So Long Loz: Laurence Brewer remembered

BCN 122 cover

This originally appeared in BCN issue 122, December 2013

UK bi activist Laurence Brewer died at his home in Bolton in November, aged 46.

Loz started out in Sign Language, on the punk / new wave scene in the 80s, and after they split in 1987 he kept playing. Indeed while he was one of the small team that ran the 6th International BiCon in Manchester in 2000, part of the entertainment programme was a performance by his then band Dale Dipple and the Double Standards.

His punk roots were remembered on November 15th with a special punk rock night at West Coast Rock Cafe in Blackpool, with a lineup of bands who had been influenced by his work and attitude.

In the bi community he was one of the founders of EuroBiNet, the European bisexual activism network. Each year BiCon runs a survey of attendees, which was originally devised in 2004 by Laurence and Ange from the bisexual research group BiBlio.  That same year he gave a presentation, “W(h)ither Bisexuality”, to the UK Bi Activism Conference in Milton Keynes, which helped shape the direction of work by many people around the country over the next few years.

At about the same time, he was one of the organisers of monthly London bi club night The Fence Sitter’s Ball.

In recent years he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease, a degenerative condition that eventually took him from us.

In 2011 he was the subject of a BBC documentary as he worked to record his speech patterns onto a computer so as to be able to talk in his own voice when the time came that he would need to use a speech synthesiser.
Rest well, Loz.