Les Davidson has a point to make: bisexual people belong at the centre of the queer life, not on the periphery.
It’s easy for people either to have a reaction when people identify as bi, or for people to simply not understand and sort of give you that blank stare, says Davidson.
And so February is something of a bumper month for Davidson and other members of Sydney’s bisexual community, as they use a series of Mardi Gras festival events to increase bi people’s profile.
Davidson is exhibiting artwork with five other queer artists in the inaugural QART exhibition in Marrickville, which spans photographic prints, sculpture and painting.
Accompanying QART are Sub Station, a performance night featuring bi-created cabaret, film and music, and the Biversity Unleashed party, held on the weekend before the Mardi Gras parade.
Peter Schneider, events manager at Bi-NSW and organiser of Biversity Unleashed, says Mardi Gras season offers a chance to address what he admits is an image problem.
It’s almost sad to some degree that the bi community is not yet fully accepted and included in many people’s heads as being an equal part of that non-straight -¦ community, Schneider says.
[Mardi Gras season] is really an opportunity for us to get out there and say there is a very strong bi community in Sydney.
QART runs until 12 March at Post Caf?274 Marrickville Rd, Marrickville, and is free.
Sub Station is on 110 February at the Imperial Hotel, 35 Erskineville Rd, Erskineville, from 8pm and tickets are available at The Toolshed in Newtown and Darlinghurst.
Biversity Unleashed is on 26 February at the Burdekin Hotel, 2 Oxford St, Darlinghurst, from 10pm and tickets are available at The Toolshed in Newtown and Darlinghurst or from firstname.lastname@example.org.