March with the Bis at Pride London on June 28th

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London is just one of many LGBT Prides with bi presences this summer

Want to join the bis marching at London LGBT Pride this year?

pride london 2014 logoTo join bis and allies from all the city’s bi groups and more besides, meet up between 12 noon and 12.20pm on Saturday 28th June, at Pret A Manger at the corner of Baker Street and Melcombe Street (211-213 Baker St, London NW1 6UY).

Dress code simple: wear purple if you can, but don’t worry about it if you don’t.

To help the organisers of the bi entry plan for numbers please consider signing up on the facebook event here.

Find out more about the parade route on the Pride London website here.

Celebrating bi volunteering

Volunteer week 2014

Volunteer week 2014This year is the 30th anniversary of Volunteers’ Week – starting tomorrow, hundreds of events will be taking place across the country to say thank you to volunteers, recognising the important contribution they make.

Almost all the bi community events, groups and support depend wholly on volunteer effort – how about taking this week as a prompt to say thanks to the people who make them happen.

Tweet, talk about it on facebook, drop them a card in the post, donate to their project, make them a cuppa…

30 years of volunteers weekOr maybe now’s the time to become a bi volunteer yourself?

BCN magazine has a feature with lots of ideas of ways you can get involved in bi volunteeringwhether you have ten minutes to spare just now, a day every week, or anything in between.

#EndTheBiBan passes 10,000 signatures

End The Bi Ban supporters at Manchester Pride

End The Bi Ban supporters at Manchester PrideMore than ten thousand people have now signed a petition challenging Google’s decision to block ‘bisexual’ from its predictive search.

When users type words like ‘gay’ or ‘lesbian’ into the Google search page, it suggests what they might be looking for – gay dating, gay pride, gay marriage, gay support… but for ‘bisexual’, it offers no suggestions.

That makes it that bit harder for bis seeking advice and support to find what they’re looking for online – and to find out about groups like Manchester BiPhoria, Bisexual Underground or Brighton BothWays, events like BiCon and BiFest or publications like Bi Community News and the Bisexuality Report.

And it signals that ‘bisexual’ is a bad word – Google’s blocking settings are supposed to be there to prevent people accidentally seeing offensive or disturbing content.

The campaign has a Facebook page and Twitter account to help raise its profile.

You can add your name to the petition calling on Google to stop its predictive search blocking ‘bisexual’ here.

Nintendo: admitting bi & gay people exist is “social commentary”

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Bi Heart

No bis or gays in Nintendoland

Computer games firm Nintendo has got into a queer controversy over its Sims-like game, Tomodachi Life.

The company has said it will not give in to pressure to allow players to engage their game characters romantically with characters of the same sex in English editions of million-selling Tomodachi Life.

In a statement, Nintendo said it “never intended to make any form of social commentary”.

Of course, a world in which only mixed-sex couples are allowed to exist is its own social commentary, endorsing some kinds of relationships and erasing others.

Nintendo’s line is that, “the relationship options in the game represent a playful alternate world rather than a real-life simulation.

“We hope that all of our fans will see that Tomodachi Life was intended to be a whimsical and quirky game, and that we were absolutely not trying to provide social commentary.”

Bi magazine focuses on health

BCN magazine - Spring 2014

BCN magazine - Spring 2014The latest issue of bisexual magazine BCN is out now with a focus on bisexual health in the light of the Beyond Babies report, and exploring real human stories that underly the statistics on bi experience.

The BiCon 2013 survey findings are highlighted too – what do bis read, where do they surf the web, and how have the demographics of the people who go to the UK’s biggest bi event changed over the last decade.

They also look at what is coming up at the 2014 BiCon, IDAHOBIT (the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia) and more besides.

Get yours here.

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