Oxford bis meet

“Why hang out in gay circles when you can move in bisexual dodecahedrons?” asks the new Oxford bisexual group. Formed following last summer’s BiCon the group meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.

Find out more at their website.

Coming Out Day

Come out for October 12th

Come out for October 12th

Bisexual Index have challenged bi people to help raise the bi profile on Coming Out Day, 12th October, both in real life and online.

They say:

Every year on October 12th (or 11th in the USA) we celebrate the bravery of coming out – living in the open as LGBT people.

Coming out of the closet can be scary to do, but most people agree it’s better to be honest about sexuality, especially to ourselves.

A lot of people seem to overlook the bisexual contribution to LGBT culture, and we here at the Bisexual Index think that Coming Out Day is a great opportunity to remind people that bisexuals are a part of the community and also have to overcome the ‘coming out’ hurdle.

Outside the LGBT community, many people don’t realise just how many bisexuals there are in our society. If you’re thinking of coming out as bisexual, check out our links to good advice, read our FAQ to see how to counter the most likely myths you’ll face and good luck!

We’d like to see the invisibility of bisexuality dented this Coming Out Day – especially online! So we’ve created some graphics to help – just copy and paste the code from our “Coming Out” page into your blog, journal, facebook page or twitter on Coming Out Day! You don’t have to be in to come out either – reaffirm your sexuality and come out again!

Spread the word! On Coming Out Day let’s show everyone that bisexuality isn’t rare, unusual or imaginary! Please repost this on your own blogs, journals, email lists, facebook groups and we can make this a Coming Out Day to remember!

And link to www.bisexualindex.org.uk/out

Are you going to come out?

Manchester: the programme

Manchester BiFest‘s programme for today’s event runs as follows:

1pm Open – 1.45: Tea, coffee, etc.

1.45pm – 2.30pm Welcome / mixer games. Get to meet people!
Or Bi UK: A quick tour

2.30 – 3.00pm break for food etc

3.00 – 4.15 Workshops: either How Bisexual Are You? Kinsey, Klein and More
or Being bi in a gay and straight world

4.30 – 5.30 Workshops: either Coming out again
or Activism, Volunteering, Getting Involved!

5.45 – 6.45 Workshops: either Our Bi History
or Relationships 101

Find out more at the Manchester BiFest site.

Manchester!

Manchester BiFest is a one-day get-together for bi people and our allies in Manchester and the North West. If you’ve never been to a bi community event before, it’s a brilliant place to start.

  • When: This Saturday, 3rd October 2009 – 1pm to 7pm.
  • Where: The LGF centre in Central Manchester, just on the edge of Gay Village.
  • Entry: £5 waged, £3 unwaged.

BiFests are about celebrating and exploring bisexuality in the form of bi-friendly surroundings where there are discussion sessions, activities and chillout spaces. Manchester have a programme of workshops and discussions running in two rooms, plus chillout / arts and crafts space, and information stalls about bi and bifriendly organisations like Bi Community News, Bisexual Index, local bi group BiPhoria and more.

This year’s event in Manchester also marks the 15th birthday of local bi group BiPhoria.

Manchester's Fifteen

Manchester bisexual group BiPhoria turns fifteen this month and have a mini-BiFest Bi Day lined up at the local LGB community centre on Saturday October 3rd to celebrate.

BiPhoria is now the longest running bi group in the UK, as bi groups set up before it have folded and sometimes been re-formed after a gap. It came into existence through the then-running Manchester bi men’s and bi women’s groups meeting up at BiCon 1994 and suggesting some joint work.

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