Thank you, bi volunteers

volunteer-weekIt’s Volunteers’ Week – starting today, hundreds of events will be taking place across the country to say thank you to volunteers, recognising the important contribution they make.

Almost all the bi community events, groups and support depend wholly on volunteer effort – how about taking this week as a prompt to say thanks to the people who make them happen.

Tweet, talk about it on facebook, drop them a card in the post, donate to their project, make them a cuppa…

Or maybe now’s the time to become a bi volunteer yourself?

BCN magazine has a feature with lots of ideas of ways you can get involved in bi volunteeringwhether you have ten minutes to spare just now, a day every week, or anything in between.

 

2014’s Best Bi Books unveiled

Bi books

Bi booksThe Bi Writers Association (BWA) presented their Third Annual Bisexual Book Awards in New York this weekend, with winners in 10 book categories.

The winners are:

Bisexual Fiction
Winner: In Case of Emergency by Courtney Moreno

Bisexual Non-fiction
Winner: Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men edited by Robyn Ochs & H. Sharif Williams

Bisexual Romance
Winner: One Kiss with a Rock Star by Shari Slade and Amber Lin

Bisexual Erotic Fiction/Erotica
Winner: Capricious: A Texan Tale of Love and Magic by Julie Cox

Bisexual Speculative Fiction [Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror/Etc]
Winner: Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis

Bisexual Memoir/Biography
Winner: A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir by Daisy Hernández

Bisexual Teen/Young Adult Fiction
Winner: Frenemy of the People by Nora Olsen

Bisexual Mystery
Winner: Murder on the Mountain by Jamie Fessenden

Bisexual Poetry
Winner: Joy Street by Laura Foley

Bisexual Anthology
Winner: Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men edited by Robyn Ochs & H. Sharif Williams

Bisexual Book Publisher of the Year
Winner: Bisexual Resource Center and Circlet Press (joint winners)

Bi Writer of the Year
Winner: Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men edited by Robyn Ochs & H. Sharif Williams, Bisexual Resource Center

1,201,607 is more than 734,300

1,201,607 for same-sex marriage and 734,300 against it means that the Republic of Ireland has set itself on course to be the 20th country to legislate for same-sex marriage, and the first to do it by popular acclaim.

One vote would have been enough for victory: in the end it was nearly two-to-one in favour, with almost every counting district saying “yes” and the one area voting “no” doing so by a tiny margin.

It’ll take until the end of 2015 for the legislative process to conclude and the first weddings to be held there, though.

Congratulations Ireland.

Leicester’s got Fun

Bring & share!

Big Bi Fun Day returns to Leicester this Saturday. The annual bis-and-allies afternoon has run each May for several years now and is a family-friendly social space.

If you would like to bring food to share, that would be appreciated (but is not obligatory). If you do bring food to share, please make sure it is fully labelled with all ingredients as there may be people with food allergies.

Unlike some bi events and local meetups there are no organised discussion sessions, so if you are looking for support around being bisexual you may want to find a group near you.

It is free to attend (though donations to cover the costs of venue hire, tea, coffee and so on are strongly encouraged)

Big Bi Fun Day will be held in Leicester at the Friends Meeting House, 16 Queens Road, LE2 1WP this Saturday (16th May), 1pm to 5pm.

Find out more on the Big Bi Fun Day webpage.

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