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Here’s What Working Class Bisexuals Want in 2017

6943475504_3797d010cd_kHere at Biscuit we’re kicking off the new year by asking what the British bisexual community wants in 2017, not just from the wider world, but from itself.

With that in mind, we asked working class BiCon attendees to tell us what they want they want to see from their communities . Here’s what they said.

There’s no denying that working class bisexuals in the British bi community are a hidden minority. We’re not easy to spot, mainly because so few of us look like traditional working class stereotypes, but that doesn’t mean we’re not there. And when you’re invisible, as bi people know all too well, it’s easy for the prevalent group to assume you’re not there at all.

But it’s really shouldn’t take much for BiCon and the communities it hosts to grow their awareness of working class bis. Here’s what we need.

Understanding 

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A Hand Along the Way – Volunteering in the Bisexual Community

volunteer-1The bisexual community thrives because of its volunteers. Some are highly visible – those who run events like last weekend’s highly successful EuroBiCon and the heads of organisations like BCNBiUK and the Bisexual Index, others work behind the scenes, doing accounts, designing posters and collecting tea money.  Biscuit fave Cat returns to tell us what the draw is, and how you can get involved. 

I’ve done quite a bit of volunteering work in the UK bi community over the years. I work full time and have children and, as a result, have limited free time – so why do I want to spend it doing more work when I could be relaxing?

Putting something back

I’ve been involved with the UK bi community for 10 years now, since I attended my first BiCon in 2003. Although I had other friends who were… Continue reading

Bi Online: Finding Your Community Without Leaving the House

laptop typingLet’s face it, if you’re bi it can be pretty tough going living in a world where heterosexuality is the norm. Most of the time your sexuality is completely erased and you’re assumed to be gay or straight depending on the gender of your current partner. When you’re not being erased you find yourself being othered for not fitting neatly into one of the gay or straight boxes. Having a space where bisexuality is the norm is important to give one a feeling of validity and belonging.

But what if there are no bi majority spaces that you can access? In the UK the main event in the bisexual calendar is BiCon, but this only happens once a year (and, as it happens, I can’t make it this year). There are BiFests happening throughout the year and regular bisexual meet up groups, but all of these are… Continue reading

Booking opens for BiCon 2016

bicon2016logo689It’s that time of year again: booking is now open for BiCon 2016.

This year the three night event, taking place at the University of Central Lancashire, falls just days after the first EuroBicon for more than a decade. The team anticipates a greater number of first time attendees:

“There are three major airports within 60 miles of Preston, so you could hop over from Amsterdam in just a few hours,” they told Biscuit.

The event runs from 4th – 7th August in Preston and includes a packed schedule of workshops, seminars and talks as well as nightly entertainment.

To book your place, visit 2016.bicon.org.uk now.

BiCon 2015, in tweets

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As the last remaining delegates slowly dribble out of the university of Nottingham, it is time to look back on the packed weekend of classes, workshops and merry-making general and specific. And since we drank the bar dry of vodka, we’re going to need a little help remembering.

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The Biscuit Purple List 2015

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Your nominations have been collected, heated discussions have been had and disagreements have been thwarted, and now we are proud to be able to present the first ever Biscuit Purple List.

The Purple List was conceived as a reaction to the bi-erasure of similar honours lists, which neither recognise the work done that specifically benefits the bisexual community, nor the importance using the word ‘bisexual’ to describe the non-monosexual people who do appear in them.

We think that it’s important to make a really big deal about the awesome people who give their time, energy, cash and resources to make life a little bit better for bisexual people. As a group we have lower rates of well being than gay and lesbian identified people. We’re more likely to commit suicide and to self harm. We are more likely to misuse drugs. Our teens have … Continue reading

You Didn't Hear it from Us 09/05/15

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Booking for BiCon 2015 is now open!

Bicon2015-logo-bisexuality-convention-nottingham-400The wait is finally over. Booking for the biggest event for bisexual people in the UK is now officially open. With prices starting from just £20 for a one day pass, or three days  with  accommodation and meals from £124, it one of the most affordable BiCons of recent years.

This year, BiCon will be held at the Universty of Nottingham. It promises an exciting programme of workshops, talks, discussions and social spaces where bisexual people, their friends, partners and allies can get together in a safe and understanding environment where they can truly be themselves.

Visit the BiCon 2015 website to book your place. But don’t dawdle – places are limited and they’re going to go fast!

Biscuit will be there with bells on. We really hope to see you too!