For 2023’s pride month, Bi Women Quarterly is hoping to fundraise $6,500 to sustain the work of the oldest – and quite possibly the only – bisexual+ women’s publication in the world.
Bi Women Quarterly (BWQ) is a nonprofit publication produced by the Boston Bisexual Women’s Network and edited by speaker and activist, Robyn Ochs. We’ve been in continuous publication since 1983! What started as a local quarterly newsletter 40 years ago has expanded to an international publication.
We feature the writing and art of women who fall under the bisexual+ umbrella (i.e., bi, pan, fluid, and other non-binary sexualities). We welcome contributions from all people who resonate with experiences of womanhood, whether those people are cis, trans, non-binary, or another gender expansive identity.
We produce four issues a year that are distributed worldwide to people’s email inboxes and snail-mailboxes at no cost to subscribers. We send each newsletter to individuals, college campuses, women’s centers, and LGBTQ community centers.
To get a sense of what we publish check out: biwomenquarterly.com
Bi Women Quarterly is a completely free resource, available to readers around the world. This is no small feat, considering that publishing has become increasingly expensive over the years and many publications are only able to sustain their work through paid subscribers.
However, we’re committed to keeping this resource freely available and accessible to people who need connection and community, particularly as the cultural and political climate everywhere becomes more hostile to the LGBTQ+ community.
Our mission is to uplift the voices of marginalized and historically erased people (including Black, Indigenous, & People of Color, disabled, neurodivergent, transgender, nonbinary, and gender expansive folks, among others) by giving them a platform for self expression and LGBTQ+ advocacy. Our 2022 Bodily Autonomy theme (which received so many submissions that we published it in two parts!) had the most geographically diverse number of contributors ever.
Where Your Gifts Goes
$10 covers the cost of 100 envelopes for mailing newsletters
$20 pays for 20 USPS stamps
$50 covers one month of website hosting on Wordpress
$100 maintains our monthly subscriptions to software subscriptions (Canva, Indesign, Mailing campaigns, etc).
$250 takes care of our PO Box for one year
$400 to make and maintain our website ADA accessible
$2000 month for pay each of our interns a living wage
$2,500 to $3000 to produce one issue of BWQ (and we publish 4 a year!)
And then there are our interns, to whom we pay several thousand dollars each year. Because we believe strongly that interns should be paid for their work.
Whether you share, donate, or fundraise on our behalf we are incredibly grateful for your support. Bi Women Quarterly has existed for this long because of people like you in our community who continue to show up when we need them. Even though bi+ people make up over half of the LGBTQ+ community and still receive less than 1% of donor-specific funding, we are striving to create a just and equitable future one donation at a time.
Featured banner artwork (from left to right): Femme a L'enfant Viande by Maxime Goldstyn, Quiet but Not Silent by Zoey Yang, Woman by Jo-Anne Carlson, and Feminine Displacement by Cloe Galasso.