Newsbites: October 2019

Bi Pride Breaks Records

The first BiPrideUK festival in London this month broke records with the highest attendance for any UK bi event to date. Free entry and a central London location surely helped boost the numbers above 1,000.

A huge team of volunteers had been assembled over the two year run-up, compared to the small tight teams that usually run events like BiCon and BiFest – enabling a bigger scale of event. And it was rammed – with the bi talk stage closed for much of the day as there were too many people in the room and no space for more to go in. It’ll be back!

Mapping Bi London

Bi organisations in and around London are being invited to a strategic roundtable and networking event for London Bi+ Groups.

Consortium’s London Engagement Project say: “We invite our Bi+ Members & friends in Greater London to a special strategic roundtable event and mapping exercise.
“Help us map Bi+ services, identify and address gaps and challenges in provision, and scope opportunities for action.
The meeting will be held Saturday, September 21 from 2pm to 4pm in SE1.
“We invite you to contribute to the LGBT+ London mapping exercise, share your expertise and help strengthen London’s diverse bisexual, pansexual and other non-monosexual communities.”
Book your place at tinyurl.com/londonbimap

Trussed Up

Hopes for LGBT rights during this parliament – however much of it is left – have taken a serious blow with the appointment of Liz Truss MP as minister for women & equalities.

Given the role after Johnson lost his majority, Truss’ appointment was welcomed by anti-equality campaigners given her support for online trans hate platform Mumsnet.

2020 & 2021 BiCons

Next summer BiCon returns to Leeds Beckett (where it was held in 2017) and the summer after it’s looking likely to be in Colchester. Watch this space!

2020’s online bookings are already open – booking opened on 1 September less than a month after the 2019 BiCon finished. See 2020.bicon.org.uk for details. There are also already plenty of notes about the 2020 venue and access issues on the BiCon website as thanks to having been to Leeds so recently.

Erased in Court

A bi teen in the USA has been convicted of manslaughter after killing another pupil and seriously injuring another in a fight at school in 2017. Abel Cedeno was convicted at Bronx supreme court in July: the court heard about the fight as the culmination of many years of bullying over Cedeno’s bisexuality, though you’d not know it from headlines about anti-gay bullying and homophobic harassment. School officials failed to tackle the problem over years says the “JusticeForAbel” group.