It's Manchester Pride!

Bis on a pride marchTomorrow is the Manchester Pride march, and once again there will be a bi contingent on the parade on the Saturday. Bis, friends, partners and allies all very welcome to join!

Marchers should assemble near Deansgate train station between 11am and 11.45: see the Facebook event for more details, and directions, and do add yourself to the list of attendees to let people know you’ll be coming!

Welcome to BiCon!

This year’s biggest UK bi event, BiCon, starts today! The conference / convention, which goes to a different city each year, is for 2010 in London and this time incorporates the International Conference on Bisexuality. It has already broken all attendance records in the 26 year history of the event, with more than 300 people registered in advance and an anticipated attendance of 400-500 people.

Obviously it’s too late to book in advance now, but you can turn up on the day and buy a ticket for the day or the whole long Bank Holiday weekend. Find out more about what’s going on at their website.

Research conference tomorrow

Tomorrow (26 August) at the University of East London, the second BiReCon conference will be held – and the first international BiReCon. The event promises a day of:

* Bringing together international research on bisexuality
* Showcasing UK research, activism & policy
* Building bridges between bi community & the wider world

Following the success of the first national BiReCon event in 2008 the BiReCon team invited contributions for the first international BiReCon from international & national researchers & academics, charities, governmental bodies & other relevant groups, LGBTQ organisations, Bi activists & members of the bi community.

BiReCon will be followed over the long Bank Holiday weekend by the international BiCon, and takes place at UEL, London Docklands, UK.

Advance booking has closed but you can register on the day: see the website.

Bi Visibility Day – a month to go

Bi Britain

There’s a month now til Bi Visibility Day 2010 (September 23rd). The date has been marked – previously as International Celebrate Bisexuality Day, which is a bit more of a mouthful – since 1999, so this is the twelfth year.

We know many readers will be at BiCon in the interim – and if you could use help organising any awareness-raising events or even just plain social get-togethers to mark the date, that’d be a great place to find people to work with.

Last year saw a record-breaking level of activity, but there’s no reason why this year there can’t be even more events and press coverage. Events in 2009 ranged from a simple get-together in a function room at a bar, to outreach stalls and book readings.

If you have any plans, let us know at BiMedia.org (email us on newsdesk@…) so we can share them with the world. We can also pass them on to the UK info page about Bi Visibility Day which carries details of events to mark the date each year.

So much for bis to choose from!

BiReCon, the conference on bisexuality theory, research and academia being held as part of the extended International BiCon in London next week, has published its workshop session programme. There will be two workshop slots, so conference attendees can choose between any of the sessions in slot 1 and any of the sessions in slot 2.

Workshop 1:

Room 1: Lindsay River – Issues for older bisexual people
Room 2: Ele Hicks – Supporting and finding the bisexuals
Room 3: Ruth Hunt and Louise Kelly – bis in the workplace
Room 4: Hartmut Friedrichs – Political strategy: bisexual or queer? – a two-eyed approach

Workshop 2:

Room 1: Rebecca Jones – ‘When I get older’: Imagining your bisexual future
Room 2: Surya Monro – Bridging the Gap: The bisexual community influencing policy making
Room 3: Richard Lohman & Carola Towle – Working for bi equality – how can we use the 2010 Equality Act?
Room 4: Sue George – Bi blogging

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