Category Archives: BCN 60: Mar 2003

Europe Looks To Dublin

In June 2001, the first European Bisexual Conference (EBC1) was held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. At that conference, it was decided to make EBC a biennial event. The second European Bisexual Conference (EBC2) is to be held in Dublin from July 4th to 6th, 2003. This weekend ties in with the Dublin Pride celebrations, guaranteeing an exciting and action packed […]

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‘Inclusive’ EuroPride Manchester Takes Shape

EuroPride, Europe’s largest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender festival, will be held in Manchester from 15-25 August 2003, and the organisers promise a week and a half celebrating with energy and imagination the pride within the LGBT community. The event will incorporate Manchester’s annual ‘Mardi Gras’ LGBT pride festival. The tenth festival was awarded to Manchester by the founding organisation, […]

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Pension Rights…

As BCN went to press, Labour MP James Purnell was launching a parliamentary bill to give pension rights to unmarried couples – including same-sex couples. The Bill would ensure that all public sector pension schemes allowed partners to receive from survivor benefits, should the employee die. Married couples in a similar situation already have this right.

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Changing Sexual Offences

Proposed changes to the sexual offences legislation have been brought forward which have had a mixed reception as something of a ‘two steps forward one step back’ reform. The Sexual Offences Bill will: Repeal the current offence of buggery (Section 12 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956) Repeal the ‘privacy’ provisions which outlaw gay sex involving more than one person […]

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The Dying Days of Clause 28?

The removal of ‘Section 28’ reached an important stage in mid February when a Commons committee agreed that it should be repealed. The amendment to the Local Government Bill was tabled by MPs from all three parties, including Edward Davey (Lib Dem), Kali Mountford (Lab) and John Bercow (Cons) and was passed in this morning’s committee meeting, after a surprisingly […]

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BiMate: Lisa Lovely

Lisa, introduce yourself in no more than 100 words! Joined Brighton Bi Group in 1984 and came out. Attended 3rd British Bicon in London in 1985 and has attended every British Bicon since, and quite a few International ones. Provided phone contact from home for Bi women from 1986 before Bi phoneline started and worked with original phoneline group until […]

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"The Hours" A BIASed opinion.

Bias is Shropshire’s bi group and their meeting structure has recently changed to involve weekend social events rather than weekday evening meeting. The first Bias weekend social started as a walk along the river in Shrewsbury in the winter sunshine. It progressed to a pub lunch, then on to a trip to the local cinema to see ‘The Hours’ and […]

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How Bisexuals Used To Live

A series reflecting on the ups and downs of the bi movement in the UK. This month, Jo Eadie looks back to the Norwich BiCon in 1992. One of my friends tells me that she has an abiding memory of me ordering endless portions of beans on toast for my daughter at the canteen at the Norwich bi conference. Perhaps […]

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