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White House to hold first-ever bisexual issues roundtable: report


** FILE ** President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden. (Associated Press)

The White House is set to hold a roundtable event next month exclusively dedicated to issues facing the bisexual community, the first of its kind for the Obama administration, the Washington Blade first reported.

White House LGBT liaison Gautam Raghavan told the Blade that the closed-door meeting will take place Sept. 23 at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House.

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“Participants and administration officials will discuss a range of topics including health, HIV/AIDS, domestic and intimate partner violence, mental health, and bullying,” Mr. Raghavan said.

The invitation was reportedly sent to LGBT supporters of the president and specifies the meeting will be closed to the press.

A White House official confirmed the event would take place, but didn’t comment further, the Blade reported.

Michael Cole-Schwartz, a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, said his group plans to participate.

“It’s a testament to this administration that they are focusing on all elements of the LGBT community and they should be applauded for hosting an event focused on some of the specific issues impacting bisexual people,” he told the Blade.

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