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Workshop: Care Life Drawing (online) 

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On 29th August 2020, this life drawing workshop is a collaboration between the Bis of Colour and Criposium, and it is an offering to all disabled womxn, trans and queer BIPOC (only). 

We offer this space as a form of collective care. It is a safe space for disabled people of colour to explore their sexuality and sensuality. Through touch, feeling and visual gaze, the workshop will provide a means to heal and cope with ongoing global issues affecting our daily lives. We know that disabled people are either ignored and attacked during periods of pandemics. Therefore, we bring this session as a means to echo Audre Lorde’s words, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” Our understanding of disability includes those who are neurodiverse, survivors of trauma, suffer from mental health illness and those who self-define as disabled (no medical diagnosis required). We will hold a social after the workshop, so join us to foster a community of care and to forge  friendships. 

Workshop rules

As this is a safe space, please be mindful of toxic -isms, including: queerphobia (inclusive of transphobia & biphobia), anti-Blackness, ableism, classism and any other forms of oppressive and derogatory behaviour (be it explicit or microaggressive).

Please respect confidentiality of all participants. There will be no recording or photography of the session. You are welcomed to take notes. 

We welcome all people with different drawing abilities, our priority is to foster a community of crip love and care. Our understanding of art is non-normative.

Please feel free to come as you are, dress up (kink, make up, non-culturally appropriative ethnic wear) or be nude.

Bring a pen, crayon, paper, anything you would like to draw on. 

Accessibility

We are unable to provide BSL interpretation however there will be live Zoom captioning. We will also post summaries on the Zoom chat. 

When you log in, please make sure that you are muted, and that your background is accommodating to those with visual sensitivities. 

We have scheduled breaks, but feel free to tune in and out at your comfort. 

This event is disabled-led, if you have any queries or concerns please email us criposium@gmail.com 

Click here to register for the event 

Please note that: No person interested in attending will be turned away due to lack of funds – just email us criposium@gmail.com. We welcome solidarity in the form of financial donations that can be made to the Bis of Colour via Paypal. For donations via bank transfers, you can drop us an email bis.of.colour@gmail.com, with the title ‘Care Drawing’. 

Fear In The Lives Of Bisexuals Of Colour

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

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!