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Libby Baxter-Williams

Libby is a 30-something Londoner, who spends more time reading picture books than is seemly. She became a bi activist entirely by accident, but now she can't imagine living any other way. In the event of an emergency, she'll have a large gin and tonic, thanks.

We Asked Prominent Bi People What They Want For Our Community in 2017

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Boy George Mocks Bisexuals

Boy George took to twitter today to mock bisexuality while also implying that George Michael’s recent death was a suicide.

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The tweet appears to suggest that people claiming a bisexual identity are lying.

In a grimly ironic twist,  George Michael, who had enjoyed sexual encounters with both men and women, made the decision not to label himself as bisexual because of biphobic remarks from his friends.
The former Culture Club frontman responded to disappointed fans on twitter by telling them their concerns are ‘steaming white rice’ and that they are ‘a bit dim’.

 

Only a few hours before his offensive outburst, the DJ and former pop star had tweeted that 2016 had taught him to ‘hold his tongue’.ss2017

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Shock as Long-Time Self-Confessed Nazi is Discovered to be Nazi

tila_tequila_2008_539_332_c1Bisexual “reality” “star” Tila Tequila, who has long posted images to the internet of herself in Nazi garb, publicly praised Hitler and who was kicked off Celebrity Big Brother in 2015 for antisemitism, has shocked the liberal establishment by being photographed performing a Nazi salute.

Self described ‘Alt-reich queen’ Tila Tequila, who once starred in her own MTV faux-reality show A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila, where male and female competitors vied for a relationship with the singer writer internet celebrity, has been pictured alongside white supremacists Richard B Spencer and Chuck Johnson with their right arms raised in a Nazi salute. Tequila, since suspended from Twitter under its new hate speech rules, uploaded the image to the social media platform along side the caption ‘seig heil’ (sic).

The Asian-American star, who claimed in 2012 to be converting to Judaism, has a long history of Nazi sympathising,… 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

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

Bisexual Men Paid Less than Colleagues, Study Finds

downloadA  study carried out by Professor Alex Bryson of UCL’s Institute of Education has found that bisexual men earn less than their gay and straight colleagues.

The study, published in the journal Work, Employment & Society, describes an income gap of 31%, with average gross hourly earnings at £9.39 for bisexual men. Gay men fared the best, with average earnings of £13.33 an hour, while their heterosexual counterparts earned £12.30.

When similar occupations were compared, the gap fell to 20%. Findings were replicated both inside and outside London.

Read more at DataLounge.com.

 

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

ONS Report Shows 45% Increase In Bi Identities

The Office of National Statistics has released data that shows a 45% increase in young people identifying as bisexual in three years.

The Office of National Statistics has updated the Sexual Identity Statistical Bulletin with data collected from the Annual Population Survey of 2015.

It reports that 1.7% of adults in the UK identified themselves as lesbian, gay or bisexual, comprising 1.1% who identified themselves as gay or lesbian and 0.6% who identified themselves as bisexual. A further 0.4% of the population identified themselves as “Other”. Significantly, 4.1% replied with ‘do not know’ or refused their answer.

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The number of people openly identifying as bisexual rose from 230,000 in 2012 to 334,000 in 2015, a 45% increase.

The results echo those of last years’ YouGov survey which found that half of young people (and almost a quarter of the total population)… 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.