Bi Nottingham

Info for bi / queer / bisexual / bi-curious / bi-by-some-definition people in Nottingham, England, UK

January 2016 BiTopia Pub Social

by nottmbitopia

We did think our usual hang out was going to be closed for refurbishment this month, however we are safe for now!

So join us for our pub social in The Lord Roberts pub at 24 Broad Street (NG1 3AN) on Thursday 14th January. We’ll be there at the usual times from 7:30pm-11:00pm.

Group leader Pete will meet and greet.

More info can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1006562626069786/

Calling QTI PoC in Notts: New Group Now Forming

by Sista Resista

Feel out of place in a straight white world?

Announcing the birth of a new group for queer, trans, and intersex people of colour in Notts! The idea was hatched a few years back, but it is not only until recently that we were able to make it a reality, and we are incredibly happy it’s happening now.

Our first meet-up will be this Wednesday evening 25th Nov 2015 at the Broadway Cinema downstairs café bar, from 7pm onwards (spot us by our fabulousness…and the fact that we will likely be the only all-PoC group there). We envision this will be a relaxed evening of food, drinks and conversation where we think and talk about how the group can take shape to best support us and our needs.

This meet-up is for queer, trans and intersex identified (or curious/questioning) people of colour only. Bis of colour are warmly welcomed. The venue is wheelchair-accessible.

Please feel free to get in touch online if you would like to speak before we meet. We are on Facebook and Twitter and we’d love to chat with you.

Hope to meet you there!

Bi Events in 2016

by nottmbitopia

Write these dates down for next year so you can keep them free and come along!

2016 BiTopia Pub Socials (always the 2nd Thursday of the month)

  • 14th Jan
  • 11th Feb
  • 10th March
  • 14th April
  • 12th May
  • 9th June
  • 14th July
  • 11th Aug
  • 8th Sept
  • 13th Oct
  • 10th Nov
  • 8th Dec

 

The Big Bi Fun Day – Sat 14th May
This is a family friendly afternoon at The Friends Meeting House in Leicester.

Nottinghamshire Pride – Sat 30th July.

BiCon 2016 – 4th – 7th August – tickets now on sale.

 

New Group Leader for BiTopia

by nottmbitopia

We have a new group leader to organise the monthly pub socials (and other events) for BiTopia. His name is Pete, and you can reach him by emailing nottinghambitopia-atsign-gmail.com if you have any problems or questions, or just want to chat to someone about the group.

We’re sure he will do a great job in keeping the group going and we wish him every success for the future.

We would like to say thanks to Pete and all the other attendees/volunteers who help out with the group for giving up their time to keep BiTopia running. We couldn’t do it without you!

 

QTIPOC Notts – new group starting

by unchartedworlds

Feel out of place in a straight white world?

Come to QTIPOC Notts

  • First meeting of new queer and trans people of colour group in Notts!
  • Gathering and conversation over food and drinks
  • Come and share ideas, thoughts, feelings, and opinions
  • Be a part of creating a space and building connections

WHEN: Wednesday 25 Nov 2015, 7pm till late

WHERE: Broadway Cinema café (wheelchair accessible)
14-18 Broad Street, NG1 3AL
www.broadway.org.uk

Find us on Twitter: @QTIPOCnotts

Facebook: www.facebook.com/qtipocnotts

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note:  The text above is copied from the organisers’ flyer. 

One of the organisers is probably going to get a login for posting on this blog soon – I’m just waiting to know what email address to use for that account – so look out for further news in future.

Meanwhile, next Nottingham BiTopia events are 12 Nov and 10 December BiTopia pub meetups (2nd Thursday in the month).

Could you lead BiTopia?

by nottmbitopia

It is with great sadness that I am writing to let you know that I plan to leave Nottingham around February 2016. Before the big move I also plan on traveling abroad in December and January.

This means that going forward BiTopia will need someone, or a few people, to keep it going. I’m letting people know early so if anyone wants to volunteer their time we have time to do a handover and work together for a while.

What does running a group involve?

Here is a list of things I do:

  • be at the pub once a month to run the pub social
  • keep a blog of what we do, and promote events online
  • write up events and news for Bi Community News Magazine
  • march in the Nottinghamshire Pride Parade
  • organise additional socials, eg. after BiCon, at Christmas, plus BiTalkias and workshops
  • run something for Bi Visibility Day
  • provide emotional support for members on an ad hoc basis, e.g. to help find a therapist, chat with when feeling suicidal, help nervous people feel welcome at the social, listen to people who turn to me for help when struggling with their sexuality
  • keep up to date with bi news and issues, to filter information out to group members
  • liaise with police, LGBT+ Groups in the area to provide speakers on bi issues when requested, and join in with activism such as IDAHoBiT Day events
  • buddy up with/promote other groups in the area, e.g. QT Notts, Notts Trans Hub.

People can of course volunteer to do some of these things, or just what they want/are able to do. E.g. keep some form of regular meet up going, but not worry about the rest.

How much time do I spend running BiTopia?

During a week when nothing is happening, about an hour over the course of the week for things like tweeting, checking social media, and replying to emails.

During the week with an event on, like Bi Visibility Day, about 8-10 hours over the course of the week which includes getting everything sorted and running the event.

If anyone is interested, please let me know! If you want more info before making a decision, just let me know and we’ll have a chat about it.

Email nottinghambitopia-atsign-gmail.com

Thank you!

Hannah

Bi Visibility Day Success

by nottmbitopia

During the day I did a small bit of Bi activism on Twitter.

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The photo shows a tweet from the BiTopia account.  (User handle NottmBiTopia.) It says “Don’t erase. Don’t ignore. Don’t stereotype. Don’t discriminate against me. Don’t be violent towards me. INCLUDE ME.”

That evening we had a wonderful turnout for the photos & speech at the Robin Hood Statue; many more people than I’d anticipated! The main bulk of the crowd were members of the LGBT+ Youth Group Outburst, as Jennifer (and friend) were going down to do a talk with them afterwards and their venue was just a few minutes away. Representatives from the police, Unison, and Nottingham University were also there along with members from a few different local LGBT+ groups.

The photo shows about 30 people, holding purple umbrellas, bi and trans flags, and banners from Unison, the police and the Uni of Nottingham. The crowd surrounds a statue of Robin Hood with an arrow in his bow, about to fire. The statue has been decorated with rainbow bunting and a bi flag.

I also got my photo taken with the representatives from the police. The uniformed officer present was actually the person whose image is used on the cardboard cut outs of policemen stood in shops in order to prevent shoplifting. It kind of felt like having a minor local celebrity present which was rather exciting. I enjoyed it when he put his hat on my head!

police shot

The photo captures the moment just before the intended shot is taken. Five people stand behind a rainbow flag with the Notts Police logo on, not quite ready for the camera. Some are looking at each other rather than the lens. A policeman in uniform is putting his hat on the woman next to him.

After the photos had been taken Jennifer gave a wonderful short speech about Bi Visibility Day and I handed out some cake. Once we had packed everything up Jennifer went over to Outburst whilst I headed up to the Friends’ Meeting House for the second event of the evening.

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The photo shows a cake covered in white icing, with the words “Happy Bis Day!” iced in blue on top. A purple unicorn soft toy and a rubber duck sit next to the cake, looking happy as if they are about to take a bite!

An image showing Jennifer stood in front of the aforementioned statue, wearing a purple shirt for Bi Vis Day.

An image showing Jennifer stood in front of the aforementioned statue, wearing a purple shirt for Bi Vis Day

We had a nice, quiet social at The Friends’ Meeting House with some interesting discussions taking place. Jennifer and her friend (sorry I’ve forgetton their name!) arrived later in the evening and said everything at Outburst had gone well. As usual for BiTopia events, somewhere between a quarter to a third of the people there were first time attendees. I was happy to note that they seemed to get a lot out of coming along, and two of them have since been to our monthly pub social. I was really happy with how well everything turned out, and I had a really great evening.

Events for Bi Visibility Day

by nottmbitopia

Soon it will be Bi Visibility Day, which is also known as International Celebrate Bisexuality Day.

Can you make it to either of these two events?

First Event There will be a photo with bi flags at the Robin Hood statue in Nottingham at 6:30pm on Wednesday 23rd September.

This will be a very brief event. About 15-20 mins long. We will just take photos with bi flags and there will be a short speech too. We will hopefully have lots of people show up. People from the Notts IDAHoBiT group, reps from the police etc. have been invited to show their support.

Address: Castle Place, Nottingham, Notts, NG1 6EL

These pictures will be posted on the Internet and maybe even in magazines such as Bi Community News, so there is absolutely no pressure to attend if you don’t want a public photo.

After the photo, people can walk up to the Friends Meeting House if they want to join in with the BiTalkia social. (See below!)

People who are not attending the photo can just go straight to the Meeting House for 7:30pm.🙂

Second Event
The BiTalkia Social at The Friends Meeting House
7:30-10pm, also on Wednesday 23rd September
Format of BiTalkia This is a chance to chat and chill out with others in a private, alcohol free setting. There aren’t any workshops or activities planned this time (yet!), so please bring games, crafts, things to do, tea to drink, snacks, etc etc!

Doors open 7:30pm. We´ll start packing up, washing cups and so on to ensure we´re out of the room by 10pm.

Venue Friends’ Meeting House (FMH), 25 Clarendon Street, Nottingham NG1 5JD.

This is round the corner from the Women’s Centre. It’s a beautiful modern building with flat/ramped access and a wheelchair-accessible toilet.

We’ve booked the Social Room which is where we were last time. It includes a small kitchen.

Cost “Pay the amount that seems right to you”. Any donations will be used to pay for the cost of hiring the room. Any surplus will go towards to the costs of future events.
Travel Info See the Friends Meeting House “Finding us” page for lots of useful info on roads, parking and public transport.
Optional pre-meet Optional:  Leaving Central Library at 7:15pm to walk up to the FMH together.  Someone (tbc) will be there to welcome people and lead the way.

This pre-meet is designed for people who don’t want to arrive alone via the quieter streets near the FMH after dark – or who know the library as a familiar landmark, or who just like the idea of having company on the way – and who can walk or wheel for about 500 metres.  Feel free to come straight to the FMH if that works better for you.

Meet outside the library doors. (The library shuts at 7pm.)

The Central Library is on Angel Row, just off the Old Market Square in Nottingham City Centre. Nearest tram stop: Old Market Square.

Who can come? Bi people and anyone with a positive interest in bisexuality, including friends or partners.

(Not sure if you’re bi?  Take a look at the Bisexual Index’s quiz.)

We also warmly welcome anyone who is attracted to more than one gender who doesn´t use the label bi, for example heteroflexible, pansexual, or biromantic.

Volunteers Needed!
  • A person to meet and greet people at the library at 7:15, and walk up the friends meeting house with them.
  • A person to arrive at the friends meeting house at 7pm, and set up the room and put up a bi flag or two, that kind of thing. (I can provide these!) Then will also be the person in charge of BiTalkia, then I will assist once I get there later.
Where will Hannah be? After the photo taking at the Robin Hood Statue, I will be giving a talk to the LGBT Youth Group Outburst – but once that has finished I will dash up to the Meeting House to join the fun!
Bringing Snacks? Please bring a list of ingredients if you plan to bake anything, or keep the packaging if it´s shop bought.

 

BiTopia Events in July & August

by nottmbitopia

I hope you can join us for the following if you’re free:

  • July Pub Social, Thursday 9th July, The Lord Roberts Pub, Broad Street, Nottingham, NG1 3AN.
    7:30-11:00pm. Look for the rubber duck on the table to find us!
  • Nottinghamshire Pride Parade, Saturday 25th July.
    Meet us at the corner of Listergate and Castlegate at 11:00am. More details below.
  • August Pub Social, Thursday 20th August. Same times and place as the July pub social. Please note the change of date.This has been pushed back a week because of BiCon 2015.

Pride Parade Details

I would absolutely love to match the amazing turn out we had last year. Let’s put some purple into Pride and remind everyone bisexuals exist.

As usual the Pride organisers are not so…erm…organised. So I’m expecting some last minute time changes again, but here’s what we’ve got so far:

“The March will start from Castlegate and will set off at 11.30am. Be Colourful, Noisy and PROUD!!”

Unhelpfully, that’s all the info they’ve provided!

So let’s meet at 11:00pm on the corner of Listergate, Albert Street and Castlegate. If you came last year, it will be the same place we met last year. If you didn’t come last year, walk down Albert Street from St Peter’s Square as if you’re going to train station. The parade start point is the first crossroads you’ll come to. You will be able to find me very easily. I will be the person with long brown hair and specs carrying two washing poles and a banner!

I’m going to get a banner with the BiTopia logo printed on for us. Please can you bring whistles, flags, poi, etc. I’d suggest wearing flat, comfortable shoes if you’re walking. Please wear purple if you can!

Access: As soon as I know the route map for the parade I will post it. Last year the road/pavement surfaces were quite smooth and flat and there were no steps, however the parade did go up and down some slopes on streets like Pelham Street.

After the parade we can go and get some food and drink somewhere to unwind and relax.

IDAHOBIT 2015

by nottmbitopia

This year there will be a ‘stream’ in Nottingham city centre on Sunday 17th May for IDAHOBIT.

Join forces with us as we try and get as many people as possible to ‘stream in’ to the Brian Clough statue in Old Market Square from different starting points. The stream I’m co-leading will start at The Lord Roberts pub. Please meet us there at 12:30 and bring rainbow/bi/trans etc. flags or whistles or signs to hold whilst we walk to the statue.

After speeches at the statue from 1pm, there will be various LGBT activities held throughout the afternoon. Nottingham BiTopia will go for a picnic if the weather is nice! There will also be an after party at the Foresters, or a showing of Milk at Broadway.

Just in case some people reading don’t know, IDAHOBIT stands for the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. It happens on 17th May to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. One activity that usually happens on the day is that local services, groups, businesses and organisations fly a rainbow flag to raise awareness and pledge their support to help stop violence and discrimination against LGBTQI people.

Some people/groups/organisations still call it IDAHO or IDAHOT day, but if they do please point them in the direction of the official website. 2015 is the first year bisexuals have (finally!) been officially included!

IDAHO was created in 2004.

“In 2009, Transphobia was added explicitly in the title of the name, in the recognition of the very different issues at stake between sexual orientation and gender expression. “IDAHOT” became another popular acronym used alongside the initial one.

Since 2015, biphobia is added to the title, to acknowledge the specific issues faced by bisexual people.”

This year, emails and Facebook groups about the events happening in Nottinghamshire for IDAHOBIT originally used the acronym IDAHO. These have now been changed to IDAHOBIT, along with wording that goes beyond just mentioning gay, lesbian and homophobia, so it is worth pushing for a name change for bi and trans inclusion if you have the spoons.

Here is the Facebook group for Nottinghamshire: https://www.facebook.com/groups/738691312817067

I’d like to say a huge thank you to Richard Townsley for being the main organiser behind the flag raisings and other events happening in the county for IDAHOBIT. He’s put so much time and hard work in. I have a lot of respect for him and the work he’s doing. Thanks to everyone else who’s helping and putting their time and resources in as well.

I highly recommend the following if you are looking for resources, information and statistics to use for IDAHOBIT:

Whether you are able to organise or take part in an event or just mention IDAHOBIT on social media, these links are a great place to start.

Hannah