Category Archives: BCN 105: Feb 2011

Coming Out, Staying Out

Manchester-based bisexual group BiPhoria have launched a new pocket-sized guide to coming out and staying out. The booklet, Getting Bi in a Gay / Straight World, talks about coming out and staying out, and how we keep a sense of bi identity. There are local and national listings of key resources like helplines, campaign group Bisexual Index, BiMedia, and – […]

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Letters – issue 105

Safe Spaces – What’s all that about then? One of the most distinctive things about BiCon, as well as the wonderful people that you will meet and fabulous conversations that you will have, is that there are sections on the schedule that are labelled as ‘only’ or ‘safe’ spaces.  Now you may be wondering how this fits in with the […]

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Bis in Unison: 7 Years On

Six years ago I attended my first UNISON LGBT Conference and found out that the group had included bisexual people for the past year, its members voting overwhelmingly for a bisexual inclusive group at the previous year’s conference; I experienced this as an encouraging and welcoming fact. Attending the caucus meeting at conference for people identifying as bisexual, I put […]

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Stepping Up: calling white allies

“You don’t really want Black folks, you are just looking for yourself with a little color to it”. – Bernice Johnson Reagon I read the quote above in a Race Revolt zine last night and thought “I can’t honestly say that’s not true of how I have been thinking”. Over the years I have been involved in various conversations about […]

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Big Bi Society

The Big Society.  2010’s Call-me-Dave answer to 1997’s Call-me-Tony grand plan, The Third Way, and in short a politician noticing that as well as commercial and state provision, there’s a whole other sector to the economy with its own values and motives.  Sometimes TBS is misleadingly conflated with the public spending cuts but don’t get them muddled, it is its […]

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Football vs Biphobia

  It’s easy to grow accustomed to living in a society where celebrities, film stars, musicians, politicians, and other public figures are gay, lesbian and yes even bisexual. But there’s one area of life near and dear to a lot of people’s hearts that has a distinct lack of anyone willing to admit being anything other than straight: football. While […]

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Academics look at bi youth

What’s going on in the world of bi research and theory?  We look at the latest issue of the academic Journal of Bisexuality. Journal of Bisexuality: Special Issue on Bisexuality and Youth By Tracey Plowman from BiUK A special issue focusing on bisexual youth seems the perfect place to begin summarising bisexuality research. The editorial[1] and introduction[2] to this issue […]

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Queering the Census

What does it mean for bis? 2011 National Census –Sex and Religion, issues for Bisexuals to consider The 2011 National Census is on March 27.  So why does it matter to bisexuals? The following is from the Census website home page – What’s in it for me? The census is about counting numbers and types of people so that statisticians […]

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