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
London BiFest is back!!!
It’s happening on Saturday 8th April 2017. And good news for al Bisexual People of Colour – WE GET IN FOR FREE!
London Bi Fest is sometimes called a mini BiCon, but it’s a great even just as it is. There will be workshops, music and fun. The location has good accessiblility – look at the website for a breakdown of that.
Sessions have already gone up. There will be a Bi’s of Colour session, where we’ll be giving progress on the upcoming book, plus catching up with all you lovely folks!
So please come along to London BiFest. If you think you may difficulty of any kind getting to, or attending this event, please contact Bis of Colour at bis.of.colour.gmail.com and we’ll try to help.
The abstract for this poster:
Fear is an emotion that was raised throughout the first-ever report on Bisexuals who identify as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic. Fear mixed with corresponding negative experiences, which many bisexual People of Colour report, may lead to or worsen adverse mental health, including depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicide idelation. Bisexual People of Colour have spoken of their experiences of racism, biphobia, sexism, abelism and fetishization both within and outside of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans communities. These intersecting oppressions leads to an ongoing fear of being “out” in daily life. Fear was also raised in connection with family rejection, risks of violence including sexual violence and honour-based violence, which leads the bisexual person of colour to exist in a near-constant state of heightened awareness and dread. All of these experiences, both lived and potential, places a great mental strain on bisexual people of colour.
There is currently very little information on bisexual people in the United Kingdom, and even less on People of Colour who identify as bisexual; this leads to mental health treatments being unsatisfatory or inappropriate for this group.
The Bisexuals of Colour Report can be read in full at: https://bisexualresearch.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/bis-of-colour-survey-report.pdf
Fear In The Lives Of Bisexuals Of Colour
Bis of Colour will be seeing some new changes: we will no longer be meeting up on a monthly basis. The next Bi’s of Colour meetup will be in February 2016 for the UK LGBT+ History Month. We hope to meet up at the South Bank Centre’s Festival Hall, which has good accessibility and is centrally located. We also hope that the Bi’s of Colour poster exhibition will be ready by then, so stay tuned!
The pic above are a few of the editors of Purple Prose.
Purple Prose is a UK guide to bisexuality. That in itself is pretty unique, as it often feels like any literature on bisexuality in the UK is at least 20 years old. Another unique thing is that People of Colour in the UK have not been ignored! Jacq Applebee edited a large chapter on the experiences of bisexual people of colour. Five talented writers of colour tell of their experiences of being an invisible minority within a minority. Other topics include faith and ethnicity, how research often lets us down, how dress codes make it difficult for people of colour to fit in spaces, and how unwelcoming and outright racist the UK bisexual communities can be. There is also a list of resources for bisexual people of colour in the UK.
Purple Prose also contains chapters on Disability, Non-Monogamy, Gender, Faith and Religion, Ageing, Bi Myths and Legends, and Fictional bisexuals!
There is currently a crowdfunder for Purple Prose: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/purple-prose-bisexuality-in-britain#/ Please support it, as this book is desperately needed. There is sadly very little for people coming out as bisexual. Biphobia in lesbian and gay communities mean the spaces we thought would welcome us, turn out just as bad as the straight communities many of us have fled. Just the fact that none of the lesbian and gay publishers in the UK wanted to be involved with this book, speaks volumes (no pun intended). So support your local bisexuals, and start supporting Purple Prose!
Purple Prose will be published by Thorntree Press
Bi’s of Colour History Survey!
To start off the history project, we are looking for bisexuals of colour to complete a quick anonymous survey.
Please share this link!