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Our regular pub social on the 4th Thursday every month. Great for new members; very friendly, relaxed atmosphere, definitely social, fun, and happy; not meat-market, just chat and optional drinks. Come say hi (or we will)! This is our biggest regular event with ~40 of you or more, always a good mix of regulars and first-timers (roughly half and half), genders (near 50/50 split of men/women, trans & non-binary welcome too), and almost always a good number of non-white ethnicities too (aka. BME/POC). Always a lot of new faces every time, nearly all of whom came on their own (with a few couples/+1s) which keeps it fresh and friendly to all - regulars chat to new folk. You 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. Join in! (or find me and I'll help, if I haven't spotted and welcomed you already - ask someone if you don't recognise me from my photo, but most do). You won't get stared at coming in late as quite a few also come/go through the evening. We're here til v.late, so don't give up if you can't make it for the start or even soon after, but cheapest drinks/the most people are there before 9pm. Like last month, we're at Village this time - upstairs. Its right next to Residence (previously named "O Bar", where we used to meet). Look for myself, John (the organiser) - 6' tall, long dark-blonde hair, see my profile picture. Our logo should be on tables/around and either at the bottom of the stairs or visible on the way up to confirm you're in the right place (though I occasionally forget, or if you're really early it might not be up yet). Shy? Or what to expect... I can introduce you to new/regular people from the group and get the conversation started - just ask! Come find me when you get here, I always look out for new members to introduce myself. People come and go through the whole evening so arriving late is fine - and though it might seem like everyone already knows each other later on, most of them just met so don't let that un-nerve you. Expect a normal bar sort of mood, atmosphere, and chat levels - sometimes bi-related, often not. Music is only from the club/bar downstairs, not too intrusive - especially earlier on. You can dance there later on if you like. Cocktails/lagers/wine/soft drinks not ales, and there's cheaper happy-hour drinks until 9pm - get there early to take advantage (if you drink alcohol)! To get a better idea of the atmosphere, read some past-event comments or the glowing group reviews (http://meetup.com/london-bisexuals/about/comments/?op=all) (bear in mind new venue since November 2016). Our Social Media: We use meetup & some twitter for news and events. twitter @londonbi https://twitter.com/londonbi instagram @londonbisexualsmeetup (quiet) Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/pages/London-Bisexuals-Meetup-Group/148365155200607 Accessibility: No lifts. Many cubicle toilets in basement, no urinal. Stools and cushioned benches with backs upstairs in our space. Finding Village (http://www.village-soho.co.uk/) The Village is at 81 Wardour St, opposite the end of Old Compton St. furthest from Charing Cross Rd and Leicester Square tube - the nearest tube. Or Piccadilly Circus, or further from Trafalgar Square / Charing Cross. I'm easily recognisable from my profile photo (6' tall, slim, even longer hair). We reserve space from 6.30/7pm, wait downstairs if you're too early. We're there til at least 11pm (usually a smaller group til midnight-ish), sometimes til much later when the bar closes (or maybe having gone elsewhere for full-on clubbing if enough of us fancy it). One half of downstairs (one bar each) becomes a dance floor later on (10.30ish) with a DJ and dancing buff semi-naked men on poles. The other entrance remains quieter and its easy to avoid them if you prefer (Brewer Street entrance, other side of Residence bar, round the corner).
Its Stitch Bi Stitch 2nd birthday! Its a Fabric swap meet! There's still a lot of planning to do, but hopefully there will be music, some food, and a few stalls. Bring craft supplies, clothes in good condition, books, unused cosmetics etc and get swapping! Unswapped goods will be donated to The Outside Project to be used/distributed at London's only permanent lgbtqia+ homeless shelter. About Stitch Bi Stitch Stitch Bi Stitch was born out of a desire for more explicitly bi-friendly queer spaces, and while this party is no different, people of all sexualities, genders, and crafting styles are welcome! Stitch Bi Stitch is also a sober and child-friendly event. So put your knitting needles down for one afternoon & get swapping! Suggested donation of £2 on the door but NTAFLOF (Noone Turned Away From Lack of Funds). You can donate by signing up for the eventbrite event (or at the event itself): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stash-swap-party-stitch-bi-stitch-turns-2-tickets-65442717931?ref=lbmg There may be a surprise or two in the works Please message Lois if you'd like to help with organizing! 🎈🎉💃 Original Stitch-Bi-Stitch group event here: https://www.meetup.com/Stitch-Bi-Stitch/events/262538746/
Planned to be the UK's first full Bisexual Pride event, organised by Bi Pride UK (registered charity). There will be two stages, an Entertainment stage with live music (and maybe other acts too); and an "I Am Proud" stage with talks, panel discussions, and activism from guest speakers and a collection of nationally/internationally known bisexuals, workshops, stalls, food and drink (including limited edition Bi Pride UK cocktails and mocktails). The panels plan to include ones on BAME (black and minority ethnicities) & Bisexuality, bi community (John G is on this one), and other things. We'll bring our huge bi and pan pride flags from Pride! We have our own stall there for London Bi Meetup (see the Community Village area), with stuff for sale - planning for more of our unique bi umbrellas (the first batch sold out back at Pride in London); please volunteer to help look after it for an hour or two during the day. Lots of chance to meet people. Entry is FREE! But to (optionally) donate, or ensure your tickets (again, free), here is the eventbrite event to sign up for: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bi-pride-uk-2019-tickets-65781146179?invite=&err=29&referrer=londonbi Accessibility: Its a very accessible venue with two ramps on the side entrances, there will be changing rooms (for trans people or other needs), BSL interpreters for both stage(s), accessible mobiloo branded toilets, and a calming sensory space. No onsite parking, but the venue is accessible via public transport. Yet more details to come (or sign up to the mailing list/follow the Facebook for Bi Pride UK/the event, or Twitter @BiPrideUK)
Want to make things better for bi support, charity and community groups? Its hard to get funding when you're a community group and have zero paid staff to work on it, or zero paid staff full stop. Technology and internet services and platforms are a mainstay of the LGBT+ community's infrastructure. So one thing that you and the rest of the community can do apart from donating funds and showing up and giving time, is to help provide technology and tools to make groups' lives easier, or help on specific campaigns or activism or administration tools. Many tools are useful in other contexts too, so helping here can help other community-support groups too. Its high time we had a hackathon to do bi activism, a.k.a. hacktivism, hence BiHack 19 (for 2019, because we plan for more than one :) in future). Hackathons are like a fundraising telethon but hack together some IT solution, usually in software, to a problem or problems, in one short mad burst of activity - usually in one or multiple teams. Or, see this wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackathon Yet to do: * Picking a niche or topic to allow goals to develop around it. Possible ideas to work on fixing/improving/making easier or faster: - Bi Visibility Day (BVD) related? - Create material for a specific campaign (eg. against a particular instance of biphobia or ongoing issue bisexual people, or a significant subset of them, have?) - General news/bi visibility? - Countering erasure and biphobia? - Admin tasks for community groups? (many of whom use meetup.com, twitter, crowdfunding occasionally etc.), eg. organiser/volunteer/member/user communication. - Easing volunteer recruitment/management/handover? - Improving event creation (time/consistency/..) or management or publicity of? - Improving quality of and ability to find appropriate resources (people, services) that are bi-friendly within other communities? * Finding a real world venue to use - requires good network & wifi, accessibility, seating, ability to setup a large screen in ideally for presentations/progress/time display. * Setting up online participation * Decide how to group participants. Formal team size or not? All work on the same problem or multiple teams picking different goals? * Funding it (corporate/charitable sponsor? Source amazing prizes and take an affordable fee per entrant?) * Organise social time/space to go with it eg. drinks after, or non-alcohol-related activity - especially one suitable for remote online participation like online-party-games Note: hackathons aren't usually for building long-lasting permanent well-designed solutions; they come together in a rush and with rough edges, can involve many bodges, but prove a concept or fix a small problem well (if there's enough domain knowledge in the team to pick it up in almost no time). The team usually disbands immediately afterwards, as its made up of disparate individuals (the more diverse the better) who came together only for the hackathon, so long term maintenance is usually non-existant; hence more useful for very well-defined and limited use-cases. Documentation for the solution is likely to be sparse unless given a specific focus. Everything TBC as of now (including fee, date, and venue, though I do like this date for it - between Bi Pride on 7th where we can announce it to an even wider audience, and Bi Visibility Day on 23rd). Recommend not to pay fee yet!