The first event was held in 1984 in London with two conferences the following year. Thereafter it has been held annually, making it one of the oldest LGBT events to still be running. It is sometimes described as the bisexual equivalent of Pride festivals.
BiCons (the accepted form is with mixed capitalisation spelling and no hyphen or space) are usually held at university campuses, in a different city each year, attracting 250 - 350 people each year. There is a daytime programme of discussions and speakers, and evening entertainments.
It is a not-for-profit event with a sliding scale of attendance fees according to income. Any surplus is carried forward to fund the next BiCon or may be voted by the Decision Making Plenary to be given as grants or lent to other bisexual projects.
Spinoff events have included BabyBiCon, Bi Activist Weekends, and the BiReCon academia & research conference.
BiCon Continuity is a member of the LGBT Consortium.
List of BiCons
- 1984: Factory Community Project London
- 1985: London Lesbian & Gay Centre, Pleasance Student Centre, Edinburgh
- 1986: Mary Ward Centre, Bloomsbury
- 1987: Pleasance Student Centre, Edinburgh
- 1988: Friends Meeting House, Hampstead
- 1989: Coventry Polytechnic
- 1990: Tollcross Community Centre, Edinburgh
- 1991: University of London Union
- 1992: University of East Anglia, Norwich
- 1993: University of Nottingham
- 1994: Methodist Centreal Hall, Edinburgh
- 1995: University of Central England, Birmingham
- 1996: Kingston upon Thames
- 1997: University of Greenwich, Woolwich
- 1998: New Hall, Cambridge
- 1999: Edinburgh University
- 2000: University of Manchester (incorporating the 6th ICB)
- 2001: Coventry University
- 2002: University of Leicester
- 2003: University of East London, Docklands
- 2004: University of Manchester
- 2005: University College Worcester
- 2006: Caledonian University, Glasgow
- 2007: University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd
- 2008: University of Leicester
- 2009: University of Worcester
- 2010: University of East London (and the 10th ICB)
- 2011: University of Leicester
- 2012: University of Bradford
- 2013: University of Edinburgh
- 2014: Leeds Trinity University
- 2015: Nottingham University
- 2016: University of Central Lancashire, Preston
- 2017: Leeds Beckett University
- 2018: Salford University
- 2019: Lancaster (University of Lancaster)
- 2020: held online
- 2021: held online
- 2022: (planned) Leeds Beckett University 11th to 14th August 2022
BiCon website http://www.bicon.org.uk
BiCon page on Wikipedia with dates, venues, attendance http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BiCon_%28UK%29
- ↑ https://biconcontinuity.org.uk/bicon/.
- ↑ http://www.bicon.org.uk/bicon95/ 13iCon
- ↑ http://www.bicon.org.uk/bicon97/ BiCon 97 / BiCon 15
- ↑ http://www.bicon.org.uk/bicon98/ BiCon 98 / BiCon 16
- ↑ Bisexual Index was launched at BiCon 2007.
- ↑ http://www.bicon2008.org.uk BiCon 2008
- ↑ http://www.bicon2009.org.uk BiCon 2009
- ↑ http://www.bicon2010.org.uk BiCon 2010
- ↑ http://bicon2011.org.uk/ Bicon 2011
- ↑ http://bicon2012.org.uk/ Bicon 2012
- ↑ http://2015.bicon.org.uk/. Accessed: 2015-06-04. (Archived by WebCite® at http://www.webcitation.org/6Z1ttFks8)