Woman’s Hour Talks Bi

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Bisexuality on the Beeb

BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour this morning had bisexuality as one of its topical topics, following on from stories claiming popster Jessie J is really a lesbian and not bisexual. The author of a new biography claims people around Jessie believed being bi was a fashion statement which would increase her marketability compared to being a lesbian: the claims have been refuted.

Louise Carolin, the Deputy Editor of Diva magazine and Surya Monro from Huddersfield University who is currently writing a book about bisexuality talk about bi identity, biphobia and what the Jessie J story says about attitudes towards bisexual and lesbian women in pop culture and the wider world.

You can listen to the programme segment here.

 

14th November 1930: Marlene kisses in Morocco

Marlene Dietrich kisses another woman in the 1930 film Morocco, and performs a song dressed in a man’s tuxedo – all very daring in its day. Her character, Amy Jolly, slips a man her room key moments after kissing a woman – and that’s clear-cut bisexuality in film in our book!

She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Leading Actress.

 

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22nd October 2006: Everything Changes

“Everything Changes”, the first episode of BBC television’s Doctor Who spin-off series Torchwood, aired in the autumn of 2006.

Aimed at an older audience than Doctor Who, the programme follows the adventures of a group of alien hunters in Cardiff – one of whom is a popular character from Doctor Who, Jack Harkness.

The programme won praise from the bisexual community for its positive, normal portrayal of bisexuality: most of the team are bisexual but most of the time this is just a part of who they are rather than a point of drama or tension.

Series three of the programme, the five-part Children of Earth story, explored the situation of a bisexual man coming out to his family.

 

Submit your favourite bi people and events to remember for LGBT History Month – see here for details

That was 2011

Tis the season to write reviews of the year, so jumping on a bandwagon for once…

Our bi year highlights:

* The biggest UK BiCon ever with 297 people over four days in Leicester

* Bi Visibility Day on 23rd September having a bigger profile than ever – Bi Day website september23 reported double the traffic they had in 2010 (and two bi events marking LGBT History Month – not a lot, but twice the previous best!)

* Good bi coverage from Auntie for once as Tom Robinson talked bi past and bi present on Radio 4

* That New York Times headline breaking the shock news that Bisexual Men Exist.

* Bi community activists being invited to Obama’s White House LGBT reception (sadly the same didn’t seem to happen over here for Number 10’s LGBT shin-dig)

* Jessie J as an out bi woman sweeping the boards at the Mobo awards

* Bristol BiVisible launching Greedy, the first regular bi club night in the UK since the Fencesitter’s Ball closed down

* Manchester BiPhoria launching Getting Bi In A Gay/Straight World, a very pretty and pocketable publication

* Four people presented with Cake Awards recognising their work in and for the bi community

* A massive bi showing in the Homo Hero awards with bi nominees making the three-name shortlist in every possible category

* Also in gong news – Stonewall’s awards shortlisting bis Jessie J and Lady Gaga

* And many more bis in the media talking openly about being bi

* Civil partnerships on religious premises going through, and date set for the move toward same-sex marriage. It’s a slow path to our relationships not being treated differently depending on our partner’s gender, but we’re getting there!

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