|Time||Room 1||Room 2||Room 3|
|11:00 – 11:20||Registration|
|11:20 – 11:30||Welcome|
|11:30 – 12:30||The Diversity Spectrum
|Including Minority Ethnic Bisexual and Trans People
|Talking About Our Relationships
|12:30 – 13:30||Lunch|
|13:30 – 14:30||Challenging Assumptions
|How to Keep Increasing Trans Equality
|Mental Health: Supporting Ourselves
|14:30 – 14:35||Break|
|14:35 – 15:35||Bisexual Quiz
|Intersectionality: Disability + LGBT
|15:35 – 16:00||Break|
|16:00 – 17:00||Bisexual Role Models and Allies
|Young and BiTastic!
|Preventing Sexual Violence: Let’s Talk About Consent!
|17:00 – 17:30||Thank you and close|
Most of the workshops will be run by BiTastic! attendees. If you would like to apply to run a workshop download an application form here.
Our workshops will be as diverse as our communities, so they will be loosely grouped under three themes to suit our various needs and moods:
- Equality and Diversity
- Sex and Relationships
- Fun and Games
You can also download the full programme and workshop details in PDF format:
11:30 – 12:30
The Diversity Spectrum
People have used flags to show their identities for some time – from the rainbow flag, to the bi flag, to flags for almost every identity label we could have. We’ll talk for a bit about identities and their flags, which ones resonate with us – and then we’ll have a go at creating personal identity flags, using colours and symbols to share what we want to communicate about ourselves. Then we can see what our own spectrum of diverse coloured flags looks like.
Including Minority Ethnic Bisexual and Trans People
Tatenda Nyatsanza, Equality Network
An informal chat about how minority ethnic bisexual and trans people can be better included in services, including LGBT spaces.
Talking About Our Relationships
A safely held space for bi and trans people to talk with each other about their relationships with family, friends and romantic partners. The workshop will be an open discussion in which people may choose to discuss some of the following questions: How do I come out? How do I deal with questions from others about my relationship(s)? What relationship style works best for me? How do I find like-minded people? How do I deal with biphobia and transphobia when making new friends or dating?
13:30 – 14:30
Lisa Charlwood-Green, The WOW Network
This workshop will look at assumptions people make about gender and sexual orientation, either in work or socially, and how this damages relationships and self esteem. We will then look at how we can work both as bi and trans people, and also as allies, to remove barriers and create safe environments.
How to Keep Increasing Trans Equality
James Morton, Scottish Trans Alliance
This workshop is open to anyone who wants to learn more about trans equality activism. Discuss current levels of trans equality and hear about ways you can help end the gaps in legal protection and improve trans inclusion in services and employment. Exchange trans activism tips and build your skills and confidence.
Mental Health: supporting ourselves
At least 1 in 4 people will have experienced mental health difficulties at some point in their lives and with long waiting lists and reduced services it isn’t easy getting help. This is a session for people with mental health difficulties to share coping strategies and will introduce a few tools to improve mental health and fitness which we can all use at home as well as offering a chance for everyone to share their own ideas and experiences.
Note: This is not a therapy session and may not be suitable for discussing detailed individual situations.
14:35 – 15:35
Fun, light-hearted team quiz about all aspects of bisexuality from the serious to the trivial. Come with friends and make a team, or team up at the session – we’ll find a way to include everyone.
Intersectionality: Disability + LGBT
Emma Scott, Disability Equality Scotland
This workshop is a chance to discuss the issues that affect those who are both disabled and identify as LGBT and to suggest ways in which organisations such as Disability Equality Scotland can be more inclusive.
A safely held space for transgender, non-binary, genderqueer, and intersex people to discuss how being gender-variant affects our close relationships, especially with cis gendered partners, family members and friends. How can we help others to understand and accept us? How can we communicate about sex or sexuality? Do we talk about it and who with? What helps us to talk openly about ourselves with close people and what is difficult?
Restrictions: For those who do not identify with the gender to which they were assigned at birth, including those who are questioning their gender identity.
Bisexual Role Models and Allies
Cat Telford, Stonewall Scotland
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.
Young and BiTastic!
Sam Rankin, Equality Network
A space for 16- 25 year olds who are bisexual, transgender or questioning their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Participants will decide what they want to talk about.
Restrictions: 16 – 25 year olds only.
Preventing Sexual Violence: Let’s Talk About Consent!
Melody McIndoe, Rape and Sexual Abuse Service Highland (RASASH)
What makes good sex? How do we communicate consent? What even is consent and what does the law say about it? Are LGBT+ folk more vulnerable to sexual violence, and if so, why? In this interactive workshop we’ll explore sexual consent, communication and the key to preventing sexual violence.
Restrictions: 16 years and over only.
Calum Campbell has been a BiCon organiser, was a previous chair of BiScotland, and has run bisexual support and discussion groups.
Cat Telford is the Empowerment Programmes Officer for Stonewall Scotland and works with individuals from different communities supporting LGBT role models and allies to create inclusive workplaces, where LGBT people can be accepted without exception. In addition to this, Cat also delivers teacher training to better equip teaching staff to support LGBT young people and organises Stonewall Scotland’s annual Workplace and Education Conferences.
Emma Scott is the Equality Projects Manager from Disability Equality Scotland (formerly Scottish Disability Equality Forum), a leading charity working to improve access and inclusion for disabled people in Scotland.
James Morton is the Manager of The Scottish Trans Alliance.
Lisa Charlwood-Green has actively championed for LGBT equality and diversity for over 17 years, starting with her work at LGBT Switchboard as a trained counsellor, through to volunteering with LGBT Youth, LGBT Health and Wellbeing and LEAP Sports. She was the deputy chair of Network Rail’s award winning LGBT network, and works with her current workplace to consult on LGBT staff training.
Lisa founded The WOW Network in March 2017, in response to a study which found that 64% of LGBT women in the workplace felt unable to come out. WOW is the only network in the UK dedicated to supporting LGBT women in coming out at work. It is entirely run by LGBT women.
Melody McIndoe is the Prevention and Campaigns Worker at RASASH. She delivers workshops to young people across the Highlands, provides training to professionals, and orchestrates campaigns that work towards the elimination of sexual violence. RASASH provides support to all survivors of sexual violence aged 13+, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, trans status, disability, race, or anything else. They strive to make both their support and prevention work as intersectional, accessible and inclusive as possible.
Rowan Alison has been a bisexual activist for 30 years and has lived with depression and anxiety throughout that time as well as informally helping support other people with similar issues.
Russ Wolf: I am a transman (female to male transgender) and an experienced psychotherapist and workshop facilitator based in Forres. Please note: I am keen to use my skills to help people to share their experiences with each other. As a transgender person myself I am not interested in ‘psychoanalysing’ anyone!
Sam Rankin is the Intersectional Equalities Co-ordinator for Equality Network. Sam has previously worked in race equality, as a teacher, teacher trainer and festival organiser.
Tatenda Nyatsanza (also affectionately known as Tintin) is an intersectional sessional worker for the Equality Network.