Scotland's national organisation for bisexuals. Our volunteers run monthly meetings, occasional social events, campaign for bi pride and visibility, and do outreach and support.
Phone/text: 0796 396 0321 - if you leave a voicemail message someone will call back. Please ask if you prefer to speak to someone of the same sex, this may take longer to arrange.
Email list: BiScotland Yahoo group
We have meetings each month in both Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Day: first Tuesday of every month
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Terrence Higgins Trust (THT),
Rothesay House (by Nando's Sauchiehall St),
134 Douglas Street,
The building has a lift.
Edinburgh (Bi & Beyond)
Day: first and third Wednesday of every month
Time: 7pm - 9pm
LGBT Centre for Health & Wellbeing,
9 Howe Street,
Unfortunately the venue is not wheelchair-accessible. If you have a disability which would make it difficult for you to attend any of our meetings or events, please contact us and let us know. We will do our best to help.
After a meeting we usually go to a nearby bar for drinks, so people can chat and get to know each other in a more informal setting.
What to expect at our meetings
- A warm welcome
- Confidentiality and being listened to with respect.
- Between about 6 and 15 people at each meeting, including group organisers, faithful regulars, occasional visitors and usually a couple of newcomers.
- We usually have a good mix of genders.
- Age range is generally 20-50, with most between 25 and 40, but we've had visitors from 17 to 70-something.
- A mix of married, single, same-sex coupled, mixed-sex coupled, polyamorous, monogamous, employed, unemployed, students, Scottish, not-Scottish, trainers, piercings, suits, Doc Martens, purple hair, grey hair, no hair, previously lesbian identified, previously gay identified, previously straight identified, always bi identified, don't like the term 'bisexual', don't like labels, 'bi and proud', feminist, apolitical, creative, spiritual, religious, atheist, party animal, shy, gregarious, disabled ... and so on...
- Above all, a safe place to be bisexual, or to explore the possibility of being bisexual, where bisexuality is accepted as normal and healthy.
We ask for a small donation, if you can afford it, to help cover costs.
Meetings usually involve a discussion and/or a speaker on a topic of interest to Bi Scotland members, planning future social events, or something fun like a game or watching a video.
Ground rules of Bi Scotland meetings
- We believe that bisexuality is a normal and healthy sexual identity.
- We believe that bisexuals are entitled to respect, and to freedom from discrimination, harassment and exclusion, as is everyone else in society.
- We acknowledge the diversity of the bisexual community, and our meetings are a place where this diversity is respected. We aim to be a safe place for bisexuals regardless of their gender identity, politics, race, ethnic identity, religion or lack of religion, whether they are monogamous or polyamorous, and so on.
- Bi Scotland meetings are for bisexuals and for those questioning their sexuality. Non-bi partners and friends are welcome to join us for drinks after the meeting, and for social events.
- Bi Scotland meetings are confidential. This means that noone may disclose to anyone outside the meeting that you were there without your permission. It also means that noone may repeat anything you said in the meeting without your permission.
- At Bi Scotland meetings, everyone has the chance to speak and be listened to with respect.
We strongly encourage:
- Listening with respect and not interrupting when someone else is speaking.
- If you disagree with someone, disagree with the point they are making, not them as a person.
- Being aware of the amount of time available and the fact that some people find it difficult to speak in a group. In other words: don't hog the floor!
- No verbal abuse, offensive terms, or harassment of others.