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.
You’re copying white people.
Also known as: You’re a sell-out
Most likely to come from: Black straight people.
This myth is damaging and hurtful. Black and minority ethnic bisexuals often face isolation and exclusion from our ethnic communities, from lesbian, gay, transgender communities, and from white bisexuals. Racism, and biphobia affect our daily lives. It can be difficult to find a place where we feel we belong. Bisexuality, like all other sexual orientations is not something just for white people. Bi’s of colour are proud of our heritage. We are not selling out of our lives.
Black and Minority Ethnic bisexuals do not exist.
Also known as: all bisexuals are liars.
Most likely to come from: Everyone, everywhere.
Bisexuals are one of the few groups in existence who are regularly asked to prove that they are real. Black and minority ethnic people are often expected to hate anyone who is not heterosexual, so when we say we are bisexual, we are faced with shock, disbelief, and treated as if our lives are a joke. Bi’s of colour exist, period. Some of us are visibly out; some of us are not. Believe us when we say we are bisexual and proud.
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Bi’s of Colour are celebrating Bisexual Visibility Day, which is held annually on 23rd September, by having a special event. We will be hosting a Naughty Stories fundraiser evening. Internationally published author of erotic fiction, Jacqueline Applebee will read some of her hottest stories that feature bisexuals who are black or minority ethnic.
Nearest underground: Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square.
Nearest train station: Charring Cross
*When*: Wednesday 26th September, 19.00
*Cost*: £10 waged, £5 unwaged/student
*Can I come?*: This event is open to everyone regardless of sexual orientation, race or ethnicity. Over 18’s due to nature of stories being read.
*Will there be cake?* Do you even have to ask?
The Kairos Meeting Rooms have reasonable accessibility. There is one step to enter the building. The room is on the ground floor.
To find out more about the group, have a look at our blog on Tumblr and updates on Twitter (@bisofcolour)
If you have any questions, or would like to get involved, please contact us
on this email (firstname.lastname@example.org
BiCon, Bradford, 11th August
We’ll both be at the Bis of Colour session at BiCon, the UK National Bisexual convention in Bradford. Bicon is running from 9th to 13th August, the Bis of Colour session is mostly likely to take place on the 11th August and day passes can be bought on the day.
More about BiCon here: http://bicon2012.org.uk/
UK Black Pride, Ministry of Sound, 103 Gaunt Street, London, SE1 6DP, 18th August
We’ll have a community stall with information about the group, about being BME/people of colour and being bi, please come and say hello
More about UK Black Pride here: http://www.ukblackpride.org.uk/