Programme

Our workshops are as diverse as our community, so we grouped the workshops under four main themes to fit everyone’s needs and moods:

Fun workshops for people to get together and relax, have a good time, and make new friends. These will take place in the main hall.

Diversity workshops and spaces to explore intersections of our bisexual identities.

Health and Lifestyle workshops around aspects of life as bisexual people.

Bi Activism workshops to engage the community and allies.

The full programme can be downloaded in PDF format here. You can find workshop descriptions below, or download them here.

BiTastic! TimetableMain Hall – Fun

11:00-12:00 – Finding Friends

Workshop description:

Meet a bunch of interesting people in a low-pressure way and hopefully connect with new friends.

Facilitator:

Rowan

12:15-13:15 – Fun and games

Workshop description:

Want to have a bit of fun? Join us for a fantastic mix of party games, some with a bisexual twist. We will kick off with a Treasure Hunt, pass the parcel and much more. You are never too old or too young to make some time to have a bit of fun and make some new friends.  Prizes to be won!

Facilitator:

Mel Maguire is an assistant at the Equality Network.

14:30-15:30 – Creative bisexuals

Workshop description:

Bisexuals and those attracted to more than one gender, getting together to share their creative work. We will be doing readings from the new book Purple Prose written by and for bi people. We would like to create a network and use creativity to express issues affecting our community. Please do share work in whatever art form.

Facilitator:

Angela Anderson

15:45-16:45 – Clothes swap

Workshop description:

Swap your unwanted clothes! All donations should be clean & washed; all genders/sizes/styles welcome.

Facilitator:

Tatenda (also affectionately known as Tintin) is an intersectional sessional worker for the Equality Network.

Room 1 – Diversity

11:00-12:00 – Disability and Bisexuality, Discussion of Intersectionality

Workshop description:

Disability and Bisexuality- Discussion of Intersectionality.

Facilitator:

Kimberley Marlin

12:15-13:15 – Youth Space

Workshop description:

Under 25s and their parents/chaperone ONLY.

Welcome to an informal chat about things that affect young bi people. Discussion topics will be decided by the participants during the workshop.

Facilitator:

James is a Brazilian bisexual trans guy who lives in Glasgow and has been doing trans and bi activism long before he could grow a magnificent beard. James writes novels about intersectional LGBTI people, and in his free time plays cello, clarinet, recorder, and viola. He speaks Portuguese, English, Italian, Japanese, and a little bit of Icelandic. And he’s easily bribed with chocolate.

Website: http://chestofstories.com/

14:30-15:30 – Including minority ethnic bisexuals

Workshop description:

An informal chat about the inclusion of ethnicity and race in bi-specific work.

Facilitator:

Tatenda (also affectionately known as Tintin) is an intersectional sessional worker for the Equality Network.

15:45-16:45 – Trans space

Workshop description:

This session will be less a workshop more an opportunity to discuss anything that feels important to you as a trans person; what is fab? what is rubbish? what’s on your mind?, what more can we be doing?

Oceana is hosting a safe space for any trans identifying peeps to come and speak their minds and would love you to join them in the conversation.

Facilitator:

Oceana is a trans activist, sessional worker with the STA, Stonewall Scotland role model, HIV and Hep C support worker, COMAS recovery coach, community outreach volunteer and single parent. Identifying as a pan-sexual post-op female bodied non-binary trans person they are aiming to change the world one conversation at a time.

Room 2 – Health and lifestyle

11:00-12:00 – Mental Health

Workshop description:

A discussion around issues which the community have faced and still do…..what to do if…….looking after ourselves and others……exchanging views, challenging perceptions.

Facilitator:

Who am I ? I’m a Bi RMN just wanting to make life easier for my community. Been involved with Bi groups since 1994, and seen loads of problems both personally and professionally and continue to ask why.

12:15-13:15 – Non-Monogamy and Bisexuality

Workshop description:

This will be a (trans, non-binary, asexuality, aromantic and generally queer inclusive) discussion based workshop exploring non-monogamy in general, and the intersections between bisexuality and non-monogamy. We will discuss topics including: what is non-monogamy? What can non-monogamous relationships look like? Why role might monogamy play within heterocisnormativity? How might monogamous and non-monogamous relationships promote unhealthy or abusive dynamics, and how might these be addressed? Why might bisexual people specifically be more inclined towards non-monogamy? As bisexual people doing non-monogamy, how do we continue to address biphobic assumptions (e.g. that bisexual people are incapable of commitment or that to be bisexual means to be having lots of sex with lots of genders)?

Facilitator:

Jai NicAllen

14:30-15:30 – Bisexuality and sexual health

Workshop description:

HIV remains a major public health concern in Scotland and in particular affects Gay and Bisexual men disproportionality, however it also remains significant factor in the lives of all sexually active people. The aim of this workshop is to empower attendees with up to date knowledge around sexual health and HIV, including recent developments and trends in respect of the virus. The workshop will provide attendees the opportunity to ask questions and debunk some of the myths that impact the perception of sex that bisexual people have. The workshop will have lots of opportunities to discuss topics in a sex positive, bisexual positive environment.

Facilitator:

Alastair has worked in the field of HIV prevention for 13 years and is responsible for the delivery of health improvement services for Gay and bisexual men in Lothian.

Kelsey is the Policy and Campaigning Officer at HIV Scotland. Kelsey has her MSc in Human Rights and International Politics and specialised in sexual and reproductive rights. Kelsey is responsible for work on PrEP and anti-stigma.

15:45-16:45 – Bisexual characters in young adult fiction

Workshop description:

This workshop will be based on my undergraduate dissertation ‘The Bisexual Interlopers – Examining Representations of Bisexuality in Young Adult Fiction’. It will involve looking at fiction aimed at LGBT young adults, and the biases surrounding bisexuality within this genre. While mostly focusing on literature, we will also discuss television and film, as well as other types of media which people may be interested in. It will be in the form of a talk with audience participation at various points, and discussion will be encouraged.

Facilitator:

Shannon Mooney – I am a twenty-two-year-old graduate of a BA (Hons) in English Literature. I am Jewish and bisexual, and I don’t remember ever not being out. My honours dissertation on the representation of bisexuality in young adult literature received a distinction, and this is the field of literature I have always been most interested in – how groups of people are represented, and why.

Room 3 – Bisexual activism

11:00-12:00 – Bisexual role models and allies

Workshop description:

This session aims to empower attendees to begin looking at how they can be active agents of change and create more inclusive environments. Through group discussion and reflective practice, the session will encourage attendees to consider the importance of LGBT role models and non-LGBT allies and how they have the capacity to be an active role model or ally in their personal environments.

Facilitator:

Catherine Somerville and Cat Telford, Stonewall Scotland

12:15-13:15 – Including LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees

Workshop description:

An informal chat about Including LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees in equalities work

Facilitator:

Emmanuel is a human rights activist who focuses on LGBT asylum seekers and refugees.

14:30-15:30 – Bisexuality, a trade union issue

Workshop description:

Informal talk with leaflets available. Topic under discussion: Bisexuality: a trade union issue (Workshop will also include information generally about UNISON & its LGBT work, and LGBTQI support organisations such as Victim support, Police Scotland, etc.)

UNISON is one of the UK’s largest trade unions, with more than 1.3 million members. We represent all staff who provide public services in both the public and private sectors. UNISON has a long and proud history on equality. UNISON recognises that bisexual people face particular issues at work and we strive to tackle biphobic prejudice and discrimination. We recognise that bisexual people are the most invisible and least provided for in terms of dedicated or fully relevant workplace policies or inclusive services, we recognise that increased visibility is sometimes followed by an increase in overt prejudice and discrimination. Trade unions exist to defend their members from discrimination and to work for better employment conditions, so tackling biphobia in the workplace is clearly a trade union issue. Workshop is to focus around this issue with the free-flow of discussion & information.

Facilitator:

Fiona Gentle is the LGBT officer for UNISON’s Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) branch where she works as an environmental chemist. A member of UNISON Scotland’s LGBT Committee since October 2016; Fiona has a passion for inclusivity and visibility.

Osman Rafiq is currently working for Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) and volunteering for Action on Hearing Loss Scotland. Osman has been a member of UNISON Scotland’s LGBT Committee since October 2016; Osman has organised several LGBT events and stalls in GCU.

15:45-16:45 – Kink, consent and safety

Workshop description:

Consent Violations in Kinky Communities and Relationships. We’ll talk about safety when playing and safety when interacting on the BDSM scene, examine the common perception that kink communities are “self-policing”, and discuss whether communities could do more to protect their members.

Facilitator:

Beth Lang