Getting Bi in 2014

Cover of "Getting bi in a gay/straight world"The new edition of Getting Bi In A Gay / Straight World is out in print… and now it’s online too!

The pocket guide to coming out & staying out as bi is based on 20 years of what questions people asked when they first got in touch with long-running support & advocacy organisation BiPhoria.

It includes history, theory, practical relationship and coming out advice, and much more besides.

More than 10,000 copies have already been snapped up at Pride festivals, community centres and more across the UK, and a Spanish translation edition came out last year.

A new second edition – and thousands of new copies of the print version – was launched this week in Manchester. It’s now available to read on issuu, here.

Nominations open for Bi Book Awards

Bi books

Bi booksSubmissions are now open for its third annual Bisexual Book Awards.

Any 2014 book with a bisexual character, bisexual storyline, bisexual subject matter or bisexual theme, is eligible for submission. Awards are open to all authors regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Books can be submitted by the author, publisher, or the Bi Writers Association (BWA), however, anyone may contact BWA to recommend a book. There are nine categories total, seven of which have open submissions.

Books are judged on three main criteria: 1) quality of overall writing; 2) quality of writing about bisexual material, characters & themes; 3) quantity of bisexual material. A panel of judges will decide each category. Finalists will be announced by the first week in April, and winners will be announced at the Bisexual Book Awards, tentative date, Sat May 31 of 2015. The Bisexual Book Awards will be preceded by BWA’s annual multi-arts reading, which will feature finalists of the awards.

“Bisexual books and bi writers have few opportunities for recognition, even at LGBT Book Awards, so the Bisexual Book Awards is our answer to that,” says Bi Writers Association director Sheela Lambert. “In addition to recognizing books and authors for their achievements, the Bisexual Book Awards process creates a complete annual list of bisexual books for readers, and encourages more bi-themed books to be written and published,” says Ms. Lambert.

To submit a book, send an email to the Bi Writers Association at fuscialadybug (at) netzero (dot) com with: name of book, author name, publisher, year of publication and whether it is fiction or non-fiction; then request a nomination form.

Bisexual Book Awards Guidelines are available on the BWA website at biwriters.org

Bi Tweeting reaches half a million

thunder280Hundreds of twitter users took part in a mass tweet for Bi Visibility Day this morning to help boost awareness of bisexuality.

In a tweet with a social reach of over half a million people a message went out:

Happy #BiVisibilityDay twitter-friends! Raise the #BiPride flag & click to learn more: september23.bi.org

Among those taking part were ILGA Europe and The Trevor Project as well as the more ‘usual suspects’ like Bisexual Index, Stonewall and Bi Community News.

The ‘thunderclap’ tweet is the first of two today – one timed for morning in the UK and Europe, the other similarly scheduled for a USA & Canadian audience. The later tweet will fire this afternoon for users in Britain: you can still join in by signing up with your twitter account here.

Equality minister welcomes Bi Visibility Day

Jo Swinson MP

Jo Swinson MPEquality minister Jo Swinson MP welcomed the sixteenth Bi Visibility Day this morning, saying:

“I’m proud that this has been a momentous year for LGBT equality. The first marriages of same-sex couples have taken place in England and Wales, and the UK has once again been ranked number one in Europe for LGBT rights.

Sadly some prejudice remains, which is why I’m very pleased to welcome Bi Visibility Day. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the lives and experiences of bisexual people throughout the country and tackle the barriers and challenges they can face.

I hope that Bi Visibility Day 2014 is a great success and gets more people thinking about the B in LGBT.”

As Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs and for Women and Equalities, Jo is the Lib Dems’ equality minister in the coalition government. So far we’ve not heard anything about Bi Visibility Day from Conservative opposite number Nicky Morgan, but the day’s not over yet…

Welsh Bi FM

Bi WalesDiverse Cymru have invited Bi Cymru/Wales to speak about Bi Visibility Day on their weekly Cardiff diversity radio show at 2pm on Tuesday 23rd September. Tune in to hear or if you can’t tune in check out the Diverse Cymru website after the show for a podcast

Diverse Cardiff is live every Tuesday 13:30-15:00 on Radio Cardiff, listen in: 98.7FM (Cardiff area), online at www.radiocardiff.org, TuneIn app on all mobile platforms. Podcast will be here:http://www.diversecymru.org.uk/radio-cardiff/

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