Category Archives: Bi community

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 »

"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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

And Ian spoke unto the publishers of The Bible and said..

I see from Gay's The Word that The Bible, 'an anthology of personal essays and narratives about bisexuality', is now out. The Bible – an anthology of personal narratives and essays on bisexuality now in stock @gaystheword pic.twitter.com/KIsG7GCw5G — Gay's The Word (@gaystheword) February 3, 2018 The Bible – an anthology of personal narratives and essays on bisexuality now in… Read more »