Activists wrap up

The 2008 bi activism conference weekend has drawn to a close with discussions today on diversity and exclusion, funding and raising the profile of bisexual history (modern and ancient) within the annual LGBT History Month.  The conference also welcomed the impact of the BiReCon research conference in August, with hopes that the project will carry forward in future years.

To find out more about what went on, see the full report in a forthcoming edition of Bi Community News.

Activists gather to shape the future…

Bisexuality activists from across Wales, Scotland and England have been brought together today in Manchester for the first day of the eighth UK Bi Activism Conference.

The main debate on the first day of the event has been around the plans agreed at this summer’s BiCon Decision Making Plenary, to set up an ongoing Limited Company, making BiCon a more secure and accountable organisation.

Other sessions during the day looked at the range of bi resources that have been produced and how to make distribution of those and other visibility work more effective; at the work Bi Community News does and how it could develop as a community-centred publication; and at the plans to reshape the bi.org international bisexual hub website.

The conference also celebrated the successes of the past seven such gatherings, from growth in the range of bi social and support organisations around the UK to the production of a host of new bi resources over the past five years.

Manchester Challenge

“Bisexuals are the invisible majority of the LGB community. But where are they? If your LGBT-sector organisation has moved in name in recent times from being LG to LGB or LGBT, what work are you doing to engage with the bi people you were not previously working with? How are you recruiting and targeting them? And if you have not changed how you are working, is it time you were working with groups like BiPhoria to change that?”

That was the challenge issued to LGBT organisations represented at Manchester City Council’s annual LGBT Consultation Day today. The event, which has run for five years at the Town Hall, draws many of the key activists and organisers in the LGBT communities across the North West of England.

Editor of Bi Community News, Jen Yockney, commented afterwards: “Manchester City Council has a strong record on lesbian and gay issues, and have made serious and sincere moves on trans issues in recent times, but it seems there is still much to be done to put the B into their LGBT.”

Stonewall comes clean?

Stonewall has faced much criticism from bisexuals over the years for being an LGB charity that only ever talks about lesbians and gay men.

A copy of the 2007 Stonewall christmas card has made its way to bimedia team and finally puts that one to rest: on the back it states, “Stonewall: the lesbian and gay charity”.

That sorts that one out then.

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