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LGBT Poet Laureate Pens Poem for Bisexual Visibility

13552684_264711050572220_1621650479_n-672x372 The LGBT Poet Laureate  has shared a new poem that tackles biphobia.

LGBT Poet Laureate Trudy Howson has written a poem that asks the wider LGBT community to examine its prejudices. She told Biscuit that she had used the phrase “let us love freely whatever our gender” as prompt to create the poem, which was written to mark Bisexual Visibility Day.  Trudy will read the poem at INCITE!’s bisexuality themed event on 14th September, but you can read it here first.

Bisexual Visibility Day

Do or die, laugh or cry, why not?
Gay or Bi, bold or shy, let’s not
Pretend we haven’t been there.
Or tell ourselves we aren’t aware.

Lets not judge, just because we,
Haven’t experienced the possibility.
Let’s put our prejudice aside
Be Gay or Bi, no need to hide.

September is the month that we
Celebrate bisexuality.
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Asteroid Named After Bisexual Icon Freddie Mercury

FreddieMercurySinging1977To mark what would have been Freddie Mercury’s 70th birthday, an asteroid discovered in 1991, the year he died, has been renamed in his honour. Asteroid 17473 Freddiemercury is around 3.5km in diameter and is a part of the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

Queen guitarist and astrophysicist Brian May, who also has an asteroid named for him, said,  “It’s a dark object – rather like a cinder in space.  Viewed from the Earth it is more than 10,000 times fainter than you can see by eye, so you need a fair-sized telescope to see it and that’s why it wasn’t discovered until 1991.”

The application to change the name of the asteroid was made by Joel Parker of the Southwest Research Institute. He said, “Even if you can’t see Freddiemercury leaping through the sky, you can be sure he’s there.”

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Here’s How to Use Etsy to Dress Head to Toe in Bisexual Pride Flags

Sure, a patch on your jacket might signify your bi pride, but we bet people still assume you’re either straight or gay. We at Biscuit have hit upon a solution. With the help of the makers of Etsy, we’ve put together the only list you need to deck yourself in bisexual pride from head to toe.

Let’s start at the top.

1. Start with a bisexual beanie to keep your ears warm and notify people of your sexuality

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2. Add a scarf for extra snuggliness

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3.Throw on a subtle slogan tee

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4. A skirt

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5. Or leggings

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6. Before topping off your look with the perfect shoe lace

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Now add accessories, with…

7. A pair of bi pride earrings

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8. Matching necklace

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Channel 4 Commissions Bisexual Comedy

Channel 4 has commissioned a new comedy – and the subject is bisexuality.

The Bisexual, written by Desiree Akhavan and Cecilia Frugiuele (Appropriate Behaviour), will centre around New Yorker Leila, who finds herself newly single and living with ‘stranger off the internet’ Gabe, who was only ever lived with his mum.

The Bisexual will follow the pair as they navigate the dating scene.

Calling the bisexuality ‘the last taboo’, the show purports to provide a “shamelessly raw and questioning look at how people are exposed through their sex and relationships and the new rules, pitfalls and prejudices around that”.

Deputy Head of Comedy at Channel 4 Nerys Evans said in a press release: “We are thrilled to be working with Desiree on her series The Bisexual. She has such a brilliantly unique viewpoint on finding love in your 30s. We love her candid observations, both on being… Continue reading

“Yes!” Actress Bella Thorne Comes As Bi Out On Twitter

Eighteen-year-old Amityville: The Awakening actress Bella Thorne has finally responded to a flurry of Twitter queries about her sexuality. 

Bella-Thorne-kissing-a-womanAfter a Snapchat photo of Thorne kissing another woman emerged on Monday, speculation was rife as to what it meant. Yesterday, she answered with a simple “Yes” when Twitter user @iemagazinn asked her “Are you bi?”

Thorne’s fans have reacted with overwhelming support…  

The best of the #biactivistsaresickofhearing hashtag

You’ve got to love twitter. We use it for networking, maintaining friendships, sharing news and jokes and judging other people’s grammar.  And, of course, we use it for blowing off steam, like today, when a cotterie of frazzled bi activists decided to tweet the most ridiculous, illogical and, unfortunately, ubiquitous things they hear every day.

We kicked off with a few of our own experiences…

… and boy did we hit a nerve. Here are 15 of the best responses.

1. The one where non-binary bi people are completely erased

 

“Body Positivity or Heteronormative Trash?” Biscuit Reviews Dating Show “Naked Attraction”

NINTCHDBPICT000259628882“Lets watch the naked dating show!” I’m two glasses of wine in by now so I’m sure I’ve misheard, but no. There is a television show of the classic one person picking a date from a room full of candidates format, only no one’s wearing any clothes while they do it. Its called Naked Attraction and my two glasses of wine think watching it is a great idea, if only because we’re not entirely sure this thing is real.

The show is real and the intro is so frighteningly cisheteronormative, with its cheerful announcement about finding out “what men and women really want”, that I start to feel like an anthropologist observing an alien culture. My friend promises that they have a bisexual candidate later on, but as the write up talks about her wanting to find out if she’s more attracted to men or women I remain dubious. However,… Continue reading

They don’t call them BI-ographies for nothing: Six bisexual memoirs and autobiographies to read on the beach this Summer

readingBrush up on your bisexual history, find out more about a bi icon or just glory in the sensation of a life far more interesting than your own. From the outrageously trashy to the impressively high-brow, we’ve got you covered.

1. Alan Cumming – Not My Father’s Son: A Family Memoir (Canongate)

acSample quote: “It’s hard to explain how much that feeling of the bottom potentially falling out at any moment takes its toll. It makes you anxious, of course, and constant anxiety is impossible for the body to handle. So you develop a coping mechanism, and for us that meant shutting down. Everything we liked or wanted or felt joy in had to be hidden or suppressed. I’m sad to say that this method works. If you don’t give as much credence or value to whatever it is that you love, it hurts less when it is… Continue reading

Four Bisexual Movies from the Golden Age of Cinema

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The Golden Age of black and white cinema doesn’t seem like the likeliest of places to find a film with overt bisexual themes, but there are a handful of examples that are required viewing for any wannabe queer movie buff. Don’t expect anything original here; each of these films follows the same basic plot, the classic bi love triangle in which an existing relationship is threatened by bisexual urges. Just like in modern bi films like Basic Instinct (1992), Pretty Persuasion (2005) and Y Tu Mamá También (2001) bisexuals here are depraved Casanovas or tortured souls, destroying lives. Here’s  where those cinematic tropes began.

 Michael / 1924

Adapted from a 1902 novel, it’s rumoured that the married director Carl Theodore Dreyer’s drew on experience of his own same-sex affairs when making Michael, the story of an acclaimed artist known as The Master who struggles with his relationship… Continue reading

Biscuit Attends Winter Pride Art Awards

9510The Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards were held last night at the Islington Arts Factory. Submissions were sought on the theme ‘Line of Beauty – exploring sexuality, gender and identity’ and the competition was open to all.

The winning artwork was Madame Moustache by Sicilian artist Rosso. The painting recalls Manet’s Olympia, and explores contemporary ideas of gender and beauty.

Speaking to a packed house, campaigner Peter Tatchell said, “The Emerald Winter Pride Art Awards is an example of how art can help shape people’s attitudes towards the LGBT+ community. Don’t accept the world as it is. Dream about what the world could be – then help make it happen”.

The event also featured poetry by LGBT Poet Laureate Trudy Howson and music from the Korros Ensemble.

The event was sponsored by Lesbian and Gay (sic) Insurer Emerald.

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