Manchester bis lead parade

BCN 123 cover

This originally appeared in BCN issue 123, February 2014

The UK’s longest-running bisexual community group led a 1,200-strong protest march in Manchester in solidarity with LGBT people in Russia as the Winter Olympics opened in Sochi.  There were a number of similar events elsewhere but we believe the Manchester event was the largest such in the UK.

BiPhoria shared honours in leading the parade, taking half the parade route as lead group under their “B Is Not For Invisi-bi-lity” banner.

A ‘human chain’ was then formed creating a circle of locked hands all around the city’s queer quarter, centred on Canal Street.

The Winter Olympics in Sochi were the focus of controversy due to the Russian government’s growing biphobia, homophobia and transphobia, both legislatively and in ignoring attacks on LGBT people and venues.