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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

No Fight Left In The Purple Corner: Are You Suffering From Bi Activist Fatigue?

Stigma, invisibility, lack of funding. It’s no surprise that in bisexual activist circles, burnout is an all-too-common phenomenon. Biscuit ed Lottie discusses Biscuit’s ongoing struggles – and talks to two prominent bi activists who are feeling just as wiped as she is.

nude-145119_1280It’s a miracle you’re about to read this article at all. Biscuit has, like many bi websites/publications and organisations, survived against all the odds. In January, the site will have been going for two years. It’s not making money, as I hoped it would. It needs a really good design overhaul which I’m not techy enough to be able to give it. But it’s still here, somehow. I just feel sad when I think about how much better it could be with a core group of regular writers, a few more hands and a wider skill-set on deck. I miss the burning passion and positivity I felt about… Continue reading

LGBT* in UKIP Gatecrashes Pride

800px-Pride_in_London_2013_-_211Pride in London is courting controversy once again, by allowing UKIP to march in the Parade that was held in the West End on Saturday.

UKIP, a far-right political party whose members have been outspoken in their racism and homophobia, had their application to march in the parade controversially turned down by the Pride in London committee following an outcry by the LGBT community. The committee insisted the decision was not made on political grounds but in the name of safety.

In December, Kerry Smith, standing for UKIP South Basildon and East Thurrock resigned from his candidacy after calling gay people ‘fucking disgusting old poofters’. In February the group UKIP Christian Soldiers, authorised by UKIP HQ circulated leaflets that claimed educating school children on LGBT issues was ‘sexual grooming’.

Approximately 15 LGBT* in UKIP activists – who had not paid the fee required to take part in the parade,… Continue reading

You Didn't Hear it From Us 18/05/15

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You Didn't Hear it from Us (4/04/15)

360px-Nina_Hartley_01062035Here’s a round-up of some of the news, blogs posts and comment we missed this week.

World Rugby pledges to tackle homophobia in the sport

In a mirror of the long-running Kick Homophobia out of Football campaign, World rugby (formerly the IRB) has pledged to work together with International Gay Rugby (IGR) on the promotion of equality in the sport.

A document signed by the organisations this week promised to uphold “the right of any player, official and spectator to be involved with rugby without discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or identification” and promote “the common goal of inclusion and the elimination of homophobia in rugby.”

World Rugby and IGR will consult with  members of the LGBT community on the issues that are important to them. IGR chairman Jeff Wilson said “We are committed to partnering with World Rugby to continue our work of making rugby the most inclusive and tolerant sport in the world”.

World Rugby Chairman Bernard Lapasset said “Rugby is an inclusive sport which has at its heart character-building… Continue reading

Fans vs fiction: Queerbaiting in "Supernatural"

“Queerbaiting is clinging to the heteronormative interpretation on the surface of things, and refusing to invalidate it, but still trying to present a queer reading in the background; metaphorically selling the hetero story from the front door, and the queer story out back.” Rowan

Sometimes we hold on, far past when we think we should call it quits, because of hope – painful, agonising, stubborn hope. For me, an important source of hope fizzled out in the wake of a Supernatural episode “Fan Fiction” that aired on Tuesday November 11, 2014. My hope ended with these words: you have your version, we have ours.

There’s plenty of speculation out there on whether Supernatural queerbaits its lead male characters Dean, Sam, and Castiel, but there’s no question in my mind that big media corporations recognise and make every attempt to profit over highly popular fan pairings, straight or otherwise. It’s the very heart of television marketing. Supernatural has explicitly acknowledged the popular ships “wincest” and “destiel” in the show itself, alerting fans that they see what they’re up to and know what they want. Wincest, as it involves two brothers, is highly unlikely to ever become an explicit relationship, but fans take the queerbaiting involving destiel, two non-related main male characters, seriously because why shouldn’t we?
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