BiFest

Session Guide

Session Room 1 (the Quaker meeting room)

14:00 - 14:15 Session 1A: Introduction to BiFest

Facilitator: Katy Harrad.

A brief introduction to BiFest and the local bi community.

14:30 - 15:30 Session 2A: Coming Out

Facilitator: Hannah Bee.

A facilitated group discussion on everything to do with coming out.

Do you let other people know about your sexuality? Why, why not? Should you? Is it safe to? What are the pros and cons of each option? In addition to the above we will also look at the bi specific issues surrounding coming out (or being unable to), swap tips, and share our own experiences.

15:45 - 16:45 Session 3A: Bisexual and non-monogamy

Facilitator: Juliet Kemp

There is a significant crossover between bisexuality and non-monogamous relationship styles. Come along to discuss these and find out more.

17:00 - 18:00 Session 4A: Lesser Spotted Attractions

Facilitator: Jamie Collins

A safe space for those who find their attraction-related identities marginalised even within LGB spaces (including, but not limited to asexual/romantic, demisexual/romantic and greysexual/romantic attractions).

Restrictions: this is not a 101 session* so is limited to those who fit the above description. No age limit (so no NSFW, please). Open to those who are questioning, and/or seeking better language to explain the nuances of their identity.

Any questions ahead of time, please drop a line to Jamie Collins ( https://www.facebook.com/jamieqcollins ) and/or check out chapter 9 of Purple Prose: Bisexuality in Britain ( http://purple-prose.co.uk/).

(* There is, however, a No Stupid Questions session, where the panel will be able to answer questions.)

18:15 - 19:15 Session 5A: Drop-in bisexual singalong

Facilitators: Chandy and Gail.

Like carol singing, but with queer anthems! See separate sheet for song listings. Lyrics provided (or you can get them on your phone). No ability to sing required.

19:30 - 20:30 Session 6A: Drop-in speed friending

Facilitator: Sally Wyatt.

Want to talk about how the day has gone? Want to find more bi people to connect with? Want to find someone to go to a bi group with? This is the session for you. Have bite-sized chunks of conversation one-on-one and see who you platonically click with. We'll even provide some possible topics of conversation.

Session Room 2 (the committee room)

13:45 - 14:15 Session 1B: Be A Bisexual Activist!

Facilitator: Marcus Morgan.

It's easy to think we can't do anything about bisexual issues, and to feel powerless. Come to this session for some practical tips on how to get started in activism, reboot waning activism, and how to work together on bisexual projects.

14:30 - 15:30 Session 2B: Trans/non-binary/genderqueer discussion

Facilitator: Fred Langridge.

A space to talk about being bi and trans and/or non-binary and/or genderqueer.

Restrictions: For trans and/or non-binary and/or genderqueer people only please.

15:45 - 16:45 Session 3B: Bis of colour

Facilitator: Jacq Applebee.

A space to talk about being bi and POC/BME.

Restrictions: For people of colour/Black and Minority Ethnic people only please.

17:00 - 18:00 Session 4B: Activism and working class bisexuals

Facilitator: Libby Baxter-Williams.

What's it like to be a working class bisexual? How can bi activists un-learn ingrained classism and address the problems that keep working class people hidden in our community? This session will help you start to answer these questions by providing an overview of the issues and giving you space to ask questions.

18:15 - 19:15 Session 5B: Drop-in disability discussion space

Facilitator: Claire.

A space to talk about the intersection of being bi and disabled.

Restrictions: For people who identify as disabled only please. Disability can of course include mental health, chronic illness etc.

19:30 - 20:30 Session 6B: There Are No Stupid Questions panel

Panel: Gail Morgan (chair), Jamie Collins, James Whitehouse, Lizzie Furber, Libby Baxter-Williams, doop.

Do you have questions you want to ask someone, but you’re worried you'll offend someone or look silly? This is the place for you. Our panel will do their best to answer you and/or suggest further reading that will help. Questions can be asked during the panel, or written down and given to the registration desk beforehand.

The Code of Conduct applies in this panel as it does everywhere else.