Bi Activists Vaneet Mehta, Bi Artist and designer Chris Morris and Rainbow and Co have brought the world a colourful line of bisexual merchandise. The launch of these items were covered by Gay Times magazine. The t-shirts go from a XX Small up to a 5XL, which is great.
The line includes t-shirts cantering Bisexual men, Bisexual women and Bisexual nonbinary folks. There are items in both the hashtag version or as a graphic t-shirt. This is truly a first in my experience.
Vaneet Mehta created the hashtag: #BisexualMenExist which brings attention to an often overlooked portion of the LGBT+ community. Bi and Pan men, whether cisgender or transgender, are often demonised – by being blamed for spreading sexually transmitted diseases to their straight partners, by living on the “Down Low” or by denying that they are ‘really gay’ but in hiding. All of these toxic messages only add to the biphobia that bisexual/pansexual men face inside the LGBT+ community and outside in the heterosexual world. These t-shirts are a clear message that Bisexual men are here and queer – get used to it!
Many of you online may have seen recent posts from BiNetUSA regarding the bisexual flag. BiNetUSA have declared that they own the copyright of the flag, and that they will sue anyone or organisation using it, if they make over a certain amount of money per year. This has understandably upset many bi+ people.
BiNetUSA claims the flag is theres, but they themselves tweeted this in 2018:
We at Bisexuals of Colour would like to make public that we in no way agree, endorse or support this decision. We are all sad that BiNetUSA have made this cash-grab, when it isn’t even possible to copyright geometric shapes and flags in general in the U.S We feel this incident will only add to the myth that Bisexuals are greedy, unreliable and untrustworthy. We also acknowledge that this will harm Bisexuals who are people of colour, and/or Indigenous, who are some of the most vulnerable out there. We call on BiNetUSA to apologise for the hurt and fear they have generated as a result of this. Many small bisexual creators, artists and craftspeople now face an uncertain time (during a flipping pandemic!). Nobody needs this.
Much love and acceptance to all of our bi+ siblings around the world.
We at Bi’s of Colour have known Andre for years, and have been impressed with his activism, his positivity, and his ability to keep going with a smile on his face. We are all proud to have Andre as our first ever Bisexual of the Year!
This 2017 article in Gal-Dem on self-care, was mostly a positive read, but something really jarred me: the line that read, “The oppression that we face builds character.”
The oppression we face as bisexual people of colour, builds the likelihood of mental distress, anxiety, alienation and depression. It is no wonder that bisexuals of all ethnicities are more likely to be suicidal, self-harm and/or abuse alcohol, cigarettes and drugs more than either straight or gay and lesbian people. (Source: The Bisexuality Report, Open University, 2012). Add to that the racism bisexuals of colour face on top of all of this from white members of the LGBT+ and straight communities, and it’s not a recipe for building character at all (Source: Bi’s of Colour report, 2015)
The myth that suffering builds resilience is common, especially when aimed at women and femmes of colour. Sure we have to go through many things that others don’t, but it wears us down in a way that’s terrible and often invisible. What is worse, we are expected to see it as part of our daily lives. The world is a cruel place for bisexuals of colour. Don’t make it harder by putting the expectation of suffering on our shoulders as well.
Queer Cinema presents: Being Bisexual/Pansexual.
This event is FREE and happens in an accessible place. Newham Bisexual event
Reacting to Bisexual Stereotypes by This is Darius
Apart from the binary usages (both genders, opposite sexes etc) this is a very good video from a black bisexual man and how he reacts when people try to use bisexual stereotypes on him. I really enjoyed it, so go check out Darius
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!
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.
On Bisexual Visibility Day 2016, I spoke at Leicester’s LGBT centre about bisexual immigration problems. I was joined by fellow activist, Grant.