The Bi Week: 10-16 October 2016
It’s a new bisexual week in our calendar of bi events – and it’s the busiest week of the month!
Monday is 10th October, and the World Health Organisation marks World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year. This year’s theme as decided by the World Federation for Mental Health is “Psychological & Mental Health First Aid for All” and what support people can provide for those in distress. Bi people are – largely because we live in a society that doesn’t want us to be out as bisexual – more likely to experience mental health issues than either gay or straight people, so this is a date that means a lot to us.
Tuesday is – sort of – Coming Out Day. This is marked in the US on the 11th, and has been observed since 1988, but has been recognised on the 12th instead in the UK. In this internet age that kind of blurs a little, so you could use either date as an excuse to talk about being bi.
Our “real-world” events listings begin on Tuesday when in London Bisexual Underground meet at The Blue Posts, 81 Newman Street, London. It’s a pub meetup and; find out more here.
Also that night it’s Brum Bi Group, a community-centre space group at the LGBT Centre, 38 Holloway Circus, Birmingham. More on their group and wherre it meets here.
Wednesday during the daytime there’s a bi drop-in space at the Unity Centre in Swansea from 1pm to 4pm. Bring your bi questions!
On Wednesday evening in Sheffield it’s BiSocial at their new meeting place, Moor Theatre Delicatessen, The Moor, Sheffield S1 4PF, from 5.30pm.
That evening from 7pm it’s Bristol BiVisible at Hydra Books, 34 Old Market St, Bristol, BS2 0E. Bi chat over coffee and the like in a bookshop.
Also on Wednesday from 7pm it’s Leeds Bi Group at the Mesmac centre, 22/23 Blayds Yard, not far from Leeds central train station.
And in Liverpool the University LGBTQ society are meeting to talk all things bi and pan for the evening.
Thursday night sees Nottingham BiTopia meet at the Lord Roberts pub on Broad Street from 7.30pm; look for the table with their rubber duck mascot to find them if you’re new.
Friday evening is Manchester‘s bi gaming night, at LGBT Foundation from 7.30pm. It’s a modern kind of gaming evening – think more Fluxx and Pandemic than Monopoly and Cluedo.
On Saturday, Reading bis get together from 3pm at the Support-U centre, 15 Castle Street, RG1 7SB. Elsewhere, Newcastle‘s new bi group has its first meeting that day, from 12 noon to 2pm at Cloud9wellbeing, 3 Farringdon Road, Cullercoats. Look for the pink, purple and blue bi flag on the table to find them.
And the week rounds off on Sunday with the Manchester Bi Coffee meet at the Vienna coffee house on Mosley Street from 1pm. Look for the cuddly lion or unicorn.