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Asylum Denied: The Grim Irony of Proof of Sexuality Edicts

United_States_Court_of_Appeals_for_the_Seventh_Circuit_Seal.svgLast week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit issued a decision:that a  bi Jamaican asylum-seeker isn’t actually bisexual. As in Orashia Edwards recent Uk asylum case, Fuller found that his claim of bisexuality was rejected because of his relationships with women.  

If a documented history of relationships with more than one gender does not equal ‘bi’, what can we do? Holly Matthies tackles the thorny issue of ‘proving’ your sexuality.

My first exposure to the news of Ray Fuller’s failed asylum case was a tweet from Bisexual Index. “Horrifying,” it said. “Not bisexual because he’s attracted to women, asylum judge rules.”

My first response was to write When we say “Biphobia kills,” it’s not hyperbole. People don’t know what bisexuality is, and that harms bisexuals. It’s not the only way biphobia can be deadly, of course, but for anyone to be deported… Continue reading Updates Entry on ‘Bisexual’

Searching the word ‘bisexual’ on, now yields a more satisfying result.

You’ll still find the usual definitions for the biological sense of the term, but when it comes to the word as a sexuality or identity label a few changes have been made:


The new text is accompanied by an explanatory note which reads, in part, “The term is increasingly being used to refer to a level of sexual fluidity in which an individual moves bidirectionally along a spectrum of sexuality. This newer sense accounts for attraction to people who do not fall within the gender binary”.

The  word ‘bisexual’ has been defined by leading bi organisation as attraction to more than one gender since the early days of the movement, and a recent social media campaign calling for Merriam-Webster to update its own definition gained over… Continue reading

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

“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

10 of the Best Bisexual Pins on Etsy

Enhance your jacket or backpack with an identity affirming pin or two, from the treasure trove of Etsy.

1. Go Simple

With a classic button from CatStasher


2. Show your romantic side

With this enamel love heart from Compoco Pop


3. Keep it classy

With a monochrome statement from wordforwordfactory


4. Embrace your various identies…

With a bundle from CwtchPride


5. … or share with your friends

With Bimblesnoot’s cute selection


6. Put the Bee back in LGBT

With an apiculturists delight from theartfulscientist

il_570xN.972834684_4acd7. Get pixelated

With some throwback crafting from BowsbyRia


8. Submit to the inevitable cash-in

With a bisexual Poké Ball by EllenKayDesign


9. Subtly combat erasure

With a declaration from astropuke


1o. Re-live your emo phase

With a vespertilionine pun from shopfives


Bisexual Teen Violently Attacked on Last Day of School

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Jamie Watson, 15, of Birmingham, was brutally attacked by three masked youths, who verbally abused him before kicking and punching him for around five minutes. The attack was the culmination of a period of bullying and intimidation by the youths, and had been planned in advance.

He was taken to Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham, where he was treated for  a fractured arm, broken ribs and numerous superficial abrasions as well as injuries to his neck muscles as a result of being repeatedly kicked in the head.

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Detective Sergeant James Bennett, from Birmingham’s Violent Crime Team, told The Birmingham Mail: “We are trawling CCTV for any clues and want to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time and who may have seen the attack to come forward.

“At this stage we believe the attackers could be local and we are… Continue reading

Christopher Biggins is Sorry Not Sorry


christopher bigotFollowing his premature eviction from the Celebrity Big Brother house on Friday, 1970’s sit-com star Christopher Biggins has fauxpologised for the holocaust ‘joke’ that formed part of the reason he was axed from the show.

Calling Jewish fellow housemate Katie Waissel a “very sensitive girl with a few issues”, Biggins said that he was “mortified” he had lost his appearance fee upset people with his shocking remarks.

In an interview in the Sun on Sunday, Biggins emphasised that he is “in no way a bigoted person”, and that he knows Lesley Joseph and also some black people.

He did not, however, apologise for his scientifically illiterate, hateful and psychologically telling remarks regarding the bisexual community.

Biggins, who wed Australian model Beatrice Norbury in 1971, sensationally confused himself with other people, telling fellow housemates that bisexuals are ‘homosexuals in denial’ who ‘fuck up a lot of relationships’.… Continue reading

Flirting Without Fear: Your Guide to Getting It On

download (1)There’s one workshop at BiCon that’s always completely packed: Flirting. We did a little flirting of our own and got Kate Harrad who runs the workshop to let us in on a few of her secrets…

Why do people flirt? There’s often a perception that flirting is a bit dishonest, a bit like beating around the bush; if you fancy someone you should just tell them so. But flirting is a vital tool in the pursuit of romantic/sexual connection. It’s not for everyone, but it is incredibly useful, because the fact is, many – many –  people are not confident enough to walk up to someone and say ‘I fancy you, please date me.’

And the truth is, many people aren’t comfortable with being told that, either. It can put you on the spot, and if you’re not good at saying no, you might find yourself going out with… Continue reading

Research Round-up: Why Is Bisexual Mental Health So Poor?

MPOTY_2014_Helping_someone_get_treatment_for_mental_health_issuesBisexuals face many problems, including higher than average rates of interpersonal violence (IPV) and homelessness, but at top of that list is mental health. In a Biscuit poll in February 88% of respondents reported having had mental health problems at some point, with 37% reporting saying that theirs were severe.

But this is only just scratching the surface, as a 2010 study conducted by the San Francisco Human Rights Commission found bisexuals to be around six times more likely to have mental health problems than heterosexuals. The study also incorporated data from a 2002 study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, which reported that rates of mental health issues amongst bisexual people were significantly higher than those amongst lesbians and gay men.

My partners and I constantly argue over whether our mental health is a function of our bisexuality, vice versa, or unrelated. – Phil

A YouGov poll from… Continue reading

Being Bi – My First Pride

imagesFrom the erasure of bisexual participation in the early Pride movement, to incidences of biphobia at Pride events today, the bisexual community has had an uneasy relationship with Pride. But when we focus on the worst Pride can be, we can forget about the best. Here Clara from reminds us just how important it can be.

I’m 9 years old. Some friends and I play “Mummies and Daddies”. It turns into a campaign at school of calling me a dyke and a lesbian. I don’t understand – I have crushes on both men and women, but assume puberty will establish a preference.

I’m 17 years old. One night at a classmate’s house, she strokes my waist, she feels different to the lone boy I’ve kissed so far. Her boyfriend watches from a chair. After a while, she leaps away without warning, begins to cry and… Continue reading