Author Archives: Ian

BiCon 2013 – the letter that was never sent

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I was on the team for BiCon 2013, held at the University of Edinburgh's John Macintyre Conference Centre (sessions) and Pollock Halls (accommodation in surrounding blocks). Pollock Halls is, looked at from one perspective, a large hotel that just happens to have students in it for much of the year. Over the summer, the demand for accommodation in Edinburgh is… Read more »

The LGST Foundation?

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Based in Manchester, the LGBT Foundation was originally the Lesbian & Gay Foundation, formed from the merger of Manchester Lesbian and Gay Switchboard and Healthy Gay Manchester. The idea of getting bifurious.co.uk came at a bi activist weekend that was held at one of their previous offices, but that almost certainly had nothing to do with the way that it… Read more »

Pride in Diversity: pink-washing and bisexual erasure, together at last!

Having been struck by the 'WHAT the fuck' definition of bisexual as "Someone who is attracted to people of the same gender and other genders" in a recent LGBT Foundation document, I thought I'd look to see 'WHERE the fuck' they got that phrase from. It turns out that, I started talking about it, Google knew of exactly one use… Read more »

"I am not the flag: not at all. I am but its shadow"

Two things happened twenty two years ago that still resonate within the bi community. One was a BiCon organising team trying to do away with the sliding scale, the idea that people with less money pay less to attend BiCon. Let's just say that the reaction from the community meant that they quickly accepted they'd made a mistake, and no-one's… Read more »

Was DJ West's greatest hit that great? Not if you're bisexual…

Perhaps because there are other things to report on at the moment, the Guardian has only just published its obituary of Donald James West, author of the 1955 book Homosexuality, who died on 31st January this year. I don't know how many editions it ended up having, but as it happens I have the first three: the original hardback, the… Read more »

Of course it's not just bisexual people that some bigots don't believe

There is a big overlap between 'bi people' and 'trans people'. The latter have been an important part of the UK bi community from day one, and any 'debate' about whether to accept people's self-identity as any gender (or none) was done and sorted in 1993.* Doing so has been as solid a bit of, say, BiCon as the sliding… Read more »

Bisexuality as conspiracy theory?

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Polling organisation YouGov have a couple of new trackers – things they ask every six months to look at how attitudes and beliefs change over time. One asked over two thousand people in the UK this question: Thinking about sexuality, which of the following comes closer to your view? 'There is no middle ground – you are either heterosexual or… Read more »

How much would he have got with a better reputation to start with?

Speaking of right-wingers who've been in the news recently, it's time to talk about former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor. I am extremely happy to state that Harvey Proctor was not a member of any murderous paedophile group in the 1970s, 1980s, or at any other time. The man who said otherwise, Carl Beech, was convicted last year of multiple counts… Read more »

I don't expect anyone reading this is mourning him, but..

.. Roger Scruton, the "traditionalist conservative" writer, died over the weekend and just in case you see someone talking about him and not using all the words "homophobic", "racist", "sexist", and "shit", feel free to point them here. In queer circles, he's most known for calling homosexuality a "perversion" on the.. odd basis that the bodies of homosexuals are too… Read more »

Occasionally, I am asked why the bi community has awards

I have a new answer: I won a @BiConUK award! #BiCon‘s been going since before I was born. Biggest bi event in Europe. I got to speak on a panel with activists I admired when I started nearly 10 years ago. 1st time my parents have been proud of my activism & that I’ve happy-cried.#BiCon2019[1 of ?] pic.twitter.com/vwVyT68lAg — Sali… Read more »