20th Century Bi: making it happen

There has been a distinct lack of B in LGBT history month, but hopefully  2011 will put that right.

LGBT history month, which in the UK happens every February, is a terrific opportunity to focus on people and communities that all too often don’t get a look-in. It aims to “celebrate the lives and the achievements of the LGBT community”. Ideally, it focuses on the lives of queer people in the past, and shows how we’ve got here from there. Hundreds of events take place each year.
So far, though, there has been precious little on bisexuality. There was a bi history event in Manchester in 2008, and a bi speaker at one event in London in 2009. Nothing at all took place last year.

As far as I can gather, LGBT history month is a hub for events organised by other people. It does not organise events itself; they are organised and run by activists, local councils, schools and so forth. So whether or not events take place is up to us.

For several years now, people in the bisexual community have been discussing the possibility of having a specifically bi history event.

Whether we are talking about bi individuals, groups, politicised communities or the different ways sexuality has been seen across the years, there’s plenty of bi history. It’s important that people involved in the bi community, or those who are starting to think about their own bisexuality, should know that bisexuality isn’t a trend that only started last week. People have been bisexual forever.

That’s why Lisa Colledge and I are co-ordinating 20th Century Bi. This event will have speakers talking about bi individuals and communities from decades across the 20th century. The details are still being finalised, but it’s going to be an exciting event.
20th Century Bi, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL. Saturday 12 February 2011, 2.30pm-4.30pm, £5/£3 unwaged.

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LGBT history month says on its website that it is about “claiming our past, celebrating our present, creating our future”. We hope you will join us in doing just that.

Sue George