This week’s bi meets

local groupsWant to meeet other bi folk? There are upcoming bi meetups in the next few days in London, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham and Brighton.

Monday sees the regular meetup for coffee of Bristol BiVisible from 7pm.

Tuesday night has Bisexual Underground in London, and Brum Bi Group at the Birmingham LGBT Centre.

Thursday sees the monthly meeting of BiTopia in Nottingham from 7.30pm.

And from 1pm on Sunday it’s Manchester‘s monthly bi coffee meet at The Vienna Coffee House, 74 Mosley Street – look for the cuddly lion or find out more on the BiPhoria website for Manchester bisexuals.

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Tom Robinson joins lineup to mark 40 years of London Switchboard

London Switchboard Helpline logo“Glad to be Gay” singer and Radio 6 DJ Tom Robinson joins a panel celebrating forty years of London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard tomorrow night.

Tom came out as bisexual from gay in the 1980s, at a time when London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard was controversial in bi circles for having a “no bisexual volunteers” policy in place.

Volunteers from four decades share memories of the UK’s best-known LGBT helpline in a panel made up of: Julian Hows,Rebecca Swenson, Lisa Power, Tom Robinson, David Seligman, Tina Tav, Rupert Smith and Fiona Harvey.  Debate kicks off at 7pm at RADA Studios, in central London near the University of London and Goodge St tube.

The LLGS helpline service now offers help to lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, and are currently reviewing their name to better reflect their work.

Book tickets for the talk here.

Bi meetups this weekend

local groupsTime to get out and meet some other bis? There are bi meetups in London and Glasgow this weekend.

It’s the turn of bis in London on Saturday where the regular London Bi Coffee Meet is in Spitalfields Market that afternoon: details here.

Bi Glasgow meets on Sunday from 2pm-4pm at Gay Men’s Health center, Fourth Floor 30 Bell Street Merchant City Glasgow G1 1LG. Despite the name of the venue, it’s a mixed group with bis of all genders welcome.

Rebranding London?

London Switchboard Helpline logoLondon Lesbian and Gay Switchboard are thinking of rebranding – and want to hear your opinions. The helpline service – which in the 80s & 90s was controversial in bi circles for having a “no bisexual volunteers” policy in place – now offers help to lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, and are reviewing their name to better reflect their work.

They say, “with London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard being 40 years young this year, what better time to think about the name going forward.

“After some initial research last year shortening the name to SWITCHBOARD was proposed; the reasons for this were because we get calls from all over the UK and beyond and we also support bisexual and transgender people. The shortened name gives us the opportunity to add a strap line such as ‘Helpline for the LGBT communities’.

“We want you to be part of this important decision and we want to know what you think. Please complete the contact form here to let us know if you agree or not with the proposed change and if not any ideas you have.”

Bi Meetups for the week

local groupsWas your new year’s resolution to get out and meet some other bis?  We have a host of bi meetups going on around the country this week.

On Monday it’s the from 5pm it’s the monthly meet of London‘s over-50s bi group at AgeUK, Tavis House, Tavistock Square, London. WC1H 9NA.  This runs until 8pm.

Tuesday 21st is Manchester‘s bi pub meet at the Waterhouse from 8pm – look for the cuddly lion or find out more on the BiPhoria website for Manchester bisexuals.

Also on Tuesday Swansea bis have their regular get-together at Mozarts, Walter Road. Text 07982 308812 or email BiSwansea1@yahoo.co.uk for more details. They’ll also be meeting up at the KinderCafe on Sunday from 12 noon.

Know of more? Let us know!

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