Vanessa talks bi
Channel 5 daytime chat show Vanessa tomorrow focuses on bisexuality.
The programme, entitled “Are Bisexuals Greedy?” will air tomorrow afternoon at 2:15pm. We can hear regular readers sigh at the question already!
Marcus from Bisexual Index will be on the panel. Our money is on his answer to the question being “no.”
He and fellow panellists soap star Julie Peasgood and writer Paul Burston join Vanessa Feltz for what surely in 2011 does not deserve to be a heated debate – but might turn out to be, just the same.
UK bi visibility & campaign group Bisexual Index
need fresh donations to keep up their valuable work. It’s half-way through the 2010 Pride season and they’ve run out of resources to distribute: can you help?
The say: “Bisexual visibility costs, and right now’s when … we run out of funds. Buy a shirt or donate?”
They can take online donations via PayPal.
If you can’t help, but someone who follows you on Twitter perhaps can – do re-tweet their recent status update from here.
Today the Guardian goes bi… well, a page of Comment Is Free does at least. Marcus Morgan writes for them today, highlighting bi work such as the BiFests and Bisexual Index and the enduring annual festival BiCon, whose longevity rivals most Pride events – the first was back in 1984.
He starts off by saying:
I’m constantly baffled by the exclusion of bisexuals. I blame bad science, or rather bad scientists. Every year it seems there’s a new study on “what makes people gay”. Oddly, this is expected to be an on-off switch, and the researchers look in the genes, or the brain or the length of fingers for a sign that one set of people will be queer, now and for always, and another proving the rest will remain 100% straight. It takes a special kind of rigidity of outlook to construct a survey on finger length and decide beforehand there’s no middle ground.
Read the article in full on the Guardian’s website. As with most pieces on newspaper websites that allow feedback, beware of some of the more peculiar comments from readers in response!
Bisexual Index know economic times are tough, so as the UK government rolls out the chance to get your own state ID card for as little as, er, quite a lot of money, they’ll offer you a bi ID card for free.
Based on an idea from “Anything That Moves” magazine, the bisexual id card allows you to shut down the tired old “you’re not bisexual” discussion before it really starts! (Download from their website and print 9cm by 5cm for business card size)
Bisexual Index launched their “drop the hyphen” campaign earlier this year, and Manchester bi group BiPhoria took up the theme in the publicity for their recent bi community day event.
Writer Jacqui Applebee wrote a poem inspired by the campaign, which BiPhoria turned into a postcard, perfect for sending to writers and organisations that need a handy reminder about how to spell the “b word”.
You can pick up the cards at events like Brum BiFest.