LGBT+ People of Colour are the Canary in the coal mine.
It’s long known that when it comes to the hierarchy of the LGBT+ acronym, queer POCs are the bottom of the barrel. This goes double for asexual, trans and/or bisexual women and femmes of colour. In 2016, London LGBT pride let the racist hate group UKIP march as part of the parade, because UKIP has a gay group as part of a movement. https://www.buzzfeed.com/patrickstrudwick/ukip-have-been-allowed-to-march-at-pride-and-some-lgbt-peopl?utm_term=.vfvnrbdeJ7#.umGRmMaEzg
This year London LGBT pride let a Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist (TERF) group lead the parade after they pushed themselves to the very front. https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2018/07/07/anti-trans-group-allowed-to-lead-pride-in-london-march-after-hijack/
Now, we are rightfully disgusted that this was allowed to happen. The TERF group shouted transphobic slogans during the parade, which is supposed to be welcoming to Transgender people.
London LGBT Pride showed their hand years ago in 2016, but it was quickly forgotten and mostly ignored by the majority of pride attendees because UKIP hate is mostly aimed at POCs. Jacq A was part of the Community board for Pride London that year, and resigned when they realised what was happening. But no other member of the board stood up for LGBT People of Colour. And now we see another vulnerable group treated in a terrible manner with Trans folk being targeted. It seems the warning from the canary in the coal mine went unheeded until it affected (mostly) white people.
We at Bi’s of Colour chose back in 2016 to no longer work with or take part in London LGBT Pride. We have known for some time that London Pride is far from its roots as a protest – it’s simply a corporate party for affluent cisgender lesbians and gays. The Armed Forces, the police and airlines that regularly deport LGBT People of Colour have more of a presence at Pride than bisexual, trans and asexual groups – the cost of participating is often a major factor in that, but the unwelcoming atmosphere doesn’t help either.
Bi’s of Colour stand with our Trans and Nonbinary folk. We are sorry that they have been treated this way. London Pride is not a safe place for us, and it hasn’t been for some time. Pride is a PROTEST!
On Sunday 8th July 2018, UKBlack Pride https://www.ukblackpride.org.uk will be happening at the pleasure gardens in Vauxhall, London. For the first time in their history there will be TWO bisexual stalls! Both Bi’s of Colour http://bisofcolour.tumblr.com and BiPride UK https://biprideuk.org will have stalls present. Please come visit us both and pick up some badges, info sheets and bright, bisexual smiles. To top off your day, go to CaBiRet https://www.facebook.com/events/1758324607521315/ for some bisexual entertainment!
London BiFest 2018 http://london.bifest.org will be happening on 18th of August at Kingston Quaker Centre, from 1pm – 5.30pm. It’s FREE ENTRY for People of Colour! London BiFest has always been a great, fun event that is very inclusive. Definitely a date to put on your diary-type-app!
It is with regret that the Bi’s of Colour Book will no longer be happening. Despite extending the submission date, and opening the call out to the whole Bi of Colour world, we didn’t get enough contributions (Those who had already submitted their work have been paid).
We will share the submissions we did receive either in the form of blog posts, or in another medium. Bi’s of Colour are still going strong – we are & always will share the stories and experiences of bi/pan folk of colour; whether online or off.
Bi’s of Colour Collective
London LGBT Pride on 7th July 2018 will have its FIRST EVER bisexual float this year! As a special gift to us from http://www.thisisbiscuit.co.uk they have given us 30 wristbands & possible inclusion to the Bi Float to Bi’s & Pans of Colour. To apply for your free wristband, use this short Google Docs form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScTTh7CJ70JS4T2MrfNEx6CbK89DRh4XH_Pc2ZXxdbfjm3UrA/viewform
BiFest Wales will be happening on Saturday 12th May. I’ve been to a few Welsh BiFests, and they’ve always been super-friendly.
BIG BI FUNDAY!
They have a travel fund for those who may have trouble travelling to Leicester. It’s a lovely day out for all ages in a safe, accepting space.
This looks like a great opportunity for European Trans folk of Colour – there will be a day of empowerment just for us before the main event happens. The conference is also offering full funding for those who need it, and are specifically encouraging of Trans POCs too.
Trans communities (like all LGBT+ communities) are an absolute blizzard, so please contact them and increase the volume of voices from Trans People of Colour!
– 7th European Transgender Council – Register now