Member Profile: Bi+ Ireland

Who we are

Bi+ Ireland is a social and community space for bi+ people based in, from, or closely connected to Ireland. The bi+ umbrella is inclusive of all non-monosexual orientations including, but not limited to, bisexual, biromantic, pansexual, and non-monosexual queer people.

Bi+ Ireland aims to create a space where bi+ people can make friends, access peer support and reduce any isolation they may experience. We aim to increase the visibility and presence of bi+ people in Ireland and create diverse, vibrant and welcoming communities.

Why repeal is important to us

Reproductive justice and the fight for barrier-free access to abortion in Ireland is an LGBTQIA+ issue. The Eighth Amendment affects bi+ women, lesbians, trans men and 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 Eighth 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 one fighting for bodily autonomy is our ally, as we are theirs.

Why we are members of the Coalition

Membership of the Coalition is important to us, when put to a vote 95% of the Bi+ Ireland community favoured our official pro-repeal stance.

People, groups and organisations who want to repeal the Eighth Amendment need to work together to show that there is country-wide support for broader abortion access in Ireland. We are stronger together.

Contact us

Facebook – Bi Ireland

Twitter – @IRLBi

Website –www.biireland.com

Email – biirelandnetwork@gmail.com