Saturday 11th October is Coming Out Day and BiTopia is holding a special meet up on Sunday 12th October to mark the occasion. This meet up is in addition to the regular pub social on Thursday 9th! (You lucky things you.)
We’ll meet at 1:00pm on Sunday 12th October at The Roebuck Inn, 9-11 St James’s St, Nottingham NG1 6FH. St Jame’s St is one of the side streets just off Old Market Square which leads to Maid Marian Way. There is a step free access via a ramp that slopes up at one side of the entrance to the building. This is a massive pub, so don’t forget to look for the rubber duck on the table to identify us! Hannah, the group leader, will wear a purple shoelace on her left wrist so you can spot her. : )
Please bring pens, pencils, markers, paper, scissors, cuttings from newspapers and magazines, laptops or tablets to type on etc.
The aim of the afternoon is to document our experiences of coming out in some way. This could be done through writing, drawing, painting, cutting & sticking…whatever floats your boat! Any format is fine; comic, blog, photos, rants, short stories, poems, interpretive dance… Any/all ideas welcome!
Here’s some prompts:
*Biphobia, how does it affect you and your decision to come out?
*Do you tell people about your sexuality? Why, why not?
*Make a guide to coming out.
*Make a list of resources related to coming out.
*Create something like biphobic bingo!
*Your best/worst coming out stories.
*A list of witty comebacks to phrases like “You’re greedy.”
*Create things for people to post on social media. For example the meme and info-graphic below:
Why do all this? Well members of our community are affected by bi erasure. Our lives, stories and experiences will go undocumented unless we capture them. Let’s put stuff like this out into the public and show people we exist! Encourage LGBT people and organisations to include us. This is a great chance to raise awareness about coming out, the issues we face and help combat erasure. We can also create resources about coming out for others who are attracted to more than one gender.
Things that people have written/made will be posted online and made into mini booklets and magazines to sell at zine fairs. We can dream bigger if we like…maybe this could form part of a display in libraries for LGBT history month next year!?
Don’t worry if you’re not sure what to do. I will provide prompts and examples to start us off.
Your creations can remain anonymous if you want.
If you can’t make this date, or don’t live in the East Midlands, why not write/create something and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org? Or perhaps you can give something to Hannah (group leader) in person at a later date?