Equalities Office talks Bi

BCN 124 cover

This originally appeared in BCN issue 124, April 2014

We saw another step forward in Government (and Whitehall) recognition of bisexuality as real and distinct from homosexuality this March as the Government Equalities Office held its first roundtable discussion on bisexual people’s issues.

Groups represented included Bi Community News – and thus the Bi Local Groups Network – BiUK, Bisexual Index, and Stonewall.

The two and a half hour meeting explored:
– what the barriers are to equality for bisexual people- where those differ from those for lesbians and gay men- priority areas of work- what the evidence base is for that work- our thoughts on the best ways ahead to tackle those issues
The central topics brought out of the meeting as important work areas were
– education: for example, that everyone should leave school knowing what bisexuality is- hate crime: for example, recording biphobic incidents and treating them as seriously as homophobic hate- health and social care- access to public services

BCN Editor Jen Yockney commented after that, “It had been over a year since the last GEO meeting on bi issues, which had naturally had more of a focus on the same-sex marriage bill that had just been published at the time, so this was a welcome next step including opening the meeting up to a wider range of researchers, community activists and campaigners.”