London’s most bisexual Pride ever?

Monday, June 10, 2019 - 10:30

In 2017 Pride in London (the organisation behind London's big Pride parade and festival) found itself in hot water for not having any bisexual groups in the capital’s Parade, despite bi+ people making up the largest subsection of the LGBT+ community.

Thanks to some strong twitter campaigning and a friendly supporter or two at Pride in London, the community finally got (about) 50 people parading, in one bi group!

Then in 2018, a small group of activists headed up by Biscuit Director Libby Baxter Williams, organised the first-ever Bi Pride float in Pride in London’s 47-year history. The float and around 100 paraders were joined by a walking group made up of the organisation Bi Pride UK. 

In #20BiTeen, they plan to build on that momentum and make Pride in London the most bisexual yet!

There are now 4 bi+ groups in the parade, including one producing a float, organised by London Bi Pandas. London Bisexuals Meetup Group, are hoping to have the WORLD’S FIRST large pansexual flag with their walking group. London Bi Network and Bi Pride UK are also marching.

“Despite all the research to the contrary, many people still believe that bisexuality isn’t real - that it's just a phase gay/lesbian people go through, or that (only) women use to tease straight men for attention, among other myths. Some don’t think bisexuals should be at Pride, especially anyone in a relationship(s) with a different gender. Showing up at Pride and being visible in large numbers helps dispel the myths, increases awareness, and holds our claim to this space that ought to embrace us. Besides being a great opportunity to connect with like-minded people. It’s exhilarating, self-affirming, and confidence-building and most folks feel like a superstar for a while!” Says John G, the organiser of the London Bi Meetup.

But the community needs help to make #20BiTeen London pride the most pan-tastic yet! We (London Bi Meetup) and the London Bi Pandas are still fundraising to make this dream a reality. The Pandas are fundraising tirelessly for their float, and London Bisexuals are trying to replace a big bi flag that was lost after 2018 pride and produce a new, WORLD FIRST large parade-group sized pansexual pride flag for it that can be used at other events in future too.

People can help at:

Will you help them make this the most exponentially bi pride yet? 

For more info:

https://meetup.com/london-bisexuals

Twitter: @londonbi
Instagram: @londonbisexualsmeetup
Facebook: /londonbimeetup
LinkedIn: London Bisexuals Meetup Group


 

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