Bristols bi stars? Tune in tonight!

bi rosetteTonight the shortlists are announced for the second annual ShoutOut LGBT awards. Run by the local LGBT radio show for Bristol and surrounding areas, this is one of the few LGBT awards to recognise bi events and organisations.

Last year local bi meetup BiVisible won Best Bi Event, with the Queenshilling’s bi club night Greedy taking the runnerup spot.

The public nomination phase closed just before Christmas.  Voting will open after the shortlists are announced – the top 5 most nominated in each category will go into round two for everyone to vote for.

Find out more and tune in on the ShoutOut website or on local if you’re in the Bristol / Glastonbury area.  7pm on BCfm 93.2FM, 9pm on Glastonbury FM 107.1, or 10pm on Bradley Stoke Radio.

Last chance to nominate Bristol’s best bi event!

bi rosetteNominations close tonight for the second annual ShoutOut LGBT awards.

Run by the local LGBT radio show for Bristol and surrounding areas, this is one of the few LGBT awards to recognise bi events and organisations.

Last year local bi meetup BiVisible won Best Bi Event, with the Queenshilling’s bi night Greedy taking the runnerup spot.

The organisers say: “Throughout the year, ShoutOut speaks to, interviews and promotes many parts of our wonderful LGBT community. We liaise with a lot of people who put a lot of hard work into what they do and quite often with little recompense for doing so. That’s what the awards are for – they are YOUR chance, as our listener, to tell us who you think deserves that bit of recognition for the work they do. The voting is divided into two rounds:

  • Open nominations – nominate anyone you like.
  • Voting – The top 5 most nominated in each category will go into round 2 for everyone to vote for.

“You can nominate anyone in any category, but nominees can only go through to round 2 in one category.”

Nominate here by the end of today.

That’s Doctor DiFranco to you

BCN magazine cover with coverbi Ani DiFranco

Ani was a BCN coverbi nearly ten years ago

The University of Winnipeg, Canada, awarded bisexual singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco with an Honorary Doctorate of Letters at a Special Convocation last Friday, November 22, 2013.

Ani became a queer/indie music icon in the mid 1990s, her music a staple of many bisexual events.  As well as bisexual life, her songs often embrace themes of sexism, heterosexism, racism, and class discrimination.

She appeared on the cover of UK bi magazine Bi Community News in April 2004.

“DiFranco has long been an advocate for social justice and environmental sustainability, and she lives those values as both a performer and entrepreneur,” said Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, President and Vice-Chancellor, UWinnipeg. “Ani is a strong example of courage, tenacity and compassion –characteristics that our university holds in high esteem. We are pleased to welcome Ani to our University community and we are grateful to our partner, the Winnipeg Folk Festival, for its significant role in facilitating our ability to bestow this honour.”

“We are pleased that the University is complementing the presentation of our 2013 Artistic Achievement Award by recognizing Ani’s similarly impressive contribution to social activism,” said Lynne Skromeda, Executive Director, Winnipeg Folk Festival.

“Given The University of Winnipeg’s deep commitment to social justice, sustainability and the arts, it is fitting that we acknowledge DiFranco’s contributions in this way,” said Dr. Angela Failler, Chancellor’s Research Chair and Department Chair, Women’s & Gender Studies, UWinnipeg.

Ani has recorded over 20 albums and collaborated with musicians and artists including Pete Seeger, Bruce Springsteen, Gillian Welch, Cyndi Lauper, and Burmese activist and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

The Honorary Doctor of Letters is conferred upon those who have made a significant contribution to the Arts and Humanities.

 

(For the uninitiated, the headline is a play on the line “it’s Mr DiFranco to you” in her song about bisexuality “In or Out”)

There’s still time to vote in the Homo Heroes

Homo Heroes 2013 logoThere’s still time to give bi visibility a boost from your armchair by voting in this year’s Homo Hero awards!

Jen Yockney is shortlisted for LGB Role Model of the Year. Jen is editor of Bi Community News, the bimonthly bisexual magazine that celebrates 18 years of publishing this September. She is also at the helm of BiPhoria, the UK’s longest-running bisexual group, giving a rare social-support space to bis and those who think they might be bi.

Now marshalling the bi presence at Manchester Pride’s over for another year, she says her focus for the month ahead is the september23.bi.org website – a hub of information about Bi Visibility Day, the annual bisexuality awareness day which has been marked around the world since 1999.

The Homo Hero awards are run by the Lesbian & Gay Foundation, the UK’s largest LGB health charity.

You can go and vote here at the Homo Heroes webpage.

21 people or organisations are nominated across 7 categories – you can vote for some or all of the categories. Two years ago there were three bi community activist nominees shortlisted – Jen Yockney, BiCon organiser Natalya Dell, and Bisexual Index boss Marcus Morgan –  as well as Bi Community News magazine in one of the business/organisation categories, but last year none made the shortlist.

Vote Bi!

Homo Heroes 2013 logoHelp give bi visibility a boost from your armchair by voting in this year’s Homo Hero awards!

The shortlists for the annual awards have been revealed, with one prominent bi activist making the cut this time as Jen Yockney is shortlisted for LGB Role Model of the Year.

Jen is editor of Bi Community News, the bimonthly bisexual magazine that celebrates 18 years of publishing this September. She is also at the helm of BiPhoria, the UK’s longest-running bisexual group, giving a rare social-support space to bis and those who think they might be bi.

Lately she’s been revamping the september23.bi.org website, a hub of information about Bi Visibility Day, the annual bisexuality awareness day which has been marked since 1999.

The Homo Hero awards are run by the Lesbian & Gay Foundation, the UK’s largest LGB health charity.

You can go and vote here at the Homo Heroes webpage.

21 people or organisations are nominated across 7 categories – you can vote for some or all of the categories.  Two years ago there were three bi community activist nominees shortlisted and one bi project, but last year none made the list.

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