BiMate: Asha

Our “short interviews with bi people” series meets Cake Award winners.  The Cakes are BiCon’s own bi awards, presented intermittently since 2002.

Take a seat and introduce yourself.
I’m Asha and I’m old enough to know better. My main bi activism is with my trade union. I fell into it on a regional/national level around 2008 because someone said to me that Unison had network days for traditionally under represented groups and the one for Black LGBT people was in a couple of weeks. The fact that a big organisation was actively trying to get people involve  really encouraged me and some of those people have continued to encourage me to this day.
From that, I found out about BiCon and first started going in 2010 as it was relatively local & in my head, I felt that I could just come home if I hated it. At that BiCon I met Jacq & Camel – the co-founders of Bis of Colour. The concept of having a space for bi people who looked like me or had similar experiences was something I didn’t know I was looking for. I have stayed involved with the group and have run the Bis of Colour session since 2011 at BiCon. I’m also mostly the face behind the bis of colour Twitter* as we as my regional LGBT union group.

What’s the best collective noun for bisexuals?
A faffage.

What’s your favourite film?
Ooh golly. At the moment, I have a massive fondness for the Bring it On franchise (I was never the cool kid ;))

When did you know you were bisexual?
Probably when I was about 19 or 20.

What’s your favourite thing about being bi?
Pretty people and finding my people

Who do you respect most in the world?
My sister.

What/who has inspired you the most?
A hell of a lot of people in my trade union who chip away day by day. And people in the bi community who do stuff on their own time and money making sure that people know that bi people are out there and aren’t covered by L&G or straight services

Which historical person would you most like to meet?
Eric Williams. He was the first Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago post independence and it would have been quite an exciting time to be around.

What makes you smile?
At the moment, my nephling. They’re just at the age where they’re super smiley & happy.

What should people try?
In general, liking themselves & being excellent towards each other.

What are you most proud/ashamed of?
My trade union work & getting results for my members (sadly that doesn’t always happen).

Thanks Asha and congratulations on the award!
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