and co-sponsors the National Conference Celebrating Bisexuality in Washington, DC during the weekend of the march.
1995
The BRC publishes the first Bisexual Resource Guide, an international directory of bi and bi-friendly businesses, organizations, and media.
2005
The BRC begins publishing Getting Bi: Voices from Bisexuals Around the World, an anthology of international perspectives on bisexuality.
2008
The BRC continues to organize and sponsor events promoting awareness and acceptance of bisexuality. The organization is located at 29 Stanhope St., Boston, Mass.

Extent

11.5 cubic feet (12 containers)

System of Arrangement:

Organized into 2 series: 1. Organizational Records; 2. Reference Archives.

Physical Location

33/3

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Received from the Bisexual Resource Center in 2005 and 2007.

Bibliography

  • "Bisexual Movement Mainstay Changes Name and Broadens Mission." M144, Box 1, Folder 17
  • "A Brief History of the Bisexual Movement." M144, Box 1, Folder 12
  • "East Coast Bisexual Network." M144, Box 4, Folder 33
  • "The Evolution of the Boston Bisexual Community." M144, Box 4, Folder 33
  • Grant Applications, M144, Box 1, Folder 2
Title
Finding aid for the Bisexual Resource Center Records
Author
Finding aid prepared by Cynthia Rufo
Date
October 20, 2008
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Northeastern University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Contact:
92 Snell Library
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02115 US