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BiCon2014

From the BiCon website:

BiCon is a weekend-long gathering for bisexual people, their friends, partners and others with a supportive interest in bisexuality. We don’t all use the labels “bi” or “bisexual” or even agree on what it means to be bi, but bisexuality is the common theme. A typical BiCon might have 250 participants, of which about 60 are at BiCon for the first time.

BiCon usually uses a university venue, not because it’s an academic event but because it’s cheap, welcoming and generally more accessible than other venues. You won’t find a flat screen TV in your bedroom, but you’ll be able to make your own meals (or order your own take-out!).

From a Bi of Colour:

We have had sessions at BiCon every year since 2010.  In 2012 we had a Bi’s of Colour flat just for us!  I would encourage anyone bi or bi-friendly to come along to BiCon 2014.  It’s a blast!

Links from a brilliant Bi Visibility Day!

Below are all the articles I read over on Twitter for  Bi Visibility Day.  As always, do not read the comments unless you like being so upset and angry that your head explodes.

Bi Men in Ordinary Time

Being bisexual and dating a trans* person

Why we need a bi pride day

Being bisexual from T is for TMI

Why does bisexuality need celebrating?

Bisexual and Visible

A message from London Friend

Bisexual Adventures with Stavvers

Biphobia Bingo!

An Anthem for Bisexuals by yours truly

Even more articles on the amazing Bi Index!

BiCon 2013

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Bi’s of Colur had a great, supportive session at BiCon 2013.

We spoke about the positive changes in our lives as bisexuals of colour; of meeting increasing amounts of people who were just like us, and of not feeling like the only ones in the world. Black Pride was a particular highlight for many of us, with the accepting space being racism and biphobia free.

We were also grateful for the safer space to discuss and share things that had impacted on our lives.  Racism and Biphobia in the straight and LGBT communities is something that we all experienced, for example, being told we don’t look black enough to belong to our communities, or that we have to prove that we are really queer to gain entrance to a gay pub.  We are constantly questioned, asked to explain ourselves, but then not believed when we speak.  It is a frustrating and tiring thing to have to deal with.

Jacqui, a bisexual of colour was given a Cake Award for her services to both the group, the bisexual communites in the U.K, and for her bi  positive erotic stories!

Three Bi’s of Colour are part of the trade union, UNISON.  We received an award for our support of bisexual workers.

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Camel Gupta and Jacqueline Applebee are the Co-Founders of Bi’s of Colour.  We will both be appearing at Transpose.  Jacqui will be reading some trans* smut, whilst Camel will be showcasing his project: Translations.  We both hope to see your friendly faces there!

Information for the Bisexual meeting and Trans* meeting, which happen on the same day:

Both meetings are being held at UNISON, 130 Euston Road, London, NW1 2AY on Thursday 25th July 2013. The bisexual members’ meeting starts at 10.30am and finishes at 1pm. The transgender members’ meeting starts at 2pm and finishes at 4.30pm.

A buffet lunch will be provided from 1pm to 2pm so that members can meet each other if they wish.

Please complete and return the attached registration form(s) to arrive no later
than 20 June 2013.

These National meetings are an excellent opportunity for bisexual and
transgender members to meet to discuss and identify their particular concerns. These will be fed back to the National LGBT Committee. There will be a further opportunity for the caucuses to meet at the 2013 national UNISON lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender members conference, which is on 22 – 24 November in Liverpool.

UNISON members can attend without having to ‘come out’ to their local branch as their travel expenses and booking form will be processed confidentially by the LGBT Assistant National Officer at the Membership Participation Unit.

Funding
There is no cost for attending the meetings, and lunch and other refreshments will be provided. Members’ travel costs will be paid for centrally.

Any members who experience funding problems at branch level should contact their regional LGBT group. Any members who are not ‘out’ at branch level should contact Susan Mawhood for advice on the procedure for claiming accommodation, personal care and childcare costs.

Accommodation
As these meetings are non-residential, no accommodation has been arranged. Where accommodation is essential, members should agree the costs with their branch before making bookings. There are a number of hotels in the vicinity of the UNISON Centre, these include the Premier Travel Inn, or telephone reservations 0870 238 3301 and the Mabledon
Court Hotel, telephone reservations 020 7388 3866. Please note that we do not recommend any hotels and have only given the above information for assistance.

Mythbusters for Bi’s of Colour #8

There were never any bi’s of colour in the past. 

Also known as: This is just the latest trend.

Most likely to come from: Black lesbian, gay and trans* people.

The history of people of colour has been ignored and erased for hundreds of years.  The word, bisexual, like homosexual and heterosexual, are relatively recent additions to our language.  However bisexual behaviour has been going on throughout time.  From the Babylonian writings in Gilgamesh, to the poems and life of Langston Hughes in the Harlem Renaissance, bisexuals of colour have always existed.

Mythbusters for Bi’s of Colour #7

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Hot black bi babes? Cool! 

Also known as: I can finally get a date!

Most likely to come from: Straight and bisexual white men.

There’s a stereotype of a hot bi babe who will be young, attractive and sexually adventurous.  This is often compounded by ethnicity.  Black and minority ethnic people are often seen as hyper-sexual.  We are supposed to be wild, passionate creatures.  However this myth can lead to us receiving unwanted sexual advances, harassment and violence.  Bi’s of colour are in charge of our own bodies.  Who we share it with is up to us.

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