BiMate: Lisa

Our “short interviews with bi people” series returns after a bit of a gap, and we are starting with one of last year’s Cake Award winners.  The Cakes are BiCon’s own bi awards, presented intermittently since 2002.

Take a seat and introduce yourself.
Hi, I’m Lisa. I’m from Australia originally but I’ve been a Londoner for the last 23 years. I’ve worked in clinical medicine, science publishing and music performance, and currently do public health data analysis. I researched bisexual women’s mental health for my public health MSc dissertation, and my (and my co-authors’) published findings have now been picked up all over world. I live in south-west London with my partner Wendy, and I’m turning 50 this year.

What’s the best collective noun for bisexuals?
A flourish of bisexuals.

What’s your favourite film?
‘The Piano’ (directed by Jane Campion).

When did you know you were bisexual?
At my first London Pride march (1992), when I saw the bisexual stall and realised, “but that’s me!”. (Turns out there was a name for it after all.)

What’s your favourite thing about being bi?
Having an identity label that’s actually true.

Who do you respect most in the world?
People who live out their principles and make the world a better place.

What/who has inspired you the most?
Patti Smith/Ani di Franco/Nelson Mandela/indigenous and environmental activists everywhere.

Which historical person would you most like to meet?
Mary Wollstonecraft.

What makes you smile?
My partner’s ruthless teasing.

What should people try?
Silliness; going for a walk somewhere green; bitter chocolate sorbet at Gelupo’s (Soho, London).

What are you most proud/ashamed of?
Most ashamed of: being disrespectful to kind people. Most proud of: not giving up on myself.

What about your life would most surprise your 16 year old self?
That I would occasionally prefer sleep to sex.