BiCon 2011’s Shaping Up

BiCon is an annual long-weekend gathering for bisexual people, their friends, partners and anyone with a supportive interest in bisexuality. There are discussion groups and activities all day and social space and entertainment in the evening. Most people choose to stay in the on site accommodation but there are also options for registration only (if you live locally or would like to arrange your own accommodation) and one day tickets.

BiCon is a community event run and aims to be accessible to everyone who would like to attend. Ticket prices are on a sliding scale (based on your income), with day tickets available from £10 (unwaged). They also have an Equality Fund to help people who might not otherwise be able to come to BiCon.

2011’s will be the 29th conference / convention for bisexuals in the UK organised entirely by volunteers. Each year it is held in a different place, to make it accessible almost wherever you live in the country – past venues include Edinburgh, Manchester, London, Glasgow, Treforest, Coventry, Norwich and many more.  This year it will be in Leicester, in buildings adjoining the 2008 venue.

Thinking of coming and want to know about specific access issues? The organising team have published a report setting out venue access information.

Organising team member Matt says: “BiCon teams work hard to make BiCon as accessible as possible and we are proud of our long history of making access a priority for everyone across the event.

The Access Report can be found here: bicon2011.org.uk/venue/access-report

Matt adds: “You can email me on [email protected] if you have any questions about the report or any other access issues.”

As well as physical access issues the conference has sliding scale registration fees and a hardship fund to help those on lower incomes take part.

You shall go to the Ball!

(if you want to)

Fancy a good excuse for dressing up? The BiCon Ball this year is titled ‘Deco-dance – Cos It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing!’

The organisers have taken the years 1919 – 1939 as inspiration.  They say: “It was an era when societal norms and rules were challenged. It’s the era of Jazz, Hollywood Glamour, of speakeasies and dancing till dawn.”

Not only is this a fascinating historical period, it’s also a period that is rich in bi history and bi icons including Marlene Dietrich, Josephine Baker, Siegfried Sassoon, the Bright Young People and the Bloomsbury Group.  Full suffrage in the UK was achieved.  It was also the time of the Weimar Republic, and the ground breaking Institute for Sexual Research.

Traditional gender roles and sexuality were challenged, and it was the era of the pre-code Hollywood movie, where scenes such as the infamous Marlene Dietrich kiss in Morocco – the first woman to woman kiss on screen – were featured.

And if that’s not enough – it was also the era of Golden Age detective fiction from Poirot to Sam Spade and the birth of Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers and Superman.

There are lots of possibilities there to create a fabulous outfit, if that’s your fancy, and some ideas on the BiCon website to help.

So come along to the BiCon Speakeasy and dance the night away!

Bookings online and by post are open now, find out more: www.bicon2011.org.uk or write to: BM BiCon, London WC1N 3XX