Bi News roundup

BCN 85 cover

This originally appeared in BCN issue 85, Spring 2007

The needs of queer offenders, either in or out of custody, will be discussed at the first Working with LGBT Offenders Conference in Manchester in September. Organised by the National Gay Prisoners’ Support and Advisory Service, the conference will be attended by prison and probation service workers, and many other professionals working with offenders. To exhibit at the conference, contact Kevin Sinclair on 0161 661 1261 or kevin@ngpss.org.uk.

Stonewall may come under attack elsewhere this issue for not including bis in their report on social attitudes to lesbians and gay men, but their current “Lesbian Health” online survey of lesbian and bisexual women’s experience of health care is very bi, trans and poly inclusive – whatever that title might suggest.  You can take part at:
www.stonewall.org.uk/campaigns/
lesbian_health_survey/default.asp

Long standing gay rights campaigner and Outrage activist Peter Tatchell has been chosen to stand as the Green Party’s general election candidate for Oxford East.

The seat was a close Labour – Lib Dem marginal in 2005, but the local council has a large Green presence.

Polish government attitudes to gay people seem to be getting even dafter as the BBC reported a senior Polish official had  ordered psychologists to investigate whether watching the Teletubbies promotes a homosexual lifestyle.

The government spokesperson for children’s rights, Ewa Sowinska, singled out Tinky Winky: “I noticed he was carrying a woman’s handbag.  At first, I didn’t realise he was a boy.”  Her office can recommend that a show should be taken off the air

Responding to the news a Polish radio station asked its listeners to vote for the most suspicious children’s show. A listener quickly pointed out that Winnie the Pooh had only male friends.

The investigation got called off as BCN went to press under widespread media mockery of the idea.

One of the finalists in Spanish TV’s “Fame Academy” (their Pop Idol) has chosen a different tack to the common “am I aren’t I” flirting with gay imagery – his first music video “No Quiero Enamorarme (I Don’t Want To Fall In Love)” – makes things as upfront as possible as he writhes with a man and a woman, kissing, lying in bed together, having a pillow fight and sharing a three-way shower.

But while the new Spanish government may be very progressive on LGBT issues, of course some viewers in Spain have not taken it so well, complaining to YouTube that the video shows inappropriate content.  YouTube now warns: The bisexual and steamy nature of the video for the first single from Daniel Zueras has upset some of the users of YouTube who have flagged the content as inappropriate and you can now view the video only after you have confirmed your 18 or over.

If you might like that sort of thing – point your web browsers at www.youtube.com/watch?v=39EEK9yaGz4