Talk: "Coming Out and/or Staying In"

Our first ever talk/discussion evening is courtesy of Nye, who is an award-winning (see comments below) bisexual who also runs the monthly Bi Coffee meetup in London.

 

The venue is wheelchair accessible venue and quiet enough to be heard in. They sell coffee as well as healthier "naturally fast food" for breakfast, lunch and supper with wheat/dairy-free options available. They're open til 10.30pm Wed-Fri.


Finding the venue from Liverpool Street station: from the Bishopsgate exit, walk North towards Shoreditch/Hoxton/Hackney until Primrose Street (hardly worth a bus journey from station unless you're already on it) - this is just a bit past the end of the station. Opposite Primrose Street, take the entrance into Spitalfields Market, Spital square. You're now going into the pedestrianised area. Head to the square (on the right) where you'll find our location. Ask around if you get lost or call them on 020 7247 4369, there are plenty of other cafe's and restaurants around to find someone to ask.

You can also come via Commercial Street, through Lamb Street (left turning off main road if headed North), closest bus stops probably for Folgate Street or maybe Brushfield St (which takes you into the square from the bottom end).

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  • Nye

    I will be doing a reprise of this discussion in the future - it seems a really popular one! Also seeing if other people want to do talks/discussions on Bisexuals in the Media, Bi History, things like that. What discussions would you like?

    Venue confirmed as above. I've booked a section for us in the quiet area near the toilets. Had to limit the numbers as far more people said yes than I had anticipated.

    1 · January 9, 2013

    • Louise

      Yes, reprise please! Missed this one :-( Other topics sound interesting, too.

      January 26, 2013

  • Louise

    Damn! Shame I missed this! Only just seen it :-( Hope you hold a repeat :-)

    January 26, 2013

  • Chloe

    Running a little late due to train. Will be there by 7.15

    January 16, 2013

  • Matthew

    Hi I am coming in from out of town. And brInging
    My girlfriend. I did not realize limited seating is there room for both of us?

    January 16, 2013

    • John G

      I believe there should be now; note for future that when you rsvp there is a 'guest' number you can set, so put here down as a '1' in there.

      January 16, 2013

  • asif

    Hi ,
    Dear John G , it shows that 4 spots are still available , so can i attend this event . thanks , Asif

    January 16, 2013

    • John G

      Ok, just checked, you should be ok. I'll set you as rsvp'd. Please update if you're not going to come.

      January 16, 2013

    • asif

      thanks , see you there.

      January 16, 2013

  • John G

    Don't forget folks, its THIS EVENING! If you're not coming anymore or are expecting to be quite late, we'd both appreciate you updating your rsvp (and comment on the rsvp if appropriate) - click the button in the same place that you used to rsvp if doing it on the website event page. There's not a huge amount of space for us as I understand it and there are other people interestedto come.

    January 16, 2013

  • Nye

    I may need to change the venue because the numbers are a bit big for talking round the table in a restaurant. Will hopefully be affordable, in central London, and wheelchair accessible - will update ASAP. Can go to a pub or cafe after the talky bit.

    January 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hiya
    This will be my first Event so I really will appreciate someone who would like to meet me up a bit before to go together.
    Please let me know
    Thanks

    December 28, 2012

    • Nye

      Hi Dan. The first few minutes will be a get to know each other bit. One of my best qualities is being able to make people feel welcome.

      January 1, 2013

  • Nye

    Ok, I shall offer: 'Coming out and/or staying in for Bisexuals'. I am an award-winning bisexual (cake award at BiCon '10 - have our cake and eat it too) who's been out to various degrees for twenty years. I run Bi Coffee London; have done workshops at BiCon eg. Teddybear's Picnic, Genitalia Show & Tell, Shy Social. Suggested dates: evening of Tuesday 27th or Thursday 29th November. Suggested location (after chatting with waiter) Leon, Spitalfields. Wheelchair accessible venue that is not noisy.

    I can do other things eg. 'Bisexuality and mental wellbeing' (bi people have worse mental health in terms of numbers than gay or straight people), 'Putting the B into LGBT', 'UK bi scene present and future'. I'll make sure I don't do ALL THE TALKS because other people need to contribute despite me liking the sound of my own voice ;-) These three are alternatives to the coming out thing. Coming out is often a popular topic particularly to those new to the bi scene.

    November 8, 2012

    • John G

      We do have a lot new to the scene and still quite 'in' or not even sure if they're out to themselves, so I'd suggest that talk to start with. If it works ok it can become more of a regular-ish thing.

      December 15, 2012

    • John G

      So can I invite you to do this talk for us early next year? Sorry I haven't moved more on this already. Please suggest a date - I've made you event host for it, I'll set the location as you suggest (but you can edit as appropriate). I expect to be there too unless it clashes with anything non-trivial.

      December 15, 2012

  • Jodie

    I'd be very much interested in this too

    November 8, 2012

  • FudgeDarling

    That sounds pretty cool...would love to join

    1 · November 6, 2012

  • Mumico

    As a bi activist I'm very interested if this would happen!

    1 · November 5, 2012

  • Nye

    Sounds good. I doubt we'd need equipment. It'd be nice to have it in a wheelchair-accessible venue like Pendrell's Oak pub, Leon cafe Spitalfields, London Friend, Dragon's Hall, Kairos in Soho etc. I know a dozen or so people who do talks about LGBT issues. A suggested topic would be good - I could ask my bi activist friends if they were interested in that particular topic. Like *putting the B into LGBT*, *coming out (or staying in)*, *bisexuality and monogamy*, *bisexuality and mental health* etc.

    I'd be happy to spread the word about this (providing it was in a wheelchair-accessible venue) beyond the meetup group: livejournal, twitter, Facebook, Bi Coffee London etc.

    October 28, 2012

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