Bi News Roundup: Autumn 2016

Our news roundup for issue 139:

“Tackling Hate Crime” Guide Highlights Biphobia

A set of new resources on tackling hate crime includes a welcome publication on addressing biphobia and biphobic hate crime.  It’s been produced by a network of LGBT organisations including the bisexuality research and theory group BiUK.  You can download it as a PDF here: tinyurl.com/bhc2016
Aimed at service providers such as local police services, the report notes: “When asked how many biphobic hate crimes they have come across, most police officers would say none at all. However, many will have dealt with at least one example of this without realising.
“This is partly because bisexual people themselves may struggle to label experiences as hate crime, do not disclose their identity, or are assumed to have a different sexuality. Additionally, biphobia is often not well understood or recorded by services. Service providers should be prepared to acknowledge that biphobic hate crimes do occur, but that under-reporting may make them difficult to see.”

BiCon Leeds II

BiCon returns to Leeds next summer! It’s on 10-13 August in Headingley. Weekend passes including accommodation start at £130, or without accommodation from £30 each.  See 2017.bicon.org.uk

Brum BiFest Returns

It’s an annual fixture each November now but this year’s Brum BiFest looks set to be bigger than the last few with a pretty chunky agenda for the day already lined up.
BiFests are day-long bi events, held all over the country by local bi volunteers, usually with social and discussion spaces during the day – sometimes with social and entertainment space also lined up during the evening.

Sessions announced:

  • Bi 101
  • Bi and Fandom
  • Naked Lunch
  • Fun and Games
  • Body & Face Painting
  • Safe Sex Workshop
  • BiFest Write-In
  • Burlesque
  • Local Bis

Take a look at tinyurl.com/brumfest2016 for more – it’s at the Birmingham LGBT Centre, 38/40 Holloway Circus, from 11.30am to 4.30pm on Saturday 12th November.

Someone to e-talk to

The National LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline is launching a new online chat service on Saturdays and Sundays, running 3pm-7pm.  It’s on www.galop.org.uk/domesticabuse/

The helpline’s existing services run by phone and email on 0800 999 5428 and [email protected]

Briefly Reprinted

The summary guide to the Bisexuality Report has been reprinted. The Report, which the Open University published in 2012, catalogues research and good practice advice on bisexuality and biphobia for public services and the like.

The summary leaflet covers the main points around work, bullying, health, education and bi (in)visibility.  The print run have been split between London and Manchester so supplies are available from both BiUK and BiPhoria.

‘Turing Law’ to quash convictions

Three years ago the now-famous World War II codebreaking mathematician and computing pioneer Alan Turing was given a posthumous pardon for his conviction for having sex with another man – some 61 years after he was sentenced and long after his death.

The government have announced they will be bringing forward legislation to extend that pardon to an estimated 49,000 historic convictions for similar offences that would not be a crime today.
Three days late the Isle of Man government announced a similar measure for convictions there.