Pride in London may have been cancelled following a torrid year of resignations amid accusations of racism and pandering to the corporate shilling, but that hasn’t stopped some of the UK’s leading bisexual organisations from putting together the Bi Plus Community Picnic.
The picnic was originally planned as an alternative space for London’s bisexual community to celebrate Pride, after all bi+ groups pulled out of Pride in London in solidarity with Rhammel Afflick. In March 2021, Afflick, a black bisexual man, resigned as Pride in London’s Director of Communications alleging systematic racism within the organisation.
The Bi Plus Community Picnic will take place on 11th September in London’s Hyde Park from 1pm onwards, just beyond Serpentine Bar and Kitchen and is the brainchild of our friends at Biscuit, The Bi Survivors Network, BWithTheT, London Bi Meetup, and the Bisexual Index. Attendees are encouraged to bring snacks, drinks, blankets, games, and flags to wave.
Lois Shearing, director of the Bi Survivors network and BWithTheT, says: “We’re so excited to give London’s bi+ community a chance to celebrate and gather in a community-focused space. This is the kind of Pride event we as bi+ organisers would love to see more of; free from commercialism, focused on the needs of our community, and free for all attendees! It’s been a tough year for all of us, and we hope this event gives our bi+ family a space to relax and reconnect. We’re especially excited to be able to host this event during Bi Visibility Month!”
Libby Baxter-Williams, Director of Biscuit says: “The pandemic has exacerbated loneliness and isolation among bi+ people, so we’re thrilled to be back offline and providing a welcoming and relaxed real-life space for bi+ Londoners and their friends, partners and families. Grassroots organisers and activists have worked tirelessly over the last eighteen months to provide online spaces for bi+ people, but we’ve missed our real-life events, so we’re excited to be back and reconnecting with our big bi+ family.”
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