LGB lobbying group Stonewall have released their first publication to focus on bisexual issues.
Stonewall’s “Bisexual People In The Workplace” guide reflects that despite many great strides that have been made to achieve sexual orientation equality in workplaces across Britain, many bisexual men and women still feel unable to be themselves at work.
This guide, the sixth in a series from Stonewall and the first to capture the experiences of bisexual employees, shows that the discrimination they often face can prevent them achieving their full potential at work. These experiences are often quite distinct from those of their lesbian and gay colleagues. Too often stereotypical assumptions and beliefs about bisexual people and their lives, from both straight and gay people, mean that they feel unable to access the very initiatives that are meant to support them.
Bisexual People in the Workplace provides a practical resource for organisations that want to know more about the issues bisexual people face in the workplace and want to include bisexual employees in their diversity initiatives. The Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003 define bisexuality as a sexual orientation towards persons of the same sex and of the opposite sex.
The guide is split into four sections;
* Key issues for bisexual staff
* Developing effective policy and procedure
* Engaging bisexual employees
* Evaluating success and continuing progress
It can be downloaded from the Stonewall website here.
NUS LGBT guide to bi inclusion
The National Union of Students Lesbian, Gay, Bi & Trans campaign (NUS LGBT) have published a guide to making university and college LGBT groups more welcoming and inclusive to bisexual students.
You can download a copy from here.
It's just a phase is just a phrase
Bisexual Index have launched another teeshirt design to unpick bi invisibility: this month’s slogan is It’s Just A Phase Is Just A Phrase. Get yours (or pick another!) from the Bisexual Index online shop.
Following a successful launch at a lively session on “bisexual organisations” at this year’s BiCon in Worcester, the Bisexual Index have now opened their supporter scheme to the online masses. If you sign up to be “a Friend of The Index” they promise to send a free sample of their latest cards and flyers to everyone who donates.
Find out more.
BCN issue 97
The new edition of Bi Community News is hot off the presses with an interview with Bisexual Index boss Marcus, and news from the Prides around the UK which have had bi presences supported by the bi@pride project. It also has news on the BRG bi research findings and an interview with Sian Johnson about her new one-woman play on a bi theme, Twice Removed.
Manda Rin, former singer of indie popsters Bis, graces the cover showing off one of the Manchester “BiSpotting” flyers.
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