Getting Bi in 2014

Cover of "Getting bi in a gay/straight world"The new edition of Getting Bi In A Gay / Straight World is out in print… and now it’s online too!

The pocket guide to coming out & staying out as bi is based on 20 years of what questions people asked when they first got in touch with long-running support & advocacy organisation BiPhoria.

It includes history, theory, practical relationship and coming out advice, and much more besides.

More than 10,000 copies have already been snapped up at Pride festivals, community centres and more across the UK, and a Spanish translation edition came out last year.

A new second edition – and thousands of new copies of the print version – was launched this week in Manchester. It’s now available to read on issuu, here.

Nominations open for Bi Book Awards

Bi books

Bi booksSubmissions are now open for its third annual Bisexual Book Awards.

Any 2014 book with a bisexual character, bisexual storyline, bisexual subject matter or bisexual theme, is eligible for submission. Awards are open to all authors regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Books can be submitted by the author, publisher, or the Bi Writers Association (BWA), however, anyone may contact BWA to recommend a book. There are nine categories total, seven of which have open submissions.

Books are judged on three main criteria: 1) quality of overall writing; 2) quality of writing about bisexual material, characters & themes; 3) quantity of bisexual material. A panel of judges will decide each category. Finalists will be announced by the first week in April, and winners will be announced at the Bisexual Book Awards, tentative date, Sat May 31 of 2015. The Bisexual Book Awards will be preceded by BWA’s annual multi-arts reading, which will feature finalists of the awards.

“Bisexual books and bi writers have few opportunities for recognition, even at LGBT Book Awards, so the Bisexual Book Awards is our answer to that,” says Bi Writers Association director Sheela Lambert. “In addition to recognizing books and authors for their achievements, the Bisexual Book Awards process creates a complete annual list of bisexual books for readers, and encourages more bi-themed books to be written and published,” says Ms. Lambert.

To submit a book, send an email to the Bi Writers Association at fuscialadybug (at) netzero (dot) com with: name of book, author name, publisher, year of publication and whether it is fiction or non-fiction; then request a nomination form.

Bisexual Book Awards Guidelines are available on the BWA website at biwriters.org

Manchester computers go pink, purple & blue

Manc Uni 2014 september 23 screensaver

Students at Manchester University are getting an extra splash of bisexuality awareness today.

Across campus all the university computers have had their screensavers changed to a message about Bi Visibility Day, even including a link to our Facebook page and Twitter.

The student union building is also hosting a bi info stall, while the bi flag flies from buildings on campus.

The university is the largest single-site university in the UK with around 42,000 students.

Bravo, Manchester Uni!

Getting Bi in 2014: launch tonight

Cover of "Getting bi in a gay/straight world"

Cover of "Getting bi in a gay/straight world"Manchester – tonight sees the launch of the new edition of Getting Bi In A Gay / Straight World.

A hugely popular publication, more than ten thousand copies of the first edition have been distributed in the UK and more overseas including a Spanish-language edition.

Thanks to kind donations a second edition has been released this year with thousands more copies printed to reach people all across Britain.

Organised by BiPhoria, at Taurus bar, 1 Canal Street, from 7.30pm.

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Bolton Libraries trumpet the B

Bi flags around the UK

Bi flags around the UKBolton Central Library hosts a Bi Visibility display at its reception area today, to mark Bi Visibility Day September 23rd with info from BiPhoria, september23.bi.org and other UK bi projects.

All nine of Bolton’s branch libraries will also have Sept 23rd leaflets (promoting september23.bi.org) and Getting Bi in a Gay / Straight World booklets on display.

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