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Bi ReCon at BiCon 2008: 28th August 2008

Bi ReCon is a one day event of day of workshops, presentations, research seminars and activities organised by BiUK and the BiCon 2008 organising team.

The aim of Bi ReCon is to build bridges between organisations, researchers and bisexual communities by connecting Bi ReCon to the beginning of BiCon 2008 at Leicester University's Oadby campus.

Full BiCon registration provides access to Bi ReCon for FREE!

To register for Bi ReCon, download a Bi ReCon registration form, fill it out and return it to Meg Barker.

To register for the full BiCon weekend which includes free access to Bi ReCon please go to the BiCon 2008 Registration page.

During Bi ReCon

There will be opportunities to:

  • Find out about key issues affecting bi people in the UK today
  • Present your organisation's position on bisexual matters and work with bi people
  • Engage in a dialogue between the bi community and major UK organisations and groups
  • Take part in workshops on specific issues (mental health, bi identity & relationships, equality & diversity policy)
  • Hear about cutting edge research on bisexuality in the UK

 

Bi ReCon Provisional Programme of events

Last updated 13th July 2008


Morning: (10:30–13:30) - Building Bridges


10:30–11:00Registration and Coffee
11:00–11:30Welcome and overview of bi needs
11:30–12:30Organisations present how they work with bi people – 5 minutes each:
  1. Equality and Human Rights Group, Department of Health – Rebecca Lloyd
  2. Amnesty – Presenter to be confirmed
  3. Lesbian & Gay Foundation – Samantha Days
  4. Stonewall – Ruth Hunt, Head of Policy
  5. Polari – Lindsay Rivers
  6. Mind – Christina or Mind rep
  7. Met Police – Janella McCrea
  8. UNISON – Kevin George, Susan Mawhood, Richard Lohman
  9. NUS – Katie (or Katie's contact)
  10. The Danish LGBT Union – Miguel Obradors
  11. Bi men's groups – Edward Seeker
12:30–13:15Break-out groups – meeting bi needs in various arenas (awareness raising, mental health issues, tackling biphobia)
  • Mental Health Issues – Ele
  • Awareness Raising – Grant
  • Tackling Biphobia – Jen
13:15–13:30Feedback

Afternoon: (14:15–17:00) – Researching Bi Needs


14:15–15:15Brief research presentations:
  1. Visual Methods and Bi Identity – Helen Bowes–Catton
  2. Bisexuality and Psychotherapy – Lyndsey Moon
  3. Bisexual community events – Sophie Voss
  4. Organisational Change, Resistance and Democracy: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Equalities Initiatives in Local Government – Surya Monro
15:15–16:00Break-out groups - trying out and discussing specific research
  • Using case studies for bi training – Rebecca Jones
  • Alternative research methods for studying Bisexuality – Helen Bowes–Catton
  • Researching Bi needs – Ron Fox
16:00–17:00Feedback – where next with bi research?

Bi ReCon Invites

Bi ReCon invites contributions and expressions of interest from the following groups to take part in the first national Bi ReCon day:

  • Equality & diversity teams from relevant organisations (e.g. mental health charities, governmental & public bodies)
  • Representatives from LGBTQ organisations
  • Members of the bi community
  • Researchers on bisexual matters, particularly those of interest to organisations and policy makers

To find out more:

You can download a copy of the Bi ReCon information leaflet RTF/Word document).

Please contact Dr. Meg Barker, Department of Psychology, London South Bank University (email meg@megbarker.com).

Last changed 13th July 2008