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Category: ICBD

International Celebrate Bisexuality Day 2017

by unchartedworlds

International Celebrate Bisexuality Day, also known as Bi Visibility Day, is on Saturday 23 September 2017.

We are planning some things for Nottingham!

This post now updated with maps and timings – see below.


3pm-5pm, subject to weather: Mini-festival with info, spoken word and music, at Speakers’ Corner by the Cloughie statue just off the Old Market Square, combined with giving out flyers to inform people about local bi stuff.

6pm-9pm: BiTalkia panel discussion and social, at the Friends’ Meeting House on Clarendon St, NG1 5JD. This is a lovely venue which is fully wheelchair accessible.  The panel will take questions either from the audience, or in advance, on anything to do with bisexuality and bi communities.  The panel will only be for an hour or so, and there will be time to chat as well.  All bi-friendly people are welcome – you don’t have to be bi yourself.

Save the date!

More details to come!

Timings and food plan for the evening event…

All timings are approximate.

5.30/5.40pm: Whoever’s still at Speakers’ Corner will start walking up to the Friends’ Meeting House (FMH). It’s about half a mile. If you haven’t worked out yet where the FMH is, and you’re coming from the middle of town, joining us at Speakers’ Corner for this little walk might be less bother than finding it on the map 🙂

6pm: Arrive at FMH, and put up rainbow and/or bi flags in the front window so people can easily spot the place! Cookery volunteers will start baking the potatoes – see the 6.45pm bit for more on how the food will work.

6.15pm, or soon after, depending on how long it takes us to put chairs & tables out etc: Panel discussion starts.

6.45pm: Pause the panel discussion to sort out food plans. The options are:

  • baked potatoes & beans for donations, cooked by us in the oven at the venue.
  • takeaway for those who want takeaway – we’ll help you to find a group of people who want to order together & share. Feel free to bring your favourite takeaway menu!
  • you’re very welcome to bring snacks of your own.

There may be a bit of faffing at this point: (a) to make sure enough potatoes have been allocated to everyone who wants to eat cheap, and (b) to get people into groups who want the same kind of takeaway food.

7pm, or whenever the food ordering/planning is pretty much complete: Resume panel discussion.

7.30ish: Finish up the discussion. Takeaway should mostly be arriving around now.

7.30-8.30ish: An hour or so to eat and chat!

8.30: Washing up, tidying up, and putting the room back how the venue people want it.

8.55pm: Encouraging people to move outside to finish any chats 🙂

9pm: Room booking ends.

Maps of where we’ll be

Map showing Speakers’ Corner, Nottingham, where we plan to be in the afternoon

Map showing the Friends’ Meeting House, Nottingham, the evening venue

We would love to hear from people who’d like to contribute and be part of this, in a little way or a big way, public or behind the scenes.

Here are some possible ways you could take part:

  • Help to set up for the mini-fest, or just come and watch and be a supportive presence.
  • Bring rainbow, bi or pan flags to decorate Speakers’ Corner or the evening venue.
  • At the mini-fest, share some thoughts about bisexuality or related things, or read a poem or sing a song.
  • Give out flyers in a friendly way to passers-by.
  • Help to set up the room for the evening, e.g. move chairs & tables, hang up flags.
  • Make tea or coffee.
  • Chip in some money to help pay for the room.  We’ll ask everyone to put in something, from say 10p if you’re skint to maybe £10 if you’re well-off and want to support future similar events.
  • Offer to shop for tea, coffee, milk etc.
  • Bring cake or snacks.
  • Help to welcome newcomers / be friendly to everyone.
  • Offer to be on the panel (though we won’t say yes to everyone for that, e.g. we don’t want it to be 100% white people). Update: panel is booked!
  • Ask a question for the panel (on the spot, or in writing).
  • Help to clear up at the end, e.g. washing-up or moving chairs and tables.
  • Something else!

How to get in touch if you want to contribute, or find out more

If you fancy contributing to the outdoor event or the evening panel, you can email jennifer at uncharted hyphen worlds dot org.

If you fancy contributing in other ways to the evening event, you can email nottinghambitopia at gmail dot com.

Or email both addresses 🙂

Or just turn up on the day and be helpful 🙂

Edited to add:  we now have a Facebook Event page for the day.


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.