April Bi+ Gathering

Our last Bi+ Gathering was so much fun that we’ve decided to hold another one!

Join us on Saturday 17th April from 11am to 5pm (GMT+1), for a day of online fun, activities, talks and workshops, and plenty of chances for everyone to socialise!

Provisional Schedule:

TimeZoomDiscordYouTube
11am – 11.20amWelcome Chat
11.20am – 12.20pmLearn to Juggle!Speed Friending
12.20pm – 1pmLunch BreakLunch Chat
1pm – 2pmNeurodiverse SpaceSpeed Friending
2.20pm – 3.20pmCrafty SocialBingo!
3.40pm – 4.40pmMystery SessionBingo!
4.40pm – 5pmThanks & Close
Sessions will be added as they are confirmed, along with information about videos!

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Our Bi+ Gathering events keep getting bigger, and that means we need your help!
If you can spare an hour or two, we are looking for discord moderators, zoom support people, workshop facilitators, performers, and people to deliver talks or information sessions. All volunteer expenses will be reimbursed.

Sign up to volunteer here!

For more information, including any accessibility queries, email info@scottishbinet.org, or send us a message through our social media channels.

We have a limited budget to help those who require financial assistance to attend, please email info@scottishbinet.org or send us a message through our social media channels for more details.

Access Information

We will have live captions, and a live transcript, provided by otter.ai available for all of our zoom sessions.

All of our YouTube videos have captions available.

Special Thanks:

Soul Scrub – Chris (they/them)

I like to juggle and sing. I also write poetry, play guitar and hanpan, and I produce music using Ableton. My favourite thing to do is collaborate with other creative people. SoulScrub is that.

https://soulscrub.org/chris-gimby

The National Lottery Awards for All Scotland

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Monthly Neurodiverse Space!

Following the success of the Neurodiverse Space at our Bi+ Gatherings, we’re excited to annouce that it’s going to become a regular thing!

Join us on the second Sunday of every month at 7.30pm for our Neurodiverse Space!

Starting this Sunday, February 14th.

A space for all neurodiverse* people to talk about their experiences in a safe space.

*Neurodiverse includes autism, ADD/ADHD, Tourette’s, and many other conditions, and this session welcomes those who are self-diagnosed.

This event is hosted on zoom.

Get your free ticket on Outsavvy!

For accessibility enquiries, or if you require financial assistance to attend the event, please email web@scottishbinet.org

An Evening of Queerativity

An evening of queerativity is spelt out using various creative imagery and pride flags. 
Below is a pink swirl with creative symbols around it.
Text underneath reads 'creating art inspired by our queer indentities' 7pm 4th March 2021.

Join us on Thursday, 4th March at 7pm for An Evening of Queerativity!

An Evening of Queerativity will consist of affirming meditation, light movement work, then a guided reflection surrounding queer identities. The session will act as a confidence booster for anyone wishing to create and share their LGBTQ+ themed artwork.

This event will be hosted on Zoom.

Free tickets are available through Outsavvy!

For more information about Queerativity and their work, visit: queerativity.art 

For accessibility enquiries, or if you require financial assistance to attend the event, please email web@scottishbinet.org

January Bi+ Gathering

Our last Bi+ Gathering was so much fun that we’ve decided to hold another one!

Join us on Saturday 9th of January from 11am to 5pm, for a day of online fun, activities, talks and workshops, and plenty of chances for everyone to socialise!

Final Schedule:

TimeZoomDiscord
11am – 11.15amWelcome Chat
11.15am – 12.15pmUnstick Your CreativitySpeed Friending
12.30pm – 1.30pmBeyond Binaries* 
1.30pm – 2.30pmBeyond Binaries*Lunch Chat
2.45pm – 3.45pmNeurodiverse Space 
4pm – 5pmBattle of the Bis 
5pmThanks & Close
*Please note that Beyond Binaries is a single 2 hour long session

Get your free ticket through Outsavvy!

For more information, including any accessibility queries, email info@scottishbinet.org, or send us a message through our social media channels.

Access Information

We will have live captions, and a live transcript, provided by otter.ai available for all of our zoom sessions.

All of our YouTube videos have captions available.

Special Thanks:

Robyn Ochs

Robyn Ochs is an educator, speaker, grassroots activist, and editor of Bi Women Quarterly and two anthologies: the 42-country collection Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World and RECOGNIZE: The Voices of Bisexual Men. An advocate for the rights of people of ALL orientations and genders to live safely, openly and with full access and opportunity, Robyn’s work focuses on increasing awareness and understanding of complex identities and mobilizing people to be powerful allies to one another within and across identities and social movements. Robyn was recently named by Teen Vogue as one of “9 Bisexual Women Who are Making History.”

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The National Lottery Awards for All Scotland

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Single Bass

Singer/songwriter Single Bass “manages to make the bass fill the space most people need a band for” (Scene & Heard, Cambridge).

We’ll be showing the premiere of a short video from a live gig in 2018, featuring the song Love to the Younger Me.

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Notice of EGM

Notice of Meeting

An Extraordinary General Meeting of Scottish Bi+ Network will be held on Zoom at 8pm on Monday 19th October 2020 to elect a new Treasurer.  

Agenda:
1. Welcome
2. Election
3. AOB
4. Date of Next AGM
5. Close

If you wish to raise any items for the agenda, please email chair@scottishbinet.org by 5pm on Sunday 18th October 2020.  

For those who cannot attend the EGM, nominations for the position of Treasurer are to be received by 5pm on Sunday 18th October 2020.  

For members who are attending the EGM, nominations for the position of Treasurer, will be taken at the appropriate time during the EGM.  

All members are welcome to attend the EGM.  

Full details, including the link to the Zoom meeting, will be emailed to members.  

If you have volunteered on behalf of the organisation since August 11th 2019, and have not yet received an invitation for membership, please email chair@scottishbinet.org

Additional Information: 

See the following documents for more details on the role of Treasurer.  

To view our constitution, visit our Policies & Guidelines page.

Bi Visibility Day 2020

Come join us on Saturday 19th September for The Bi+ Gathering from 10.30am – 6pm for a virtual community event in celebration of Bi Visibility Day.

All bi+ people and our allies are welcome to join us for a day of online fun, activities, talks and workshops.

The Bi+ Gathering

Time:Session:Platform:
10:30am – 6pmAll Day Discord Social:
Chat, online games, and general fun!
Discord
Videos, videos, and more videos: including safer sex information from SX, and an exclusive interview with a Hidayah member about being Bi & Muslim.
(These videos will still be available to watch after the event has finished!)
YouTube
11am – 12pmMake-up Tutorials with Kate
Join Kate for some make-up tips and tricks!
Zoom
12:30pm – 1:30pmNeurodiverse Space with Nic
A space for all neurodiverse* people to talk about their experiences in a safe space.
*Neurodiverse includes autism, ADD/ADHD, Tourette’s, and many other conditions, and this session welcomes those who are self-diagnosed.
Zoom
2:30pm – 3:30pmMystery Session
It’s a surprise! Join us on the day for more details 🙂
Zoom
4pm – 5pmWhat Do We Want? More Bi+ Things!
Your chance to have your say about what support, resources, and events you would like to see available.
Zoom

The Bi+ Gathering will be hosted through Zoom, Discord, and YouTube.

Get your free ticket through OutSavvy, which will give you access to the zoom and discord links for the event!

For more information, including any accessibility queries, email info@scottishbinet.org, or send us a message through our social media channels.

National Lottery Community Fund

A huge thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund, with their support we are able to pay for volunteer expenses, and the accessibility fund, for this event!

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Equality Network

A huge thanks to Equality Network for all of their support, and for providing the Zoom pro that we are using for the event!

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Hidayah LGBT+

Hidayah provides support and welfare for LGBTQI+ Muslims and promote social justice and education about the community to counter discrimination, prejudice and injustice.

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Shadows at the Door

Connoisseurs of ghostly things & pleasing terrors.
Bringing to life a series of audio drama & spirited debate.
‘Shadows at the Door: The Podcast’ is available wherever you listen to podcasts.

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Hosted by Mark Nixon
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SX

SX works to improve the physical, sexual and mental health and wellbeing of all men who have sex with men. SX works with cis and trans men, and many other allies across Scotland.

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Glasgow Mission: Order of Perpetual Indulgence

Supporting the LGBTQIA+ community to live happy, fulfilling lives free from stigma, raising money for appropriate charities, perform condom ministry, and strutting their stuff in drag as much as possible!

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The Weir Charitable Trust


The Weir Charitable Trust Funding

We are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded over £17k in funding to support the work that we do with the bi+ community.
Scottish Bi+ Network was founded in 2018, to provide support and resources to bi+ people and their allies across Scotland, through online engagement, local peer support, events, and training.
Bi+ people face statistically higher rates of poverty, domestic and sexual violence, and mental health issues, than their straight, gay or lesbian counterparts.
Research highlights that 85% of bisexuals feel isolated from their community due to a lack of local groups, and a lack of mainstream funding for bisexual specific work. This contributes to the high rates of social isolation and mental health issues in the bi+ community.
To date, we have directly supported more than 800 bi+ people and their allies through events, talks, training, plus our online forum, and many more through our social media channels.
The new funding from The Weir Charitable Trust will allow us to expand our services by employing a full-time administrator, so that we can develop and deliver more training and education programmes. It will also allow us to train more local volunteers to provide peer support in their communities, so that we can better support the needs of bi+ people outwith the central belt of Scotland.
Additionally, we will also be able to provide more resources and training through our online platforms, including making a wider range of information and guides available, and training webinars.
Graeme, Secretary of Scottish Bi+ Network, said: “It’s amazing that The Weir Charitable Trust has recognised our work, and with this funding will be able to expand as an organisation, and allow us to support more bi+ people across Scotland than ever before.”

About The Weir Charitable Trust
The Weir Charitable Trust aims to support Scottish-based community groups and small charities to provide services across Scotland to help the Scottish community. These groups and charities are likely to have found it difficult to access funds elsewhere.

About Scottish Bi+ Network
We are a network of volunteers, formed in August 2018, to support bi+ people (those who are attracted to multiple genders).
Our aims are to raise bi+ visibility, and increase awareness of the issues facing the bi+ community, both in the LGBTQIA+ community itself, and with the general public.
We do this by: providing resources and online support, taking part in local pride marches, running virtual meetups, organising events, working with other organisations, and raising issues at the Scottish Parliament’s LGBTI cross-party working group.

Notice of AGM



Notice of Meeting

The 1st Annual General Meeting of Scottish Bi+ Network will be held on Zoom at 8pm on Wednesday 8th July 2020.

Agenda:
1. Welcome
2. Apologies
3. Chair’s Report
4. Treasurer’s Report
5. Election of Office Bearers
6. AOB
7. Proposed Date of Next AGM
8. Close

If you wish to raise any items for the agenda, please email lorna@scottishbinet.org by 5pm on Tuesday 7th July 2020.

For those who cannot attend the AGM, nominations for the positions of Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer are to be received by 5pm on Tuesday 7th July 2020.

For members who are attending the AGM, nominations for the positions of Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer, will be taken at the appropriate time during the AGM.

All members are welcome to attend the AGM.

Full details, including the link to the Zoom meeting, will be emailed to members.

If you have volunteered on behalf of the organisation since August 11th 2019, and have not yet received an invitation for membership, please email lorna@scottishbinet.org


Additional Information:

See the following documents for more details on the roles of Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer.

To view our constitution, visit our Policies & Guidelines page.

National Lottery Community Fund

We are very pleased to announce that we have been awarded almost £10,000 in National Lottery funding to support our work with the bi+ community.

The money will be used to provide support and resources to bi+ people, in particular those living outwith the central belt of Scotland, by providing local outreach through community events, and training local volunteers, as well as expanding our online resources and support.

Research highlights that 85% of bisexuals feel isolated from their community due to a lack of local groups, and a lack of mainstream funding for bisexual specific work. This contributes to the high rates of social isolation and mental health issues in the bi+ community.

This funding will allow us to organise community events, train local volunteers, and support a far greater number of bi+ people across Scotland.

We will also be able to expand and update our online services, including making a wider range of resources available for bi+ people, and the general public.

Lorna, Chair of Scottish Bi+ Network said: “We are thrilled to have been awarded money by the National Lottery Community Fund to allow us to expand our services and support to more bi+ people across Scotland. The money will allow us to train volunteers from all over Scotland, attend more Pride events around Scotland, as well as hold our own one-day community events.”

For more information about the National Lottery Community Fund visit @TNLComFund on Twitter, @TNLCommunityFund on Facebook, @TNLCommunityFund Instagram, or their website.

June Online Socials

We’ve listened to your feedback, and we’re sticking to a single platform for our socials so that there’s less confusion!

Tuesday: 2 – 3pm on Discord
Thursday: 7.30 – 9pm on Discord
Sunday: 2 – 3.30pm on Discord

For the link to the discord server, either sign up or log in to our forum.

Even when there’s not a social, our forum and discord server are also there 24/7 if you want to chat!
And you can always message us on social media, or send us email!

There’s still time to let us know what online and telephone services would be of most benefit to you, fill in the survey here – https://forms.gle/LBobA1d7SPwdcW7N8