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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.

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 #6

We blacks have to stick together. 

Also known as: What will the neighbours think?

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

Black and minority ethnic people are not a monolith; trying to force that view stifles all of us.  Diversity only adds to the strength of a community.  It is a good thing to support people who make up our groups.  Bi’s of colour are not divisive or confused.  We want to celebrate who we are.