Welcome!

By James November 26th, 2010, under Information

Bisexual Alliance Victoria Inc. logo - infinity comprised of male and female symbols

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Welcome to the website of Bisexual Alliance Victoria Inc., an alliance of the Bi Chats (face to face discussion groups held monthly, and the mailing list) and Victorian Bi Activism.

Blog – For all the latest news on what’s happening with the Alliance, check the blog right here on the front page!

About – This includes information about who we are and how to become a member. If you have a question we recommend sending an email rather than leaving a comment one of the posts.

Mailing lists – One of the best ways to get information on the discussion group and bi activism is to join our Yahoo! mailing lists.

Events – A calendar of upcoming events for the Alliance and other related groups.

Seeking participants for a study

By Kathi April 8th, 2014, under News

Christopher Brophy, a PhD student,   is seeking participants for their study being undertaken with the University of Tasmania.

Brief details:

LGBTIQ…D?

Do you identify as a person with a disability and as Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans*, Intersex and/or Queer?

You are invited to participate in a PhD research study exploring the experiences of people who identify as having a disability and as LGBTI or Queer.

Participation would involve taking part in a couple of interviews about your lived experience.

You can be interviewed online via audio, video and/or chat. If you live in Tasmania, you can also choose to be interviewed in-person. All participants will receive a $30 Coles/Myer gift voucher for their time.

If you are aged 18+, live in Australia, identify as LGBTI, Queer, or otherwise non-hetero or non-cis, I would love to hear from you!

Interested? Email Christopher for more information.

Peninsula Bi Chat update

By Kathi March 17th, 2014, under Events, News

We are sad to announce that Rowan (committee member and founder of the Peninsula Bi Chat) has had to resign due to increasing work commitments. We extend our sincere thanks for her efforts in supporting both the Peninsula community and the important work that Bisexual Alliance Victoria does in providing support and raising awareness of bisexuality. As a financial member of Bi-Alliance, Rowan will continue to be a representative for us on the Peninsula Health LGBTI Community Advisory Group.

Meanwhile, we are pleased to announce that committee member, Brett, will be taking over the facilitation the Peninsula Bi Chat.

Calling for new committee member

By Kathi March 5th, 2014, under Information

We have a current vacancy on the committee of Bisexual Alliance Victoria for an ordinary committee member.

If you are interested please contact us.

The main commitment is to attend committee meetings which are held approximately every 3 months. Please note, that to become a committee member, you must also be a financial member of Bisexual Alliance Victoria.

Information about becoming a financial member can be found on our ‘About‘ page.

Pride March 2014

By Kathi February 13th, 2014, under News

In something of a belated post about Pride March this year, we would like to thank both The American Institute of Bisexuality for sending over their ‘medium-sized’ bisexual flag and the people who braved the heat on the 2nd February to help carry this massive flag! As you can see, in the picture below, this was indeed quite large!

Pride March 2014

MindOut! webinar on bisexuality

By Kathi February 13th, 2014, under Information

Bi-Alliance Secretary, Kathi, presented a webinar last Tuesday, 11 February for MindOut!. While the target audience was for professionals, this half hour webinar is also suitable for sharing with potential allies of bisexuals and people who are attracted to more than one gender.

Watch the webinar: Perspectives from the fence: Working with people who are attracted to more than one gender (video opens in new window.)

MindOut! is a mental health and suicide prevention program that is managed by the LGBTI Health Alliance and funded under the National Suicide Prevention Strategy.

If you need help with suicidal thoughts or are concerned about someone possibly having thoughts of suicide, please seek support by contacting one or more of the following National services:

For sex, gender and sexuality diverse clients.

Operates 5:30pm-10:30pm, 7 days a week.

Call: 1800 184 527 or start a web-based chat by visiting the website

For people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts, concerned about someone else being suicidal, and people who have been bereaved by suicide.

Operates 24 hours a day, 7 days week.

Call: 1300 659 467

Counselling, support and information.

Operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Call: 13 11 14

Counselling, support and information for young people aged 5 – 25.

Operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Call: 1800 55 1800, email or start a web chat via the website.

Information and resources available about depression and anxiety, and getting help.

Operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Call: 1300 224 636, email or use online chat between 4pm and 10pm (AEST) via the website.

GLBTI community consultations – Bisexual health & wellbeing

By Rebecca February 4th, 2014, under Events

For February 2014, our regular Melbourne discussion group has been moved to another venue (Feb 2014 only) to incorporate the GLBTI community consultations – Bisexual health & wellbeing, organised by the Department of Health.

The Victorian Department of Health is undertaking targeted consultation with the Victorian gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) community and health sector in order to better understand the health and wellbeing issues experienced by the GLBTI community. The Victorian Government acknowledges that while many GLBTI people live healthy, connected, happy and positive lives, the GLBTI population is known to have significantly poorer health and wellbeing outcomes than other Victorians across a number of areas.

This consultation process will inform the development of a health and wellbeing plan for the GLBTI community, which is proposed in the Victorian Health Priorities Framework 2012-2022. The GLBTI Health and Wellbeing Ministerial Advisory Committee, established in early 2013, has been working with the Department as an expert advisory group and has informed the consultation approach and the development of the consultation material. The plan will focus on those responsibilities of the Minister for Health and Ageing and the Minister for Mental Health, namely the health, aged care, mental health and drug services portfolios.

In addition to the general community forums, the Department would like to consult separately with the bisexual community. As such, you’re invited to attend a meeting to discuss the health and wellbeing issues specific to the bisexual community:

Tuesday 25 February 2014
6pm – 8pm
Mark St Hall, 1 Mark St, North Fitzroy

This meeting will be conducted by a professional facilitator and is strictly an RSVP only event. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to GLBTIconsultations[at]health[dot]vic[dot]gov[dot]au with BISEXUAL CONSULTATION MEETING in the subject line by close of business Thursday 20th February. Don’t forget to advise of any dietary requirements.

The website supporting this process is at http://www.health.vic.gov.au/diversity/glbti.htm The site will have consultation material for your review and instructions on how to submit written feedback should you be unable to attend the scheduled meeting.

Please feel free to contact Georgie Foster, Senior Policy Adviser, GLBTI Health, on (03) 9096 9023 or GLBTIconsultations @ health.vic.gov.au (remove spaces) for further information about this process.

Bi-Alliance at Pride March 2014 (Melbourne)

By Rebecca January 27th, 2014, under Events

Next weekend (2 February) is the Midsumma Pride March, and Bi-Alliance Victoria will be marching proudly with everyone else.

The Bi-Alliance is marching at position 134 down the end of the March.

The American Bisexuality Institute has kindly sent over their mid-sized bi-flag (it’s still pretty big) for us to march with this year.  We need lots of people to come along and help us carry the bi flag for the duration of the march.

So the details:

WHERE: In the park on the corner of Fitzroy Street and Lakeside Drive, St Kilda.

WHEN: Meet from midday onward and share a picnic on the grass, then march at 2pm

WEAR: We don’t have a real “uniform”, but we usually wear purple, with pink and blue mixed in. Wear whatever makes you feel happy and comfortable, though!

BRING: Sun protection is a must (sunscreen, hat, parasol, etc.), water (it’s going to be hot) and optionally something to share at the picnic (but please don’t feel obliged!)

Remember we’ll be picking up everything and marching, so resist the temptation to bring anything big and bulky, like folding chairs or sun sails, unless they are _very_ portable.

If you have any questions, please ask.

PLEASE NOTE: Sunday is forecast to be quite hot.  There is a cool change due “during the afternoon” and hopefully that arrives before or during the march, but it will still be quite hot for the majority of the march.  If you are affected by the weather, please consider carefully whether your attendance may harm your health.

If you want to come but are a bit freaked out, feel free to call James (Melbourne discussion group facilitator) on 0407 823 025 for some reassurance.

New Bisexual Alliance Victoria flyer

By Kathi January 18th, 2014, under Information, News

As we had run out of flyers and the Geelong Bi Chat has started since our last flyer was created, we now have a new one! You can either download it, or ask us for a printed copy. It includes all the information about what we do and details on how to connect with us.

This will also be added to the ‘About Us’ page for future retrieval.

Bisexual Alliance Victoria Flyer 2014

Change of venue for Melbourne Bi Chat

By Kathi January 12th, 2014, under Events, Information

The first Melbourne Bi Chat for 2014 will be held Tuesday 28th January. We have moved back to the Parkview Hotel where the kitchen has re-opened. For those who haven’t been there before, it is located at the corner of St Georges Road and Scotchmer Street, Fitzroy North. Take the stairs behind the main bar to the private (huge) function room and join us.

For more details about the discussion groups, please visit our Events page.

At Midsumma Carnival 2014

By Kathi January 12th, 2014, under Events

Happy Midsumma, everyone!

BAV Carnival 2014