BiTastic was Fantastic!
BiTastic! was a one-day workshop based event organised by and for bisexual people and our allies. It was similar to a wee BiFest but with a twist: we had support from funded voluntary sector organisations!
While the Equality Network and Scottish Transgender Alliance led, BiScotland, Stonewall Scotland, Glasgow Disability Alliance and others all helped out in various ways that were much appreciated.
Over seventy people travelled from all over Scotland to attend, including some who had never attended any LGBT related event before.
The programme was mostly workshops exploring various aspects of bisexuality and identity, relationships, activism and a good dose of workshops just for fun and chatting with other bisexual people and allies.
The gender neutral clothes swap was particularly successful. Participants were so generous, bringing clothes, shoes and bags they no longer wanted so most people went away with some new threads and in some cases, bin bags full!
We were also impressed by how the conversations in the disability, race and asylum focused workshops have progressed. People seem to be much more aware of intersectionality than before.
The event also included stalls from a variety of voluntary sector organisations and a craft space, an opportunity for people to mingle, network and make new friends. Further details are still available on the BiTastic! website www.bitastic.org
Feedback from those who attended mainly focused on how people enjoyed coming together in a friendly atmosphere to meet new people and discuss important issues. Feedback also called for more similar events in more places across Scotland. Most participants that provided feedback rated the event 8/10.
We hope to build on our bisexual specific partnership work with Scottish LGBT organisations to be able to run similar events in future. In the meantime the Equality Network is working on writing a guide on bisexuality for service providers based on the results from Complicated? www.equality-network.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Complicated-Bisexual-Report.pdf and people’s feedback on that report.
Should you like more information or would like to join us in promoting bisexual equality in future please email Mel@equality-network.org
Mel Maguire & Sam Rankin