Links from a brilliant Bi Visibility Day!
Below are all the articles I read over on Twitter for Bi Visibility Day. As always, do not read the comments unless you like being so upset and angry that your head explodes.
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.
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.
UK Black Pride was amazing!
This year it was held on the same day as London LGBT pride. Bi’s of Colour shared a stall with PACE, who were very generous. Black Pride was held in Golden Square, in central London. At first I thought the space was too small but in fact it was an intimate, wonderful location. It was the first LGBT event I’ve been to in years when I didn’t experience a single bit of biphobia or racism. Unfortunately, this is such a rarity on the LGBT scene.
Bi’s of Colour were joined by many Queer and Trans people of colour, grass-roots activists, including a queer, trans boi band group! It was a wonderful day, with great weather, brilliant music and a relaxed atmosphere. Three cheers for UK Black Pride!
More pics of Black Pride can be seen on Jacqui’s site
Camel Gupta and Jacqueline Applebee are the Co-Founders of Bi’s of Colour. We will both be appearing at Transpose. Jacqui will be reading some trans* smut, whilst Camel will be showcasing his project: Translations. We both hope to see your friendly faces there!
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.
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.
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.
Bisexuals of Colour will be having a Winter Meal on Saturday 22nd December at Harbour City in London at 18.00. We will meet up at the Costa Coffee on the corner of Wardour Street and Shaftesbury Avenue at 17.30 and all go onwards together. This is open to all. Everyone is welcome to join us as long as you pay for your own meal!
Please let us know you’re coming by sending a quick email to email@example.com
Harbour City: 46 Gerrard Street, W1D 5QH. Nearest underground: Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square. Nearest mainline train station: Charring Cross.
UNISON (Public-sector union) had its LGBT conference in Brighton. I attended as a member of the union, but I also manned a stall with bisexual information. The organisers of the conference were friendly and helpful; they even printed a batch of postcards for Bi’s of Colour, thus saving us a lot of money!
I attended fringe meetings for black members, bisexual members and disabled members. I also took part in a discussion for people who worked in Higher Education, where LGBT staff and students are often overlooked.
There were many positive parts to this conference: a motion on bisexual visibility being debated was really affirming to me. However there was also a steady stream of biphobia and transphobia from delegates. People came to my stall to announce that bisexuals were divisive; that we are only using our sexuality as a stepping stone to being gay. I was sneered at a few times. I was asked intrusive and downright rude questions about my sexual preferences. I also experienced biphobia in the form of invisibility. Many speakers would say “gay and lesbian” and ignore bisexuals and trans* people. All of the above was a real shame as the conference was an LGBT event. It is unfortunate that this is a common occurrence that I’ve experienced at many supposedly LGBT events.
People join unions to feel protected; it gives us a voice at work. Unions are supposed to be supportive. Until all parts of the LGBT acronym are treated with the same respect and seriousness, we will continue to suffer needlessly.
A poem I wrote about being a black, bi woman traveller. The Curved Road is well worth a look for any queer person of colour with travelling on their mind.