Kiss Me Quick, Boys?

Survey says “61% Of Gay And Bisexual Men Are Uncomfortable Kissing In Public”.

More than forty years have passed since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK, however a survey by same-sex dating website showed that 61% of gay and bisexual men feel unable to kiss in public.

Whilst there are unwritten rules within society that govern when and where anyone should engage in an intimate moment with their partner, the research shows that gay and bisexual men are ten times more likely to feel restricted from doing so than their heterosexual counterparts.

According to the ManCentral survey a staggering 61% of the gay and bisexual men surveyed felt uncomfortable displaying affection in public fearing retribution from wider society. In stark contrast, an identical survey on a heterosexual dating site showed that just 6% of straight daters would think twice before displaying their affection in public.

The survey also highlighted that 23% of gay and bisexual men were uncomfortable displaying their affection to another male anywhere in public, whilst 38% admitted they felt confined to displaying affection solely within ‘gay-friendly’ areas.

Intriguingly, of those surveyed, 18-24 year olds were the most uncomfortable (28%) with displaying affection in public whilst a lesser 19% of men aged 61 and above felt the same. It is worth noting that the men now aged over 60 would have been in their late teens and early twenties when homosexuality was considered illegal in the UK, yet the statistics indicate that they feel less repressed than those aged 18-24 in today’s society. Clearly, though homosexual acts have been legal within the UK for over forty years, there remains a sense that homosexual displays of affection are at worst, unacceptable or at best, somewhat taboo.

Unfortunately, many of the men who took part in the research expressed their fear of what other people would think, say or do if they were to behave affectionately towards another man in public. One member revealed, “The one time I displayed affection with another man [in public] we had water thrown over us.” Sadly, another member explained that he would not display affection in public because he “[doesn’t] want to make other people uncomfortable.”

In The Civil Service?

The Civil Service Rainbow Alliance, with support from a:gender, has commissioned YouGov to carry out research examining whether or not existing career development opportunities in the UK Civil Service adequately meet the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans (LGBT) members of staff.

The research, the first of its kind within the Civil Service, will document people’s experiences and make recommendations for improvements as necessary.

If you are a member of staff in the civil service who identifies as LGBT, please take part in our online survey. It is completely anonymous and will take around 10 minutes to complete. The data will be collected and analysed by YouGov. The survey will be online until Friday 4th June.

For more information and to take part, go to

BiReCon 2010: The Plan

The provisional programme for this year’s BiReCon bi academic & research conference has been published. The conference will be held on 26th August, immediately ahead of this year’s BiCon.

10.00-10.30 – Registration
10.30-10.45 – Welcome: Christina Richards and Meg Barker
10.45-11.15 – Keynote talk: Steven Angelides – The history of bisexuality
11.20-12.35 – Presentations
12.40-1.10 – Keynote talk: Robyn Ochs – Getting Bi
1.10-1.50 – Lunch
1.50-2.20 – Keynote talk: Serena Anderlini D’Onofrio – Gaia & the New
Politics of Love: Notes for a ‘Bi’ Planet
2.25-3.25 – Workshop 1
3.35-4.35 – Workshop 2
4.40-5.10 – Keynote talk: Jonathan Alexander – The challenges of
bisexual scholarship
5.10-5.45 – Panel discussion: John Sylla (American Institute of
Bisexuality) and keynote speakers – The future of bisexual research
and theory
5.45-evening – Conference end, socialising

How was your history month?

LGBT History Month
Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans (LGBT) History Month has been marked in the UK since 2005. In past years we’ve picked up complaints that the events organised have been very LG- or LGT- focused and marginalised bisexuality from the story. How was your history month this year?

Helping out Auntie

Tackling bi invisibility on TV - and radio

Tackling bi invisibility on TV - and radio

The BBC have commissioned research into the portrayal of lesbian, gay and bisexual characters in order to better represent them onscreen. As part of this research, they’ve set up an online survey to canvass views and opinions.

You can take part here

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