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.”
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
It’s been lovely seeing you all at the online socials, and thanks to your feedback, we have expanded our online services!
Monday: 7.30 – 9pm on Zoom (video and voice chat)
Tuesday: 2 – 3pm on Zoom (video and voice chat)
Thursday: 7.30 – 9pm on Discord (text and voice chat)
Sunday: 2 – 3.30pm on Zoom (video and voice chat)
Details of the zoom meeting links for the week ahead, will be posted every Friday in the forum, and our discord server.
Our forum and discord servers are also there 24/7 if you want to chat!
If you have any suggestions for socials, or would like to volunteer to run a social, please get in touch!
Also, a huge thank you to Equality Network for enabling us to run more online socials by helping us out with Zoom pro for the next four months!
We’d also like to say a big thanks to everyone who took the time to respond to our survey about what remote support you would find useful.
If you haven’t taken the survey yet, there’s still time to share with us what online and/or telephone support would benefit you:
It’s been lovely seeing so many of you at our online socials this month, and we’re looking to further develop and expand our remote services going forwards.
We want to know what types of support bi+ people would find most useful at this time.
Fill in the survey here: https://forms.gle/7UG2pd1zAA4WJ4z86
Also, feel free to get in touch by email, or through our social media channels. We’d love to hear from you!
We’re missing being out and about and meeting all of you, but we’ve been looking at ways to do all the same things online!
We’re going to run video chats, online games nights, film screenings and more, in these time slots on our discord server until the end of April, and we’ll add more if they’re successful!
You can find all the details, and the link to our discord server, on our forum:
If anyone has any suggestions for online games, films to watch, books to read, or topics to be discussed, let us know.
And if anyone would like to run an online event, we would love to hear from you!
We are excited to announce that we have launched a forum for bi+ people, and those who are questioning their attraction to multiple genders!
It’s something that a lot of people have asked us for, and we are happy to have another way to be able to support the bi+ community in Scotland.
You can sign up at – forum.scottishbinet.org
Once you’ve signed up, don’t forget to check your email for the activation link!
If you would like to talk privately, or if you are an ally:
You can message us through Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, or email us at contact@ScottishBiNet.org
We aim to answer all messages within 48 hours, but this is not always possible due to holidays and illnesses.
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!
The character’s bi+ identity is not revealed through cheating.
The character is explicitly stated or shown to be attracted to multiple genders.
The character is integral to the plot, and not just there to be ~sexy~ or for a throwaway joke, i.e. removing them would have a significant impact on the story.
Their sexual orientation (and gender identity, if applicable) isn’t their only defining trait.
The character is not later retconned to be gay/lesbian/straight.
Scottish Parliament Cross-Party Group on LGBTI Issues
Not only are we the first bi+ specific group to be a part of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross-Party Group on LGBTI Issues, but this is also the first time that bi+ issues have been presented to the group.
We covered some of the biggest issues facing the bi+ community, including the increased risk of violence, the poor mental health outcomes, and how LGBTQ+ services fail to meet the needs of the bi+ community.
View or download our presentation.