Budapest Pride, UK BiCon

Budapest Pride

A friend pointed out to me that I left off my previous faggot list story on a rather alarming note, so here’s what happened: to my friend’s text I responded “You know, if someone wanted a reason to beat me up, they have plenty already. I’m Jewish, I’m a woman, I’m a feminist, liberal, being LGBTQ+ is just the cherry on top.” I didn’t get beat up btw. Hopefully, it’ll stay that way.

Back to the fun part though – sadly I couldn’t participate in the Budapest Pride march itself: I found out hours before the march that couldn’t get on a truck this year due to security reasons and I couldn’t walk the whole way (if you don’t know why, read here). Couldn’t join somewhere along the way, because the route was secret since there was no fencing this year (fencing, what?! Read last post). But I did meet the march at the end and got a whiff of the amazing atmosphere. You could just feel the acceptance in the air. That’s what it feels like to me anyway. Imagine if you were wearing a slightly tight piece of clothing and you’d only realize it was constricting you when you take it off…

I was off the Transylvania again the next morning, so no late night partying. Read about my trips under the travel category.

 

B-b-b bi to the bone

My next LGBTQ+ event of the year is BiCon. Only a few days to go (when I put this goes up)! What is BiCon you ask?

“BiCon is a weekend-long educational and social gathering for bi people, their friends, partners, and others with a supportive interest in bisexuality. We don’t all use the labels “bi” or “bisexual” or even agree on what it means to be bi, but bisexuality is the common theme.“ Read more here.

I’d like to share what it was like for me going the first time last year.

I read about this event in a book sometime in 2015 and I instantly thought “I need to go and check it out”. Then I was also a bit terrified to take a trip just for this event, all on my own, not really sure how I fit in with others. Here is how that trip ended btw 😛

I was very, VERY pleasantly surprised. They were the most accepting bunch of people I ever met. Incorporating/welcoming towards people on the asexual spectrum, people with disabilities, people with social anxiety, all sorts of genders and so on. It was a whole new level of feeling respected with regards to my personal space and my pronouns. And so now I’m back for round two!

I stepped up my game this year and am holding a workshop about what makes us bi? Or straight? Or gay? Is it enough to claim we are? Is it what we do? Is it the attraction we feel? And how do these elements interact?

Recommend me more LGBTQ+ / sex themed events (leave in comments)! A new one I have on my list for next year is EroSphère

Also tell me what you’d like to read about!

 

(featured image from BiCon website)