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UNISON’s Black LGBT member’s meeting will be on Friday 13th September 2013.  It starts at 11:00 and ends at 16:00.  There will be a free lunch included!  Registration is required.

I’ve always found these Network Meetings to be really useful.  I’ve helped to draft motions to the LGBT conference at one, and watched a great video about Bayard Rustin at another.

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.

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.