Programme

BiTastic is over now, but we’re leaving this programme up so people can see what kinds of sessions we generally have.

Our workshop programme is different every year, and we always seek facilitators with their own ideas so we can make our programme as diverse as our communities. Usually BiTastic takes place on one day, with several sessions running at the same time, but in 2021 we took advantage of the online format and ran sessions over three days. 

Zoom sessions: All sessions had AI subtitles enabled. Live captioning was provided for selected sessions. (See programme: Live )

Discord: Chat space available throughout the event.

Thursday

Time Discord
7 - 9 pm
Opening event

Friday

Time Zoom 1 Zoom 2
10 - 11 am
Speed friending
Being bi in politics
11.20 am - 12.20 pm
Autism 101
Transition, sexuality and labels
2 - 3 pm
Sexual health services workshop
Bi funding research results
3.20 - 4.20 pm
Ace space
Safer dating in (post?)-Covid times
7 - 9 pm
Virtual escape room

Saturday

Time Zoom 1 Zoom 2
10 - 11 am
Issues facing LGBTI+ Muslims
Trans space
11.20 am - 12.20 pm
QITPoC safe space
Unstick your creativity
2 - 3 pm
Celebrate rant celebrate:
A workshop for bi+ disabled &/or chronically ill people
Storytelling
(Live )
3.20 - 4.20 pm
Bi+ representation in the media
Non-binary space
7 - 7.30 pm
Magic performance
(Live )

Sunday

Time Zoom 1 Zoom 2
10 - 11 am
Crafty social
11.20 am - 12.20 pm
Crafty social
2 - 3 pm
Health and wellbeing workshop
3.20 - 4.20 pm
Neurodiverse space
7 - 9 pm
Sunday social
At end
Thank you / closing event / group photo / awards

Workshop Information

Thursday

7 - 9 pm

Opening event

Friday

10 - 11 am

Zoom 1:
Speed friending

Lorna (she/her) – Scottish Bi+ Network

You’ve heard of speed dating, now get ready for – speed friending!

Zoom 2:
Being bi in politics

Emma Roddick MSP (she/her)

Emma Roddick is an MSP for the Highlands and Islands and co-convenes the Cross-Party Group on LGBTI+ in the Scottish Parliament. She will hold a discussion on what it is like to be bisexual in Scottish politics – the barriers, the work that still needs to be done, and the importance of representation.

11.20 am - 12.20 pm

Zoom 1:
Autism 101

Nina Mega is a nonbinary autistic bisexual who lives with her cat, Wobbles, in Edinburgh. When she is not giving talks about autism she is usually wandering cemeteries, climbing hills, and haunting ice cream parlours.

There is a big crossover between the queer community and the autistic community. Autism 101 encompasses everything you didn’t know you didn’t know about autism. What is autism? What do we mean by the autism spectrum? How can allies help the autistic community? And how does autism- and ableism- affect our day to day lives? Join Nina Mega in this hour-long session to find out all this and more.

Zoom 2:
Transition, sexuality and labels

James Verardi (he/him) – Scottish Trans / Equality Network

Does being trans affect how we see our sexuality? Can our sexuality help us discover things about our gender identity? And where do labels fit in all this? This is a space for people to explore, discuss and share stories about self-discoveries of gender and sexuality.

2 - 3 pm

Zoom 1:
Sexual health services workshop

SX / Waverley Care

Interested in having your say on the future of sexual health services in Scotland? We are keen to hear how we can improve sexual health services for the Bi communities in Scotland. In this workshop, we will gather your feedback via an anonymous online platform.

Zoom 2:
Bi funding research results

Jennifer Moore and John G

Earlier in 2021, three of us got the job of researching the funding of UK bi organisations, commissioned by national LGBT+ charity Consortium.
After 2 surveys, 6 interviews, 3 discussion events and lots of writing, our findings and recommendations are now out in the world: Bi Funding Research 2021

In this session, we’re happy to answer questions about any of

  • the research process
  • what we found out
  • what might happen next!

3.20 - 4.20 pm

Zoom 1:
Ace space

Rowan Alison (they/them) – Equality Network

This will be a safe space to discuss being on the asexual spectrum and is open to anyone who is less sexual including asexual, grey ace, or anywhere on the asexual spectrum. There will be a short intro to the Ace spectrum and some of the definitions followed by a discussion of our own experiences in the sometimes over sexualised world of being bi.

Zoom 2:
Safer dating in (post?)-Covid times

James Verardi (he/him) and Oceana Maund (they/them) – Scottish Trans / Equality Network

With lockdowns easing after a long period of isolation, many of us are keen to find new partners and rebuild our social lives. This session will look into safety tips tailored for post-Covid enthusiasm, as well as other general safety advice for dating as bisexual people. Group participation is encouraged. The focus will be on bisexual experiences, but you don’t need to be bi to attend or participate.

7 - 9 pm

Zoom 1:
Virtual escape room

Scottish Bi+ Network

Saturday

10 - 11 am

Zoom 1:
Issues facing LGBTI+ Muslims

Hidayah

A talk on the issues affecting LGBT+ Muslims, and the work of Hidayah LGBT+.

Zoom 2:
Trans space

James Verardi (he/him) – Scottish Trans / Equality Network

A space for people who identify as trans to come together, share experiences, support one another and have the opportunity to learn more about themselves. All trans people are welcome.

11.20 am - 12.20 pm

Zoom 1:
QITPoC safe space

Hidayah

A session for all QTIPOC to share their experiences in a safe and non-judgemental space.

*QTIPOC includes those who are questioning their sexuality and/or gender identity, and is open to all Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic People of Colour.

Zoom 2:
Unstick your creativity

Jennifer Moore

No shame if you haven’t touched your knitting/crafting/music/writing recently, or if you don’t even know what creative thing you might want to do! All kinds of wishes & plans welcome, including DIY and social or business ideas as well as the arts. We’ll talk about ways to encourage yourself, ways to get unstuck, and solving practical obstacles. Blow the dust off an old wish, boost the start of something new, or just enjoy sharing thoughts. Mostly talking, but feel free to bring actual crafty items to do as we talk! Pencil and paper might be useful.

2 - 3 pm

Zoom 1:
Celebrate rant celebrate: A workshop for bi+ disabled &/or chronically ill people

Kez Rush (they/them) – Positive Change Arts Project

Where possible, please bring along three sheets of A4 paper and a marker pen or similar. These will be used to write on as part of the workshop.

Zoom 2:
Storytelling

Live available!

Kirsten Milliken (she/her)

Kirsten is a bold and enchanting storyteller. Her repertoire includes myths, legends, sagas, folk and fairy tales. From vast, epics telling of the wars of gods and of men, to smaller, more intimate tales exploring individual relationships and difficult choices. Kirsten considers herself a tradition bearer, sharing the tales of our ancestors, exploring what they show of the human psyche and sharing wisdom that was as relevant in our ancient past as it is today.

3.20 - 4.20 pm

Zoom 1:
Bi+ representation in the media

Robin (he/him) – Scottish Bi+ Network

Zoom 2:
Non-binary space

Rowan Alison (they/them) – Equality Network

A safe space for people who identify as non-binary to come together, share experiences, support one another and have the opportunity to learn more about themselves. All non-binary people are welcome, including those who are genderqueer, gender non-conforming and questioning a non-binary identity.

7 - 7.30 pm

Zoom 1:
Magic performance

Live available!

Marcus Morgan

Marcus Morgan is the UK’s only bisexual activist magician, possibly the only one in the world. A familiar furry face in the bisexual community, Marcus’s award winning magic combines queer humour with peerless insight. Tonight’s performance includes a new interactive Zoom piece written especially for BiTastic and never seen before!

Sunday

10 - 11 am

Zoom 1:
Crafty social

Scottish Bi+ Network

11.20 am - 12.20 pm

Zoom 1:
Crafty social

Scottish Bi+ Network

2 - 3 pm

Zoom 1:
Health and wellbeing workshop

SX / Waverley Care

The aim of the workshop is to provide a space to share and consider ways that we can improve our health and wellbeing. By providing information and advice we intend for attendees to leave with new tools that someone could incorporate into their day-to-day life.

3.20 - 4.20 pm

Zoom 1:
Neurodiverse space

Robin (he/him) – Scottish Bi+ Network

A space for all neurodiverse* people to talk about their experiences in a safe space.

*Neurodiverse includes autism, ADD/ADHD, Tourette’s, and many other conditions, and this session welcomes those who are self-diagnosed.

7 - 9 pm

Zoom 1:
Sunday social

Scottish Bi+ Network

At end

Zoom 1:
Thank you and close