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There’s no “I’m Bi” Speech Bubble: Bisexuality in Comics

17615895The world of comics has long been a haven for stories that the rest of the literary world aren’t quite ready for. Perhaps that is why a whole raft of LGBT+ characters have found a home in this medium over the years.
The first comic book series I fell in love with was Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. Amongst the characters in this epic series were gay faerie Cluracan, lesbians Judy, Donna and Hazel, trans character Wanda and the quite-literally-genderfluid Desire.

It’s fair to say that Sandman was ahead of its time in terms of queer representation. However even in such an inclusive comic, there were no overtly bisexual characters. Realising this got me thinking about some of my favourite modern comic books. Here, I examine three series’, to determine if bisexuality has yet found a place in the medium. (Please note the following discussions contain some minor, character-based… Continue reading

United States Activists Call for Support from Across the Atlantic

<> on February 21, 2016 in Greenville, South Carolina.

<> on February 21, 2016 in Greenville, South Carolina.

President-Elect Trump has got lots of us worried. The UK has got a lot of reasons to be fearful of a Trump presidency, and rightly so, but our fears are minimal compared to those about to be living under Trumpian rule. We spoke to our across-the-Atlantic fave, Miles Joyner, about what we can do to support our American allies, and this is what they told us.

The United States are in turmoil once again. Marginalized groups are concerned about their safety, about the legislation that will start being passed. Will we keep our rights? Am I safe in public? Is my partner safe in public? Is my child safe in public? Many POC, Muslim, and LGBTQ individuals have been asking themselves that question for years now, yet with the recent election the question is more important… Continue reading

Attitudes to Bisexuals Shift from Negative to Neutral

writing-1149962_960_720A Study by Indiana University’s Center for Sexual Health Promotion has found attitudes towards bisexual people are slightly better than previously.

The study, led by Brian Dodge, associate professor in the Department of Applied Health Science and associate director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University’s School of Public Health in Bloomington, is to be presented today at the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association in Denver, Colorado.

The study is only the second to explore attitudes toward bisexual men and women — those with the capacity for physical, romantic and/or sexual attraction to more than one sex or gender — in a nationally representative sample. It is also the first to do so with a sample of gay, lesbian and other-identified individuals (pansexual, queer and other identity labels), in addition to those who identify as heterosexuals. The nationally representative sample was… Continue reading

A Day in the Life of a Bi Asexual

169249078_475b70b357_zTo round of Asexuality Awareness Week, we asked our readers to tell us their stories. Here Julia takes us through how it feels to identify both as asexual and bi.  From getting tired of always being the teacher to so many inappropriate questions, you may find some familiar issues…

“Why is the group called Lesbian and Gay?” I ask, somewhat naively.

“As opposed to what?” answers one of the organisers.

“LGBT…”

“LGBTQ…”

“LGBTQA…”

I’m sitting in an Amsterdam park having a picnic with a group of LGBT people who have met through meetup.com. I’ve been in the country a fraction over 24 hours. I’ve just moved to a new city, and I’m determined to meet new people and not wallow in the self-pity of my country going to pot. Alas, my lack of sleep means I’ve not stopped my mouth running away before my brain… Continue reading

A is for Asexual: Being an Ally to the Asexual Community

imagesAsexuality is a misunderstood and often overlooked group within the LGBTQIA+. Over the years they’ve had to fight, often alone, for recognition within both the LGBT community and within scientific circles. For a large portion of the twentieth century, what we now understand to be just another orientation was seen as a disorder or hormonal imbalance. After overcoming the scientific misunderstandings, asexual activists dedicated attention to overcoming misunderstandings within the LGBT community.

A quick tag search on Tumblr and a few hours spent reading the pages of discourse will show that despite the best efforts of asexuals, the LGBT has been somewhat unwelcoming. This is something I tried to tackle in my article for The Matador Network, A Bisexual Call to Arms in Support of Asexuals, where I discuss the importance of bisexuals supporting asexuals, since our two communities truly do share things in common.

Simply reading an article… Continue reading

Emmerdale Demonstrates How to Get Bisexuality Right

emmerdale00031Last week rural soap Emmerdale broke an unwritten rule of primetime storytelling: you don’t say bisexual. Robron fan Charlie tells us what else they’re getting right.

Finding an on-screen bisexual is about ten times harder than finding one in real life. This is because films and TV shows seem to have an obsession with alternating a character’s sexuality depending on who they are with at that current moment – especially in soap operas. ITV soap Emmerdale, has been no stranger to this trend. 

Ali, who was on the show last year with her partner Ruby, was the butt of many lesbian jokes as she left her husband to be with her new girlfriend, yet it was never explored whether she was bisexual or gay. Earlier this year, a plotline involving Lawrence’s old lover returning did nothing but create confusion regarding his sexuality, since he had been in… Continue reading

Ofcom Rules on Biggins Big Brother Bigotry

christopher bigotOfcom has today ruled that the biphobic comments made by Christopher Biggins and broadcast on Channel Five’s Big Brother did not breach the regulators rules.

The incident, which saw Biggins booted off the show in August of this year, was investigated after Ofcom received 44 complaints.

Stalwart Pantomime Dame Biggins had said,  “The worst type though is, I’m afraid to say, the bisexuals… what it is is people not wanting to admit they are gay.”

Ofcom said: “We investigated whether a discussion between Christopher Biggins and Renee Graziano about the sexual orientation of bisexual people was offensive.

“We accepted that these remarks made in Celebrity Big Brother were capable of causing offence, but they were likely to be within the audience’s expectations of this programme.”

 

 

Seven Myths About Asexuality, Debunked

2000px-asexual_flag-svgAsexuality – not experiencing sexual attraction – is one of the least widely understood sexual identities, and myths abound. In honour of Asexual Awareness Week, we’ve rounded up eight of the most common misunderstandings, ripe for debunking.

MYTH: Asexuality is just a made up new sexuality.

FACT: Leaving aside that all sexual identity labels are ‘made up’ at some point, the word ‘asexual’ has been used in its current sense since the 1890s. That’s exactly the same length of time as ‘homosexual’ has been around.

MYTH: Asexuality is just a fancy way of saying abstinent or celibate.

FACT: Abstinence is a behaviour. It is the choice not to engage in sexual activity. People who have chosen abstinence or celibacy still experience sexual attraction. By comparison, asexuality is defined by a lack of sexual attraction and is not a choice.

 

MYTH: Asexual people never have sex.

FACT:… Continue reading

The Biscuit Guide to Coming Out as Bisexual

 

doorIn honour of National Coming Out Day tomorrow, Biscuit presents our guide to coming out as bi.
Coming out, as many bisexuals will tell you, isn’t a one off event. Once you’ve done it once, you’ll find yourself doing it all the time; to potential partners and new friends, to healthcare providers and public services. Because the gender of our partner or date doesn’t announce our sexuality, we find ourselves coming out more often than most. We never entirely get over the fear of coming out to someone new, but there’s no denying it gets easier.

Coming out for the first time, though, can be daunting. When you feel like you’ve been carrying an exhausting secret, the thought that you might be soon letting it go can be overwhelming, and not all of those thoughts are positive. Anxieties about how your life might change, or how your revelation might be received… Continue reading

Bi Causes Benefit from CaBiRet

A night of bisexual cabaret (or, as the organisers insist, cabiret) raised over £100 to be split between the Bisexual Index and Bis of Colour

It was standing room only last night, when more than sixty people arrived at the Cavendish Arms in Stockwell for a night of bisexual cabaret.  The event was held to celebrate Bi Visibility Day and featured comedy acts, music, magic and poetry.

“It was a fantastic night,” Marcus Morgan of the Bisexual Index told us. “It’s so great to see people coming together to support our community and celebrate the positives of bisexuality.”

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Jacq Applebee performs poetry

Funds raised at the event – totalling more than £100 – will be split, with half to go to the Bis of Colour group, and half to go to the printing costs of the Bisexual Index.