After a week of more bisexuality on the airwaves than usual, it’s the turn of Manchester local radio station ALL FM who today chat to BiPhoria runner and Bi Community News editor Jen Yockney about her bi volunteering and bisexual life in Manchester. They’ll be playing a few tunes of her choice too, some of which we guess may have a bi angle!
Listen in at the All Out webpage.
Today’s Radio 4 PM programme touched on bisexuality for a few minutes following Shrewsbury MP Daniel Kawczynski coming out as bisexual over the weekend. Bisexuality was in the air as it was also a nub of discussion on local radio station BBC London.
BBC London’s “Listed Londoner” of the week was “Glad to be Gay” singer and Radio 6 DJ Tom Robinson, ahead of a one-off gig in Notting Hill tomorrow. “You never had to be black to like Bob Marley!” rebutted Tom when presenter Robert Elms remarked that he would as a teen sing along to “Glad to be Gay” even though he wasn’t gay himself. Tom talked about how he met his wife through them both being involved in gay rights activism, and how bisexual, lesbian and gay equality had moved on so far since the 70s even though so many battles are still being fought.
Over on Radio 4, Kawczynski was described by Eddie Mair as having “reportedly become the first MP to publicly declare they are bisexual” – a claim that went unchallenged by the presenter, even though in discussions with bi activists prior to the show that claim had been debunked.
Interviewee Edward Lord OBE – of the City of London Corporation – spoke of biphobia as “the lack of acknowledgement bisexuals exist, stereotyping us as promiscuous, or a pressure to ‘decide’ to be gay or straight.” And further of losing the odd friend in going from identifying as gay to as bi.
Edward also talked about his personal experience of coming to bi from identifying as a gay man, and how the wider LGBT community has evolved and changed over time in its attitudes to bisexuality.
Of the LGBT strands are bis still the least visible? “Certainly … and it has an impact on the way that bisexuality is perceived but also on bisexual people themselves. Many bi people’s mental health suffers because of that bisexual invisibility.”
The PM programme can be found on the BBC website here – the interview is around 45 minutes in.
The producer of YouTube bi romance soap “Rose By Any Other Name”, Kyle Schickner, has launched a weekly Youtube bi talk show.
Originally intended for Logo, “The Bi-Weekly Show” promises to go where no other queer dares to go, as Kyle explores pop-culture and multimedia from a bisexual perspective. Week by week, Kyle will also speak to other bisexuals and activists, individuals from the wider queer community, and no doubt let off steam from time to time.
The first episode is here.
The third series of TV show Lost Girl begins showing in the UK a month from now, on April 23rd.
Centred on a bisexual succubus, the programme has echoes of Buffy and Torchwood with a fistful of other queer characters among the regular lineup. Like Torchwood, bisexuality simply ‘is’, rather than being ‘an issue’.
The programme airs on SyFy, and is scheduled for 10pm on Tuesday nights.
Dublin City FM’s LGBT show this week turns its focus on biphobia and bisexuality.
The show has a substantial interview with Ms Gay Limerick winner, Kate Stewart, who talks about being a bisexual woman with a straight boyfriend, in the LGBT community.
Kate observed two sides, “the straight community’s reaction – it’s the same as coming out as gay perhaps” but with a poor grasp of how people are bi rather than somehow alternating their sexuality. “Are you straight now, are you gay now?”.
She added “From the queer community it was slightly different… and when I entered (the Ms Gay Limerick competition), she’s bisexual, why is she allowed in there?“.
“People forget about the B in LGBT”
Kate also talks about social shunning by former lesbian friends, a facebook campaign to remove her title even though the competition’s own rules are inclusive of bi as well as gay women. There is friendly advice for people coming out as bi too.
The show also highlights stigma against bisexuals as innately infidelitous, and Bi Visibility Day on September 23rd.
Listen to the podcast of the show here.