All Change? General Election Bis
Bi Community News
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1w ago
With over 100 MPs stepping down this could be an election where queer representation changes – a lot. At the moment the UK parliament has some of the best levels of LGBT representation in the world – with all the letters represented including some bi and pan MPs. That hasn’t translated into much action for equality in recent times though. It’s a decade – and three general elections – since same-sex marriage became law. It’s much the same time since the process of moving from a ban on blood donation by bi and gay men and their partners to behaviour-based donation rules. As moves toward equality ..read more
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It’s Volunteers’ Week
Bi Community News
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1w ago
Every year, the first week of June is marked by a host of community and charitable groups across the UK as Volunteers’ Week. That includes celebrating the people who keep most of Britain’s bi projects running. Without volunteers there’d be practically no bi support services out there. From the formation of the London Bi Group in 1981 to the latest hot-off-the-presses copy of BCN, from documenting our bi history to bi social and support groups, most of the “bi things” you have ever heard of are run on a shoestring by people who do it for love rather than money. A smattering of projects have pai ..read more
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Bi Gossip – May 2024
Bi Community News
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2w ago
We mostly cover the “big stuff” in BCN – like bi events, changes to law that particularly affect bi people, new research and so forth. But a lot of bi news is not “real news” but gossip or social media comments from people in the public eye. Those don’t change laws but they do, albeit not as often as we might like, change hearts and minds. Or give us public statements we can really relate to and that help educate others. Welsh comedian Morgan Rees talked to Hello about being bi: “It’s not just sleeping about, like you’re a primal beast that will have sex with everyone and anything, it is roote ..read more
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Everything’s Bisexual Everywhere
Bi Community News
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2w ago
A new American wildlife documentary highlights the breadth of sexuality in the animal kingdom. And it shows how ubiquitous bisexuality is – loads of creatures are heterosexual, plenty are homosexual, but taken as a whole the idea that heterosexuality is ‘normal’ or ‘natural’ is laughable. Queer Planet naturally has all the most uptight and delusional commentators frothing at the mouth. Some people are just scared at the thought that what happens in the real world is what happens when you look at the real world and watch what happens, not what you read about in a school textbook when you were s ..read more
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Pan Visibility Day 2024
Bi Community News
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2w ago
It’s Pan Visibility Day, an awareness-raising date to get people talking about pansexuality and panromanticism. It’s an annual chance to celebrate people who identify as pansexual or panromantic, two of the many identities under the bi+ umbrella, and this is its tenth year. While the term pansexual has been used for other things in the 1900s, the modern usage of pansexual and panromantic is to mean attraction to people of all genders and none – respectively whether it is sexual or romantic, as for example you might be panromantic (open to romantic relationships with people of any gender) but a ..read more
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Protect kids from harm not knowledge: poll
Bi Community News
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2w ago
A new survey from pollster YouGov suggests most people are not buying the government’s fear campaign about queer people. The survey asked people about plans to ban relationship education for children under 12. While the relentless campaign against trans people’s civil rights has had some impact on every measure the public are unimpressed with at least two people supporting inclusive education for every one against. 60% support age-appropriate education about the existence of trans and non-binary people while 30% are against. It’s a clearer answer on the existence of bi and gay people – some 78 ..read more
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It’s Here: General Election 2024
Bi Community News
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3w ago
The Prime Minister has called a General Election for July 4th 2024. Over the coming weeks we will report on the lgBt action during the election, but for the present it means the two Private Members’ Bills that were seeking to ban ‘conversion therapy’ are toast. It’s back to square one for that – but on the other hand probably back to square one for the recently announced reforms to the school curriculum in England. The brief frenzy of General Elections can set the tone for the parliament to come. In 1997 Labour fought shy of mentioning any commitments on LGBT issues and the following four year ..read more
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US: Nearly Halfway on Conversion
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3w ago
Pennsylvania has become the 23rd state of the USA to ban conversion therapy. Troy Stevenson, Director of State Advocacy Campaigns at The Trevor Project commented: “Despite every major medical and mental health association in the country denouncing this practice, conversion therapy is, tragically, still very much an ongoing and pervasive practice that traumatizes young people all across the country. He noted recent research showing “young people who reported undergoing conversion therapy were more than twice as likely to report having attempted suicide in the past year. Knowing that an estimate ..read more
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Across the EU: Less Discrimination, More Violence
Bi Community News
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1M ago
The European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency has published the findings of a huge survey across the 27 member nations. ‘LGBTIQ equality at a crossroads: progress and challenges’ explores the experiences, views and challenges LGBTIQ people face in Europe. It also highlights the changes since FRA’s previous surveys in 2019 and 2013. The findings reveal signs of slow but gradual progress. While discrimination against LGBTIQ people remains high, it is gradually declining. Schools deal with LGBTIQ issues more positively and proactively, and young people feel more supported by their teachers and p ..read more
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Sunak plays with kids lives for votes
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1M ago
The government is set to announce a rollback of its own sex and relationship education programme. In an announcement on school guidance timetabled for tomorrow it is being reported that children under 10 will no longer get age-appropriate information about relationships in schools. The move will try to stop them learning that other children might not have the same number or gender of parents as themselves and to treat such differences with respect. It will try to stop pre-teen children having awareness of the imminent changes to their bodies from puberty, or having the language and awareness o ..read more
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