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Gary North
Gary North is a longtime journalist who founded the first U.S. national bi newsletter back in 1987-8, helped co-found BiNet USA (and served several times as an officer, including president, VP, secretary and treasurer, plus task force member), and led the organizing of the first bi-pan-fluid leadership institute at Creating Change. He is in the process of editing/rewriting "The Book of Taun," about the life and AIDS-related death of his husband in 1993. He lives with his wife of 15 years in the greater Los Angeles region, loves his eight grandchildren (thanks to his wife's three grown children), and still keeps in touch with his late husband's many relatives. He's also a former president of the Los Angeles Newspaper Guild (now the Southern California Media Guild), which merged with CWA 9400/AFL-CIO, and he remains active in various other labor/societal causes.

In addition, he intermittently adds entries to his blogs at and, and can be found occasionally at,, and

Entries by Gary North

A Kerfuffle Among Friends and Family in the House of Bi

(5) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 7:59 PM

Once upon a time, when the bi world was young (1987-1990 or so) and some of us were a bit younger, all the American bi activists seemed to know each other (and many still do) -- a band of bi brothers and sisters and others who had coincidentally come to...

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The Casual Bi Activist: Every Little Bit Helps

(1) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 2:00 PM

Maybe I've dwelled too much in the House of Bi -- or not enough. When I think of what so many bi activists are achieving now, I'm humbled and ashamed that I didn't take such initiatives for decades. I dabbled, I tread water, I picked away at actions, but never...

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Farewell "Bi" for Now, Hello "Diverse!"

(1) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 10:56 AM

One of the side benefits of discussions prompted by the recent NYT article on the "scientific search to prove bisexuality exists" has been the focus on the semantics of "bisexuality". Nothing new here -- BiNet USA's founders (of which I am one of many) debated for...

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Separate for Equal?

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 3:11 PM

I love that the Bi Resource Center developed and promoted Bi Health Awareness Month (we're more than halfway through it now) and that BiNet USA and others are pushing organizations and media to stop lumping "bi" (and frankly "lesbian") in with "gay," especially when...

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Ellen Page, Role Models, Celebs, Leadership, and Being Your Own Hero

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2014 | 8:13 AM

While the talented Ellen Page's coming out is significant and helpful to so many people, at the same time it's a bit disappointing for me because I always feel torn about knowing an actor's sexuality (or politics or background) if it means I must fight through the dissonance...

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Bi 'OBE': Overtaken by Events

(5) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 12:07 PM

My unexpected blogging sabbatical over, I intended on my return to pen a pastiche of bi-imbued posts focusing on violent public events that had occurred during my absence -- and what bi people could do as role models of love and compassion to help prevent such horrors. But in almost...

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Calling All Bi Role Models: What Bi People Can Do to Help Heal U.S. Wounds

(1) Comments | Posted August 13, 2012 | 1:28 PM

It is the latest summer of America's discontent: Despite the wonder and glory of the upbeat London Olympics, 2012 is proving to be a horrific year of fires, droughts, mass shootings, hostility, and inflammatory rhetoric, the latter two even among politicians in this political year, when what we really need...

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Memory Loss and the Political Year

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 12:06 PM

The mind plays games in love and romance -- and in politics and activism. For me, those worlds are converging this year.

I had often heard of collective amnesia, voter apathy, and electoral ignorance, but I had never bought into them as unshakable truisms. After all, I was a journalist:...

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Legacy: Looking Back at the Queer/Bi Movement and the Road Ahead

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 5:13 PM

Bisexual activism has been taken up by newer generations in America and elsewhere, the latest examples being four bi leaders listed in The Advocate's "40 Under 40." That such a sometimes-stodgy/sometimes-surly frienemy of bi people (at least in the past) would now list a bi leader, let alone...

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The Map

(3) Comments | Posted April 16, 2012 | 6:13 PM

The short, simple email arrived unexpectedly not long ago, without fanfare or warning, settling low and inconspicuously amid my ever-mounting pile of received electronic missives. It was from a bi-accepting straight ex-lover whom I hadn't heard from in decades. What had prompted her to write was the finding of a...

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The Flake Factor

(3) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 2:57 PM

As a boy I feared coming out because I dreaded (rightly so) that I would be labeled "Gary the Fairy" (it rhymes in some pronunciations); this was before the word "gay" became popularized. Quickly I realized I wasn't "just" gay, because I was attracted to certain females as well as...

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Bis Who Buy: Bi-Identified Consumers and Saving the Economy

(6) Comments | Posted December 23, 2011 | 9:01 AM

While we've survived the autumn of our Occupied discontent, now we're faced with the bleakness of an unforgiving economic winter -- regardless of our sexualities. Consumers -- bi and otherwise -- vote with their money, wittingly or not: support a pizza chain or hamburger giant whose food you like but...

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A Bi Bridge?

(4) Comments | Posted November 2, 2011 | 2:11 PM

Is there really a "bi mindset"? For decades, I preached the Gospel of Bi -- that people who have attractions to more than one gender are, or can be (or, in any case, should be), catalysts for world peace, human bridges to overcoming the divides between genders, races, religions, creeds,...

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Bi 'Marriage' and the Census

(5) Comments | Posted October 5, 2011 | 4:20 PM

What exactly is a "bi marriage"? Is it possible? Is it noble, modern, confounding, redundant? Or is it just an oxymoron?

I'm prompted to ask because the U.S. Census Bureau on Sept. 27 released corrected figures showing that 131,729 same-sex couples checked "husband" or "wife" on the most...

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Gathering of the Bi Clan

(8) Comments | Posted September 28, 2011 | 12:15 AM

The call has gone out to make the next Creating Change the most bi-positive and transformational one yet. That shouldn't be hard to do, even though it's in the dead of winter (Jan. 25-29) in a none-too-warm clime (Baltimore). Yet despite CC's nearly 30 years of existence as a Brigadoon...

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