BCN: Britain's bimonthly bisexual magazine - giving voice to the bi community since 1995.
The latest issue of BCN is out now.
LGBT History Month:
– Growing up with a bisexual father, Humphrey Spender remembered
– Exhibiting bisexuality
The #StillBisexual campaign
Bi Shopping: perfect pressies for your bi-mates
Fair-weather Friends: who’s just woken up to bi inclusion and why?
Local Groups: Bis Of Colour
LGBT Phonelines in 2015: still needed?
Annual Bisexual conference BiCon 2015 have published their Access report and outlined how the low-income / other needs fund will operate this year.
BiCon will be held in Nottingham on the weekend of 13 – 16 August this summer. The event goes to a different city each year – recently it’s been held in London, Edinburgh, Leeds and Bradford.
The Access report covers issues like getting around the venue for people with mobility impairments, and accommodation for people who are bringing small children along to the weekend.
The AccessÂ Fund meanwhile is there to make BiCon more possible for people who areÂ experiencing a financial, accessibility or equality hardship.Â It’s run for more than a decade under different names, as part of enabling people to take part in BiCon for who it would otherwise be prohibitively expensive.
Bookings for the event will open soon.
A cross-party report on the current state of the asylum and immigration system out today condemns failings of the current process including for bisexual and other LGBTI asylum-seekers. This includes homophobic and transphobic (and we assume biphobic – the style of reporting is not very bi and intersex inclusive beyond headlines) abuse within the detention system.
“We were extremely concerned to hear that LGBTI detainees face bullying, harassment and abuse inside detention centres. This is not acceptable. There is a lack of information available about the extent to which LGBTI individuals face detention and the Enforcement Instructions and Guidance make no mention of assessments of the risks to detaining LGBTI individuals.
Another EU member state is legalising same-sex marriage.
The Parliament of Slovenia has voted by 51 votes to 28 (5 abstentions) to open up marriage beyond mixed-sex couples, and to allow same-sex couples to adopt children.
The bill has to be enacted by the President but with polls showing clear popular support it should become law soon.
It’s March (happy St David’s Day!) and there are lots of bi meetups going on around the country this week.
Tuesday in Manchester BiPhoria have their monthly discussion space meet-up at the LGF Centre on Richmond Street from 7.30pm.
On Wednesday Edinburghâ€™s Bi & Beyond meet at the LGBT Centre for Health & Wellbeing, 9 Howe St, from 7pm.
Thursday is Brighton Bothways‘ “talky space” meetup from 6.30pm at the Friends Meeting House. Meanwhile Bi Cardiff meet from 6.30pm – email firstname.lastname@example.org for info or click here. Finally, Sheffield Bi+ are meeting up and going out for karaoke.
Finally Saturday sees the London bi coffee meet from 3pm at Spitalfields Market coffee shop – more info here.
Hot on the heels of Clarke in The 100 being revealed as bisexual, we get another bi woman in sci-fi with Catwoman slyly coming out as bisexual in the latest edition of the DC comic.
The geekier end of social media has been abuzz with it ever since – not least this poster from the people behind the Bisexual Recruitment Army riffing on current “young Batman” TV show Gotham – which already has a fistful of established queer characters.
Writer Genevieve Valentine blogged:
Sheâ€™s flirted around it â€“ often quite literally â€“ for years now; for me, this wasnâ€™t a revelation so much as a confirmation. And as Mark Doyle and I were first hashing out the relationships in this arc, Eiko seemed like the right person: intelligent, driven, in that uncanny valley of Almost Catwoman, and knows enough about Selina that their honesty has become something of a shelter in a situation thatâ€™s getting increasingly dishonest for everybody involved. The more we talked about it, the more it was something I wanted to make happen.
A good week for bi representation, then. Perhaps we can have some bi blokes next week though?
Following the announcement that bi.org is to close from March 13th, the international web hub for Bi Visibility Day events has migrated to a new address.
The old September23.bi.org web domain will go as part of the loss of bi.org so please update links and bookmarks to www.BiVisibilityDay.com
Annual Bisexual conference BiCon 2015 have published their prices though booking has still yet to open.
The biggest UK bi event of the year, BiCon will be held in Nottingham on the weekend of 13 – 16 August this summer. The event goes to a different city each year – recently it’s been held in London, Edinburgh, Leeds and Bradford.
Bookings for the event will open soon: meanwhile the sliding scale of prices are here.
Post-apocalyptic sci-fi show The 100 has gained its first out bisexual character – with the tease that others could easily follow. Leader of the survivors of the 100-strong landing party that return to Earth, Clarke Griffin (Eliza Taylor) kissed another woman in this week’s episode.
The show’s Creator/Executive Producer Jason Rothenburg didn’t leave the fan base to speculate too long, tweeting
#The100, they donâ€™t label themselves. If Clarkeâ€™s attracted to someone, gender isnâ€™t a factor. Some things improve post-apocalypse.
We’re delighted to see more representation. Hopefully Jason’s wrong about it taking World War III for us to get there…