1,201,607 is more than 734,300

1,201,607 for same-sex marriage and 734,300 against it means that the Republic of Ireland has set itself on course to be the 20th country to legislate for same-sex marriage, and the first to do it by popular acclaim.

One vote would have been enough for victory: in the end it was nearly two-to-one in favour, with almost every counting district saying “yes” and the one area voting “no” doing so by a tiny margin.

It’ll take until the end of 2015 for the legislative process to conclude and the first weddings to be held there, though.

Congratulations Ireland.

Leicester’s got Fun

Bring & share!

Big Bi Fun Day returns to Leicester this Saturday. The annual bis-and-allies afternoon has run each May for several years now and is a family-friendly social space.

If you would like to bring food to share, that would be appreciated (but is not obligatory). If you do bring food to share, please make sure it is fully labelled with all ingredients as there may be people with food allergies.

Unlike some bi events and local meetups there are no organised discussion sessions, so if you are looking for support around being bisexual you may want to find a group near you.

It is free to attend (though donations to cover the costs of venue hire, tea, coffee and so on are strongly encouraged)

Big Bi Fun Day will be held in Leicester at the Friends Meeting House, 16 Queens Road, LE2 1WP this Saturday (16th May), 1pm to 5pm.

Find out more on the Big Bi Fun Day webpage.

More LGBT MPs, fewer Bi MPs

photo: Houses of Parliament

photo: Houses of ParliamentBi Community News reports that following the General Election the UK has fewer bisexual MPs – down to just one openly bisexual Member of Parliament.

During the campaign polls had suggested there would be bi MPs on the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat benches, but the last-minute swing cost both Lib Dem and Labour the crucial seats.

BiCon’s planning a Ball

bicon-2015-logo2This year’s BiCon Ball theme has been announced by the 2015 team.

BiCon’s fabulous Saturday night Ball is always much anticipated. This year, we’ll excel ourselves. Inspired by our Nottingham location, the theme is “The Magic Forest”.

As part of this year’s theme, there’ll be…

  • A Mysterious Magician doing actual magic
  • The Magic Forest treasure trail
  • Trees of gifts and blessings
  • A giant dressing-up box
  • Forest snacks, including plenty of cake.

For those who like to wear a costume, some ideas:

  • Animals: wolves and wild boar, woodpeckers and jaguars
  • Trees, plants and flowers from forests around the world
  • Magical beings: dryads, gnomes, faeries, goblins
  • Characters from forest stories: Robin Hood, Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, A Midsummers’ Night’s Dream.

The organisers add that they need:

  • Crafters and artists to help with decor
  • Body painters and performers
  • Help getting hold of real or fake foliage
  • Outdoor fairy lights
  • People to help set up on the day.

Please email 2015@bicon.org.uk if you can help.

The Saturday night party has had a theme each year since the 2003 and 2004 teams decided in parallel to incorporate that for their BiCon Saturday plans.

Dressing for the theme isn’t obligatory but perhaps a third of attendees do.

Find out more here.


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