Lost Girl: season 3 teaser

Lost Girl - season 3 trailer

Everyone’s favourite bisexual succubus is back for a third series of Lost Girl.

The first episode is about to be shown in Canada, with the US airing following soon after. We can expect it over here (on Syfy channel) in March.

BBC: we’re getting there on bisexuality

bivid-3The second BBC report looking at bisexual, lesbian and gay representation in their TV and radio output notes changes over the last two years including two shows consciously including bisexual people.

The BBC interviewed hundreds of bisexual, lesbian and gay people, and assembled an expert panel including journalists and representatives of some large LGBT organisations, to review their work and compare it with the findings of a previous report in 2010.

“Portrayal of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual People on the BBC” finds that the BBC is seen as delivering well on LGB representation – except for “little portrayal of lesbian women, and hardly any representation of bisexual people“. Note that careful mixing bis all up in one category regardless of gender, so unpicking a little spin: they’re doing well on one quarter of their LGB programming remit.

Two programmes are highlighted as challenging that invisibility: daytime TV drama Doctors and one-off Radio 4 programme It’s My Story: Getting Bi with Tom Robinson.

Mohit Bakaya, Commissioning Editor, Radio 4 and Radio 4 Extra, told researchers of how her work had responded to the previous 2010 report:

“The Audiences team came to the Radio 4 creative community with this research early in 2011. Radio 4 has a fairly good record on LGB representation and portrayal, but the finding that bisexuality was under-represented as an identity resonated with me. As a result, I commissioned It’s my story: Getting Bi, a documentary in which musician Tom Robinson explores what it is to be bisexual in Britain today. It is a piece of content we are all proud of, and has been very well received by the audience. It might well not have happened, were it not for the prompting of this research.”

Peter Lloyd, Senior Producer of Doctorsis also quoted:

“When I created the character of Freya in Doctors, I found the 2010 LGB portrayal research useful in understanding how bisexual people feel they are portrayed, and the wider context in which LGB portrayal is received by audiences.

“The research gave us confidence in including a bisexual woman in the show and the issues she would face and helped us to develop a well-rounded, authentic character who became much-loved by the daytime drama audience, and in whose storylines her sexual orientation was sometimes relevant, and sometimes completely incidental. In addition, we did use humour to raise issues, which was a useful mechanism.”

The report also reflects a hesitancy about including bisexual representation, as one expert panel member says:

“As a gay man I was uneasy when I heard about the Corrie [bisexual] storyline because it reinforces the notion that ‘you just have to meet the right woman’.”

A silly idea, of course. It reinforces the notion that there are more than two options on the table.

 

You can download the reports here.

Lynne talks same-sex marriage on Gaydar

With 8 days to go until the same-sex marriage consultation ends, this morning equality minister Lynne Featherstone MP was on the radio talking about the government’s consultation on same-sex marriage.

In interview with Gaydar Radio, she said: “Marriage is one of the most important institutions we have. The state should not stop people getting married unless there are very good reasons, and frankly being lesbian gay or bisexual are not good reasons”

“The government will respond later in the year. How to do this, not whether, and we will legislate before the end of the parliament in 2015”

“Of course we have said we’re going to do it but you’d have to be under a rock not to know there is a massive campaign against it. We want to hear all the views as loudly as each other – the LGBT community and also the straight community who support it as much.”

Of those campaigning against equal marriage, does it frustrate her? “I believe in freedom of speech, and there are many frustrations in political life!”

Of religious organisations – some have made it clear that they do want to provide same-sex weddings in their premises while others are set firmly against: “the concerns have to be addressed, there is a fear they will be forced (by the Equality Act)… there are organisations that want the right to hold religious same-sex marriages, we will look at the responses and look at whether we have got it right or not”

You can do it online, or “just write to the home office and give us your views on the right to have same-sex marriage”.

With a week left, act now! Here is the consultation site.

Jackie Clunes talks bi… and gay and straight… on Radio 4

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Bisexuality on the Beeb?

This morning BBC Radio 4 devoted half an hour to the fluidity of human sexuality as Jackie Clunes presented “A Straight Question”.

Principally about people who identify as lesbian or gay and then find themselves in a mixed-sex relationship, it covered a lot of ground in 29 minutes. The show touched on questions of how emotionally charged a shift in your sense of your own sexuality can be, on the ways that social acceptance may vary with your change of partner but that fundamentally a relationship is a relationship, and the variety of responses from family and friends to these changes. Peculiarly, such comments were all about the response of gay or straight mates – we are quite sure lots of people have bi friends too.

The programme touched on how your sense of queerness can be socially erased when in a mixed-sex couple, though it managed to dodge the words ‘bisexual invisibility’ and didn’t explore the ways people can keep a sense of their bi or queer self despite such social pressures.

There was a bit of ‘hopping the fence’ talk – as the @bicommunitynews twitterers observed, you don’t need to be on one side or the other and the view from on top can be quite good!

 

You will be able to hear the show soon through the iPlayer here (not up at the time of writing!)

Another Doctor Who bisexual

Doctor Who writer Steven Moffat has outed the show’s second bisexual character.

In a Twitter conversation about the Doctor’s understanding of sexuality he declared River Song to be bisexual, as well as established bi favourite Jack Harkness:

It remains to be seen whether River’s sexuality will be part of the plotlines on-screen or simply something that all the fans will now know about; we’ll be watching eagerly!

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