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Incite! has been a popular queer poetry evening running since September 2010. It's run in conjunction with Islington Forum+ and this month is running online via Zoom.
Performance poet Hannah Chutzpah (TBC) will host an evening of poetry and spoken word performances via Zoom with a stellar open mic line up and a headline set from a special guest (TBD).
Incite! is London’s longest running LGBTQ+ poetry event and open mic slots are available by reservation (5 minutes max) to share your own poetry, music, stand up, or whatever else moves you - open mic slots are reserved for us queers. Read the FAQ below for how to get in on the open-mic spots. Incite is free to join and is for ages 18 and above.
⚫ Special note: Entering the Zoom:
The zoom uses a waiting room. They'll admit people who have emailed them for a link, to avoid "zoom-bombing"/other abuse. If you haven't applied for the Zoom link by email/Facebook Messenger (see further info below).
Email them at [masked] to say ask for the Zoom link.
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⚫ Further info / Updates / Links:
Facebook event (for latest updates): https://bit.ly/InciteOnlineSeptember
Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/IncitePoetry for up to date general Incite information.
For more information (or apply for open-mic slot), please email [masked]
⚫ Incite! FAQs:
Q: I've got the Zoom link - can I share it with my friend?
A: Feel free to share it with trusted friends & invite them along, but please don't put the link in public spaces because trolls are a thing and we'd rather they stayed under bridges.
Q: I'm not LGBT+ but I'd like to attend & hear this great poetry. Is that allowed?
A: Yes! Absolutely. Respectful allies are extremely welcome in the audience.
Q: Can I do the open mic? How does that work?
A: We have about 8 open mic slots, 5 mins max each, which people request ahead of time. If more people sign up we can keep one or two in reserve in case someone can't make it at the last minute, etc. Open mic slots are reserved for people who are some part of the LGBTQ+ community. Email/message them directly to request a slot (John/this meetup group cannot help with that).
Q: I'm from a minority group but not LGBTQIA+ - does that count? Can I do the open mic?
A: No. Sorry. You're still very welcome in the audience, but the open mic slots in this event are reserved for queers because this is a queer space. There are plenty of other poetry nights we can recommend that aren't specifically for LGBTQ+ people.
Bi the Way is back! and in a new venue for in-person events. This is a regular social group for bi and pan people (or other bi+ identities) who are over 50. They will alternate monthly between online Zoom events and in-person events at a new LGBTQ+ space in Shoreditch (top of Brick Lane), which is also a bookshop and restaurant/bar space.
Allies and non-Opening Doors members’ are welcome to come along for one session, after which Opening Doors will ask you to become a member (if LGBTQ+ and over 50). Booking is not mandatory, but if you would like to let Opening Doors know you are coming, they would hugely appreciate it so they know much space to reserve (via email below).
It continues on the FOURTH Monday of each month.
We look forward to seeing you for a friendly chat; four volunteers have offered to help get it back up and running.
Please join promptly at 6:30pm for the online events (from November) if you can.
⚫ Tickets/Registration (FREE):
You will need to register in advance for the Zoom (every other month, starting November 2021), and they will appreciate notice to attend for in-person events too. To register and for any further details/enquiries for the in-person Shoreditch cafe meet, please email:
⚫ Opening Doors London:
Bi The Way is run by volunteers from Opening Doors London, provider of services and support for LGBT+ over-50s. Membership of ODL is FREE to LGBT+ over-50s and entitles you to attend a wide range of monthly get-togethers and one-off events. Ask for further details at the meeting!
⚫ Further Details / Contact:
Contact Email: [masked]
Bi the Way event details at Opening Doors London website:
Our regular social on the fourth Thursday every month, now back to in-person in a Soho bar. Great for new members; very friendly, relaxed atmosphere, definitely social, fun, and happy; not meat-market, just informal chat and optional bring-your-own-drinks. Come say hi and hang out!
This is our main regular event. All bi+ people welcome (so including pansexual, queer etc.), plus supportive partners, anyone bi-curious/questioning, and practicing allies - no biphobia, racism, transphobia or other bigotry allowed! If you have extra needs or questions, please get in touch via Meetup messaging/social media.
⚫ Who/what to expect...
Pre-pandemic pub meets were 30-40 people, we're gradually returning to near those numbers again; there will be a good mix of regulars and first-timers (roughly half and half - always a lot of new faces every time), genders (not too far from an even split of men/women, a few of whom might be trans, & non-binary people welcome too), a mix of ethnicities similar to or more diverse than the London population, and some neurodiversity (not all neurotypical people). The odd couple/+1 too.
This keeps it fresh and friendly to all - regulars chat to new folk. New members won't be the only new person (by a long way) so you shouldn't feel left out. If you turn up after the start and it looks like everyone already knows everyone - it only seems like that; its just how friendly we are. We finish late so we're used to people coming and going through the evening.
Most people arrive within the first hour, it's busiest at[masked]pm but a crowd is around til at least 10pm, often later (sometimes even a handful til midnight).
⚫ Social Media / Further details:
We also use Twitter/a little Instagram and a Facebook Page for news, issues, updates and activism from the community in London and further afield. The group accounts are happy to be tagged for bi content but respect individuals' privacy (eg. avoid identifying anyone without consent).
Official events always on Meetup, but links often shared on social media and LinkedIn/our Discord chat server.
Twitter @londonbi / Instagram @londonbisexualsmeetup / Facebook Page and LinkedIn: London Bisexuals Meetup Group (all use our logo).
Links via our campsite bio (bottom of list): https://campsite.bio/londonbi
After the meet finishes (between events), continue the chat via our Discord server (needs a separate account): https://discord.gg/PvZBDVu
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.
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)