Those who have been following the Big Bi Fun Day over the years can probably recite the opening lines of the event write up off by heart now. It was a lovely afternoon. Check. There was a nice mix of regulars and first timers. Check. People did the usual activities such as craft, draw, play board games, and catch up with friends. Check. And the kids had a lot of fun running around. Check!
Whilst the sunshine did a good impression of that friend you dragged to a party who didn’t really want to be there, it held up until the last minute of the event before promptly pissing it down at 5pm. So those who hung around went to a restaurant instead of the usual second picnic in Victoria Park.
I had spent many, many extra days advertising the event this year – and it was nice to see that pay off a little as people from groups who have rarely attended before (such as students from the local uni) came along.
The photo above on the left shows a same-sex couple cuddling. On the right is a photo of a family at a picnic table.
Thanks to everyone’s kind donations, we once again have enough in the bank to pay for next year’s Big Bi Fun Day in advance. Which is awesome. Next year will be tenth!
And thanks to generous donations to the Travel Fund, people who would otherwise not be there were able to come along. Which is even more awesome.
I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along and made the afternoon so special. I know you travelled from all over the UK to be there. Thank you also for your donations and for the help you’ve given throughout the year to promote the event.
If you have any feedback, good or bad, about the day then please email it to email@example.com. I would love to hear from you. And if you’d like to write up your own review for this site and/or other places such as Bi Community News then please do.
Otherwise I look forward to seeing you again next May to celebrate reaching double digits!
In 2018 I trialed a new scheme to help make The Big Bi Fun Day more accessible. As the event itself can be attended for free, I set up a Travel Fund for people who want to come but can’t because the transport costs are too high.
Meeting other bi people and being in a bi safe space has huge benefits for our well-being. The opportunity to come should be open to everyone.
So I’m delighted that, thanks to your generous donations, several people who would not have been able to come along were there on the day. Yes!
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Applications for travel funding to the 2019 Big Bi Fun Day are now open.
The fund could cover a bus/taxi from somewhere in Leicester. Or a coach or train from places such as Loughborough, Nottingham, Derby, Birmingham, Peterborough, Milton Keynes, London, etc.
To apply please email firstname.lastname@example.org
In your email, please answer the following 5 questions:
Where you are traveling from?
What form of transport would you need to take?
How much do you think it will cost?
Would you need full costs covered, or will partial funding be enough?
Whether you have any mobility issues that need to be taken into account
(e.g. you can’t walk far, so would need a taxi from train station to venue as well)
Here’s how it will work
you email me your answers to the questions above
I email you to offer funding (depending on cost and distance – not requests for flights from Australia please!)
you buy the tickets and email me the receipt
I reimburse you within 24 hours
All details will be kept confidential between you and me
I welcome you to BBFD on 11th May with open arms
if you can’t come to BBFD because of ill health/unavoidable situation – I won’t ask you to pay me back
I can also pay petrol money for those coming by car.
Where is the money coming from?
A kind donation was made to The Big Bi Fun Day to sponsor the costs of the travel fund.
If you would like to donate to the fund please follow the donate link at the top of the page. When making the donation please write ‘travel fund’ in the box so I know it’s for this specific purpose rather than general Big Bi Fun Day costs. Thank you!
There isn’t much to say really except that it was another lovely afternoon. There was a nice mix of regulars and first timers. People did the usual activities such as craft, play card and board games, catch up with friends, and the kids did a lot of running around.
Normally the weather during that second Saturday of the month is perfect but for the first time in the 4 years I’ve been attending we were faced with a little bit of rain! Thankfully it didn’t last long, and it didn’t cause any problems as we booked all 3 rooms downstairs so there was enough indoor space for everyone.
I’ve been trying to slowly expand the event and build on inclusiveness where I can. This year I put a pansexual flag on display. That will always be flying at Big Bi Fun Days alongside the bi flag from now on. I hope it will make pan people feel more welcome. I also got some copies of Purple Prose and Jennifer came along with their fabulous badges so there were things for people to buy too.
Next year I need to take the event photo *before* I start packing up as this year most people had left by the time I got round to it!
Thank you so much for everyone’s donations. You were all so generous. Not only did the event break even again this year but there was enough left over to pay the cost of hiring out the venue for 2018. You legends.
Some things I’d like to do for next year are:
– buy a trans flag and an ace flag to display
– get trans related leaflets for the resources table (sorry I haven’t had any before)
– find a way to fund transport for 3 BAME members of the bi community who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford to come, to help increase diversity in the future
If you have any ideas, suggestions, feedback, or complaints about the Big Bi Fun Day please let me know by emailing bigbifundayATgmail.com. I’d love to hear from you.
This annual event is run entirely on donations. Any surplus is put towards the event costs for the following year, but if I don’t receive enough donations on the day of the Big Bi Fun Day then I must pay out of my own pocket.
Any gift you could give, no matter how big or small, would keep this valuable event running and help more people benefit from it in the future.
You can donate securely via PayPal by clicking >>>>here<<<<.
What would the money be spent on?
tea, coffee, and soft drinks for attendees
printing flyers to promote the event
buying materials such as paper for crafting, toys for children to play with etc.
my transport costs to & from the event
Why should I donate?
The Big Bi Fun Day is a really valuable event for the bi community. Every year people come from all over the UK to meet other people like them and gain friendship and support. There are very few LGBTQ+ events that welcome children. The fun day gives bi/pan parents the chance to meet each other whilst their children safely play!
Bisexuals face discrimination, abuse, erasure, and biphobia every day. They suffer from high rates of mental illness, self harm, intimate partner violence, and poverty – yet only a tiny fraction of funding for LGBTQ orgisations gets put towards bi specific projects, resources, and groups. Nearly everything is run by volunteers out of their own pockets.
Events like the Big Bi Fun Day provide a real boost to people’s lives and help offset the aforementioned hardships.
If you’ve been to the event and enjoyed it, or it’s helped you in some way, or you can’t come to the next one but want to show your support, or you’re a kind person who wants to help, please think about donating via PayPal. It makes a huge difference.