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  • Blogging in Shadows 12:56 pm on March 21, 2017 Permalink  



    Billie Prime

    I’ve changed access to this story - now everyone can read it for FREE!

    https://writteninshadows.wordpress.com/2017/03/21/billie-prime/

    The story comes as a PDF, so I realise it’s not great for some screen readers.  I’ll try to create other versions in MOBI and Kindle-friendly formats.  But for now, I hope you enjoy my tale. 


    Synopsis

    Billie has always had a love of science-fiction and fantasy.  His dreams of aliens take a strange turn when shadows around him start coming to life to try to communicate with him.  The apparitions continue when children who say they’re from Billie’s past come to visit him, making him question his sanity.  When one of the children asks him to change history, Billie is forced to look at his own legacy of violence and neglect that he has buried in order to live a normal life.  Billie has to question the possibility of time travel and the multiverse, in order to help one of the children escape a terrifying life of abuse. Billie also has to ask himself if any of this real or is this all in his head?You can now read this short story (20,000 words) for FREE.  Survivors of Child Abuse and violence are likely to be poorer, so I wanted this to be available to them.  Copy and distribute if you like, but this has a Creative Commons Non Commercial copyright filed.  Please don’t go charging folks for reading this!If you have any comments, feedback or general questions about this story, please feel free to contact me at billieprime@gmail.com

    Regards

    Jacq A.

     
  • Blogging in Shadows 7:40 pm on March 20, 2017 Permalink  



    Synopsis

    Billie has always had a love of science-fiction and fantasy.  His dreams of aliens take a strange turn when shadows around him start coming to life to try to communicate with him.  The apparitions continue when children who say they’re from Billie’s past come to visit him, making him question his sanity.  When one of the children asks him to change history, Billie is forced to look at his own legacy of violence and neglect that he has buried in order to live a normal life.  Billie has to question the possibility of time travel and the multiverse, in order to help one of the children escape a terrifying life of abuse.  Billie also has to ask himself if any of this real or is this all in his head?

    Billie Prime is available as a paperback at http://www.lulu.com/shop/jacq-applebee/billie-prime/paperback/product-23111819.html or as a FREE PDF if you send an email to BilliePrime AT gmail.com

     
  • Blogging in Shadows 9:23 pm on March 16, 2017 Permalink  



    bisofcolour:

    Get your selfie sticks ready!

    Let’s show the world who we are.

     
  • Blogging in Shadows 9:07 pm on March 16, 2017 Permalink  

    womanistgamergirl:

    So, I had an idea. A shit idea probably, but an idea nonetheless.

    Black bisexual people catch shit from all sides. We get labeled as gay when we come out or told we don’t exist. Black bi men get told they’re the cause of HIV in the Black community because “DL”. Black cishet women are biphobic af (don’t try to deny it). Black bi women are treated as personal sex toys by cishet Black men.

    To counter this, I wanted something where Black bisexual individuals could show ourselves being happy and cute and shit because we are. I also want to show all the closeted Black bisexual people and the Black bisexual babies that they aren’t alone. We’re out here and we’re here for you.

    So, the last Saturday of this month (the 25th), if you’re Black and bi and wanna participate, post a pic or tell your story using the hashtag #BlackBiBeauty either on here or twitter. Shit, get Facebook involved too. Why the fuck not?

     
  • Blogging in Shadows 12:14 pm on March 16, 2017 Permalink  



    bisofcolour:

    London BiFest is back!!!

    http://london.bifest.org

    It’s happening on Saturday 8th April 2017.  And good news for al Bisexual People of Colour - WE GET IN FOR FREE!

    London Bi Fest is sometimes called a mini BiCon, but it’s a great even just as it is.  There will be workshops, music and fun.  The location has good accessiblility - look at the website for a breakdown of that.

    Sessions have already gone up.  There will be a Bi’s of Colour session, where we’ll be giving progress on the upcoming book, plus catching up with all you lovely folks!

    So please come along to London BiFest.  If you think you may difficulty of any kind getting to, or attending this event, please contact Bis of Colour at bis.of.colour.gmail.com and we’ll try to help.

     
  • jen

    jen 1:36 pm on March 14, 2017 Permalink  

    Shaming statistics for the 175 

    tw: suicide stats

    I'm very - perhaps too - fond of asking why people so rarely look at their actions in the context of "what happens next?"  As Peter Cook might have asked, did A Question Of Sport die in vain?

    Back when the same-sex marriage bill was wending its way through parliament, we heard many arguments for and against. Some were coherent. Some were respectable. There's a fun venn diagram to be drawn of which were one, neither or both.

    Now, I've just been reading some research from the USA looking at the impacts of same-sex marriage legislation there, where change happened in bursts from state to state over several years.

    No, not at the number of weddings and the impact on the sale of top hats and fabulous frocks. One of the other impacts same-sex marriage has had.

    It's based on huge sample sizes and shows one of the effects of allowing same-sex marriage nationwide was about 134,000 fewer adolescents attempting suicide each year.  Looking at numbers before and after, there's a 7 percent reduction in the proportion of all high-school students reporting a suicide attempt over the previous year, and a 14 percent drop among LGB students, when same-sex marriage becomes lawful where you live.

    Often we talk about these kind of statistics but we rarely pause to turn them round. To consider the "what if", the "what happens next" of the path not taken.  The path we didn't take thanks to the passage of the two same-sex marriage bills in Wales & England and in Scotland.

    US and UK culture are in very many ways similar. So with about a quarter of their population we might rule-of-thumb that the impact here is 134,000 divided by four - 33,500 fewer young people attempting to end their lives each year in the UK.  Each year.  Our 2013 vote is four years ago already: so the change is 33,500 upon 33,500 upon 33,500 upon...

    What an amazing number. What a horrifying number. For the 400 MPs who voted to allow same-sex marriage, what a humbling number. Yes, you let some people get married, and that was beautiful. But "what happened next" was a huge positive impact on the mental health and even survival of young people. You let some people get married and, thanks to an unwritten clause in the Bill, you saw to it that thousands did not try to end their lives early.  An unknowable number of parents never came home to the horrible ultimate consequence of social, legal and institutional homophobia.

    And for the 175 MPs (and indeed 148 Peers) who planted their colours against the tide of history, with numbers like these the nature of their actions and motives is laid bare. We can see what they were actively, consciously, premeditatedly complicit in, what they were voting for, because let's be frank: while we didn't have these figures, we and they knew the answer to the "what happens next" question all along.

    A handful of the 175 have said they'd vote differently today. We have to conclude that the rest are proud of the future they were voting for, and take comfort that they didn't get what they wanted.
     
  • biphoria

    biphoria 11:40 am on March 7, 2017 Permalink  

    Bi diary for March 2017 



    We had a cracking day out running a bi history info stall at the People's History Museum last week. Their new LGBT history exhibition is huge and fab (and does include at least half-a-dozen bi things!) - well worth a visit. Be sure to stick a few bob in the donation box on your way out.

    Looking ahead to the rest of this month, with bi social-support, boardgaming, coffee and pub meets it's going to be a busy March. We might even manage another outreach stall along the way to help connect with more bi people around the city.

    Want to know more? Get your diary out (or kick your diary app into action) and read our latest news & events bulletin here.
     
  • Blogging in Shadows 12:41 pm on March 5, 2017 Permalink  



    This photo was taken by Barry Boubah to show how diverse New York is.  It was a celebration, however, a far-right group used it to mock them instead.  This in turn made people say that this is indeed the kind of future they want, where different people can exist in peace together.  I started thinking of the future bisexual people in the U.K may want, with all the silly/serious things that involves.  So I wrote a poem about it.


    The future bisexuals want

    By Jacq A.

    Late night cake, biscuit and sex toy shops.

    Gripping drama on tv where bi characters don’t get shot.

    Cheesy discos around the clock:

    The is the future bisexuals want.


    For OKCupid to stop being so shit.

    Bi’s of all genders on magazine covers looking fit.

    LGBT organisations remembering bi people exist!

    This is the future bisexuals want.


    Bigoted lesbian & gays to stop being tiresome.

    Straights to stop asking us for threesomes.

    Constant Torchwood Seasons 1 & 2 re-runs!

    This is the future bisexuals want.


    We’re not asking for very much you know?

    Just cake and sex and good sci-fi shows.

    And basic respect - it should’nt be too hard to think of.

    Cos that’s the future bisexuals deserve and want!

     
  • Blogging in Shadows 5:11 pm on February 7, 2017 Permalink  





    LGBT History Month 2017

    Some good things happening this month:

    Purple Prose reading at Swiss Cottage Library in London on 8th February: http://www.camden.gov.uk/ccm/navigation/leisure/libraries-and-online-learning-centres/swiss-cottage-library/ 

    In Manchester, the LGBT Foundation will be hosting a Bisexual series: http://lgbt.foundation/get-support/bisexual/

    And there are lots of local bisexual events across the UK: http://bicommunitynews.co.uk/category/events-listings/

    HOWEVER…

    Ther is also a lot of bisexual erasure this month, as happens during most LGBT History Months.  There are very few bisexual - specific events run by “LGBT” organisations, for whom the B is very much silent.

    AND FINALLY…

    Due to illness, there won’t be a Bi’s of Colour Meetup, but we are still here!  Check out our Twitter feed @Bisofcolour 

     
  • biphoria

    biphoria 5:31 pm on February 6, 2017 Permalink  

    February News 

    Our bi February bi bulletin is up online here http://eepurl.com/cy7WXv

    This month is packed as we have our regular social and support meets, a gaming evening, an outreach stall and a workshop in collaboration with LGBT Foundation at People's History Museum as part of LGBT History Month.

    Have a read!
     
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