Author Archives: Ian

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 »

Be careful what you wish for

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At last year's BiCon, a long motion about the evils of working in financial partnership with arms companies in particular was referred back to this year's event. It re-appeared this year, word for word I think, apart from being split into two pieces. The first one, "Organisers should take into account the principles outlined in [the BiCon Guidelines' section on… Read more »

Pride Power List, business as usual

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Let's see how 'bi' is used on the oh-so-important recently published 'Pride Power List 2019'. Well, it's in the opening line saying what it's supposed to be: "Celebrating the achievements of influential lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in our amazing community." But apart from that.. homophobic/homophobia – 6 uses Bisi Alimi – 4 uses lesbian – 3 uses disability… Read more »

And the most surprising bit is..

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Ben Plaistow was a prison officer who started working at HMP Woodhill in 2014 after eleven years' service. He's bisexual and suffered direct and indirect discrimination when some other officers became aware of that. In the end, Ben ended up being unfairly dismissed within two years of arriving. (Link to PDF of the Employment Tribunal's report.) So what's the most… Read more »

Livejournal compromised in more ways than one?

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TL;DR: If you have or had a Livejournal account, treat the login details as compromised. Which social network becomes popular with which bunch of people is more a matter of chance than anything else. Being a 'great' social network helps, but if another site is 'good enough' and has user base large enough, it doesn't matter. Until enough of them… Read more »

Pride in London fuck up again 2

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Looking at London LGBT+ Community Pride CIC's documentation about the parade, various things strike me. Pride in London have a code of conduct, which starts off by saying Our code of conduct is designed to ensure the Parade is a safe and accepting space for everyone. A code of conduct is a contract on both sides Attendees promise to behave,… Read more »

Pride in London fuck up again

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CW: TERF crap There will be a fluffier post about London's Pride event, especially if I can find any images of the bi float, but once again they have managed to fuck up badly. In 2015, after having been dragged kicking and screaming into rightly refusing the racist UKIP a place in the parade, the organisers let them be part… Read more »

Never mind the comments, look at the article

There's a gushing article by Helen Lewis on writer Russell T Davies in this week's New Statesman. RTD, as he's apparently known throughout the magical world of the media, has done lots of things. CW: misogyny. There's Queer as Folk. It's been ages since I saw that, so we'll leave that for a bit. In 2001, he bounced from Queer… Read more »

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

I was asked somewhere about what TV I'd been watching recently, and it was some time after replying that I realised I hadn't included this, even though its UK run still had an episode or two to go. Partly, that was because I had almost forgotten that I was! Unlike the first series, The People v O.J. Simpson, it's not… Read more »