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Sheela Lambert (born 1956 in New York City) is an American bisexual civil rights activist, therapist and writer. She is active in a number of bisexual rights groups including the Bi Writers Association, Bi Mental Health Professionals Association [1], New York Area Bisexual Network and Bialogue.

Lambert attended Beloit College. She received her B.S. degree in psychology from Empire State College in 1989 and is a graduate of a two-year Psychotherapy Training Program of the Hakomi Institute.[1] She is a certified HIV Counselor in New York City and New York State.

She also received formal training in Family Therapy and Group Leadership Skills; studied Intensive Case Management at Hunter College; coursework in AIDS Training for Child Welfare Staff (Center for Development of Human Services of SUNY Buffalo and the New York State Department of Social Services); coursework in HIV Medical and Technical Information (Department of Health, Division of HIV Counseling and Testing, Training Unit).

Lambert has been a public speaker on the topic of bisexuality including: Understanding Bisexuality, Famous Bisexuals in History, Border Crossings, Activist Toolkit and Marriage Discrimination: Impact on the Bi Community. She has also appeared on a variety of televisionshows on the topic of bisexuality including Real Personal With Bob Berkowitz (CNBC), The Rolonda Show (syndicated), The Richard Bey Show (WWOR-TV) and others. Additionally Lambert has been quoted in various other media — including The Washington Blade,[2][3][4] The New York Blade[5] and Time Out New York[6] — on issues related to bisexuality.

Personal

Lambert lives in New York City and has an adult son. She was married from 1982 to 1994, though separated from her husband beginning in 1984.

Lambert's work for bisexual rights

1990's

  • During the 1992-93 television season, Lambert was the on-air correspondent and producer of Out in the 90’s, a live New York City public access cable TV news and information show for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.
  • In 1993, Lambert was the executive producer/host for Bisexual Network, the first television series by and for the bisexual community.[7] The series aired for one season on New York City's public-access television.
  • Lambert produced a bisexual health care report for the New York City Department of Health in 1993, examining barriers to service for bisexual people accessing health and mental health services.
  • She was a bisexual member of the Educational Coalition on Lesbian and Gay Youth (ECoLaGY), 1992-94.
  • Lambert ran a Women's Safer Sex Workshop series, for bisexual women and lesbians, that ran almost three years, from March 1992 through December 1995. The Workshops were co-sponsored by New York Area Bisexual Network; N.Y.C. Department of Health, Office of Lesbian and Gay Concerns, Lesbian Health Project; Gay Men's Health Crisis' Lesbian Health Project (LAP); Community Health Project (CHP, now the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center) Lesbian Health Program.
  • Friends, Allies, Community Members, Lovers, Bisexuals: A Part of Our Community, a program of song and poetry performance and panel and group discussion, was held in October 1993. This program was co-sponsored by the Mayor's Office for the Lesbian and Gay Community, BiPAC and Bisexual Women of Color.
  • In 1996, Lambert joined Heritage of Pride, in which she was an active Gay and Lesbian Pride organizer for two years to promote the bi-inclusive agenda as a member. In 2002 Heritage of Pride renamed New York City's Lesbian and Gay Pride events to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride March, Rally, Festival and Dance.
  • From 1998 to 2000, Lambert was a member of the LGBT Advisory Board for C. Virginia Fields, the Manhattan Borough President.

2000's

  • In 2005, in response to the misinformation put out by the academically disputed Bailey Study, Lambert worked as a senior member of a joint Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)/Bialogue task force that began to create information packets to provides facts about bisexuality, dispel myths and stereotypes, and educate the public about issues bisexuals face, as well as provides guidelines for various professionals.
  • In 2006 Ms. Lambert founded the national groups the Bi Writers Association, the Bi Mental Health Professionals Association and co-founded the New York City group Bi Women of All Colors.,[8][9]
  • In 2007, Ms. Lambert organized two major bi events. She was an organizer of Bi Lines: A Celebration of Bisexual Writing in Reading, Music and Culture, held in conjunction with the 19th Annual Lambda Literary Awards, events.[10] Bi Lines was co-sponsored by BiNet USA, the Lambda Literary Foundation, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Services Center, et al. for the benefit of the Bi Writers Association. Ms Lambert also organized the "Words on Wings"[11] concert, also a benefit for BWA, headlined by Rachael Sage and a lineup of out bi and lesbian musicians, held Sept 28 at the LGBT Community Center.

Response to Bisexual Erasure

Lambert has helped in the response to "Dr. Ruth" Westheimer and Dr. Joy Browne’s recent public incidents (and discovered long-term history) of bisexual erasure:

In October 2005, Dr. Ruth made statements in her nationally syndicated advice column that "everyone is either straight or gay" and there "is no such thing as being bisexual."[2][12]

In November, 2005, Dr. Joy Browne (on her nationally syndicated radio show and Discovery Health Channel TV show) told a young woman confused by her attractions to women and men that she must decide: "Am I gay or am I straight?" because "saying that 'I’m bisexual' just means 'Do me!' That 'I don’t care who does me as long as some body…'"

Working together with BiNet USA, Bisexual Resource Center (BRC) and GLAAD , Lambert led the letter-writing campaigns for Dr. Ruth and Dr. Joy Browne and designed a packet of books and educational materials on bisexuality, specially targeted to their mental health and psychology research-oriented backgrounds (paid for and forwarded by GLAAD).

Westheimer's and Browne's respective syndicated columns and TV shows have been monitored closely since the beginning of each campaign. No further incidences of bisexual erasure have been observed since they were contacted.

The Bialogue/GLAAD Bisexuality Packet for Mental Health Professionals is now available online on Bialogue’s website. It is designed as a series of documents that can be printed, copied and distributed as handouts for workshops, trainings and classes or viewed online.

Lambert wrote/edited the Bi Writers Association Media Guide to Bisexuality and LGBT Reporting, now available on the BWA website.

Partial bibliography

Print

  • The Pain Management Handbook: Guided Imagery and Relaxation for Pain Management and Stress Relief. Self-published, 1988.
  • Bisexual Health Care Report. New York City Department of Health, 1993.

Journals

  • "Hakomi Therapy Supervision Verbatim." Hakomi Forum (professional journal of The Hakomi Institute), No. 7, Winter 1989.[13]

Magazines

  • Reviewed the film Running with Scissors, Go NYC Magazine, October 2006.[14]
  • Reviewed independent films The Gymnast, GYPO and Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing and interviewed film directors Linda Thornburg (Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing), Katherine Brooks (Loving Annabelle), Lesli Klainberg (Fabulous!) and the actress and producer Dreya Weber (The Gymnast) for Curve, October, November and December 2006 issues.

Newsletters

  • "Notes from the Homefront: Bisexual Motherhood." Decidedly Bi, 1991.

Plays

  • Lavender Heights, a one-act play performed at the 1994 International Conference Celebrating Bisexuality.

Online

Television

  • Producer and correspondent, Out in the 90s (1992–93)
  • Executive producer and host, Bisexual Network (1993)

See also

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