The water we swim in

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The Liveable Lives research project have published a new report: Acting on Equalities: Are Local Authorities in England Meeting the Duties of the Equality Act 2010 and Addressing Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity? TL;DR: In most cases, no. Much more in the report itself.

Not asking the right questions 2

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The more I think about it, the more outraged I am that the Scottish Government and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) would pay to ask fifty questions about discriminatory attitudes in the Scottish Social Attitudes (SSA) study and not once use the word 'bisexual' in them. Elsewhere in the same survey the Scottish Government also paid to ask… Read more »

Not asking the right questions

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There's an annual survey of social attitudes, excitingly named the British Social Attitudes survey. There's also a separate Scottish one and, partly because it was in the news today, it's that one that I've looked at first.* The Guardian headline is Scotland survey shows greater acceptance of same-sex relationships. This is based on the report saying: Between 2010 and 2015,… Read more »

Superpower: bisexual invisibility?

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Wonder Woman's history says quite a lot about real life history. Created in 1940 by a husband and wife in a poly relationship with a woman said to be one of the inspirations for the character, she was first published in 1941 and started by fighting Nazis. Later that year, she joined the Justice League of America, an assembly of… Read more »

Every day is online biphobia day?

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A simple enough tweet, you'd have thought: Happy #BiWeek 2016! Celebrate Bisexuality https://t.co/PRTQ4QBS7e — Everyday Feminism (@EvrydayFeminism) September 19, 2016 'Happy #BiWeek 2016! Celebrate Bisexuality' along with a link to the US LGBT media site. However there are clearly some alt-righters – i.e. white supremacists – who follow EvrydayFeminism just to troll: You spelled 'mental illness" wrong. — NyetToSeeHere (@GRRRR8est)… Read more »

The moment I found out the Telegraph did bi erasure

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Like most of the posh papers, the Daily Telegraph does its own version of 'readers true stories' articles. Last week, just after the Keith Vaz story broke, they had one called 'I felt like I was falling': the moment I found out my husband was leading a double life. He was gay. Gosh, how did they know? Someone had sent… Read more »

Love is complicated, bi erasure is simple 2

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Partly because it hadn't actually been published when the Love is complicated article referred to it, I've only just seen the article by Susie Orbach. Oh dear. Two eternal stories – sexual love and illness – are captivating. The modern twist of cancer and the switching of sexual orientation (Gilbert’s announcement also said that she has ended her marriage to… Read more »

Love is complicated, bi erasure is simple

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Within the past hour, The Guardian website published an article on women in their 30s having relationships with other women. The title? "'Love is always complicated': Elizabeth Gilbert and the rise of later-in-life lesbians – Eat, Pray, Love author flooded with support after she announces relationship with her best friend – but she is far from alone in meeting a… Read more »

A shocking number of people wouldn't have relationships with bisexuals?

Without the question mark, it's the headline of a story in PinkNews today. Just under half (47%) of those polled in some survey said they would not be open to having a relationship with a bisexual individual, 35% of the respondents said they were open to it and 19% said they were undecided. This is what biphobia looks like. You… Read more »