Wednesday, 1 March 2017

THE BIG BRISTOL BI ZINE




We're very excited to talk about our idea for this years Bristol Pride and Bivisibilty Day

This year Bivisible Bristol want to bring together the creative talents of the Bristol bi community and anyone else who are attracted to more than one gender. While the name says Bi we want to encourage those who identify as Pan, Queer, Bi curious and anyone who is still figuring it out. We plan to publish a zine that expresses and represents how much bi-ness there actually is in the city and it's surrounding areas. This zine will be available for a small donation at the Bivisible table at Bristol Pride 2017 as well as an exhibition of all the work submitted on Bivisibilty Day (23rd of September)

So what is a zine? It's short for magazine or fanzine and are self published by a single person or small group on a certain interest or subject. We plan to go bigger and ask anyone who loves to be creative to submit their work!

So, what can you submit?

The subject is simple. Being attracted to more than one gender. What you create is your idea! It could be anything from :-

  • Coming out stories or going back in
  • Personal experiences (good or bad)
  • Biphobia or Bi-erasure you've experienced/noticed
  • Bi/Queer idols
  • Representation in the media (again good or bad)
  • Jokes or Memes
  • Research pieces

These are only a few ideas of what people can submit. As long as it stays related to the subject we're all good to go!

But what can you use to create your piece? Anything that will fit on no bigger than an A4 piece of paper!

  • Drawings
  • Writing
  • Articles
  • Poetry
  • Collage
  • Photography
  • Comics
  • Design

Though we strongly feel people should be open to express their creativity and thoughts, we do ask the following not be submitted as it will not be printed.

  • Strong Pornography – While we welcome works about sex, kink and nudity we do ask explicit or hardcore pornography not be submitted.
  • Hate Speech – There's a difference between free speech and being an arsehole. If we feel your work is particularly hateful towards a certain community, culture, race, sexuality or gender we will either ask you to edit your work or it won't be published.
  • Violence / Gore
  • Anything completely off the subject – The point of a zine is that it's based on one subject and we hope what we've chosen if varied enough to get those creative juices flowing. If your work is not related to the subject it will not be published.
  • Bigger than A4 - We ask for just 1 A4 size piece so everyone gets a fair share of their work featured in the zine.

If we feel your work falls into any part of the no no list we will contact you to discuss.

We do welcome works on hard subjects such as mental health, assault, rape, suicide etc. However, we do ask you make it known when you submit your work if you feel your work could be triggering to someone. This way we are able to publish a content warning at the beginning of the zine and you'll get a big thumbs up from us.

Read all that? Excited to start getting creative? We hope so and we look forward to seeing your work.

Once your work is ready to submit please send it to bivisiblebristol@yahoo.co.uk . You can also used this address to contact us if you have any questions.

More info about Pride Day and the Exhibition will be published on the BIG BRISTOL BI ZINE facebook group and the Bivisible Bristol website closer to the time.


Happy Creating!

Thursday, 12 January 2017

2016 and Updates

We're still here folks!

Despite being rubbish with the website, 2016 was a good year for Bivisible. We had a great time in the Community Tent at Bristol Pride where we had some amazing response.



The table did so well that we were awarded Best Community Table at the Bristol Pride Awards. This was voted for by the general public which we're pretty chuffed about.


For Bivisiblity Day we joined a couple of the contributors for a reading and discussion on the book Purple Prose : Bisexuality in Britain. The book is filled with interviews, essays and poems from those identifying as bisexual all over Britain. We were able to grab a copy ourselves for those who wish to take a look at meetings. For more information please visit the publisher website http://thorntreepress.com/purple-prose

With lots more happening this year, the team will be meeting for an AMG to discuss future plans for the group including more visibility at LGBT events, weekend meets and events and better social media activity. We've also got a couple of exciting ideas we'll be sharing soon.

It's a little bit late but a Happy New Year from all of us at Bivisible Bristol. We look forward to an even more visible year.








Saturday, 2 July 2016

T-Shirt Painting Day!


Here's the drill. You get a plain t-shirt and/or banner, you paint or design something super wicked awesome about how rad your sexual identity is, and then wear the shit out of it during Pride so all on lookers can go "Damn son! That's some sweet threads!"
Either that or this is a nice day to get creative and hang out with nice peeps in the pub 

Bring along plain t-shirts, cardboard (for banners or helping to draw onto your t-shirt) and any drawing/paint supplies. We'll be meeting at 12:15pm tomorrow (Sunday 3rd July) at The Windmill on Windmill Hill which has plenty of seating, hot and cold drinks and also does a cracking sunday roast if you fancy it. Friends and family also welcome! 


Monday, 13 June 2016

Bristol Vigil for LGBT Orlando


Bivisible Bristol will be attending the vigil if you wish to join us in support for those who lost their lives during this weekend's tragic events. You can find the Facebook event page here.


Tuesday, 7 June 2016

BiVisible June - Biphobia Workshop

Hey everyone. Sorry again for the long delay in posts. But we've been working up some treats for the next couple of months

June's social meet (8th of June) is going to do something different! Friend of BiVisible Dr. Nikki Hayfield is coming to visit our group where we'll be having a big flipchart type discussion about themes from her research into the links between appearance / perception and biphobia. We'd love it if as many of us as possible are involved in the discussion. Nikki is also going to be letting us know about how we can get involved in her new research project about bisexuality and identity in relationships. As the region's biggest community of bi people we can really help with informing the sorts of interview questions that are asked in the research! It's going to be a relaxed and interesting evening and we really hope lots of you will come and join in. Meet-ups have been so great recently and we want to see you all again!