NewsBiTes: July 2016
Bi Lambda Books
In the excitement of the Bi Book Awards last issue we missed their LGBT counterparts, the Lammys. Bi category winners this year were:
Bisexual Fiction: The Life and Death of Sophie Stark, by Anna North, published Penguin Random House/Blue Rider Press
Bisexual Nonfiction: Irrepressible: The Jazz Age Life of Henrietta Bingham, by Emily Bingham, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Post BiCon Brunch
Coming back down from BiCon can be a bump, and the same goes for Pride. So Leeds Bi Group will host a post BiCon and Pride brunch on Monday 8th August from 930-1230.
Leeds Pride is the same weekend as BiCon this year. More info: www.leedsbigroup.org.uk
The Council of the European Union has passed a paper on advocating LGBTI rights for the first time. This should pin down that our rights are inherently human rights and so protected in member states.
However it proved controversial in pro-equalities circles though due to the inclusion of a clause arguing that such rights should be delivered while “fully respecting the Member States’ competences, national identities and constitutional traditions”.
It won’t take much for a traditionalist government to claim that bisexual erasure, transphobia, or “marriage is for one man and one woman” are part of their national identity and traditionally a constititional postition.
So perhaps just a small step forward.
Derby Friend want to help start up a local bi group. But they need bis to make it happen! Could it be you… Email SuzanneFM@derbyshirelgbt.org.uk
Playing The Sterotype Card
Remember a how few years back Katy Perry earwormed everyone for a couple of months with the titillating “try-bi” fluff that was “I kissed a girl and I liked it / hope my boyfriend don’t mind it”?
Last summer it was the turn of Demi Lovato, whose “Take me down into your paradise / Don’t be scared cause I’m your body type” prettied up bisexuality in much the same way.
It may be becoming an annual affair. This year it’s Alicia Champion, whose “I’m so bi” song explains “I’m so bi / I want them all / The girls and guys”.
Don’t get me wrong, I love a bit of lecherous promiscuity, for myself. But this is just playing the insatiable so-horny-I’ll-even-do-this stereotype.
Whatever happened to the cool positive bi songs?
The Queen’s Birthday Honours List included Bi Community News editor and longstanding bi grassroots volunteer Jen Yockney.
Jen receives an MBE for her contribution to the bisexual community over the past two decades – it’s the first time an honours citation has been specifically for “B” rather than LGBT.
Mx Yockney’s work, including taking the helm here at BCN for more than a decade, includes leading the UK’s longest-running bisexual group BiPhoria, and the bi history project.
As well as breaking new ground for recognition of bi work it’s also believed to be the first time the title Mx has appeared on the twice-yearly Buckingham Palace missive.