Easy Bi Volunteering
To some people, “bisexual activism” sounds hard, something for a confident few.
It’s part of why I’ve tried to stop calling it that and calling it volunteering instead: after all most bi stuff in the UK is all about unpaid efforts for the wider good! And it’s not so difficult to get involved in bisexual volunteering.
I’ve picked up two bits of – I think – good advice. The first is to ask yourself how much time you really have to spare for this; the other is to pick things you’ll enjoy doing, as you’re more likely to be able to motivate yourself to carry on doing those than things that you don’t enjoy but feel a sense of obligation.
So suppose you had ten minutes to spare to help the bi movement, not every day or every week, just now and again… what could you do?
* Come out to someone* Put up a poster* Email a newspaper* Write a short blogpost (or share someone else’s!)* Talk to a friend* Donate to a bi organisation* Read a web forum or mailing list* Make another activist a cuppa* Make a badge* Sign a petition* Take & tweet a photo of something bi-related* Talk to people at work* Steal someone else’s idea* Put on a bi t-shirt or badge* Request a bi-related book at the library* Proof read something* Drop off flyers en route somewhere* Introduce yourself to another bi volunteer and ask how you can help each other next time you have ten minutes to spare
OK, suppose you could spare an hour or so, perhaps every couple of months… so just a few times a year…
* Attend something – bi group, LG group etc* Read BCN* Blog or write something substantial – say a writeup of BiCon or EuroBiCon – and send it in for the next BCN* Write a short article or a press release whether for BCN, the L/G or wider press* Engage in a discussion on a web forum* Make a few dozen badges* Other craft activity e.g. making bi-flag coloured friendship bracelet* Drop off flyers* Write to your MP or council(lor) on a bi issue* Be the out bi person at a meeting
Suppose you had a bit more time than that and could give over a day, once every few months….
* Write a longer article* Attend a BiFest* Go on a flyering run of likely venues* Run a workshop at a group or event* Make posters, flyers or teeshirts* Go on a Pride march* Run a stall at Pride or something non-LGBT like a local international women’s week event* Work with others on making a bi banner
Say you get hooked by the change-the-bi-world bug and decide that you can give it a day or a night once each month….
* Attend or run a local bi group* Design, then print, then distribute, a new poster campaign* Do lots of the things that take ten minutes or an hour!* Be a bi rep at a non-bi organisation* Work on a chapter for a book* Maintain a bi website* Research bi history* Translate resources into another language you are fluent in* Put on a fundraising event for a bi organisation* Do a photo shoot for online / printed resources* Co-ordinate other people’s activism eg by taking turns to write a column for a local gay paper
Email us with your other suggestions!