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

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Nottinghamshire Pride

by nottmbitopia

*IMPORTANT UPDATE: PARADE ROUTE HAS NOW BEEN CHANGED!*

This year Nottinghamshire Pride is on Saturday 26th July in the Hockley and Lace Market area of Nottingham City Centre.

The parade will now start at 11:30am from Castle Gate (opposite the Marks & Spencer) and will finish on Broad Street. This is rather appropriate for BiTopia seeing as we meet there every month for our pub social. : )

As a result of the route change we will now meet at 11:00am at the parade start point.

Here’s a link to the Pride site info which features a route map for the parade.

Please wear purple if you can, or any purple/bisexual coloured clothing and accessories. It might be a good idea to wear flat, comfortable shoes and check the weather report beforehand so you can bring your brolly or sun cream etc. if needed.

After the parade finishes we will wonder round stalls and stages at Pride and go for lunch somewhere.

Hope to see you there.

 

 

New regular meetup: BiTopia, Nottingham

by unchartedworlds

Thanks to Hannah who’s organised it, we now have a new regular meetup in Nottingham. Yay!

It’s for “bisexuals or those who think they might be”. Updates 12 Feb: (1) That includes “queer, pansexual, biromantic asexual and panromantic asexual people”. (2) “non-bi partners, friends and allies are welcome to attend the pub socials.”

The first one was on 14 January 2014. Counting up showed that 17 people had turned up specially, though the total numbers were increased by the random arrival in the pub of 3 more people who happened to know one of us! It remains to be seen whether numbers will hold steady when it stops being “the first meetup in ages” 🙂

Some people were new, some had met before. Some had come from out of town – including Leicester, Derby and Lincolnshire. There was a good amount of chat, and from what I saw, that seemed to be including the newcomers too. Every now and again, we swopped around where some people were sitting, so that different people got to chat with each other. (But you don’t have to be parted from whomever you came with if you don’t want to!)

That first one was on a Tuesday, but for now it’ll be continuing on the second Thursday of every month.

What you might want to know…

Date: Next one as I write is Thursday 13 February 2014, and after that on the second Thursday of every month.

Time: 7.30pm till 11pm.

Place: The Lord Roberts pub, Broad Street, near Broadway Cinema in Nottingham City Centre. (Link is to OpenStreetMap.)

How to spot the group: Look out for the little yellow duck on the table, pictured below!

Public transport: Many NCT buses do what they call the “City Loop”, a circular route round the city centre. This includes a stop on George Street, about 150 metres away from the Lord Roberts. Buses which take that route include the 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 (green line), 34 (orange line, the one from University Park), 77, 78 & 79 (turquoise line).

Lots of other buses stop near the front of the Victoria Centre, around 300m from the Lord Roberts.

The nearest tram stop is Lace Market, around 350m.

Nottingham railway station is about three-quarters of a mile away. Trams run frequently from next to the railway station.

Parking: If someone has recommendations for best City Centre car parking, please comment! One possibility is to park at the Park and Ride on Gregory Boulevard and get the tram into the city.

Online connections: There are various places where you can connect online with other people who might be going along, inc Facebook, Twitter & non-public email. See Email lists & other online stuff. These are also ways to get reminders of the next event, as I don’t propose to repeat the information here every month.

Duck to look out for:

Photo of a yellow rubber duck with an orange beak, decorated with postmarks.

Thank-yous

by unchartedworlds

Thanks to everyone who made our International Celebrate Bisexuality Day meetup such a lovely thing!

A probably-incomplete list…

  • Sue for her singing, the perfect jubilant finale
  • Dee, Warren and Nat for poems and songs
  • Grant for leading a discussion where lots of people got to share experiences
  • Lisa, Ian and Paul, for helping with the setup and being on the door some of the time
  • Grant and Dee for being the “friendly faces” at the newcomers’ meetup
  • Everyone on the “Bi The People” CD, which we had on for background music some of the time
  • Travis & Paul at Derbyshire Friend, for taking our flyers to Derby Pride
  • Dee and Cherisse for other flyer distribution
  • Zoe at Nottingham Unitarians for putting the word about
  • Lots of venues round town for their leaflet racks 🙂
  • Everyone who gave us retweets
  • Kat for inventing the handy hashtag #EMidsBi 🙂
  • Jen for maintaining the Bi Visibility Day site, in which our listing was just one of many around the world!
  • Hanne Blank for permission to quote from her excellent “Real women” piece
  • Vron for getting in contact with Hanne, and for useful planning discussions in the run-up
  • Annie and Anna, for support beforehand even though they couldn’t be there for the actual thing
  • Keith for helping to put up rainbow bunting, and for previous assistance with the doorbell question
  • Ellie for giving me the rainbow bunting!
  • Warren for sound engineering on the day, which saved us a chunk of money
  • Gaz and Steph at the Maze, for friendly cooperation and for running an ace little venue in the first place
  • Everyone who filled in the surveys beforehand encouraging me to think it would work!

And of course…

  • Everyone who turned up on the day, and made it worthwhile bothering in the first place.

I’ve got some other stuff to write about it too, including transcribing the crowd-sourced ideas we had. All in good time…

Fade café = venue for newcomers’ meetup

by unchartedworlds

We’ve now settled on a venue for the newcomers’ meetup before the main event on the 23rd:

Fade is at 171 Mansfield Road, Nottingham NG1 3FR. That’s about 300 yards down the hill from the Maze. It’s just south of Chatham Street, with (like the Maze) a back entrance from North Sherwood Street.

This is a compromise choice, as it doesn’t have full wheelchair access (though the main event does). I’m very sorry if that affects anyone.

I hope & intend that the main event will be newcomer-friendly in itself, making the meetup an optional extra for newcomers – this makes sense anyway, because not everyone could get there as early as 2.30.

But I’m aware that we’re excluding any non-step-mobile wheelchair users who would have liked to meet up with some of us but wanted or needed to have children under 14 with them at the time. If that describes you, let me know, and we’ll invent something else for another day.

Although its child-friendliness and general niceness were part of the attraction, the main reason we picked Fade was so that the walk from one venue to the other wouldn’t be too long (that having other access implications).

More on access at Fade

Fade does have a wheelchair-friendly toilet, presumably on the basis that some wheelchair users do manage the steps.

If I get time between now and the day, I’ll do a photo-review of the access there (like the one for the Maze), so people can make their own judgement about the steps etc. (I did take some photos at Fade yesterday with that in mind, but they’re still on the camera as I write this.)

New Facebook page for September event

by unchartedworlds

We now have a Facebook page for our 23 September Nottingham bi event!

Facebook page for the event – best for telling people who hang out on Facebook, or saying hello there to other people who might go.

Main page for the event, on this site – best for full details.

ICBD 2012 plans

by unchartedworlds

OK, so the plans for International Celebrate Bisexuality Day are advancing!

Here’s the page for the event. Please do pass on that link to anyone you think might be interested.

The event’s taking shape gradually… I’m thinking I’ll do updates here for important information as well as updating the page itself. For instance we don’t yet have a venue confirmed for the newcomers’ meetup beforehand.

Thanks to everyone who’s contributing! and there’s still room for more people to help! Drop me a line if you’d like to. Or comment below.