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/our Discord) 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, and we want to get back to the occasional dinner out 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, 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/

Organiser John produces the high quality, well-loved bi & trans pride full-size umbrellas ☂ (limited stock, no bi ones for now); via shop (above).

* Donations
Organiser John covers Meetup/other service fees out-of-pocket (can afford to); but appreciates help for extra costs (e.g. pride stalls often need insurance, travel/material/equipment/volunteer costs) – donate via cash/card at our pub socials/some other events, via ko-fi online; 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, & what you'll do with them; don't "out" anyone without permission; try to assume good intent – you don't know what (else) is going on in people's lives. Disabilities & 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 until evidence otherwise. 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

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, the main organiser John/others may 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 for that, or discuss with the organiser / post to our FB page.

* 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+)

Opening Doors London Bi The Way Group (50+ yrs) [other group]

Needs a location

Bi the Way is a regular social group for bi and pan people (or other bi+ identities) who are over 50. It is now meeting in-person every month, having given up online events due poor take-up.

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.

⚫ Tickets/Registration (FREE):
They will appreciate notice to attend for in-person events. To register and for any further details/enquiries for the in-person meet, please email:
[community@openingdoorslondon.org.uk](mailto:community@openingdoorslondon.org.uk?Subject=Bi the Way)

⚫ 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!

A video about Opening Doors London (charity):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpKSRU900y0

⚫ More Info:
ODL Email: [masked]

Bi the Way event details at Opening Doors London website:
https://www.openingdoorslondon.org.uk/bi-the-way-meetup

Venue website: londonlgbtqcentre.org

Opening Doors London Bi The Way Group (50+ yrs) [other group]

Needs a location

Bi the Way is a regular social group for bi and pan people (or other bi+ identities) who are over 50. It is now meeting in-person every month, having given up online events due poor take-up.

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.

⚫ Tickets/Registration (FREE):
They will appreciate notice to attend for in-person events. To register and for any further details/enquiries for the in-person meet, please email:
[community@openingdoorslondon.org.uk](mailto:community@openingdoorslondon.org.uk?Subject=Bi the Way)

⚫ 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!

A video about Opening Doors London (charity):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpKSRU900y0

⚫ More Info:
ODL Email: [masked]

Bi the Way event details at Opening Doors London website:
https://www.openingdoorslondon.org.uk/bi-the-way-meetup

Venue website: londonlgbtqcentre.org

Bi Coffee [other group]

Needs a location

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)

Bi Underground Monthly Pub Social [other group]

Needs a location

This event, the London Bisexual Underground group meet (a separate group), is a regular monthly event on the 2nd Tuesday. Its a monthly social in a relaxed and quieter pub than our group's usual bar socials, but not far away from us, the other side of Oxford Street. Once at the pub, head upstairs, the group has Bi flyers & copies of BCN (Bi Community News magazine) on their tables.

You'll find it quieter than our event and more like a traditional pub. There are a lot of long-term regulars and people more active in the rest of the community, but its still very open to new people.

Its run by Vicki (also a member of our group if you wish to write to her and on facebook/twitter too).

Past events (1,066)

Bi+ Brixton [by Biscuit]

Needs a location

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