Bi+ Ireland represents a diverse group of people, with a whole spectrum of opinions and life experiences. We want to best represent our community, but to be an inclusive space we also want to offer solidarity to the marginalised communities that intersect with us.
Back in September 2016, requests were made from our members regarding whether we would be involved with the March for Choice. While many of our coordinator team are passionately pro-choice, we were aware that there would be an implied stance of our entire organisation if we took part in the event. We did not want to impose this on our members without their input, so we asked them about their thoughts on Bi+ Ireland taking a stance on the 8th amendment, and whether we should publicly back the campaign to Repeal the 8th. We polled the group, and 94% of you voting in favour of us publicly supporting the campaign! Following this, we joined the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment and are working with 100+ other groups and organisations to secure a referendum. You can check out our member profile on their website too.
The discussions we had show that reproductive justice and the fight for access to abortion in Ireland is a LGBTQIA+ issue. The 8th Amendment directly affects bi+ women, lesbians, trans men and AFAB non-binary people too.
In the Burning Issues 2 report, more than 90% of respondents believe our LGBTQIA+ community should support equality for those who face discrimination. The issue raised the most was support for repealing the 8th Amendment. For some, it’s because they want to support more progressive social issues. For others, it’s to do with their personal bodily autonomy. Ensuring the right to bodily autonomy has always linked the LGBTQIA+ community with the push for reproductive justice and abortion rights. So much of the homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and heterosexism we experience is down to a disrespect and disregard for bodily autonomy. Anyone fighting for bodily autonomy is our ally, as we are theirs.
Join us on Saturday, September 30th as we March for Choice. This year will be our second year marching in the Abortion Rights Campaign March for Choice and we couldn't be prouder to be represented at the event.
Come celebrate with us around the country!
Celebrate with us online!
Join us at the March for Choice, September 30th
Thursday August 10th @ 4pm - 7pm in the Secret Garden
Galway Pride are hosting a tea party in The Secret Garden Galway for our BTQIA+ community members, and we are excited to co-host. Relax, enjoy some of the best tea and cakes in Galway, and make some new queer besties!
Our incredible founder Aoife O'Riordan spoke on the Dublin LGBTQ Pride stage this June, check out the speech video and text below.
Text of Aoife's Speech
Hi, Dublin Pride!
My name is Aoife O’Riordan. I’m bisexual, and I am not confused.
I am not confused about my sexuality. Love and desire are things which demand to be felt. They are compasses that drive us not only to others, but to the very essence of who truly we are.
I’m not confused about my bisexuality, but some things do confuse me.
I am confused as to why bi people make up half of our beautiful community, and yet when I founded Bi+ Ireland, there was no organisation dedicated to serving our needs.
I’m confused as to why so many people come to our organisation having never knowingly met, seen, or even heard of another bi+ person.
Token - Dublin is an amazing accessible arcade and event space. We have an event area reserved (BYO-boardgames!) from 4pm until 7.30pm. After 7.30pm we can move to the arcade space upstairs or onwards to another venue.
In order to reserve the space, we're ordering platters of food (20 * €6 = €120) for everyone to share (food arriving at 6pm). We'll have a donations bucket and operate on a sliding scale based on what folks can afford.
Usual Event disclaimers:
Come hang out with some fellow bi sexuals! You can pop in (and out) at any time that suits you!
As always, our event is opening to any and all to identify under the bi+ umbrella (bisexuals, pansexuals, queer, polysexual, and all other non-monosexual identities) and their partners.
Please note that this event on FB is PUBLIC, and interacting with the event page may result in the page showing up in your news feed to your friends. If you would prefer for that to not happen, but would like to register interest or have any queries about the event - feel free to reach out to us via the Bi+ Ireland Facebook page.