BiConners go to the Ball

BiCon 2013 logoWith just a few weeks left before this year’s big UK bi conference BiCon, the organising team have announced their Saturday Night Theme.

They say:

There’s usually a BiCon Ball on Saturday evening, and it sometimes has a theme, and this year, we’ll be maintaining this semi-tradition with the theme of Feeling Fantastic!

Ask yourself, what makes you feel fantastic? – and go with it! Whether it’s who you are inside, who you fantasise about being, or anything else – just as long as it makes you feel fantastic! Full of rainbows and sparkles? Let’s see the bright colours and glitter! Tomboy with an inner femme bursting to get out? We want to know! Perhaps you’re geek and proud… but you don’t tell anyone that you like to paint. Now’s your chance to come out and play, whoever you are, or whoever you would like to be!

The idea of having a ball theme is to get your creative juices flowing when planning your wardrobes for the weekend. Getting dressed up is a great form of expressing yourself, especially at BiCon, where it’s hard to be “too weird” – and self-expression is exactly what the Ball is all about… but do remember that the theme isstrictly optional and you’ll be welcome at BiCon and the Ball whether you choose to come in Edinburgh’s sparkliest ballgown or shorts and t-shirt (well, we can hope for more sunshine, can’t we?)

You can find out more and book day or weekend tickets at the BiCon 2013 website.  Residential passes have all sold out.

BiCon calls for session proposals

BiCon 2013 logoThe programme for the annual big bi conference BiCon is made up of sessions attendees run – and the organisers would like to hear from you soon if you’d like to run something.

The BiCon team say: “Got a workshop or session you’d like to run at BiCon 2013? Or an idea for a workshop that you’d like to exist but can’t or don’t want to run yourself? Fantastic!

“Suggesting workshops is really simple: your ideas go to the programme co-ordinator, who will collate all the suggestions and ideas, work out which can fit into the weekend, and put together a timetable.”

But that means workshop proposals have to be in by May 17th
Head over to their website here for details on how to put in a workshop proposal and what details you need to include.
This year’s BiCon will be held on 18-21 July in Edinburgh. It goes to a different city each year, and this is the first time it’s been in Scotland since 2006.

One month left to book for BiCon!

BiCon 2013 logoThis year’s biggest bi event, BiCon, is a little earlier than usual – and there’s just a month left to book if you want to stay onsite.

With BiCon being held in mid July, the booking deadline that bit earlier in the year.

If you want to stay on campus you need to get your BiCon booking in by a deadline of 10 May 2013. If you do not want accommodation, you can still book your place right up until 10 July 2013. Find out more on the BiCon website here.

BiCon warning: Book early!

BiCon 2013 logoThis year’s biggest bi event, BiCon, is a little earlier than usual – and that means you need to book earlier too!

In recent years BiCon has usually fallen at the end of August, with a booking deadline for those staying onsite either late in July or at the start of August. However this time it’s in mid July, and the booking deadline is further ahead of the conference than normal.

This means if you want to stay on campus you need to get your BiCon booking in by a deadline of 10 May 2013. If you do not want accommodation, you can still book your place right up until 10 July 2013.

Find out more on the BiCon website here.

Here’s to 2013!

That’s 2012 all wrapped up then.

Bisexuality Report coverThe bi story of the year that seems set to have the biggest impact in the UK was the launch of The Bisexuality Report in February. A broadside to the wider LGBT ‘movement’ and to mainstream policy-makers alike, it brought together all the best research in the UK on bi life, presented in a way that deliberately breaks things down by subject – education, health, employment – showing how it’s different for bis. A great resource both for understanding things for yourself, and for using to lobby people in positions of power.

2012 also gave us the first BiCon in Yorkshire, the unveiling of guidelines for academics & researchers working on bisexuality, and the biggest and most successful Bi Visibility Day yet – one town hall even flying the bi flag for a week to mark the date. The third BiReCon brought together activists, academics and ‘the bi in the street’ while 10 Downing Street finally remembered the B in its annual LGBT garden party.

Coalition for Equal Marriage logo

One law for all

In wider LGBT circles the main story of the year has been same-sex marriage.

The government consulted on its initial proposals for this – bi groups including BCN magazine, BiPhoria, Bisexual Index and BiUK put in their comments. In December the proposals unveiled were a lot bolder than initially suggested, picking up many of the issues bi groups had highlighted in their submissions. A range of LGBT and ally groups united under the Coalition For Equal Marriage: BCN magazine was one of the first eight supporting groups to be announced.

And in the mainstream news the big stories were the Jubilee and the Olympics. The Royal Family (officially) remains a bastion of heterosexuality, though we’ll pause for a moment to welcome the progress toward scrapping the sexist rule on succession. However the Olympics had its queer heroes including bisexual boxer Nicola Adams who the Independent pinned at the top of its LGBT “pink list” of the year after made history as the first woman and first out LGBT person to take gold at Olympic level boxing. A few months later in the New Year’s Honours List she was given the MBE.

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