Bi triangle in Vietnam

lac_gioi2Vietnam’s first bi-themed feature film has opened to packed cinema crowds in Ho Chi Minh city.

The film follows relationships between a bisexual man (played by Trung Dung), a gay man (Binh An) and a straight woman (Mai Thu Huyen), making clear the love, commitment and affection they have.

Publicity for the film signals bisexual and queer content with two poster designs – the one we show here and another in rainbow flag colours.

It does however play into the ‘queer people live tragic lives’ cliche: the bi and gay characters are an older man who has escaped from prison, an young gay man in his early 20s shunned by his parents.

Some 800 people came to the opening screening last night.

Welsh Bi FM

Bi WalesDiverse Cymru have invited Bi Cymru/Wales to speak about Bi Visibility Day on their weekly Cardiff diversity radio show at 2pm on Tuesday 23rd September. Tune in to hear or if you can’t tune in check out the Diverse Cymru website after the show for a podcast

Diverse Cardiff is live every Tuesday 13:30-15:00 on Radio Cardiff, listen in: 98.7FM (Cardiff area), online at www.radiocardiff.org, TuneIn app on all mobile platforms. Podcast will be here:http://www.diversecymru.org.uk/radio-cardiff/

20 Years On, Mancs Are Still Bi

20 years to the day...

20 years to the day…

Manchester-based bi organisation BiPhoria is celebrating its 20th birthday – their first social / support evening for bisexual folk and those who think they might be bi was held on the 1st September 1994.

It’s the UK’s longest-running bisexual group: there were others before it, but those have fallen by the wayside in the intervening decades.

BiPhoria on the Manchester demo

The group is active socially, academically, educationally and politically

Group convenor Jen Yockney told BiMedia, “My first time along at the group was three months later at the December 1994 meeting. I think it was fortunate both in the enthusiasm and commitment of the volunteers who have been there over the years keeping it alive, and also in being a mixed group in a city that has a vibrant queer culture.”

Manchester’s queer culture hasn’t always helped the group: the city council is proud of its progressive record on lesbian and gay rights in the 80s but had the non-existence of bisexuality as a matter of council policy in the 90s and 00s.

At the time the group formed many bi groups were gendered – men’s or women’s bi spaces – but the early 90s was when the bi movement in the UK started to get to grips with gender diversity and building welcoming spaces regardless of gender identity.

BiPhoria has been the cornerstone to work including bi social and support spaces, political activism (lobbying local and national government as well as highlighting biphobia on the local gay scene), and research publications on bi needs and mental health. Earlier this year the group led the Manchester LGBT demo about the Sochi winter Olympics for half of the march, alternating with the Lesbian & Gay Foundation.

Tomorrow, BiPhoria will celebrate its 20th anniversary meeting. We expect there will be cake.

Happy birthday BiPhoria. Give ’em a birthday retweet on Twitter here.

 

ShoutOut talks Bi Visibility with BiVisibles

Shout Out Awards 2013

Bristol’s ShoutOut LGBT Awards last year had to drop their bi category due to a lack of nominations

This week’s ShoutOut radio show – the LGBT programme for Bristol, Glastonbury and surrounding areas – put Bi Visibility Day into focus.

Nick and Jo from BiVisible Bristol talked about their group’s plans for a community event for this year’s Bi Visibility Day, with help from the local LGBT Forum and host venue the Phoenix. They also talk about the group’s work and bi life.

Hear more here.

Painkiller Jane: The Film

Painkiller Jane

Painkiller Jane: from inky comic to onscreen action, again

In need of a bisexual superheroine? Ten years on from the first film version of graphic novel Painkiller Jane, a new film is being touted about the bisexual undercover policewoman.

The film is to be directed by Jen and Sylvia Soska, according to Hollywood Reporter website. We look forward to seeing a good trashy indie action flick in due course.

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