Happy Pan Visibility Day to all the Pansexuals and Panromantics out there.
Here, in Bi+ Ireland we know that Pan identities fit nicely under the Bi+ umbrella, whilst also being clear defined identities themselves.
Many of our members are Pan, and today we want to take this moment to say thank you all of you for sticking with us. You are pantastic!
On Sunday 25th April at 8pm, let's have a conversation, using Sussed cards as the starting point. The host will read out each question then we can each respond with our answer, discuss the differences and defend our position. For privacy reasons, we ask you to fill out this form if you wish to participate. On the day, we will send you an email containing the link and password to join the meetup, if you don’t receive it by 12pm please pm us - preferably on Facebook or Instagram.
During last year in Bi+ Ireland we made a special commitment to facilitate human interaction in these isolating times through Zoom meetings and Discord chats. However, due to medical reasons, the volunteer normally taking care of them, the amazing human that is Cír Doyle, will have to step down from organising them for a while and as all our other volunteers are currently at full capacity, these meetings will have to stop for the foreseeable future. We will still be there for you in our channels and groups on Facebook, Discord, Twitter and Instagram, so please don't hesitate to get in touch or joining us in those platforms if you need social interaction. Looking forward to talking to you again and wishing Cír a speedy recovery,
We are not in the Pride season in Ireland yet, but we have already started planning!
While we don’t know the exact plan for the Bi+ Ireland season just yet we are excited at the events that have been proposed to us so far. If you have any suggestion about a good virtual event for Bi+ Ireland please do not hesitate to let us know. We can’t promise we will do it all but we will try to make this an eventful Pride season.
Welcome to the Bi+ Ireland Peer Support Group. This monthly meet will be a safe space to discuss things related to being bi+. For privacy reasons, we ask you to fill out this form if you wish to participate. On the day, we will send you an email containing the link and password to join the meetup, if you don’t receive it by 12pm please pm us.
Welcome to the Bi+ Ireland book club: a non traditional book club where you are invited to read what you like. For privacy reasons we ask you to fill out this form if you wish to participate. On the day, we will send you an email containing the link and password to join the meetup, if you don’t receive it by 12pm please pm us.
Monday, March 15th at 8pm we will be hosting a casual conversation in the Irish language to celebrate Sheachtain na Gaeilge. Below is the event information in Irish and in English.
It is been 2 years since our world became a bit darker with the loss of our friend and co-volunteer Jon Hanna, and to be honest a lot of us are still trying to find our feet after such a loss.
Jon Hanna was an amazing person, father, friend and activist.
He grew up in the North during The Troubles, seeing his mother hiding at home people from both sides and learned since early that was important to do what you believed right, even when it was hard. And, unfortunately, a lot of it was hard.
Jon always did what he believed was right. He did so much good on this world, we just couldn't fit it all in one post. He fought fiercely for Repealing the 8th even when it was barely a concept. He was part of the 1st bisexual associations in Ireland, and a core part of Bi+ Ireland.
Unfortunately, the hard times weren't just political. Jon had a lot of his own personal demons and struggles and he shared them openly. This opened a door for many other of us to recognise and share our own, knowing we always had his love and support. He was as quick with a listening ear as he was with a banner at a protest. Jon was always there to support people, his friends and online communities, whether that was offering a helpful answer or providing a non judgmental conversation. Jon enriched all our lives. He was an honest and open soul who did not fear being corrected but would instead thank you for widening his knowledge.
We owe him so much that we are still filled with grief.
But if we learn something from Jon, is that what we owe him the most is taking care of ourselves and each other and keeping up the good fight.
We are still fighting, Jon, and you will never be forgotten.
Rest in Power.
Today marks one year since the last Bi+ Ireland event we have had in person. This has been a tough year for all our volunteers and members. But still we persevere. Throughout the year, Bi+ Ireland members and volunteers helped each other through the often isolating days. It was near the very start of the pandemic that we launched our Discord channel, between this and our community Facebook group, there was/ is chats to be have on a daily basis. Our incredible volunteer, Irene, along with the occasional other volunteers, has helped provide a space for our members (and volunteers) to vent every Monday by modding a mental health checking post in our community Facebook group. Although, we can't see each other in person, that hasn't stopped us from meeting virtually over Zoom. In the past year Bi+ Ireland volunteer Cír has hosted 17 zoom events, with 2 more happening in the next week.
These are just some of the examples of how the Bi+ Ireland community stayed connected in a year with no face to face meet ups. And we want to take this moment to thank every one of our members and volunteers for keeping our community striving through a dark time in our shared history.
We are looking forward to the day we can see each other again in person, but until then, us volunteers will take solace in the fact that our members make up a wonderful accepting community. We will continue to provide online spaces, even when in person meetings are allowed, as we know the value in remaining connected to all of our members but especially those who may be more isolated than others.
So stay safe and know Bi+ Ireland is here for you.
The 8th of March marks International Women's Day, and in Bi+ Ireland we would like to mark the occasion by thanking all the amazing women that fought so hard to change the world, from the Women Vote to Pride and any other conquests. With all our heart, thank you. To any of you that get up today and fight another day against an imbalanced system that damages all genders, thank you. To any of you that make it through the day despite it, THANK YOU.
Here in Bi+ Ireland we fully recognise that all women are valid and beautiful. This includes of course transgender women and intersex women. Your experiences and lives enhance and enrich our shared history every day.
We also recognise that so many of us that don’t identify as women still face misogyny based discrimination. For those non-binary, agender and everyone else who is not a woman but finds themselves in a world that treats them as a woman or feels culturally aligned with the experiences of women: we see you. We understand that today may bring complicated feelings for you. Please know this you have a place in IWD, if it's you where your heart feels comfortable today.
There is still SO much to do, but we believe that together we are stronger and everyone that identifies as a woman as a political class is welcome to our fight ❤
Keep it up, and remember self-care is also an act to rebellion.