Our #BiHistory: Let’s hear it for @BisexualHistory

bisexual history project

bisexual history projectIt’s Bi Visibility Day on Tuesday and all week we (and a host of other bi organisations) will be championing different aspects of our community and bi experience. In the UK there is a modern thread of some 33 years of bi organising since the launch of the London Bisexual Group in September 1981.

The Bisexual History Project runs the @bisexualhistory twitter account which gives a daily snippet of bi life from years gone by: whether ‘bi community’ or in the public eye, long gone or recent history.

They are always looking for extra dates to add to their calendar so if you have any bi history to add to the mix, drop them a line.

All their twitter dates are cross-posted to the facebook page too.

Get in touch via Facebook or Twitter to get involved or add your dates.

What do bis read…

bis and magazines 2013 bar chart

Graph: websites people use often

The results are in… the annual BiCon survey data has been crunched and here are the findings on magazines and social media. 

And the key findings from 2013 are: we love facebook more than any other social network ; and while around half of us enjoy browsing a copy of BCN, we don’t really read the gay press!

OKcupid is much the most popular dating site, not surprising given it can handle bisexuality in a way many dating sites can’t.

LiveJournal’s prominent role in bi social networking has faded, now ranking behind Twitter, Facebook and BDSM social site FetLife.

The survey looks at bis who attend the biggest bi event of the year, and so reflects not the “bi in the street” but those actively connected to a bisexual community or for whom being bi is an important part of who they are.

bis and magazines 2013 bar chartThere’s much more to the survey findings than just these two areas though.  You can read the report on the BiPhoria website.

Tweet for Bi Visibility Day

thunder280Bi Visibility Day will be given a massive splash on Twitter this year with a “Thunderclap” tweet.

An initiative of the september23.bi.org website, it is a co-ordinated tweet with already over 100 Twitter users joining in to all post the same message at the same time on the morning of Monday 23rd September.

Join in here.

LGBT Helpline celebrates a year in action

Bisexuals can feel isolated

Bisexuals can feel isolated

LGBT Helpline Scotland celebrates its first birthday today.

Funded by the Scottish Government, LGBT Helpline Scotland provides information and emotional support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people all over Scotland.

They told BiMedia: “Over the last year we have supported countless LGBT people in the country with issues such as social isolation, hate crime and suicidal thoughts, to name but a few.

“We are proud to have been a lifeline to so many and hope to continue our vital work for as long as we are needed.”

Read an interview with the helpline’s organiser in last April’s edition of Bi Community News magazine here.

You can call the helpline on 0300 123 2523 – it runs Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12 noon – 9pm.

Unison sets annual bi date

Trade union Unison has set the date for its next bisexual members’ networking meeting – 18 July, in London.

The meeting is open to all bi Unison members. It’s free to take part, with lunch provided. Travel costs incurred are met nationally.

The meeting runs from 10.30am to 1pm.

You can find out more here.

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