Bi Community News, the longest-running magazine for bisexuals, began publishing in September 1995, following a meeting of the bisexual community at BiCon in Birmingham.
Prior to the 1990s, a few small magazines had been published on and for the bisexual community. Often journals and newspapers of the later 1960s and early 1970s aimed at LGBTQ people would include discussion of bisexuality. Gay News was perhaps the most predominant of these publications of the time, for men. Meanwhile, bisexual women would often find articles more appropriate to them in Sappho or the pioneering Arena Three.
The language of sexuality expanded rapidly during this period. When the Gay Liberation Front was founded in 1970, the use of the word ‘gay’ was a catch-all term for all sexual difference outside heterosexuality. Bisexuals have often been considered the most under-represented in the LGBT spectrum. This culminated in the founding of Bi Visibility Day in 1999.
- Article by:
- Jen Yockney MBE
Jen Yockney MBE discusses the longest-running magazine for bisexuals Bi Community News – how it emerged, the content it covers and its relationship with the gay press.