There will be much more on this later, but in the mid 1990s Bisexuals' Action on Sexual Health ('BASH') won funding from the UK arm of the Red Hot Organization for a part-time worker to run a peer education project in the UK bi community.
I'd been one of the group that put together the application, submitted the finished version, and I ended up as 'chair' of the three or four people who managed the project.
Although I would have been surprised if the person who would eventually be appointed, whoever it was, didn't read Bifrost, the amazingly reliable UK bi community monthly newsletter that ran from 1991 to 1995 or go to a bi group, as part of the funding application we included the cost of advertising outside the community.
So I designed and placed at least four ads about the job and I can currently find three of them… Read more
Unlike all the bodies that have organised Pride festivals in London for the past 25 years, The Pride Trust was a genuine membership organisation. It was easy to join, and everyone who did got a vote on who ran it, and what each year's theme would be.
Oh, and what the event was called… Read more
For BiCon 97, someone brought along a small pile of zines – primarily 'ConRunner' – for SF con organisers.
I had a look at them and while much wasn't relevant to us – there are reasons why we don't use hotels or pay for writers to come and speak or have a 'green room' where celebs can escape attendees – one of the things I really liked was the idea of having a document that said what the event was, what distinguished it from other events, so that attendees and organisers could both know what to expect from it.
OK Ian, what makes a BiCon 'a BiCon'? Erm… Read more
Following his visit with Tom Brookes to BiCon 13 in Birmingham at the start of September 1995, Adam Jeanes, the then chair of The Pride Trust wrote to people who'd given their details as being interested in being involved with the Pride celebrations in London:
The bisexual bench makes a reappearance in a leaflet that accompanied the poster from the Australian 'Women Partners of Bisexual Men Project': Read more
Chronos was one of the many names of the company that published lesbian and gay newspapers and magazines such as Boyz and, between buying it from its original founders in the early 90s and later selling it to the 'publishers of Gay Times and owners of an adult shop' Millivres in 2005, the Pink Paper.
After the failure of Pride Events UK, the bunch of chancers that tried to run a commercial Pride event in London in July 1998, Chronos's Kelvin Sollis and possibly its co-owner, David Brindle, did the same maths that PEUK had done and discovered that running a commercial Pride event could be very profitable. Read more
The much-missed Pride Trust was a company limited by guarantee: rather than having any share capital, members promised to pay something like a pound if it was wound up.
Here's the version of the form I filled after the September 1995 visit of the Pride Trust's Adam Jeanes and Tom Brooks to that year's BiCon to join: Read more
As mentioned in my post on what lead up to London's Pride event changing its name to 'Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride' in 1996, until that happened, the London Bisexual Group used to pay around £100 for a stall in the festival's "marketplace".
In 1993, the minutes of the LBG executive suggest that the group paid for two 2m x 2m stall spaces at the festival in Brockwell Park. At the moment, I cannot if a supplied table was supplied or if we took a pair of folding table ourselves.
In 1994, the cost of what we wanted – again in Brockwell Park – was going to be £150, but this was found from another source.. Read more
Looking through some old papers, I discovered a mention of a website for the group who had organised the bisexual presence at LGBT Pride 96. Here is a post-event version of it: Read more
The story of bisexual involvement in London's Pride event during the 1990s ended with optimism: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride 97 had been a huge success, both for its organisers, the Pride Trust, and the bi community.
After it, everyone was looking forward to LGBT Pride 98, but it never happened. This is the story of why it didn't and what did happen. Read more