Brighton event: Allsorts Youth Project launches ‘Bi Network’

Start Date:May 9, 2012

Are you bisexual, aged 16-25 and living in the Brighton, Hove and Sussex area? Then why not come along to our Bi Network due to launch in May?

Bi Network is a lively monthly social group for young bisexual men, women and trans people aged 16-25. We will meet at a central Brighton location the second Wednesday of every month from 5pm-7pm. The first meeting is on Wednesday 9 May.

Bisexual young people are often categorised in the L and G brackets of LGBT, and therefore can sometimes feel invisible. Moreover, due to the stigma and stereotypes associated, many don’t realise bisexual people have specific needs and issues which need to be considered and addressed.

To respond to the needs of bi young people, Allsorts Youth Project is setting up a bi group, simply named ‘Bi Network.’ This group intends to ensure there is a safe and specific space for young people who are bisexual or identify as pan/omni/polysexual, queer or see their sexual orientation as fluid.

As a group, we believe it is important that there is the opportunity for young people to safely express how they feel about their sexual orientation and have a place to access support, guidance and help. Additionally, we believe it is important for bi young people to meet and discuss issues with other like-minded young people.

Mel Berry, Bi Network Facilitator, said: “Being a bi young person may be seen as being ‘cool’. In reality it’s very different. Identifying as bi means you can experience phobia from many communities, not only the heterosexual community but the LGT ones too.”

“Many people don’t realise bi people have specific needs and think we just fall into the LGT categories. That’s really not the case. Bi young people face a very different range of issues and therefore can need very different support.”

“As much as the Bi Network will be a place of support and safety. It will also be a place to have fun and meet like-minded young people.”

The group will be led by Mel and supported by bi male, female and trans volunteers.

The group offers:

- The opportunity to make friends with other bi young people

- Support and information about being bi

- Discussions about what matters to you as bi young people

- Fun activities and workshops e.g. art activities, drama, games, film nights etc

- Free food and drink

If you’d like to come along to the group for the first time, or for more information about the Bi Network, please contact Allsorts on 01273 721 211, email info@allsortsyouth.org.uk or drop ‘Allsorts Staff’ a message on Facebook.

You can check out Allsorts website for more details: www.allsortsyouth.org.uk
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/allsortsyouth
Twitter page: @AllsortsYouth

POSTED BY MELBERRY

 

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