Category Archives: BCN 104: Dec 2010

Letters – issue 104

Help Us Win! Dear BCN, A little plea to your readers, if they are online and have five minutes to spare.  BiPhoria, the bi group up in Manchester, has been shortlisted in the annual Pink Paper Reader’s Awards for the category “best LGBT social group”.  I’m pretty sure it’s the first time a bi group has ever made the shortlist […]

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Brum BiFest 2010

After Birmingham’s second BiFest, we caught up with Phil, one of the movers and shakers… Tell us how it came to happen? After the success of last year’s event the group felt we had to continue with the work done by Natalya and Bethan and keep Brum Bi Group on the map.  Spillo did most of the work really such […]

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I’ve had a gay marriage, according to some…

Whenever I rant about bisexual erasure, the first thing I hear is “When we say ‘Gay’, of course we mean to include bisexuals. Stop being silly.” This often comes up. It doesn’t matter if we bisexuals don’t include ourselves in the blanket term, other people do and we should be grateful they do without continually moaning that our special word […]

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Coming Out Younger… or are we?

The average coming out age has fallen by over 20 years in Britain, according to Stonewall.  Their recent online poll, which had 1,536 respondents, found that lesbian, gay and bisexual people aged 60 and over came out at 37 on average. People aged 18 and under are coming out at 15 on average. Ruth Hunt, Stonewall’s Deputy Director of Public […]

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BiReCon: The first International academic conference on bisexuality?

Meg Barker, Christina Richards and Rebecca Jones (of BiUK) report back from BiReCon Thursday 26th August 2010 saw the second BiReCon conference. The aim of the event was to bring together researchers and academics with activists, organisations and community members to develop, disseminate and discuss research and theory about bisexuality. The first UK BiReCon was held in 2008, prior to […]

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Nothing to be Proud about

After having written a couple of previous reports of cheerful, positive experiences at other cities’ Pride festivals in the summer, I find myself unable to do that for my last one. Manchester, the city in which I was living when I really started to think of myself as bisexual and thus the one in which I have lived my whole […]

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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”. […]

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That’s not my bi history!

It needs us to tell it how it is – and how it was In 2010, I went to two events to mark LGBT History Month.  Both of them left me thinking, ‘this is not my history’. One was an event that promised to talk about bisexuality, but the presentation skipped most of the last 25 years worth of bisexual […]

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