What we're about

We are a safe and friendly social environment for bisexual, pansexual, polysexual, queer, fluid or similarly non-monosexual people. Partners, allies, and supportive curious people also welcome. Come make bi+ friends, hang out, chat, and feel part of a community in a free-to-attend, casual informal environment.

What do we do? We've always had our monthly pub drinks evening in Soho on the same fourth Thursday, which are pretty balanced for gender/ethnicity. During quarantine these run online (via Zoom), link in the event description and as the event location. We also now have a Discord server under the group's name.

Sometimes we've run clubbing nights, but you'll also see regular culture events (usually run by others but listed here also for us to go to as a group) - eg. cabaret/comedy/plays, in summer we do picnics and walks too, and of course the big yearly/national events like Bicon and local Pride festivals and parades (6 in 2019 including London, Croydon, Black Pride and Trans Pride). You'll see events from other bi community groups with regular meetings too, that otherwise people might not discover - eg. the Bi Underground, Bi Coffee, and Opening Doors' Bi the Way meets, or the Bi Pandas activism-focussed events.

In 2019 we were the largest bi group in London's Pride (had capacity to be one of the top-10 sized groups in the whole parade), and crowdfunded to make huge (5 metre) bi and pansexual pride flags. The organiser John is also the source of the well-loved bi, and now also trans, pride umbrellas (https://londonbisexualsmeetup.sumup.link/product/5424dd1c-d98c-4fca-a745-4f1674d2fcb9) (limited stock) - also on ebay (http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/710-53481-19255-0/1?icep_ff3=2&pub=5575378759&campid=5338273189&customid=&icep_item=302887336539&ipn=psmain&icep_vectorid=229508&kwid=902099&mtid=824&kw=lg&toolid=11111).

To support us, come to meets, and follow and engage with our social medias to find out what else is happening in the community/news (if you partake)! Optionally bi your pride merch. from us, or donate (https://londonbisexualsmeetup.sumup.link/) (or at an event via card/cash, or donate via ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/londonbimeetup), or even PayPal directly, by request).

Elsewhere online

Also find us on Twitter (@londonbi), Instagram (@londonbisexualsmeetup), Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/pages/London-Bisexuals-Meetup-Group/148365155200607 ), and chat on our Discord ( https://discordapp.com/channels/691054221591707689/691056345297846293 ).

Diversity and Inclusion

People of all abilities, religions, sexualities, ethnicities and genders welcome as long as you respect other members and their identities. 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.

• Don't be a dick! ie. Respect others, and especially their privacy, at all times. eg. 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 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 report users in messages or via profiles.

Events

The vast majority of our events are social informal chat evenings, the main one with an 18+ age limit in a bar (during lockdown online instead, without age limit). Several others are regular events from us or shared here from other London bi community groups, or one-offs by other activists and venues (occasionally commercial). As a member you're welcome to suggest social events too (but don't spam commercial events to us especially if only partly relevant, or we'll ban you and your post won't survive long). If so, either you can run them or an organiser may help (if they have the time/motivation); best if you have previously attended other (of our own) events, so you can gauge the atmosphere and expectations.

We also publicise, attend, and even work on, the largest local/national bi events and prides like Bicon, Pride in London's yearly parade, London BiFest, Croydon and other local Prides.

There have occasionally been outings to 'alternative'/sex-positive events - eg. a couple of fetish club visits, transgender club nights, even pancake restaurants - shock! These are rare though; if they're not your thing, ignore them.

Turnout is strong (reliably 40 or more for the in-person monthly bar socials, usually 10-30ish for most other official meets).

ALWAYS many new faces at every meet alongside the regulars. We also post regular community events run by other London bi groups (we usually add "[other group]" to the title) to publicise them, or for relevant external events (BiCon, Pride etc.), and as a member you can suggest your own event ideas for us or tell us of relevant events we should check out (but don't spam us/promote commercial media events without checking with organisers first).

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 create an event if you want more variety - anything social, others/the organiser may help plan/run it). You're sure to have fun! No need to be nervous, its a regular social group. If you have a commercial event to advertise - talk to me first (organiser John). Spam not tolerated - we'll block & remove everything asap. If you're a show/study researcher wanting people, reply to the message board thread (https://www.meetup.com/london-bisexuals/messages/boards/view/addpost?forum=678207&parent=130534917) for that (keep it on that thread, anything else discuss with the organiser) / post to our FB page (https://www.facebook.com/londonbimeetup) / ask.

If you love us and stay - we're free (I pay the meetup fees out of my own pocket), but happy to accept donations to cover meetup costs at our ko-fi (https://ko-fi.com/londonbimeetup) page.

Get a star! Some members have star(s) '★' or black mark '∎' under their name (in their title), this is to celebrate our best contributing members (stars for members who've run great events/already an activist/been a long-term reliable and frequent attendee, 2 for organisers past/present); or to hint (with a black (square) mark) that a failure to respect the group - eg. not turning up for a 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 ticketed event until they redeem themselves (getting the mark removed) by showing up enough, and might not be trusted to run events. Starred members are awesome, generally reliable people and have helped us all lots (even if from outside the group)! Support/attend their events and work, say hi!

Upcoming events (5)

Bi Coffee [other group] Virtual meet

VIRTUAL MEETUP (No travel!)

Hot Bi Beverages! The Bi Coffee group (a separate group) meets at[masked]pm on the first Saturday of every month online on Jitsi till further notice, the meet link will be posted on the day so make sure you check back then. Hopefully we'll all be back at Leon soon. 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)

Bi Coffee [other group] Virtual meet

VIRTUAL MEETUP (No travel!)

For now Hot Bi Beverages! The Bi Coffee group (a separate group) will meet online on Jitsi at[masked]pm on the first Saturday of every month the link will be posted here on the day Whoever is running Bi Coffee each month (Vicki at present, sometimes maybe Paul?) will have a selection of bi leaflets on the table. You should find them usually on the tables outside the café in the warmer months. 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 noone 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)

Bi Underground Monthly Pub Social [other group] VIRTUAL MEET

This will be a virtual version of our usual meet, everyone welcome. Download the Jitsi app or go to the website I will post a direct link to the group on the day Its run by Vicky (also a member of our group if you wish to write to her and on facebook/twitter too).

Bi+ World Meet (by Bi+ Netherlands)

Online event

Online discussion organised by Bi+ Nederland, open to bisexuals around the world. Follows on from the BiWeek workshop+chat in September. Tickets: Fill in and submit the google form (name, email, country) at https://forms.gle/hW6t17qn8Bdn3bgw7 You will receive a confirmation email from google if all went well (check your spam folder if not, assuming you typed the correct email address), and zoom details for the call also by email, later. Expect the zoom session to open ~ 15 minutes before it starts, you may join early and optionally introduce yourself. Please set your zoom user to [first name][pronouns][country]. Further details: https://www.facebook.com/events/322495242343287

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