Report from the Bi Day event in Edinburgh.
On Saturday 25th September 2010, The LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing hosted a celebration and exploration of bisexuality, to mark Bi Visibility Day that occurs annually on September 23rd.
The purpose of the day was to invite people in an LGBT community space to explore representations, perceptions and accounts of bisexuality in pop culture, press and personal lives through visual and interactive displays, a bisexual quiz, the sharing of stories and live music. We wanted to encourage discussion around biphobia both in and out with the LGBT community and perhaps engage with individuals to open up discussion around how we can increase the positive representation and visibility of bisexuality in Edinburgh and the Lothians.
Nibbles and drinks were a great icebreaker and were welcomed by event dwellers who enthusiastically engaged in the interactive activities. There were fantastic live performances from local musicians who played whilst attendees wandered around interacting with displays of news articles, famous quotes and a photographic timeline of historical bisexual figures. There was an opportunity to personalise finger puppets that represented your sexuality and gender identity, and hang your secret crush on our Secret Crush Tree.
Highlights of the event centered on The Hub, which is a relaxed, comfy area of the Centre, providing a relaxed and friendly forum for discussion and the sharing of stories, experiences, opinions and reflections. Particularly useful was the discussion around bi-visibility in Edinburgh, as it raised the issue of bisexual people feeling under represented by organisations within the LGBT community and the ‘gay’ scene at large.
If you are interested in the further outcomes of this event please contact Jules Barnes at the LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing on 0131 523 1100 or by email
23/9 – Bi Visibility Day
A proud and happy Bi Visibility Day 2010 to all our readers!
With at least ten events to mark the date around the UK this is the highest profile that the date has had since it was first marked as International Celebrate Bisexuality Day in 1999.
You can find out about events in Birmingham, Bristol, Brighton, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Sheffield and Winchester at september23.bi.org
Edinburgh’s Centre for LGBT Health and Wellbeing are one of at least seven groups marking Bi Visibility Day around the UK this week, with an afternoon of fun for bis and allies on Saturday.
They say: Join us for a fun, entertaining and interactive afternoon as we mark international “Celebrate Bisexuality Day”. There will be live music, a bisexual quiz, food and soft drinks and a chance to see, hear and read personal accounts and experiences of bisexuality. Everybody is welcome! If you would like to contribute a personal story to be read by yourself or somebody else at the event, please contact Jules through firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0131 523 1100 for more information.
In under two weeks it will be Bi Visibility Day – also known as International Celebrate Biseuxality Day. The awareness-raising date this year will see events in Bristol, Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Sheffield, and Winchester: maybe more – let us know!
You can keep up with everything going on to mark the occasion via the special website, september23.bi.org
This year’s Pride Scotia takes place in Edinburgh this Saturday, 26 June (see their website here for full details).
Bis, friends, families, partners and allies all welcome to join Bi Scotland on the march – it leads off from East Market Street (close to Waverley station) at 1.30pm. Assembly of the march starts from 12.30pm – look out for their all-new “Bisexual Pride” banner – and for extra bi visibility purple umbrellas (whether to guard against the sun or rain!).
The march will go from Market Street up Jeffrey Street, down the Royal Mile, Abbeyhill, Abbey Mount, Royal Terrace, to Leith Walk, ending at the Omni Centre around 2.30pm.
They also hope to have a stall at the Community Fair, which will be taking place from 1.30 to 5pm in GHQ, 4 Picardy Place, so please drop in and find us and plenty of other groups and organisations.
If you are able to help staff the stall please get in touch (particularly if you’re not planning to attend the march and can therefore look after it before 2.30pm).
If anybody has trouble finding them, please phone the Bi Scotland phone on 0796 396 0321.