TREAT BI PEOPLE WITH RESPECT AND END BI+ ERASURE
That’s what a new video from National Student Pride is asking.
Today our pride organization is announcing why their February 10th event will highlight a part of the LGBT+ community who are underrepresented and erased – the ‘B.’
In the video, a line of young people get questioned, judged and grilled – by someone who goes on to guess their sexuality. The challenge to work out who is bisexual, and you might be surprised which of the line-up are:
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The video is designed to challenge people’s stereotypes about what bisexual people look like. But it also discusses common misconceptions and labels that the bi people face.
Going beyond bisexual, it also looks at bi+ identities too like pansexuality. The literal definition of being pan is sexual or romantic attraction to two sexes. Similar to bisexual, but it goes beyond that to people of any sex or gender identity. So really it’s about falling in love with personality instead.
Bi activist and host of the panel at National Student Pride, Lewis Oakley says this video shows exactly why bisexuals deserve better from the LGBT community:
‘From spaces to meet one another, bi inclusive media output and even official representatives who look after the needs of bisexuals.’
The panel will take place on the Gay Star Students stage at the event.
‘Statistically the majority of people in our LGBTI community will be part of the B – bi, queer or pan. But you wouldn’t know it,’ says Gay Star News editor Tris Reid-Smith.
‘They are overlooked by media, government, businesses, charities and organisations – even LGBTI ones. With more and more young people saying they are neither gay or straight, the time to talk about this is now.’
Looking ahead to the National Student Pride Bisexual+ Panel Oakley adds his excitement:
‘It's an opportunity to discuss our issues and put our heads together to think up some solutions.’
MEDIA DIARY: National Student Pride 9th-11th Feb 2018
Tickets available now: www.studentpride.co.uk/tickets
Info about the Bisexual+ Panel at National Student Pride
Bisexual activist Lewis Oakley (@lewyoaks) will chair the panel of bisexual+ people, who will have an open and frank discussion about biphobia and bi erasure.
Joining Lewis will be
Nichi Hodgson, a journalist, broadcaster, author and sex educator.
Jen Yockney MBE, the first Mx to make the Honours List and first MBE for ‘services to the bisexual community.’
Two more guests TBC
What can you expect at the 2018 event?
The whole event starts with an opening night party with one of Britain's biggest Drag Queens, BGT’s Danny Beard. (GAY Late, Fri 10th, 7pm)
The main stage room will play host to our LGBT+ youth homelessness panel. Alongside Beyond the Binary and the return of our TV Parody. After the hot mess that was the Student Pride Bake Off and the Lip Sync Battle – this year we’ll be parodying on Paul O’grady’s Blind Date. ‘Queer Dates’ hosted by James Barr gives students the chance to win a date with the likes of Ollie Locke (Made in Chelsea star) and Riyadh Khalaf (Host of Queer Britain).
Also on the Saturday event there will be a YouTubers meet & greet with adorable puppies.
We will also be opening a discussion on body image within the LGBT+ community. The open mic, with featured speakers, will explore why it is so important for members of the LGBT+ community to feel empowered and confident with their bodies.
7pm -11pm Registration with Danny Beard @ GAY Late
11pm - late GAY Heaven
12-5pm, daytime event (University of Westminster) with
Main Stage Panels
Attitude Homeless Panel with LGBT+ homeless case studies
Beyond the Binary Panel - Ayla Holdom, Fox Fisher, Lewis Hancox, Lily Madigan
#QueerAF podcast guest hosted by Evan Davis
Queer Dates, the Blind Dates parody you didn’t know you needed in your life. Hosted by Courtney Act
Gay Star Students stage
Bisexuality Panel with Lewis Oakley, Jen Yokney, Nichi Hodgson
YouTubers & Dogs - Doug Armstrong, Olly Pike, Saskia and Lily, OurSwirlLife, Ellen Stephenson, Laura Lu
Loving how you look body confidence open mic with Dr Ranj Singh, Model Aliss Bonython, YouTuber Roly UnGashaa, singer Calum Scott
Pride.Careers fair, performance stage and mock assessment centre with EY, IBM, Clifford Chance and other sponsors.
Student Pride at G-A-Y Heaven 10 - late
With performance TBC
Queer Bus tour of London around queer safe spaces
10:30 departure from Baker Street, £4
Pride.Careers Job Fair
The proudest aspect of our event is the careers fair. This year the Careers fair, the largest LGBT student Careers Fair in the UK, will keep the daytime event free for students.
Already signed up are London Insurance Life, Marks & Spencer, Pride in London, 56 Dean Street, Girlguiding, L‘Oreal, Stephenson Harwood, Stonewall and the RAF. Follow our social media for more big announcements of stalls. (@StudentPride)
National Student Pride is being platinum-sponsored in 2018 by EY for the eighth consecutive year. Maggie Stilwell, Managing Partner for Talent at EY, UK & Ireland, comments: “Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is unerring and the event allows us to connect with young LGBT talent in an environment of respect and opportunity. It’s important to us to show the next generation that they will be able to be themselves in the workplace. Last year thousands of the students from across the UK attended the event and we are excited to meet even more in February at the Careers Fair. We look forward to the whole weekend festival of events, including the ever popular series of discussions.”
Law firm Clifford Chance are gold sponsors.
ASOS, Enterprise Rent A Car, Thomson Reuters, Lloyds banking group, Chappy and Santander are silver sponsors. See all sponsors.
The event began at Oxford Brookes University in 2005 to proactively challenge the Christian Union’s ‘Homosexuality and the Bible’ talk. We continue that spirit today, leading the narrative on taboo topics. Read more about our history.
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