Unison's bi-day

Britain’s biggest trades union, Unison, recently expanded its lesbian and gay section to include bi and trans members. Following from that, their second bi networking event will be held on Friday, 13th July – in London. They say:

“Are you a bisexual member of UNISON?

~ Do you want more information on our National Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) conference?
~ Have you been considering getting more involved in our LGBT groups, but not sure how?
~ Do you know what UNISON does for Bi members?
~ What are your key campaigning concerns –how can UNISON better support you?

Why not meet with and share your views with other Bi members? Meeting Friday 13th July 2007 in London: 10.30am to 1pm with a buffet lunch provided from 1pm to 2pm.

UNISON members can attend without having to ‘come out’ to their local branch as their travel expenses and booking form will be processed confidentially by the LGBT Assistant National Officer at the Membership Participation Unit.”

BBC News staff still clueless

John Pienaar, Chief political correspondent of the BBC’s Radio Five news & sport station is among the journalists who still haven’t quite got the hang of this bisexuality thing. In his roundup of the political year for the BBC website he comments,

Two of Charles Kennedy’s potential successors are forced to expose themselves, or be exposed in rapid succession, as gay (for which Simon Hughes receives sympathy and respect) and a user of male prostitutes (for which Mark Oaten receives less).

Lib Dem MP Simon Hughes came out at the start of 2006 as having relationships with men and women. There’s a word for that, and it doesn’t begin with “g”. You’d think writing about MPs from the UK’s third party might have served as a reminder that there might be more to life than just gay and straight.

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