BiTastic 2021

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There’s still time to get your free ticket!

https://www.outsavvy.com/event/6460/bitastic-2021

Every year around Bi Visibility Day on 23rd September we work together to celebrate bi+ identities at an event with a wide range of workshops and fun activities. You don’t have to be bi+ to attend BiTastic, but we do want to create a “bi+ bubble” each year where we can share with others like us in a in a safe space. 

Join us online from Thursday 23rd September – Sunday 26th September for fun and games, talks, workshops, and activities!

Feel free to attend as much or as little as you like during the weekend.

Full schedule including Zoom links will be send out to attendees from Wednesday 1st September.

For more information visit https://bitastic.org/ 

All donations raised will go towards holding future bi+ events in Scotland.

Access Information:

All Zoom sessions will have auto-generated live captions and live transcript available.

We have a limited budget available for those who require financial assistance to attend the event.

Email web@scottishbinet.org for more information

BiTastic is partnership between Scottish Bi+ Network, Equality Network, and Stonewall Scotland

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Scottish Bi+ Network 

Scotland’s community run organisation for anyone attracted to multiple genders. 

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Equality Network

The Equality Network is a leading national charity working for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) equality and human rights in Scotland.

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Stonewall Scotland

We’re here to let all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, here and abroad, know they’re not alone.

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Virtual Escape Room

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Join us for an evening of fun and mystery as we solve puzzles to escape the room!

This Sunday, May 30th, 7.30pm – 9pm on Zoom.

Get your free ticket here!

Access Information

We will have live captions, and a live transcript, provided by Zoom

For any additional 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.

June Pride Bi+ Gathering

Pride Month Bi+ Gathering!

Come join the party!

Sunday June 20th 11am - 5pm (GMT+1)

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June is Pride Month – and that deserves a celebration!

Join us on Sunday 20th June from 11am to 5pm (GMT+1), for a day of pride themed online fun, activities, talks and workshops, and plenty of chances for everyone to socialise!

Provisional Schedule:

TimeZoomDiscord
11am – 11.20am Welcome Chat
11.20am – 12.20pmWhat Pride Means to MeSpeed Friending
12.20pm – 1pmLunch BreakLunch Chat
1pm – 2pmBi+ VisibilityFilm Discussion
2.20pm – 3.20pmCrafty SocialOnline Games
3.40pm – 4.40pmVirtual Escape RoomOnline Games
4.40pm – 5pm Thanks & Close

Get your free ticket from Outsavvy!

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 zoom available for all of our zoom sessions.

All of our YouTube videos have captions available.

Special Thanks:

The National Lottery Awards for All Scotland

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Equality Network

Equality Network is a leading Scottish lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) equality and human rights charity.

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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!

Get your free ticket from Outsavvy!

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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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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Stonewall Scotland Workplace Conference 2019

We were honoured to be invited to take part in this year’s Stonewall Scotland conference.
It was a fantastic opportunity to build links with other organisations, and there was a variety of workshops to help us develop our skills, and grow as a network.
Being around other people who have LGBTQ+ rights at the forefront of their work in diverse professions and sectors was inspiring, and we have picked up lots of tips and tricks that will be useful for the continued growth and expansion of our network. 

We were also part of the panel on the importance of a holistic approach to intersectionality and inclusion, which was a valuable insight into the ways that organisations can do better to support the intesecting identities of their members, staff, and/or service users.


Thank you to everyone at Stonewall Scotland for an amazing day, and to all of the speakers and panelists for sharing their stories and experiences with us!



Bi Visibility Month 2019

Bi Visibility Month Round Up!

September is always a busy month for us, as the bi+ community gets the visibility it so desperately needs.
This year was extra special, because the first Bi Pride UK took part in London on the 7th of September. We also hosted our own Bi Visibility Day event, and helped organise BiTastic, a free one day event for bi+ people and their allies.

Bi Pride UK
We arrived in Hackney after a long night on Megabus, to bi, pan, and poly flags decorating the street, and lots of people wearing their badges and flags with pride.
Over 1300 people attended The Round Chapel in Hackney for a day of all things bi+ including music, panel discussions, and information stalls.
This is now the biggest bi+ gathering in history!

Find out more about Bi Pride UK at www.biprideuk.org

GFT Screening of Velvet Goldmine

We had at least 80 people show up for this very special screening of Velvet Goldmine in 35mm, with a panel discussion about how music and musicians have been consistently providing LGBTQ+ representation for decades.
Velvet Goldmine itself is a beautiful trip of a film, and for a film with lots of sex, drugs, and rock n’roll it does a nice job of humanising the characters, where it could so easily have ended up with the greedy and depraved bisexual tropes. If you love 70s and 80s music, fabulous costumes and glamorous people then this is the film for you! 
Also, it has a cameo by Brian Molko and Placebo, as well as featuring songs of theirs.
Thank you to all our of our lovely panelists for taking part, and to the GFT and their amazing staff for making this wonderful event happen.

To find screening times or to sign up for their newsletter visit www.glasgowfilm.org

Stall at City of Edinburgh Council with their LGBT Network and UNISON
We spent our lunch on Bi Visibility Day with a stall at the main office of City of Edinburgh Council, with their own LGBT+ staff network and UNISON, talking to people about the issues facing bi+ people in the workplace.
And, thanks to the hard work of the local UNISON officer, Edinburgh councillors passed a motion to fly the bi pride flag on bi visibility day.

 

 
Panel Discussion with Edinburgh Uni Staff Pride Network, and PrideSoc
We had a lovely evening talking with the Edinburgh University Staff Pride Network, Edinburgh University PrideSoc and Monstrous Regiment publishers about all things bi+ including how representation in the media is getting better, and how a lot of us struggle with feeling ‘queer enough’ especially in LGBTQ+ spaces. 

Find out more about them at pridesoc.com and twitter.com/UoEStaffPride

BiTastic!
We were honoured to be a part of this year’s BiTastic event, a free one day event for bi+ people and their allies, organised in partnership with Equality Network, Stonewall Scotland, and Bi & Beyond Edinburgh.
There was something for everyone with discussions, crafts, information stalls, and presentations on a wide range of topics, including how to better support BAME people in the community, bi+ representation in the media, as well as safe spaces for those who are non-binary, neurodiverse, and on the aromantic and/or asexual spectrum.
It was a very enjoyable day, and we had people from all over Scotland attending, and we hope to see you all there at BiTastic 2020!

Keep an eye on www.BiTastic.org or follow @BiTasticEvents on twitter for more information about BiTastic 2020!