Bi Visibility 2013

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This originally appeared in BCN issue 120

Why are we still holding bi visibility celebrations in 2013?  Surely people have got the hang of ‘the B word’ by now?

We talked to Mel Berry from Brighton’s Bi Youth group about their work last autumn, which produced an eyecatching array of photos of young bis and allies celebrating bisexuality – one of which graces the back of this issue of BCN.

Mel says, “To mark Bi Visibility Day Allsorts bi & pan youth group wanted to produce positive images to promote bi visibility within both the LGBT and wider communities.  Although bi young people are often discriminated against from many sectors of the community, we wanted to put a positive spin on the campaign and say “here we are, we’re proud.”

“The bi young people enjoyed taking part in the project immensely, it gave them a sense of pride and unity.  Within Allsorts itself, many lesbian, gay and trans young people said they honestly felt confused about bisexual identity and it gave them an opportunity to ask questions and be open in a safe space.  Further afield we had a lot of positive feedback, that the campaign highlighted the diverse range of people in the bi community, and quashed the stereotype of bi people being “a certain type of person.”

“In the longer term its given ‘Bi Brighton’ a bigger profile and helped us to reach more young bi people with our service.  Images have resurfaced everywhere, from social networks to LGBT and non LGBT print media.”
Find our more about the youth group at www.allsortsyouth.org.uk

This year’s plans – so far!

This is what we know about so far as BCN goes to press – for the latest info, we recommend the september23.bi.org website.

Derby: Fri 20 Sept, local LGBT switchboard is planning an event but no details yet
Salford: Fri 20 Sept, evening ‘do’ details to be confirmed, email [email protected]
Manchester: Sun 22 Sept, daytime details tbc, evening bi quiz downstairs at Taurus, 1 Canal Street from 6pm.  Email [email protected]
Dublin: Mon 23 Sept, evening bi stall in the Outhouse.
Manchester: Mon 23 Sept, daytime Bi Visibility Day stall at university to be confirmed; evening ticketed event contact [email protected]
Swansea: “Have Your Say” event at the Civic Centre from 2pm-5pm in Committee Room 1,  a chance for bisexual people and the public sector to get together to discuss bisexual issues and solutions and learn from each other.  Followed by an evening social from 5pm-9pm at Pulse, High St, Swansea.  Email [email protected] for more info or to book your place.
Edinburgh: Fri 27 Sept – Bi Film Night at LGBT Film Club, LGBT Centre for Health & Wellbeing, 630 – 930pm, 9 Howe St.   Contact Jules for info & to book your seat!  Email: [email protected] Call: 0131 523 1104
London: Sat 28 Sept, BiFete – with stalls, crafts, social space and a group picnic.  2-8pm,  Brixton Community Base, Talma Road, SW2 1AS.  Further details on bisexualindex.org.uk/bifete