BiMedia: August 2005

Domino
Due for release later this year is Domino, with Keira Knightley in the title role. The film is based on the life of Domino Harvey, the beautiful daughter of an English actor turned LA bounty hunter.  However, as reported in The Guardian (Thursday 30th June 2005), they’re missing something out – namely her bisexuality.

“Domino sees it as an insult that the producers are selling it as her life story, when they are completely overlooking what she regards as a pretty basic part of her life,” a newspaper diarist quoted a friend as saying this year. “Domino is not happy,” added her mother. “She is a recluse and she wants absolutely nothing to do with the film or anyone who has anything to do with it.”
However, the same article reported her as being found dead in her bath earlier that week so luckily for the film’s producers Ms Harvey won’t be able to kick up much of a fuss.

Bisexual Women feel “pressured to be lesbians”
On Tuesday 12th July 2005, Gay.com reported that bisexual women face increasing pressure to declare themselves as lesbians, as well as saying that bisexuals continued to feel that their sexuality was stigmatic in comparison to gay men and lesbians.

These findings came from a study conducted by Patricia Hudson, and were presented at the British Psychological Society’s Psychology of Women Section Conference. They also pointed to the need for more women-specific health promotional projects, suggested that more inclusivity for bisexuals in the gay community was needed.

“…the study reveals through interviews with bisexual women that they find their sexuality – and its perception – “challenging”.

They also believe that neither heterosexual or gay people are understanding of them and feel pressure from both groups to define their sexuality more precisely.

Hudson says health workers need to recognise the diversity of sexual orientation, and encourage bisexual people to fight against the perceived stigma.

”The onus is on professional and academic psychologists to recognise that enduring bisexual identities do exist, and to ensure that they challenge the stigma that so often renders bisexual identities invisible or portrays them in negative ways,” she said.”

Dan Savage
In the column Savage Love (Portland Mercury, 14th July 2005), Dan Savage replies to a letter on how to come out as bi. Here are some choice excerpts from the ‘advice’ he dishes out:
“It never seems to occur to bis that they can avoid all the mean/clueless/insensitive gays, lesbians, and straights by dating other bis exclusively.
In fairness it’s possible that all the smart, hip, together bis are already contentedly banging other bis, and since they’re not having problems, I don’t hear from them. But still, what kind of statement does it make about the general desirability of bisexuals when so many bisexuals can’t even conceive of dating other bisexuals?
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But these nominally bisexual men are not emotionally available to other men—in other words, these guys may have sex with other guys, but, like STUD, they only have relationships with women. Which is why dating bi guys isn’t something most gay men are willing to do. Even if the bi guy you’re dating is single, you’re still just his piece on the side.”

If there’s a Biphobe Of The Month award, I think Dan Savage is a front runner…

Sugar Rush
Sugar Rush started airing on Tuesday nights on Channel 4 from 7th June. Based on the novel of the same name by Julie Burchill, it’s set in Brighton and centers around Kim and her lust for her best friend, Sugar, who for all intents and purposes is straight. The episode shown on 19th July saw Kim finally snog Sugar in a club, only for her to come back from the bar and find Sugar all over a bloke. Here’s to seeing how the storyline goes from here…

Also, extra points to Channel 4 for actually having some decent bi-related links from the programme site – see www.channel4.com/life/microsites/S/sugar_rush/index.html

Bi Scotland
Finally, congratulations to Bi Scotland!

First of all, in the Daily Record’s Joan’s Junior’s advice column (Monday 4th July 2005), the Bi Scotland website was referred to as a source of information to a 16 year old boy who fancied his (male) best mate, as well as him being sensibly told that “It’s not unusual for teenagers to be unsure about their sexuality.” Dan Savage of the Portland Mercury take note!

Also, the July issue of Scotsgay has a photo spread of the Scottish pride festival with a photo of the Bi Scotland banner amongst those chosen.
Cat