Programme

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.

You can also download the full programme and workshop details as a PDF.

Time Main Hall Baird Room Ross Room Napier Room
09:30 Registration opens
10:00 – 10:15 Welcome
10:15 – 11:30 Bi-representation in Film and TV
(Robin)
Exploring Bi History
(Mel Reeve)
Non-binary Space
(Elizabeth Reiff)
Being ‘Bi Enough’
(Cat Telford)
11:30 – 11:45 Break
11:45 – 13:00 LC Music Choir
(Lynnette Cruickshank)
Ace in a Bi World
(Tara Catt)
Bi+ and Neurodiverse
(Nicola)
Zero Waste Clothes Swap
(Emilie Pender)
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch and Stalls
14:30 – 15:45 Drop in Short Film Screening
(Lorna Ward)
Bisexuality & Fandom
(Elizabeth Reiff)
Being Disabled in Queer Communities
(Rowan Alison & Natalya Dell)
“I am…”
(Kerry Rush)
15:45 – 16:00 Break
16:00 – 17:15 Sexual Health for Bi+ People
(Rowan Alison and SX)
DIY Session How to Do an Event for the Bi Community – No Previous XP Required!
(Mel Maguire & Cat Telford)
Coming Out – Your Journey, Your Resilience
(Lisa Charlwood-Green)
17:15 – 17:30 Thank you and Close

Workshop Information

10:15am – 11:30am

Main Hall:
Bi-representation in Film and TV

Robin

An open discussion on representation of bi+ characters in the media. What is out there, how to find it and what we would like to see more of.

Baird Room:
Exploring Bi History

Mel Reeve

Hear from the Bi History Project in a short presentation about bisexual history and the history of bi activism and community, then take part in a zine making activity responding to historical items relating to bi history and our own discussion and using zines from the Glasgow Zine Library Collection.
Restrictions: 15 person maximum

Ross Room:
Non-binary Space

Elizabeth Reiff

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.

Napier Room:
Being ‘Bi Enough’

Cat Telford

Many Bi+ people often feel self-doubt about their identities, and cite this as why they don’t feel that Bi+ spaces are for them. Come talk in a supportive environment about validity, identity, and why there really is no such thing as “Being Bi+ enough” with other folks in the community.

11:45am – 1:00pm

Main Hall:
LC Music Choir

Lynnette Cruickshank

Come and join a choir for BiTastic attendees, where we’ll do some vocal warm-ups, learn a bit about breathing and singing techniques, and learn songs in two-part harmony. It’s for anyone who would like to make a joyful noise and have fun doing so, no-one has to be able to sing! It’s a fantastic way to meet new people and break the ice. Singing is also great for mental health.

Baird Room:
Ace in a Bi World

Tara Catt

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 introduction 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.

Ross Room:
Bi+ and Neurodiverse

Nicola

An informal discussion about what being bi+ and neurodiverse/autistic means to you.

Napier Room:
Zero Waste Clothes Swap

Emilie Pender

Join us for an all genders clothes swap where you can pass on your unwanted clothes and accessories and pick up something else for a change. Some clothes will be provided and you can bring more. There will be space to try stuff on. Bring stuff you don’t want, take away something you do! Any clothes left behind will go to the Shrub or other charities. This session will run into the lunch break so anyone can drop in.

2:30pm – 3:45pm

Main Hall:
Drop in Short Film Screening

Lorna Ward

Join us for a selection of short films about a bi guy with too many feels (featuring all his lovely bi+ friends)!
[Guideline rating – 12A]

Baird Room:
Bisexuality & Fandom

Elizabeth Reiff

We as bi people don’t get enough representation in media. There are a few out bi characters, which is great, but for the rest we rely on the occasional word from the actor or writer, plus our own fevered headcanons. So, who’s your favourite bi or might be bi character? Let’s get together and chat fandom!

Ross Room:
Being Disabled in Queer Communities

Rowan Alison, Natalya Dell

This workshop is a chance to discuss the issues that affect those of us who are both disabled and identify as LGBT+, share ideas about how to advocate for ourselves and talk about how Queer spaces and organisations can welcome and include us better.

Napier Room:
“I am…”

Kerry Rush

In this workshop, Kerry provides a supportive and nurturing environment for attendees to creatively explore who they are. With the aid of art and crafts materials, attendees are invited to shed any unwanted or enforced labels and to use language and images of their own choosing to express their own ‘I am…’.

Attendees of the ‘I am…’ workshop have typically struggled to find appropriate support in the wider community and are often, but not restricted to, members of underrepresented minority groups and/or survivors of abuse and rape.

4:00pm to 5:15pm

Main Hall:
Sexual Health for Bi+ People

Chaired by Rowan Alison with sexual health info provided by SX Scotland

Sexual health is still a major concern in Scotland, and there is more to it that HIV/Aids. However a lot of available information fails to reach out to bi and trans people or be inclusive of us. In this sex positive workshop we’ll hear from SX Scotland about how to look after our sexual health, and have the chance to debunk some myths about the sex we have, as well as to discuss what bi+ people of all genders want to see in safer sex information in order for us to feel included and stay safe.

Baird Room:
DIY Session

Do you have an idea of what to do in this session? Come to the front desk and we’ll help you make it happen!

Ross Room:
How to Do an Event for the Bi Community – No Previous XP Required!

Mel Maguire and Cat Telford

Events like BiTastic only happen because folks in the community put them on. If you want to help out with putting on next year’s event (whether you’re super organised, or confident at talking to folks, or good at using websites, or happy to do flyer-ing, or just curious about how you can get involved), then come along to this interactive workshop, share our learning and start planning what you can do for next year!
DISCLAIMER: Attendance to the workshop does not mean that you HAVE to take part in next year’s event – we’re not that cruel – but we hope you’ll want to!

Napier Room:
Coming Out – Your Journey, Your Resilience

Lisa Charlwood-Green

This workshop will be looking at participants’ coming out journeys and their personal resilience, and show how simple tools and tips can help.

About the Facilitators

Cat Telford is a queer, femme, activist, who has worked in the third sector at Stonewall for the last 4 years. They have been delivering BiTastic since it began and are very keen to help others learn how they can put on similar events!

Elizabeth Reiff is a non-binary person who coordinates Bi and Beyond in Edinburgh.

Emilie Pender is volunteer at Shrub Zero Waste Hub. Shrub is a volunteer led cooperative in Edinburgh working for a world without waste.

Kerry Rush (they/them) is an LGBTQIA+ creative activist, postgraduate Counselling and Psychotherapy student and aspiring foster carer based in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Kerry works under the name Positive Change Arts Projects (PCAP), a creative initiative driven by personal experiences of prejudice, discrimination, social exclusion and social injustice.

Lisa Charlwood-Green is a Director and founder of the WOW Network, working to support, guide, and connect with LGBT women in the workplace.

Lorna Ward is from the Scottish Bi+ Network and very enthusiastic about film.

Lynnette Cruickshank is an instrumental tutor and also runs choirs in Edinburgh. To find out more, head to www.lcmusic.rocks

Mel Maguire is an Intersectional Worker at Equality Network and has been helping deliver BiTastic since it began.

Mel Reeve runs the Bi History Project, exploring the history and activism of the bi community, has released a zine highlighting the work of activists within the bi community is collecting an archive of bi history which will be available through the Glasgow Zine Library. She helps run the zine distro foma press and recently created an LGBTQ+ heritage trail of Glasgow with Glasgow Women’s Library.

Natalya Dell is setting up an organisation called “Reasonable Access” www.reasonableaccess.org.uk to support disabled people to assert and enforce legal rights. Natalya is also fuelled by much tea.

Robin is from the Scottish Bi+ Network/ @BiMediaProject, and as a big fan of film and TV and a bi+ activist, can’t stop talking about the subject.

Rowan Alison is an Intersectional Sessional Worker at Equality Network. They have been working to make bi spaces more accessible to disabled people for over 25 years.

Tara Catt is Ace, Bi, Polyamorous, Genderfluid and very much likes dragons and cake. Also very possibly may secretly be a cat.