Brum makes a date

Brum Bi Group have set the date for Birmingham’s third BiFest.

It will be held in November, as part of the city’s annual ‘Shout’ LGBT cultural festival season. BiFest is a one-day get-together for bi people and our allies, about celebrating and exploring bisexuality in the form of bi-friendly surroundings where there are workshops, discussion sessions and chill out spaces.

More information about the programme for the day will be available next month but for now, pop these details in your diary:

Saturday 12 November 11am – 5pm
Venue: Nightingale Club (Middle Floor), Kent Street, Birmingham B5

Brum Pride!

There will be a bi stall and at least one bi banner on the parade at Birmingham lesbian, gay, bi & trans (LGBT) Pride this weekend. How about joining them?

To march with the bi flag-wavers, you need to meet between 11.30 – 11.45am at Victoria Square on Saturday 28th, and look for the purple banner and purple umbrellas.

If you can’t make it along to that, but live in or around Birmingham, take a look at the Brum Bi Group website for information about bi goings-on the rest of the year.

Birmingham to get LGBT Health centre

Big Lottery Fund has awarded a grant of £479,263 over a four year period to establish an LGBT Health and Wellbeing Centre for Birmingham.

The new centre will be a hub for the community and community groups, and will work with other service providers to address health inequalities within the bisexual, gay and trans communities, such as high rates of smoking and drinking, self harm, depression and attempted suicide. 

Steph Keeble, Strategic Lead for Birmingham LGBT Community Trust said, “The LGBT Health and Wellbeing Centre will provide a safe, non scene space for LGBT people in the city to use which will decrease the isolation and stigma many people face.  The centre will also be a gateway for many mainstream services that many LGBT people feel unable to access by negotiating with providers to deliver services from the building.

Beneficiaries of the centre will include the 35 voluntary and community groups who are members of the community forum Birmingham LGBT Community Trust facilitates, including Birmingham Bi Group as well as other social and sports groups,and self help health support groups.

Matthew Daniels, Chair of Birmingham LGBT Community Trust commented, “We are delighted with news of this award, which is a huge achievement for Birmingham LGBT Community Trust, and for Birmingham’s LGBT Community.  Over recent years the Trust has really developed it’s strategic remit as well as the services and support it offers to the LGBT Community.  The new Health and Wellbeing Centre will provide a strong focus and centre for the community from which we can continue to develop and thrive. ”

Down your way

Here’s this weeks fistful of bi community listings!

The week kicks off on Tuesday when Londoners have Bi Underground, Brummies have Brum Bi Group, and in Yorkshire it’s the Sheffield group meeting. Saturday it’s bi bi baby in Romford again.

Let us know of more dates for these diary bulletins!

BrumFest

Birmingham’s Nightingale Club played host to the second Birmingham BiFest yesterday, including probably the first display of Morris dancing at a UK bi event. Organised by Brum Bi Group, the day featured as part of Birmingham’s annual LGBT “Shout” festival.

The programme included discussions on bi spaces, living as bi in a gay/straight world, and bi books, along with a re-run of last year’s hugely popular safer sex workshop (“safer sex supplies – have a fondle!”), and a session of bi-robics exercises.

With guests from as far afield as Yorkshire, Lancashire and the south coast, it had a warm, friendly atmosphere. Go Brum Bis!

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