AN ANNUAL gathering to help address the isolation faced by bisexuals of colour across the UK will take place in Preston from August 4 – 7 this year.
Bisexuals of Colour (BiCon), a not-for-profit event, hopes to provide a safe and non-judgemental haven for Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BME) bisexuals in the UK.
“We face so much discrimination and bigotry in our lives for our skin colour, our religion or beliefs, our disabilities if we have them, our sex and sexual orientations. Going to BiCon can give a much-needed environment where we can feel at home,” organisers said.
“It is by no means a perfect place, but so much of what makes it great is the openness of the people there.”
The annual event aims to address isolation faced by many coming to terms with their sexuality by providing an environment of solidarity and fun.
If you want to dress in a way you usually would not, BiCon is the place to do it. If you want to stay up all night dancing, or having fun at parties, BiCon is where you'll enjoy it. If you want to learn and share new skills, BiCon is where you can discover it,” said Jacq Applebee of BiCon.
She added: “Isolation is a problem for many bisexuals of colour. The solidarity I have felt from others who identify this way can leave me breathless with affection and sustain me for a whole year. When I return home, feeling alone in a lesbian and gay scene that actively erases people like me, I know that BiCon, and all the friends I've made there, is waiting for me to return.”
BiCon also runs an access fund to help those who are struggling financially to attend the event and are currently seeking funding to enable a number of bisexuals of colour and from working class backgrounds - who have not attended the event before - to get a free ticket.
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Whats so good about BiCon
What's so good about BiCon?
As a BME person, you may ask that.
Well, this year Bi's of Colour
Will have their very own flat.
Exciting sessions by day
And dancing at night.
Hundreds of bisexuals in one place:
What an awesome sight!
You won't be alone if you're bi and black.
Asian or Middle Eastern? We'll have your back.
You can be your true self in this great space.
Explore your sexuality at an event that's safe.
This year's BiCon will be fully catered too,
So join us in Nottingham.
You'll be glad if you do