Swansea bis

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We’re delighted to report another new bi group launching in Wales. The first meeting of Bi Swansea is this Tuesday, 15th September.

The meeting is closed to Bi people (anyone attracted to more than 1 gender) and people who think they may be bi/questioning people. Please text 07982 308812 or email biswansea1@yahoo.co.uk for details of the venue. The meeting is 6:30pm to 8:30pm – the organisers don’t publicise the venue to keep the meetings confidential.

The social afterwards is open to anyone bi supportive, straight, gay, bi or anything else, it doesn’t matter. This will start at 8:30pm in Hush on the High Street.

Cardiff launches tonight

Launching right after the city’s LGBT Mardi Gras festival, new bisexual group Bi Cardiff will be holding its first meeting tonight, Tuesday 1st September.

The meeting will be from 6:30pm for a 7pm start, and will move on to a social starting at 8:30pm in the Kings Cross Pub in central Cardiff. The 6:30pm meeting is for bisexuals and those who think they may be bi, but please do bring your friends, family, partners and anyone bi supportive to the social starting at 8:30pm, the more the merrier for social events.

For more details of the group meeting itself or any enquiries text: 07982 308812 and they’ll text or call you back – or email BiCardiff@yahoo.co.uk.

Tonight is also the September meeting of Manchester’s BiPhoria, while Bi Glasgow meets tomorrow evening.

Welsh Double

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After 2 years of Bi Cymru/Wales, local people have come together in Cardiff and Swansea to get local bisexual groups going. Meetings of both groups are open to anyone attracted to more than one gender or who thinks they may be and lives near Cardiff or Swansea. Socials and other events for both groups will be open to anyone bi supportive, regardless of their sexuality.

will be holding it’s first meeting on TUESDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER and then monthly on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm for 7pm start. There will be social events open to anyone after the meetings.

Contact Bi Cardiff for details by coming to the Bi Cymru/Wales stall at Cardiff Mardi Gras, by email: bicardiff@yahoo.co.uk, text: c/o Bi Cymru/Wales on 076982 308812 or by post: c/o Box 101, LGF, 105-107 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 6DD or join the Bi Cardiff Facebook Group.

will be holding it’s first meeting on Tuesday 15th September then monthly on the third Tuesday of the month, 6:30pm for 7pm start for meetings followed by a social event open to everyone at Hush on the High Street from 8:30pm.

For details and the venue come to the Bi Cymru/Wales stall at Cardiff Mardi Gras or contact Bi Swansea by email: BiSwansea1@yahoo.co.uk; Text (c/o Bi Cymru/Wales) 07982 308812, by post c/o Box 101, LGF, 105-107 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 6DD. Or join the Bi Swansea Facebook group.

Please spread the word to anyone you think might be interested or who might know other Bi or Bi supportive people in Swansea or Cardiff

We hope to see many of you at Cardiff Mardi Gras on Saturday.

Hello, Birmingham!

This weekend is Birmingham Pride and the bi stall – well placed between the merchandise traders and the village green community stalls – has drawn lots of attention. Natalya from the stall team said: “We found that the ‘Bi?’ badges and ‘Love Counts More Than Gender’ postcards were particularly popular wherever people were from. We got lots of local interest in Birmingham Bi Group and from further afield in Bi Community News and local groups elsewhere like BiPhoria.”

“Pride was also great for making links with other community groups and related organisations, and we hope to see many of the people who were on stalls alongside us for the day again at the BiCon Community Day this summer.”

“The stall was also good for team building among group members – thanks to everyone who made it happen!”

The next Birmingham bi group meeting is Tues 9th June 7:30pm with an “intro to bisexuality in the UK” workshop – a great place to start for first-timers.

Talk to your council

Bi groups across the UK should be talking to their local councils and other authorities about bisexual inclusion following a change in the law that should sweep away past biphobic practices.

Just over a month ago, 1st April, saw the “duty to involve” introduced following the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007. It means that “best value” authorities (health authorities, local councils and the fire service) now have a “duty to involve” by considering providing information, consulting or involving in other ways representatives of local people – those likely to be affected by or interested their work, whether they live, work or socialise in an area. It applies both when devising policies and in conducting their business.

“Representatives” should include a cross section of an authorities’ customers, which of course includes bisexual people, giving us as a community a greater chance of being heard rather than disregarded as “gay really” as has sometimes been the case in the past.

It matters for bi organisations, as the voluntary and community sector will have a role to play in representing sections of society that are marginalised. Where local bi groups do not exist or feel that they are not involved in the process, individuals can draw the relevant authorities attention to this and argue the relevance of their involvement.

Get your local bi group in touch with your local authority and help get our voices heard!

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