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“I feel tolerated, but very rarely more than that” – Being Bi on the Scene

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Bisexual people were very nearly edged out of the Pride parade all together; a Guardian columnist (who can tell Divine Gender Identity without asking, even in dimly-lit London clubs) told a group of self-identified bisexual and queer people to stop dancing and kissing so aggressively in a gay space, before writing about it in the national media. 

Exclusion is an experience that is ubiquitous among the bisexual community. As well as the obvious exclusion same-gender attracted people face from heterosexual society, bisexuals often can’t find refuge within LGBTQ created partly by and for them.

Although this phenomena is widely written about in the bisexual community, as is the imbalance of the effects being excluded from society has over being excluded from the feeble resources allotted to the LGBTQ community, it’s important that when these kind of incidents happen we take the time reflect on the prejudices we still… Continue reading

Pride, with Prejudice: When Biphobia Creeps into Same Gender Relationships

14993627065_484af81058_zWe mainly think about biphobia in terms of harm to bisexual-identified people, but in reality it can affect anyone. Holly Matthies examines one of the more insidious ways it can manifest.

For me, Pride means minding the stalls for the political party I belong to and the local bisexual support/social group Biphoria. I love it: you’re away from the worst of the overwhelming crowds, and people come over if they’re at all interested in your stall and ignore you if they’re not. It’s nice to feel helpful: to hand out stickers and flyers, answer questions, let people know what we do.

It didn’t take long after I first started doing this at Pride (in Manchester, though I’ve since been to various ones across the northwest), in 2009 or so, to start expecting that something unpleasant would happen when I sat down behind a trestle-table full of purple bisexual literature… 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 Retrogreat.com 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

Ten Bisexual Pride T-Shirts to Rock this Summer

Like you needed an excuse to go shopping.

Show your bi pride and also your Neko Atsume love

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£20 Redbubble

Pun like only a bisexual can with a cheeky Star Wars ref

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£20 Redbubble

Provoke a conversation (that proves the slogan right)

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£13.50 CafePress

Riff on a classic question

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£various Spreadshirt

Stay subtle with an understated insignia

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£14.92 Etsy

Make a statement for pan/bi unity

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£23.75 Zazzle

Be a bisexu-owl

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£17.52 Redbubble

Reclaim a stereotype or two

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£various Spreadshirt

Go simple and straightforward

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£11.47 Etsy

Or be vaguely threatening

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£25.65  Zazzle

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Here’s How To Make Bisexual Pride Cake

P1020165Pride season is just around the corner, and that means parties. 

Parties means cake. Here at Biscuit we are not cake bakers, but we are cake eaters, and that’s why we had our in-house culinary expert (she has a GCSE in Food Technology) develop this easy bisexual pride cake that even the most noviscular of novices – ie your Biscuit eds. – can manage.

You might notice that the bisexual element of the cake is hidden – some might say invisiblised – beneath a completely innocent looking facade. We couldn’t possibly comment.

Here’s how it’s done.

For the cake:
340g (12 oz) plain flour
340g (12 oz) caster sugar
340g (12 oz) room temp butter
six medium eggs
1.5 teaspoons baking powder
Food dye in pink, purple and blue
butter for greasing

For the buttercream filling:
375 (13 oz) icing sugar
225g (8 oz) softened butter
pinch… Continue reading

New York Pride: A View From The Parade from a Christian Bisexual

P1100448The Rev. Francesca Bongiorno Fortunato gives us the a personal account of the Bi Contingent at NYC Pride 2015.

We had 125 people marching with the Bi Contingent this year – our largest Bi presence ever at NYC Pride March. There were about half a dozen extra-large Bi Pride flags as well as a couple of Trans Pride flags. Marchers with our group included elder statesmen and women of the American Bisexual Pride movement (notably Larry Nelson, long-time Partner of the late “Mother of Pride,” Brenda Howard) as well as newly-out Bi folk and first time marchers. We even had a Bi mother and daughter marching together and (on the truly young end of the age spectrum) one approximately year-old baby! (I can’t say whether the baby was Bi, but his moms were, and one of them handed him to me so she could free her hands for a… Continue reading

You Didn't Hear it from Us 4/7/15


2014-05-Life-of-pix-legs-Sarah-babineauHere’s a round-up of some of the news, blogs posts and comment we missed this week.

 

Did… Continue reading

10 bi-fabulous things to do instead of going to Pride

800px-Dykes_on_bykesWith pride season well and truly upon us, Biscuit regular Valarie Clark-Neff talks us through some ways to honour your badass bi* self without putting up with the crowds…

I don’t know about you, but every year during Pride month I struggle with the thought of participating in our local parade. I love the people, the dazzle of rainbow colors, the dykes on bikes, the in-your-face queerness, and the sense of feeling comfortable with people who share my struggles.

What I don’t like are the crowds, noise, and heat. It’s all a little too much for this socially anxious person. I’m certain many of us struggle with similar issues whether it is anxiety, depression, disability, or any number of factors that keep us from participating. Pride is fantastic, but it’s not the only thing we can do to show pride in our community. So in the spirit of reaching… Continue reading

"Just leave your boyfriend at home…": Being Bi at Pride

it-s-ok-to-be-gay-prideWith pride happening in a few weeks, I have noticed posts cropping up around the internet, written by members of the gay and lesbian community, telling bi people if and how they should be attending Pride. The general consensus is that bi people can attend Pride if they are in a relationship with a “same sex” partner and if they do choose to attend with their “opposite sex” partner, they should keep quiet and refrain from showing public expressions of intimacy.

While the LG community often has problems with bi people, these issues seem to get intensified when the issues of Pride comes about. Despite the origins of Pride and the heavy involvement of bisexual (and trans) people in its early organisation, there seems to be a focus on open and visible gay celebration. But what happens when you are someone who is never able to be visibly queer, despite… Continue reading

You Didn't Hear it from Us 13/6/15

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

 

Did we miss any other must-see stories? Let us know in comments…

Image:  “Actress Laverne Cox at The Paley Center For Media’s PaleyFest 2014 Honoring “Orange Is The New Black”” by Dominic D. Shared under CC BY 2.0. Via Wikimedia Commons.