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  • 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!
     
  • jen

    jen 9:40 am on February 4, 2017 Permalink  

    Bona to vada the word of the Duchess 

    A frustrating but glorious story on the Beeb here. By way of marking LGBT History Month a trainee priest put together a Christian service in Polari; thus "Glory be to the father, and to the son, and the Holy Spirit" became "Fabeness be to the Auntie, and to the Homie Chavvie, and to the Fantabulosa Fairy".

    Camp as tits and given that all the attendees were also trainee vicar types, clearly a fun "spot the familiar thing" rendering of familiar rhythms. As well as a way of thinking about the language you communicate in and how queer people had to hide behind codes in plain sight (and much worse, obv) because of the actions of priests and politicians past.

    The church involved is full of huff and puff and apology, in an amusing echo of the days long gone when they said that services had to be in Latin for fear of the riff-raff understanding what was going on.

    Local boss Canon Rev Chris Chivers told the press that, "for some members of the house this caused considerable upset". Really? Well, I suppose it is cold and dark at this time of year in Narnia and that can provoke a mighty fear.
     
  • unchartedworlds 12:41 pm on February 2, 2017 Permalink  

    Events coming up in February 2017 

    There’s a lot of bi & LGBTQ stuff coming up in Nottingham (and Leicester and Derby) in February!

    Sunday 5th, Nottingham

    Intersections: In Conversation with Nottingham’s LGBT Community, at Nottingham Contemporary, 2pm to 6pm.  Free – please book.

    Thursday 9th, Nottingham

    Usual once-a-month informal BiTopia meetup at the Lord Roberts pub in Nottingham city centre.  All bi-friendly people welcome – just turn up.  Free, though you’ll probably want to buy a drink.  Small step to enter pub, stairs to toilets.

    Saturday 11th, Derby

    11am till 2pm: Derbyshire LGBT+ host a book launch for bi book “Purple Prose”, with brunch.  Free.

    2pm till 3pm: Derbyshire bi people’s consultation about a possible new bi group.  Free.

    Saturday 11th, Nottingham

    No More Valentines #2 at the Chameleon Arts Café.  Bands, buffet food, queer bingo, dancing.  5pm till late.  Fundraiser for QTIPOC Notts.  £3 to £6, “no-one turned away for lack of funds”.

    Sunday 12th, Nottingham

    12 noon to 4pm: Queer Kaffe at the Sumac Centre.  Live music, vegan brunch, haircuts.  Another fundraiser for the wonderful QTIPOC Notts.  The Sumac Centre has flat access via the back door on Beech Avenue, and a wheelchair toilet.

    Also on Sunday 12th, a bit later on…

    4.30pm:  “Purple Prose: Bisexuality in Britain” at Five Leaves bookshop. Talks from some of the bi writers behind the book.  £3.  Flat access to the shop, wheelchair toilet.

    (If coming on from the Sumac Centre to Five Leaves, you can get any yellow line bus from Beech Avenue bus stop on Sherwood Rise.)

    Monday 13th, Nottingham

    Lesbian & bi women’s cafe at Nottingham Women’s Centre. Free. “A drop-in evening for any women identifying as lesbian, bisexual or questioning – with a little bit of food and a lot of conversation”.  5.30pm – 7.30pm every second Monday of the month at Nottingham Women’s Centre, 30 Chaucer Street, Nottingham, NG1 5LP. Contact Mel at the women’s centre if you want someone to meet you beforehand.

    Friday 17th, Leicester

    An evening with bi songwriter Tom Robinson.  Free – please book.

    Sunday 19th, Nottingham

    Screening of Pay It No Mind – The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson, at Broadway Cinema. Free – please book.  Part of the University of Nottingham’s LGBT History Month events. “All of our screens are accessible to wheelchair users and people with limited mobility, however we have limited spaces available. If you would like to reserve a wheelchair space or one of our more accessible seats, do contact us ahead of time so we can make sure to reserve the best seats available for you.”

    Monday 20th, Nottingham

    Finding a voice: minority identities within and beyond LGBTQ+ – details t.b.c.

    Wednesday 22nd, Nottingham

    LGBT organising and the police: a discussion, at Five Leaves bookshop.  Free – please book.  Flat access to the shop, wheelchair toilet.

    Monday 27th, Nottingham

    Political upheaval and the LGBT community: building resilience in a changing world – details t.b.c.Free – please book.


    More listings here:

    https://nottstranshub.wordpress.com/category/bulletin/

    and here:

    http://blogs.nottingham.ac.uk/peopleandculture/2017/01/26/events-lgbt-history-month-2017/


     
  • EsmeT

    EsmeT 4:24 pm on January 27, 2017 Permalink  

    Shared Conversations Report – a bisexual perspective 

    (To read my previous thoughts on bisexuality within Christianity and the Church of England from a bisexual Christian's perspective, see the list of relevant posts from this blog in Bisexual Christianity posts.)

    After two years of 'Shared Conversations, the House of Bishops has published Marriage and Same Sex Relationships after the Shared Conversations: A Report from the House of Bishops (click the link to read, 19 pages isn't as long as it sounds!)

    I have read it and here are a few summary thoughts.

    Positive thoughts first. Even though they ultimately decided against it, the fact that it looks like they truly looked into the possibility of establishing an authorised service for same sex relationships is a good thing. The thorough look at the options opens the door for those of us desperate for such a liturgy to maybe eventually get one. Worship is the quintessential act that we do as 'church'; the body of Christ gathers, and they first and foremost worship God, together, before any of the other many and diverse acts that being 'church' means. That is an astonishingly profound basis for our lives in Christ, the bedrock on which everything we do is held, and the lack of liturgy for same sex relationships is a despairingly exclusionary state of being. But there's hope.

    I'm also pleased to see the inclusion of acknowledging the church's own call to "trust its members" and leave them to their own "prayerful responsibility" and crucially "[enable] grace for legitimate diversity".

    But I'm not impressed with this report, at all. I am disappointed that though the Pilling Report was flawed in its well-intended attempt at inclusive language, even the inroads it made have been backtracked in this newest report. The people affected by these discussions were referred to as "gay and lesbian people and those who experience same sex attraction". First, there were instances when it just read "gay and lesbian people", committing bierasure, and secondly, what is the point in the distinction between the three? Referring to everyone as 'those who experience same sex attraction' would have been a adequate catch-all (in this context, as we are dealing with exclusively matters of attraction, as opposed to gender expression or identity) without making me as a bisexual feel less important and like an afterthought.

    Overall, I don't care that the Church wants to establish "across the Church of England a fresh tone and culture of welcome and support", because the doctrines on same-sex relations and marriage are remaining unchanged. There's a lot wrong with the document Issues on Human Sexuality, and I'm sure it's a positive move to suggest replacing it, but ultimately, it's a pointless exercise whilst doctrine remains the same. The replacement guidance document will still be upholding what I believe to be doctrines that go against my faith as a follower of Christ and beloved child of God, and it is those doctrines that exclude, condemn and cause suffering to non-hetero people. The 'tone' and 'culture' within the Church will not move by more than inches whilst the doctrines remain, because they give credence, support and encouragement to the people who treat queer people differently just because they are queer, generally in a negative, fearful, hateful, and un-Christ-like way. It is merely rearranging the deckchairs.

    So really, I hope to proved wrong in my prediction that this report will have little true impart on the state of suffering of those who are attracted to the same sex within the CofE  community, but sadly, that is what I predict.


     
  • Blogging in Shadows 8:16 am on December 24, 2016 Permalink  



    Fatness, Race, Class and Gender.

    Content note: Swearing. And when I start swearing, you know shit’s bad.

    So which one comes first?  Are you black or fat first?  Are you LGBT+ or fat first?  These are questions that need to piss off and die immediately.  I cannot seperate myself into palatable components for your digestion.  I could draw a Venn diagram of how they all overlap, but sadly the people who ask these sort of things don’t want to learn - they want you prove yourself.  Spoiler alert: you will never be worthy to them.

    If you discuss fatphobia, but never mention how race affects how you are treated, then what the everlasting fuck are you doing?  Fat liberation is blindingly white, cisgender and heterosexual.  These are the voices who get heard, whose articles appear in popular media.  These are the people who can afford to attend Fat/Body positivity conferences and know they will receive a warm welcome.  They will never be the only one of their ethnicity in a group of fat folks.

    If you discuss fatphobia, but never mention how fat LGBT+ people (with a few Bear-shaped exceptions) are subject to punishing drives of fat hate; how poverty affects fat LGBT+ people of colour differently than their white counterparts, then take the first exit out of here, you useless cumstain.

    I am thoroughly sick of the white, able-bodied cisfemale gaze being the only thing I see in fat liberation.  I am tired of their voices as the only ones amplified. And I could happily live the rest of my life without reading another piece on fatphobia that only concentrates of American white women who are at the smaller end of the fatness scale.

    I want to read about experiences of disabled fats, LGBT+ fats who are black or brown, fat folks who are elderly and/or poor.  Because we are the ones who face multiple oppressions, who can’t afford to shop the latest fat celebrity lines (I’m looking at you, Beth Ditto) to look incredible.  We are the ones who get written out of conversations time and again, even though we have been speaking out for decades.  

    So all you gusset-tickling, wankers can just shut your mouths for one shit-stained minute.  The rest of us would like a chance to be heard.

     
  • biphoria

    biphoria 11:53 am on December 21, 2016 Permalink  

    End Of Year Roundup & Survey 

    Our end-of-the-year BiPhoria Bulletin is out now, rounding up some of the things we got up to in 2016 and wider bi life through the year.

    There's a little survey about the group and the e-bulletins too; if you have either been to BiPhoria or intend to come along some time in the future, please do take a couple of minutes to fill it in!

    Read it here...
     
  • Blogging in Shadows 11:28 pm on December 18, 2016 Permalink  



    They don’t need to kill us, when we want to kill ourselves


    They never think of me when they say LGBT.
    They spy young and thin and so, so white
    And if their vision widens to invite my body, big and brown,
    I will never be named:
    I am not one of the queer crowd.

    My human shell contains a beating bisexual heart.
    But my sound and my shape are scrubbed
    Until only a white dream remains,
    And bisexuals are left at the back of the Pride parade.
    We will never be named.

    Whose tears are these?  Whose dreams are gone?
    Are questions never asked.
    Bisexual erased right off this planet
    Gay rainbows as a mask.
    The very last thing to cross your mind
    As darkness and silence puffs out my flame:
    My identity is hated first and last;
    A terrible mark of your shame.

    Who will listen when I am gone,
    To discover an echo on the microphone?
    A smudge where a human might have sat:
    Bisexual and alone.
    My old words will form an image of me.
    Incline your ear to my remains.
    The silence is never ending now.
    Marked in stone, yet never named.

     
  • biphoria

    biphoria 6:26 pm on December 4, 2016 Permalink  

    The December Newsletter 

    Our December newsletter is out, complete with Canal Street's Christmas lights.

    It's here.
     
  • bisexualblogs 3:34 pm on November 8, 2016 Permalink  

    BiTopia at Notts Pride 2016 — Bi Nottingham 

    Here is a very belated post to share photos from our third time participating in the Nottinghamshire Pride Parade in July. I started the morning by arriving early to meet people who wanted to join BiTopia for the parade through the city centre. I know there are reservations and criticisms regarding the commercialisation of Prides […]

    via BiTopia at Notts Pride 2016 — Bi Nottingham


     
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