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Getting together more than here…

A few times annually bisexuals (and bi-friendly sorts) from across the UK get together to speak about things we are doing, or want to see occur, to increase bi visibility and produce a sense of community. These types of ‘activist weekends’ are open to activists, organisers, volunteers – anyone wanting to get involved with that work – whether you are just beginning to question what you could carry out, or if you’ve been busy soaring the bi flag for a long time.

As BCN goes to push the Spring 2013 weekend is about to appear in Leicester – certainly by the time a person read this it will have already come and gone, however I don’t understand what will go on there yet! However it reminded me that there had not 12 months been a report around the last collecting, preserved Edinburgh in November, so here’s a quick flavour of a few of the issues protected.

The continuing future of national bi conference BiCon was obviously a big theme – both in are an up-date from the 2013 team about how organising that is going, and a wider debate about how exactly BiCons are operate and ways that the volunteers who force them together could be supported. An organisation, BiCon Continuity Limited, has been formed which is helping to pass wise practice on from a single year to another, and you can taking on specific narrow areas of BiCon administration.

The particular meeting was prior to the BDSM Bisexuals weekend in Birmingham, as well as heard about the plans for that event as well. The particular activism weekends provide a good space for those who are planning to operate bi projects to ‘sound out’ their plans and get comments.

All this talk of occasion management led neatly to a discussion around social media marketing. It could be hard for people volunteering to run projects to split up themselves from your projects – whether or not accidentally tweeting from your wrong account or finding that queries visit your personal accounts. In the same way that your opinion on a subject and your employer’s opinion might be at odds, it can be hard to be both open to public contact and make sure that it doesn’t overwhelm a person.

Time two of the weekend had discussion of problems facing bisexual people in the workplace. A few years back Stonewall published a report highlighting that bi workers are much less comfortable being away at work than gay or lesbian workers – and whether a firm has an LGBT personnel network in place does not seem to make a difference to how bi staff feel, despite having a clear impact with regard to gay and lesbian workers. There was additionally discussion of fundraising as well as key projects how the bi community may benefit from.

Learn more on-line: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/uk-bi-activism/ will be the website of the email checklist, including minutes associated with past conferences.

This summer 17, 2013 · information · Comments Shut
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