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Obama speaks after Orlando shooting

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Yesterday saw the horrific killing of at least 50 people at Pulse, a gay club in Orlando, Florida. Across the USA flags are flying at half-mast and around the world many LGBT people, friends and allies are in shock and grief. Here we are reminded of the bombing of the Admiral Duncan pub in London in 1999, and the shockwave […]

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Obama: “eliminate prejudice everywhere it exists”

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US President Barack Obama has issued a Presidential proclamation declaring June to be Pride Month and calling on US citizens to work to eliminate prejudice. In his final Pride season as President, he states: Since our founding, America has advanced on an unending path toward becoming a more perfect Union.  This journey, led by forward-thinking individuals who have set their […]

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This year’s American Bi Conference

The Because Conference is an annual conference hosted by the Bisexual Organizing Project, dedicated to building an empowered bisexual, pansexual, fluid, queer, and unlabeled (bi+) community in the United States. This year’s will be held on April 8th – 10th at the University of Minnesota. The event is similar to the UK BiCon, and attracts a variety of participants, including […]

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USA: blood ban rolled back

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The USA’s Food & Drug Administration, which sets policy on blood donation, confirmed yesterday it will be amending the ban on bisexual and gay men donating blood that has stood for 32 years. As in Britain it will mean not a complete revocation of the lifetime ban that was introduced in 1983, but a reduction to a twelve month bar. […]

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Utah gets its own BiCon

Salt Lake City has been learning from BiCon, BiFests and Because and is stepping up to make its mark on the bi landscape this week with a bi conference of its own. Utah’s 1 to 5 Club is organising  “Queer Continuum: Exploring the Nuances of Sexuality + Attraction.” The day will focus on issues ranging from people of colour in the community to […]

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After Ireland, the USA

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In the USA, the country’s Supreme Court has ruled that state bans on same-sex marriage are in breach of the country’s constitution. The ruling was by a narrow 5 votes to 4 margin. President Obama commented, “This ruling is a victory for Jim Obergefell and the other plaintiffs in the case,” he said. “It’s a victory for gay and lesbian […]

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Third US state bans “conversion therapy”

Oregon became the third US state to outlaw therapy that claims to “cure” bisexuality or homosexuality yesterday. Similar practices to try and convince transgender people that they are cis will also be banned in the state. The supposed therapy has been linked to higher rates of depression and self-harm amongst young bi, gay and trans people. The law only applies […]

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