What we're about

We are a safe and friendly social environment for bisexual, pansexual, polysexual, queer, fluid or similarly non-monosexual people (aka. m-spec, bi+). Bi-curious/questioning people and supportive partners, friends, allies also welcome; but don't direct biphobia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biphobia) at us, please learn & understand the basics, and avoid asking us the same biphobic questions we get outside this safe space or making equivalent assumptions of anyone here. 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), the link is set as the location (sometimes in the event description). We also now have a Discord server under the group's name for text chat/updates between events.

Sometimes we've run clubbing nights, but you'll also see regular cultural events (usually run by others but listed here 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 Pride protests, festivals and parades (10 of them in 2019 including London, Croydon, Para Pride, Black Pride and Trans Pride). You'll see events from other local bi groups with regular meetings too, that otherwise people might not discover - eg. the Bi Underground, Bi Coffee, and Opening Doors' Bi the Way meets, as well as irregulars like the BiCHE bi clubnight.

In 2019 we were the largest bi group in London's Pride (had capacity to be one of the top-10 groups in the whole parade); we 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 on our social networks 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

We're also at:

Twitter (@londonbi),

Instagram (@londonbisexualsmeetup),

Facebook (/londonbimeetup),

and chat on our Discord via invite link when you join ( https://discordapp.com/channels/691054221591707689/691056345297846293 ). Discord made a YouTube intro video to learn it: https://youtu.be/TJ13BA3-NR4

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, ~ 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 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 - e.g. 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, but online socials have been lower).

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 - e.g. 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 Families Social: Parenting while Bi

Online event

Are you a parent/wannabe-parent/guardian, and bisexual+ (bi, pan, polysexual, fluid, bi-curious etc.)? Want to chat and hang out with others who are too?

Come along and discuss things with others who have this in common on a Sunday afternoon. If this meet isn't quite the right time for you, do comment here when would be better times for you generally (maybe try to reply to another comment about that too, in the same thread, if there is one), and it'll be considered for the next one if this becomes a bit more regular.

The inspiration for this event came about by being reminded of the @bifamilies twitter at the right moment. But also, because back in 2009 there were some Bi Parenting meetups that happened as a result of chat around BiCon/BiFests. I think those events fell by the wayside, without the wider reach of social media being as popular now, but I believe they're a useful commonality to get together and chat about.

So if you're a bisexual+/bi-curious person or at least one of a relationship group is (polyamorous/other ethically non-monogamous couples/triads/quads/solo-poly all welcome too, and we won't stand for any bigotry against that), who also does parenting (or is about to, or planning to), join us if you can, for a chance to chat about that and share tips, or maybe talk coming out to kids or not (if they're old enough), relatives, and all that stuff!

Please keep language appropriate for spaces where there might be children in the background.

PS: I suspect people can feel quite strongly about different types of childcare, but as long as there's no abuse going on please respect others, and certainly their and kids in their care's privacy.

Show: Somewhere to Belong (theatre)

The Lion And Unicorn

Sycorax Collective is making a new show called SOMEWHERE TO BELONG - a funny, silly show about Bi+ Visibility.

Bringing together stories from a global LGBT+ community, SOMEWHERE TO BELONG is a heart-warming comedy about loving more than one gender.

Created by the critically-acclaimed Sycorax Collective, and following their critically acclaimed & award nominated "BLUE" [2019] join us on a journey through a collection of queer experiences, in search of a place to fit in.

Written and Performed by - Kim Scopes
Directed by - Gwenan Bain
Produced by - Laura Furner and Sycorax Collective

PRAISE FOR PAST WORK
★★★★★ 'Clever, funny, beautiful' -TheUpcoming.co.uk
★★★★★ '60 Minute Masterpiece' - London Pub Theatres
★★★★ 'Charming, original and informative' - Remotegoat
'Incredibly powerful' - Time and Space
'Standing Ovation Nomination' - London Pub Theatres [BLUE - 2019]

'Kim Scopes is a funny, cheeky, wonderful performer and you are guaranteed a frolic like no other' - Mike Bradwell

July 27th - 31st @ 7:30pm
(1hr with no interval)

Tickets:
https://www.thelionandunicorntheatre.com/whats-on

Social Media
Twitter/Insta - @Sycorax_co
@Kim_scopes
Facebook - facebook.com/sycoraxcollective
Website - www.sycoraxcollective.weebly.com
Email - [masked]

The Lion and Unicorn Theatre
Twitter - @LandUTheatre
Insta. - @landutheatre

It’s part of a larger project which has been funded by the Arts Council, with interviews of over 30 people across the globe.
There will be an online archive of the interviews too, on which members of the Bi+ community are welcome to add their own experiences.
To be announced soon on social media.

SOMEWHERE TO BELONG has been made possible in part by assistance & funding from Arts Council, England (ACE) and the Lion and Unicorn Theatre

It's also at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre (like the Three Way play) 27th-31st July. I've posted events for the first and last night again, to avoid you missing a chance to see it but without cluttering the group events list. I'm now wondering if there is something especially bi about that theatre? :)

The Lion and Unicorn is not a cocktail bar but is well stocked with liquors and can mix them for you.

Accessibility:
The pub is more accessible, has an outdoor large garden space and serves food; the theatre is upstairs and harder to access.

Bi Camp 2021 by Brum Bi group [other group]

Kinver Scout Camp

Bi Camp is where bisexual+ people take over a whole campsite of 23 acres near Birmingham for a weekend, do fun stuff and enjoy time closer to nature.

This year it's planned for 29 July - 1 August, at Kinver, near Stourbridge, west of Birmingham. The event is (since 2018) run by the Brum bi group which covers Birmingham and the Midlands, but is open to all. We don't usually share events from elsewhere in the country but the bigger ones (like Bicon), I feel are worth it, as some people will travel for them (maybe 2.5-3hrs drive from Euston, ~3.5hrs by public transport).

Activities put on for/by you will include Archery, Bat Watch, Arts and Crafts - Facilitated Workshops and Skills Sharing, Boardgames, Bushcraft, Stick Whittling, Woodland Walks, Storytelling, Yoga, Massage, Meditation, Wildlife Observation and Campfire stuff (including supplied evening treats to cook on it). No age limits on activities, and some explicitly daytime and some non-alcoholic events in the evenings.

Facilities:
It's semi-catered, with vegeterian and vegan food (but you can bring your own food and meat onsite if you use the allocated spaces). Some cabin accommodation is available this year, allocated based on need; so will be suitable for older people, and people with disabilities. New for 2021 is a supersized BiCamp HQ Gazebo, so activities that were previously held in the inaccessible Albert All Cabin will be held here instead.
Bring your camp! And your campest gear for the Saturday night fun!

Tickets:
Available on a pay-what-you-can scale, at various levels up to £130 (some free tickets for people of colour, or please donate to contribute to that fund if you can).
Paying by installments may be available.

Please apply/buy tickets via outsavvy at: https://www.outsavvy.com/event/5952/bicamp-2021
(RSVPing to this meetup event does not give you a ticket, but you can see who else is going and maybe even organise shared transport)

Accessibility:
Accessible toilets onsite.
A quiet space.
Service animals welcome.
Step free access.
Wheelchair accessible.

Forest Gate Big Queer Pub Quiz (Forest Gayte Pride fundraiser) £3.38–4.50

UPDATE! Extra spaces for some teams of 2 now available! This also means less risk for me if I'm booking teams for you, and that you get better choice of who you're with as a team, so I reduced the cost per ticket nearer to my costs.

Test your LGBTQ+ knowledge to the full, and learn some queer history, with a queer pub trivia quiz in Newham and five rounds of brainteasers. Prizes given throughout the evening from their friends and donors.

⚫ Tickets:
Tickets must be bought per team, with teams of either (up to) 2, 4 or 6 people, so as to limit group sizes for Covid-safety reasons. Cost per person averages (with fees) between £3.33 (full team of 6)–£4.50 (team of 3) per person depending on size; if you don't have people to make a team, please pay here for a ticket (includes booking fee & some pennies for John G's costs/averaging out) and be ready to join others doing so; John will then book team(s) on your behalf once a minimum of 3 people bought via THIS Meetup event have paid RSVPs, until Saturday 24th (and only while still available), and message you via Meetup messaging/post updates here. Any requests/requirements for specific team sizes/people in teams, please comment here/message John G. or "External" user directly via Meetup private messaging. Guests must buy tickets too if playing. Buy via:
Donating £3.50 to our ko-fi (via PayPal too): https://ko-fi.com/londonbimeetup
Or our online shop (choose "collection" for delivery, then message John G./External user here quoting your receipt/transaction reference):
https://londonbisexualsmeetup.sumup.link/trivia-quiz-ticket

If you already have a team, and are booking it yourself on Eventbrite, please ignore the "buy a ticket" part of RSVP; offers of any extra spaces on your team are gratefully received (post comments on the event). Eventbrite event details/booking for your own teams:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-big-queer-pub-quiz-tickets-159818697025

All funds go towards this year's Forest Gayte Pride event and the continuing work FG Pride (CIC) does to support the community there.

⚫ Travel/Pub Info:
Forest Gate is in East London, Newham borough; near West/East Ham and just beyond Stratford (from central London direction).
The venue, Leytonstone Tavern ("the craft neighbourhood pub", an independent) is at 119 Harrow Hill on the B161/Woodhouse Rd junction.
Its a "5 minute walk" from Wanstead Flats (local natural beauty spot), and offers dine-in; food allegedly delicious from multiple google reviews, with friendly staff, and a garden. There is a children's play area a couple minutes walk down the road (if open?).
Google maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/Liqtn2ihh14DShWT6
Pub website: https://www.leytonstonetavern.com/ (tel:[masked])

There are two main rooms (I presume this event will be in one / both of the main rooms).

⚫ Accessibility (NEW INFO):
The organiser says… "There is wheelchair access to the main double-door entrance, and the venue is fully accessible for wheelchair users and has gender-neutral facilities."
There will be music played at a low level before/after the quiz, but not during.
The quiz will have large-print copies of questions available on request.
The venue photo suggests(?) there may be another entrance with a slight ramp up to a single door.

For further questions: email [masked] for the manager, or phone[masked]

FG Pride's event calendar details for it:
https://forestgaytepride.com/events-1/bigqueerpubquiz

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