For the first time in the annual Pink Paper’s Readers’ Awards a bisexual group has made the shortlist for the “Best LGBT Group” category. Manchester BiPhoria
First bi group to make the Pink shortlist?
is listed alongside Icebreakers (also Manchester), GYRO in Liverpool, London group Opening Doors and national website Outdoorlads.com.
Jen from BiPhoria told BiMedia, “It’s brilliant to be the first bi group ever to make the ‘final five’ in the Pink Paper awards – though a bit of a surprise if we are the first, with many other bi groups doing great work around the UK over the last thirty years.
“We are celebrating sixteen years of BiPhoria and it’s a great boost reflecting on that long record of work in and for the bisexual community. Thanks to everyone who voted for us in round one – please do vote for us again!”
You can vote at the Pink Paper website now, and you don’t have to vote in every category.
The date has been set for the 23rd Annual Lambda Literary Awards – they will be presented on Thursday, May 26, 2011.
The awards are given in recognition of the finest lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans literature, and now have two bisexual categories – Fiction and Non-Fiction.
Nominations are still open and you can nominate new titles on the Lambda website here.
So far nominated for 2011’s awards:
* Alcestis, by Katharine Beutner, Soho Press
* Freak Parade, by Marilyn Jaye Lewis, lulu.com
* Imperial Bedrooms, by Bret Easton Ellis, Alfred A. Knopf
* Krakow Melt, by Daniel Allen Cox, Arsenal Pulp Press
* American Voyeur: Dispatches from the Far Reaches of Modern Life, by Benoit Denizet-Lewis, Simon & Schuster
* Border Sexualities, Border Families in Schools, by Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, Rowman & Littlefield
* Dear John, I Love Jane: Women Write about Leaving Men for Women, edited by Candace Walsh and Laura Andre, Seal Press
* Draquilian Silk: A Collector”s and Bibliographical Guide to the Books of William Maltese, 1969-201o, by William Maltese, Borgo Press
* The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham, by Selina Hastings, Random House
Bi-themed film Heartbeats won the Sydney Film Prize at the 2010 Sydney Film Festival.
Sydney Film Festival Jury President, Jan Chapman, announced Heartbeats as the winner of the 2010 Sydney Film Prize at the State Theatre during the closing gala of the Festival.
“The Sydney Film Prize is awarded to Heartbeats directed by Xavier Dolan. With a witty and insightful script and strikingly playful use of cinematic language, the jury found Heartbeats to be a boldly truthful and compassionate observation of one of the great crippling foibles of human nature – the hopeless crush.”
Screening direct from Un Certain Regard at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival and making its Australian premiere at the festival, Heartbeats is directed and written by French-Canadian Xavier Dolan, produced by Xavier Dolan, Daniel Morin and Carole Mondello.
Heartbeats is Xavier Dolan’s second film and playfully explores themes of wilful delusion, rejection and the politics of the competitive and unrequited crush. Francis (played by the filmmaker himself) and Marie (Monia Chokri) are a couple of drop-dead gorgeous twenty-something hipsters whose friendship is rocked when they both fall for Nicolas (Niels Schneider).
Australian Producer (Jury President) Jan Chapman, Hong Kong Director Yonfan, Australian Director Shirley Barrett, Sundance Film Festival Director John Cooper and British Director Lucy Walker were the members of the Jury for the $AUD60,000 2010 Sydney Film Prize.
At BiMedia we picked this one up a little late – but still wanted to share it with you.
News from the USA that the Lambda Literary Awards, or “Lammys,” have announced their finalists for all 23 book awards, now including two Bisexual categories.
Previously the Bisexual category, was a single category but has now split into two: Bisexual Fiction and Bisexual Non-Fiction.
The shortlisted titles are:
* Byron in Love: A Short Daring Life, by Edna O’Brien (W. W. Norton)
* Cheever: A Life, by Blake Bailey (Alfred A. Knopf)
* Leaving India: My Family’s Journey From Five Villages to Five Continents, by Minal Hajratwala (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
* Map, by Audrey Beth Stein (Lulu.com)
* Vincente Minnelli: Hollywood’s Dark Dreamer, by Emanuel Levy (St. Martin’s Press)
* Arusha, by J.E. Knowles (Spinsters Ink)
* Holy Communion, by Mykola Dementiuk (Synergy Press)
* The Janeid, by Bobbie Geary (The Graeae Press)
* Love You Two, by Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli (Random House Australia)
* Torn, by Amber Lehman (Closet Case Press)
Out-bisexual actor Alan Cumming has received his OBE from the Princess Royal at Buckingham Palace.
He was honoured for services to film, theatre and the arts – and for his work as a bisexual, lesbian and gay rights campaigner. “I have a voice because of my work. I’m loud and I speak my mind,” he said.