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Christopher Biggins Kicked Out of Big Brother House for Biphobic Comments

Celebrity-Big-BrotherIt’s not often you see a celeb publicly shamed for a spot of casual biphobia, alas. But that seems to be exactly what’s happened to actor Christopher Biggins, who has just been turfed out of the Big Brother house for “making comments capable of causing widespread offence”.  

The folks at Channel 5 are being a bit cagey about exactly which comments these are. However, it seems incredibly likely that his suggestion that “bisexuals are the worst kind” because they are simply “people not wanting to admit they’re gay” who can’t “pick a team” might well have been the catalyst.

Biggins made the comments on Tuesday during a discussion with fellow housemate Renee Graziano. His words caused an outcry, inspiring three major LGBT charities with whom he boasts a longstanding involvement – Stonewall, The Peter Tatchell Foundation and the Terrence Higgins Trust – to announce that they… Continue reading

Christopher Biggins Makes Biphobic Comments *Again*

biggins-in-the-diary-roomBisexual activists have today slammed veteran actor Christopher Biggins for biphobic comments aired on Channel 5 and seen by literally dozens of people.

Speaking to fellow contestant Renee Graziano from the bedroom of the Celebrity Big Brother house Biggins claimed that bisexuals are “the worst type”, adding, “what it is is people not wanting to admit they’re gay – be honest, that’s what you’ve got to be”.

Graziano replied: “You have to pick a team!”

In a display of beautiful irony, Graziano had previously told Biggins that being gay was “beautiful” because it’s “who you are”.

This is not the first time that Biggins has made biphobic comments in public. In 2014, Biggins told the Big Issue that “bisexuals should own up to what they are, and not ruin a woman’s life”, conveniently forgetting that female bisexuals exist.

“I suppose he’s got to do something between pantomimes”, one activist… Continue reading

“It’s Not Wise To Marry A Bisexual”: Amber Heard & The Continued Acceptance Of Media Biphobia

Amber_Heard_The_Ward_premiereIt’s OK to be violent towards us, though, it seems – maybe you can beat the bi out? Yeah, smack us about a bit. Maybe we’ll learn to follow the straight and narrow. Thank you, US Morning Show commentator Peter Ford, for your helpful words. Whether or not Depp really did attack Heard, the fact remains that her sexuality is entirely irrelevant to the case. But, as ever, if you’re bisexual it usually gets dragged in as an issue anyway… I’d say the alleged physical attack was worth more airplay, but what do I know? I’m just a fickle bisexual. I’ll have changed my mind by tomorrow.

“I probably shouldn’t say this,” Ford insisted during this broadcast yesterday, “but it’s not wise to marry a bisexual”. Ms Heard “travelled across to the other side” to be with with Depp, according to Ford, and Ford made clear his feelings that… Continue reading

Nigerian Woman Wanted for Crime of Being Bisexual

IMG_20160428_114759Chinyeaka Immaculata Onwuzurike is wanted for “being involved in Bisexual Activities”.  

A notice placed in a Nigerian national newspaper, believed to be the Daily Times, asks that anyone who has ‘relevant information’ as to the whereabouts of  Onwuzurike of Lagos should contact the police.

A photograph of the notice was shared yesterday to social media by Seun Kuti, son of afrobeat originator and human rights activist Fela Kuti. It is believed the ad appeared on 27 April.

Throughout Nigeria it is a crime to engage in same sex sexual activity; the offence carries a 14 year prison sentence. The crime of supporting LGBT rights carries a prison sentence of ten years.  In some states of Nigeria, the threat of capital punishment also exists.

It is not currently clear if Onwuzurike is wanted for engaging in a same-sex sexual activities or simply being… Continue reading

Bi Asylum Seeker Orashia Edwards Can Stay In UK

wpid-uk-bisexual-orashia-edwards-fights-to-stop-deportation-to-jamaicaAfter a three year battle, Jamaican born bisexual man Orashia Edwards (33) was granted permission to remain in the UK.

Mr Edwards request for asylum had previously been denied, with judges claiming that his parenthood served as ‘proof’ that he was not bisexual.

Jamaica’s notorious Offenses Against the Person Act criminalises acts of ‘gross indecency’ between men in public and private, and anal sex between any genders.

In a statement Mr Edwards said, “I want to thank everyone who has supported my campaign over the years, none of this would have been possible.

“I’m finally allowed to work so have applied for my National Insurance number and can go get a job and open my own bank account. Things are really looking up for me, I’m buzzing.”

Beyond Autocomplete: Campaigners Call On Google For Better Bi Inclusion

googlebiFifteen thousand people signed a successful Change.org petition asking Google to offer autocompletion suggestions when a user types in the word “bisexual” – but why did Google bring in the changes so quietly? And what can they do to make amends and really show a commitment to bisexual inclusion?

A campaign challenging the search engine’s discriminatory algorithms was started way back in 2010, with campaigners suggesting that the “censoring” of the word “bisexual” but not the words “gay” and “lesbian” was to do with pornographic connotations. However, ignorant stereotypes aside, this still seems an extreme step to have taken, given that Google has the option of “whitelisting” any term so that prurient content isn’t brought up.

“We noticed this change a bit more than a year ago, but wanted to work with Google to make more change than the lifting of this ban, such as releasing a statement on… Continue reading

Bisexual Woman Tops List of Top LGBT Executives

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A bisexual woman has been given the top slot in a list of 100 LGBT business executives.

CEO of Lloyds of London Inga Beale was given the honour by  Out Standing, an LGBT advocacy group that encourages diversity in business. She is, according to OUTStanding, “one of the few – perhaps the only – openly bisexual business leaders at her level”.

As the first female CEO of historic insurance firm Lloyds of London, Beale, has launched a market modernisation programme and opened offices in Dubai and Beijing. She has also introduced Inclusion@Lloyd’s, which aims to ensure Lloyd’s is a diverse and inclusive market, and Pride@Lloyds, an internal LGBT employee resource group.

Beal said, “I am proud of the commitment of Lloyd’s and the London insurance market to celebrate diversity and ensure we are an attractive, globally relevant and inclusive… Continue reading

Crowdfunding for New Book About Bisexuality in Britain Launches

Friday night saw the launch at Soho’s Poetry Cafe of the crowdfunding campaign to finance Purple Prose, a new book about bisexuality in the UK. Purple Prose is due to be published in summer 2016 by Thorntree Press.

 

With contributions from some of the UK’s leading bi activists and writers on sexuality (including contributions from Biscuit’s editorial team), Purple Prose promises to be an informative and interesting snapshot of the community as well as a guide for bisexual people and their friends.

One of the contributors told Biscuit, “The book has pretty much already been written. It covers everything from coming out and finding the community, to how bisexual people experience their gender, how our labels might change and being bi at work. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

“The last book by British bi activists, Bisexual Lives, was published way back in 1988, and… Continue reading

Human Rights Commission Report: “Bisexuals Are At Greater Risk Of Health Problems.”

depression-824998_1280The “Health Disparities Among Bisexual People” report shows that bisexuals experience worse health than people of any other sexual orientation, including gay men and lesbians.

Bisexual women were found to have higher rates of cancer, heart disease, obesity and mental health problems than any other group of women. Bisexuals of all genders were found to have higher rates of depression and display the most incidences of binge drinking, self-harming and suicidal behaviours.

“Bisexual people are the largest single group within the LGBT community, but we’re not addressing their specific healthcare needs,” said Tari Hanneman, Deputy Director of the Health and Aging Program at the HRC Foundation.“The reality is that bisexual people face discrimination not only outside of our community, but also from within. And that can discourage them from engaging in and benefiting from the work that LGBT advocates are doing to address our mental, physical and sexual health.”… Continue reading

You Gov Poll Shows One In Three US Millennials Identify As Bi

girls-685778_640A study conducted by YouGov found that 29% of American under-30s surveyed placed themselves somewhere between one and five on the Kinsey Scale (zero being completely heterosexual and six being completely homosexual).

Seventy-eight percent of respondents identified as straight and 14% identified as gay.

Reporting on the study, YouGov said: “Younger Americans are noticeably less likely than their elders to put themselves in a firm category. While 80% of all Americans say that they are completely heterosexual or homosexual only 66% of under-30s say the same.”

“The older someone is the less likely they are to say that they have fluid sexual attractions. 24% of people aged 30 to 44 say that they’re somewhere on the scale of bisexuality, compared to 8% or less of over-45s.”