A few days short of two months after I'd written in to the London Bisexual Group in response to the 'Double Trouble' article published in The Guardian in February 1986, I got a reply.
This was partly down to the delays inherent in using a mail-forwarding service, British Monomarks, and the way that the group met once a week, but mostly because I wasn't the only one… 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
Published in the paper's 'Open Space' section, this was my reintroduction to the UK's bi community.
At the end of August 1981, I had just arrived as a new student at Reading University for the start of 'freshers week'. Browsing – rather than buying! – a copy of London listings magazine Time Out in the Student Union's shop, I noticed that the lesbian and gay section included a mention that the first meeting of the London Bisexual Group would be at gay nightclub 'Heaven' on Tuesday, 1st September. 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:
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
For LGBT History Month in 2011, there was some actual bi-bi-bi content! At the Conway Hall in Central London, three of us gave talks: I can remember Sue George being another participant, but I can't currently remember the third person.
The photo on the front of the flyer / postcard advertising the event is a BiCon group photo..
.. and on the back, it turns out that the third speaker and I aren't named on the flyer.
Mine was on the bi community's involvement in London's Pride event and this and the following post is recreating and expanding that talk from the photos I scanned for it… Read more