What we're about

We are a safe, friendly, social environment for bisexual, biromantic, pansexual/romantic, polysexual, queer, fluid or other non-monosexual people (aka. m-spec, bi+). Bi-curious / questioning people and supportive partners, friends, allies also welcome: but please learn & understand (at least) the basics - don't ask the same biphobic questions we get outside this safer space or make equivalent assumptions of anyone here.

Come make bi+ friends, hang out, chat, have fun; see, learn and take part in some bi / LGBT+ culture, history, and activism; and feel part of a community in a (usually) free-to-attend, casual informal environment.

🟣 What do we do?

* Events

Most are social informal chatty hangouts on weekday evenings. We've always had monthly pub drinks evening in Soho on the same fourth Thursday (18+ age limit). Online events replace in-person when necessary (via Zoom) without the age limit; the link is set as the location (sometimes in the event description).

Turnout is strong - reliably 40 or more for the in-person monthly bar socials pre-pandemic, usually 10-30ish for most other official meets, online socials tend to be smaller.

Others include clubbing nights, or regular cultural events (usually run by others but listed here for us to go to as a group) - e.g. cabaret/comedy/plays. In summer, picnics and walks too.

Several regular events are shared here from other London bi groups/organisers, e.g. Bi Underground, Bi Coffee, Opening Doors' Bi the Way meets, and (less-regular) the BiCHE dance club night, CaBiRet.

Members can suggest events too (but we'll remove+ban spammers of irrelevant commercial events; ask first) - either you can run them or an organiser may help if they have time/motivation. We prefer you've previously attended our own events, so we both know what to expect.

We also publicise, attend, and run groups / sessions at the largest local/national bi events and Prides like BiCon, Pride in London's yearly parade, London BiFest, Croydon and other local Prides (10 of them in 2019 including London, Croydon, Para Pride, Black Pride and Trans Pride).

We now have a Discord server under the group's name for text chat/updates between events (the Discord invite link is in your introduction email when you join, sometimes in event descriptions, or ask the organisers).

* Merch!

We support bi creators through our/their merch in our online shop.

🟣 Join in / Support Us!

Join and RSVP to try us out!

Besides our meetups, we invite you to follow and engage with our social network accounts for other discussions and what the organiser gets up to outside the group, plus wider community things (if you partake)!

See links page (bottom of): https://campsite.bio/londonbi

* Shop

Consider buying bi+/trans/pride/intersecting-identity supporting products (merch) or donating at our shop: https://londonbisexualsmeetup.sumup.link/ (https://londonbisexualsmeetup.sumup.link/product/5424dd1c-d98c-4fca-a745-4f1674d2fcb9)

Organiser John produces the high quality, (https://londonbisexualsmeetup.sumup.link/product/5424dd1c-d98c-4fca-a745-4f1674d2fcb9)well-loved bi & trans pride full-size umbrellas (https://londonbisexualsmeetup.sumup.link/product/5424dd1c-d98c-4fca-a745-4f1674d2fcb9) ☂ (limited stock); via shop (above) or Ebay: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/303703039401

* Donations

Organiser John covers all Meetup/other service fees out-of-pocket (can afford to); but to help, donate via cash/card at our own pub socials/some other events, or ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/londonbimeetup) online ( https://ko-fi.com/londonbimeetup ); or even PayPal directly, by request.

🟣 Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility

People of all abilities, religions, sexualities, ethnicities and genders welcome as long as you respect other members, their identities, and appearance. Some regular events require ability to use stairs and will have background music/noise.

🟣 Rules

• Keep your main profile picture for this group 'family-friendly' or you will be removed or (for repeated/unfixed offences) banned; we are not a swingers or nudists group. You get one warning ever (by private message), ~ 1 week to fix it (and offers of help if needed).

• Don't be a dick! ie. Respect others, especially their privacy, at all times. e.g. get permission for photos, and what you'll do with them; don't "out" anyone without permission; try to assume good intent, and you don't know what (else) is going on in people's lives. Disabilities and mental health struggles are not always visible/obvious.

• Abuse at events or via Meetup messages/actions will not be tolerated (organisers may need to be notified, they cannot see your private messages). Infractions will lead to the perpetrator's removal from the event+group, possibly a ban; reports presumed honest. Trivial first instances (level decided by target of abuse or representative if available) may be warned instead. Meetup also has ways to block/report users in messages or via profiles.

🟣 Final Notes & Conventions

Remember - 80% of getting anything out of being a member is about showing up and taking part, so turn up to a few events (or offer to run one - anything social, others may/the organiser will offer help). You're sure to have fun! No need to be nervous about anything sexual, as its a regular social group; report and block anyone who is behaving inappropriately.

* Commercial event to advertise? - talk to the organiser first. Spam not tolerated - we block & remove it a.s.a.p.

* Show/researcher/casting agent wanting people? We have a Discord channel (https://www.meetup.com/london-bisexuals/messages/boards/view/addpost?forum=678207&parent=130534917)for that, or discuss with the organiser / post to our FB page (https://www.facebook.com/londonbimeetup).

* Member stars! Some members have 1-2 star(s) '★' under their name (in their title), they celebrate our best contributing and reliable members (who've run great events/are an activist here or externally); or a black mark '∎' hints of a failure to respect the group - e.g. not turning up for a limited-space ticketed event without letting us know or apologies, and shouldn't be relied on as much. Black marked members will not have guaranteed space at any limited-ticket event until they redeem themselves (getting the mark removed) by showing up enough, and would not be trusted to run events.

Upcoming events (4+)

Bi Coffee [other group]

LEON

Hot Bi Beverages! The Bi Coffee group (a separate group) meets at 3–6.30pm on the first Saturday of every month and is back to in-person meets at the previously-regular cafe in central London.

The venue: Leon, Spitalfields Market.
Map: http://preview.tinyurl.com/8nkgx5

Vicki will try to connect anyone who wants to join virtually while there, the online meet link may well be posted here (check comments).

Vicki is running Bi Coffee each month, there will be a selection of bi leaflets on the table. You should find them usually on the tables on the left as you come in. Come and go as you please. Respect each other. Newcomers and quiet people are most welcome. There are regulars from outside our group (but in the general London bi community) so even if there's no-one else listed from here you'll be in a friendly and safe group.

But do please note this is a separate group from our meetup group and for most reliable updates check out the facebook page. Its run enthusiastically by upstanding bi community member(s) and heartily recommended if more relaxed and quiet hanging out in a café is more your thing. There's also a page here (http://bi.tocotox.org/bicoffeelondon/) (a little out of date with next event date but has a photo and map)

Algorithms Play (theatre) - return of brilliant 2019 show [£17/£14.50]

"Algorithms" was a solid hit of a play in 2019 and sold out at the Edinburgh Fringe. It's back for showings in Soho Theatre this December with showings daily from 6-11th at 7.15pm (plus a Saturday matinee 2.30pm). If you didn't see it before, I heartily recommend it, and if you did, here's a chance to catch it again!

Past runs sold out quickly so don't wait to book your ticket(s) - its been described as ‘This year's Fleabag‘, and ‘Brave, bold and brilliantly funny.’ (Lisa Walters, Channel 4). It was longlisted for the Tony Craze Award 2018.

Just the first and last nights are listed, to avoid overwhelming the events list but keep at least one show listed until its over; but there's a show every evening from Monday to Saturday! Do comment which day you're going to if it's not the listed one, maybe you can meet others from the group there (there'll be bi-friendly people in the audience from outside our group too and probably hanging around before/after a bit; want to meet for a drink/meal/chat before or after? Ask in the comments, and be clear which day's show!).

⚫ Synopsis:
Brooke is a fun, goofy and lovably hapless woman. She has a degree in Computer Science, and appears to have it all - job, flat, girlfriend…

But what happens when things go tits up just before your 30th birthday?

She is also a hopeless romantic at heart. Obsessed with finding love like in the Rom-Coms she grew up watching, she never bothered with the science of online dating, but when her girlfriend dumps her shortly before her 30th birthday she decides it’s finally time to give the ‘scientific’ approach a chance. Using her inside knowledge on how to create a successful dating profile she embarks on a series of (unfortunate) dates... soon Brooke's questioning where she went wrong, because she followed the rules didn’t she?

Trailer (from a past run): https://vimeo.com/339524055

⚫ Content Warning:
Contains infrequent references to diet culture & body dysmorphia, scenes of a sexual nature, strong language/swearing, flashing lights.

⚫ Tickets:
£17 (£14.50 for 25/younger or 65/older) including fees. Theatre membership discounts may also be available. Full details:
https://sohotheatre.com/shows/algorithms-3/
Arrive on-time/early to avoid missing any of the show!

⚫ Accessibility:
Showings use their Upstairs space.
Phone[masked] for the box office, or to enquire about access bookings.

Runtime is 1 hour.

⚫ Creator:
Sadie Clark (creator, among "12 Theatre Stars for 2020" list by the Guardian) wanted to put a bisexual character centre stage without the associated harmful stereotypes and myths (that we’re greedy, unfaithful, confused, that it’s just a phase or ‘a layover to Gaytown’). She says "I wanted to create a bisexual character whose sexuality was in fact pretty incidental to the story - a ‘universal’ character whose story lay in the complicated business of simply being a human."

⚫ Further links:
Follow updates on Twitter/Instagram @AlgorithmsPlay. Soho Theatre is on twitter at @SohoTheatre.

Original Kickstarter-funded campaign page from 2019, trailer also embedded:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/algorithmsplay/algorithms-a-new-play

More about Sadie: https://www.sadieclark.co.uk

Online Social

Online event

Join an online (Zoom) social with others from the group on the lead-up to the holiday season.

Our December fourth-Thursday meetup is skipped almost every year - getting the space when bars are so full is a challenge. This year we're going online instead, and earlier in the month.

An informal hang-out, maybe with the option of an online game or two (TBD).

Algorithms Play (theatre) - return of brilliant 2019 show [£17/£14.50]

"Algorithms" was a solid hit of a play in 2019 and sold out at the Edinburgh Fringe. It's back for showings in Soho Theatre this December with showings daily from 6-11th at 7.15pm (plus a Saturday matinee 2.30pm). If you didn't see it before, I heartily recommend it, and if you did, here's a chance to catch it again!

Past runs sold out quickly so don't wait to book your ticket(s) - its been described as ‘This year's Fleabag‘, and ‘Brave, bold and brilliantly funny.’ (Lisa Walters, Channel 4). It was longlisted for the Tony Craze Award 2018.

Just the first and last nights are listed, to avoid overwhelming the events list but keep at least one show listed until its over; but there's a show every evening from Monday to Saturday! Do comment which day you're going to if it's not the listed one, maybe you can meet others from the group there (there'll be bi-friendly people in the audience from outside our group too and probably hanging around before/after a bit; want to meet for a drink/meal/chat before or after? Ask in the comments, and be clear which day's show!).

⚫ Synopsis:
Brooke is a fun, goofy and lovably hapless woman. She has a degree in Computer Science, and appears to have it all - job, flat, girlfriend…

But what happens when things go tits up just before your 30th birthday?

She is also a hopeless romantic at heart. Obsessed with finding love like in the Rom-Coms she grew up watching, she never bothered with the science of online dating, but when her girlfriend dumps her shortly before her 30th birthday she decides it’s finally time to give the ‘scientific’ approach a chance. Using her inside knowledge on how to create a successful dating profile she embarks on a series of (unfortunate) dates... soon Brooke's questioning where she went wrong, because she followed the rules didn’t she?

Trailer (from a past run): https://vimeo.com/339524055

⚫ Content Warning:
Contains infrequent references to diet culture & body dysmorphia, scenes of a sexual nature, strong language/swearing, flashing lights.

⚫ Tickets:
£17 (£14.50 for 25/younger or 65/older) including fees. Theatre membership discounts may also be available. Full details:
https://sohotheatre.com/shows/algorithms-3/
Arrive on-time/early to avoid missing any of the show!

⚫ Accessibility:
Showings use their Upstairs space.
Phone[masked] for the box office, or to enquire about access bookings.

Runtime is 1 hour.

⚫ Creator:
Sadie Clark (creator, among "12 Theatre Stars for 2020" list by the Guardian) wanted to put a bisexual character centre stage without the associated harmful stereotypes and myths (that we’re greedy, unfaithful, confused, that it’s just a phase or ‘a layover to Gaytown’). She says "I wanted to create a bisexual character whose sexuality was in fact pretty incidental to the story - a ‘universal’ character whose story lay in the complicated business of simply being a human."

⚫ Further links:
Follow updates on Twitter/Instagram @AlgorithmsPlay. Soho Theatre is on twitter at @SohoTheatre.

Original Kickstarter-funded campaign page from 2019, trailer also embedded:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/algorithmsplay/algorithms-a-new-play

More about Sadie: https://www.sadieclark.co.uk

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