There are hundreds of books about bi, pan, and fluid sexuality in the world, and the Bi Pan Library does not yet have the resources to catalogue them all online. This page currently only lists the books we have physically collected. We do also keep a spreadsheet of book titles and authors to research and obtain in the future, so feel free to suggest a title. If you’re curious how books make it onto our shelves, you can read the library’s inclusion criteria here.

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2020 — 2021


Bi the Way: The Bisexual Guide to Life
Lois Shearing (2021)

Guidance on topics including dating, sex, biphobia, bi-erasure, coming out, activism and gender identity, demystifying a community that is often erased or overlooked. 

Pansexuality: A Panoply of Co-Constructed Narratives
Karen Morgaine (2020)

“An expert weaving of contemporary research on sexual and gender identity with personal narratives of individuals who have navigated social norms and constructs to carve out an understanding of their own sexuality.

Bisexual and Pansexual Identities: Exploring and Challenging Invisibility and Invalidation
Nikki Hayfield (2020)

“This book explores the invisibility and invalidation of bisexuality from the past to the present and is unique in extending the discussion to focus on contemporary and emerging identities.


2010 — 2019


Life Isn’t Binary: On Being Both, Beyond, and In-Between
Meg-John Barker & Alex Iantaffi (2019)

“Using bisexual and nonbinary gender experiences as a starting point, this truly original and insightful book encourages reflection on how we understand the world we live in and how we all bend, blur, or break society’s binary codes.

NEW TESTIMONIALS: ESSAYS AND NARRATIVES ABOUT BISEXUALITY VOLUME TWO
edited by Lauren Nickodemus & Ellen Desmond (2019)

“An invitation to sharing and understanding – extending a discussion to other communities in the hope of learning more about each other and the beautiful, endlessly complex world of sexuality.

From Psychoanalytic Bisexuality to Bisexual Psychoanalysis: Desiring in the Real
Esther Rapoport (2019)

“An assessment of bisexuality highlighting both the issues faced by bisexual people in contemporary society and the challenges that can be presented by bisexual clients within a clinical setting.

A GUIDE TO PANSEXUALITY
nelson Vegas (2019)

“The book is not just about sexual orientation. It’s about relationships from different perspectives many people seek their sexual identification…”

Under the Bisexual Umbrella: Diversity of Identity and Experience
edited by Corey E. Flanders (2018)

“The authors grapple with how the bisexual umbrella is applied to a variety of communities, people, and experiences, and discuss the benefits and costs of these applications.

Claiming the B in LGBT: Illuminating the Bisexual Narrative
edited by Kate Harrad (2018)

“This guidebook to the history and future of the bisexual movement fuses a chronology of bisexual organizing with essays, poems, and articles detailing the lived experiences of bisexual activities.

Go the Way Your Blood Beats: On Truth, Bisexuality and Desire
Michael Amherst (2017)

“Using bisexuality as a frame, Go the Way Your Blood Beats questions the division of sexuality into straight and gay, in a timely exploration of the complex histories and psychologies of human desire.

The Bi-ble: Essays and Narratives About Bisexuality, Volume One
edited by Lauren Nickodemus & Ellen Desmond (2017)

“A collection of original essays and personal narratives giving platform to the thoughts and experiences relevant to bisexuals today.

How Queer! Personal Narratives from Bisexual, Pansexual, Polysexual, Sexually-Fluid, and other Non-Monosexual Perspectives
edited by Faith Beauchemin (2016)

How Queer! collects fourteen short autobiographical essays—not written by sociologists or professional activists, but by ordinary bisexual, pansexual, and sexually-fluid people from diverse backgrounds, telling their own stories.

Purple Prose: Bisexuality in Britain
Kate Harrad (2016)

“This accessible collection of interviews, essays, poems and commentary explores intersections of bisexuality with other identities, stereotypes and biphobia, being bisexual at work, teenage bisexuality, the media’s approach to bisexual celebrities, and more.”

Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution
Shiri Eisner (2014)

“A long overdue, comprehensive look at bisexual politics, from the issues surrounding biphobia/monosexism to the practice of labeling people either “too bisexual” or “not bisexual enough”

REC*OG*NIZE: The Voices of Bisexual Men
edited by Robyn Ochs & H. Sharif Williams (2014)

“A collection of short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, personal narratives, critical essays and visual art produced by 61 cisgender and transgender bisexual, pansexual, polysexual and fluid men from across the globe.

Bisexuality: Making the Invisible Visible in Faith Communities
Marie Alford-Harkey & Debra W. Haffner (2014)

“This guidebook is designed to help congregations understand bisexuality and to encourage faith communities to “make the invisible visible.”

Bisexual Spaces: A Geography of Sexuality and Gender
Clare Hemmings (2013)

[coming soon]

The B Word: Bisexuality in Contemporary Film and Television
Maria San Filippo (2013)

“Reflecting a wide spectrum of religious tradition and spiritual paths–including Buddhist, Hindu, Pagan, 12-step, Christian and Jewish–over 30 contributors speak about the intersections of their faith practice and their bisexuality.

Male Bisexuality in Current Cinema: Images of Growth, Rebellion, and Survival
Justin Vicari (2011)

“In recent decades, male bisexuality has become a recurring topic in international cinema, as filmmakers and their works challenge our ideas about sexual freedom and identity.

Dare… to Try Bisexuality
Pierre Des Esseintes (2011)

“Encompassing clinical studies and social perspectives, this book is a comprehensive resource for the bi-curious as well as highly experienced bisexuals.”


2000 — 2009


Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World (second edition)
edited by Robyn Ochs & Sarah E. Rowley (2009)

“Collecting 220 essays from around the world that explore bisexual identity. Topics include coming out, relationships, politics, community, and more”

Bisexuality and Same-Sex Marriage
M. Paz Galupo (2008)

“This informative text presents and analyzes in depth the current findings and the diverse LGBT and straight perspectives on the issue of bisexuality and same-sex marriage.”

Somewhere in the Double Rainbow: Representations of Bisexuality in Post-Apartheid Novels
Cheryl Stobie (2007)

“Bisexuality has been explored in increasing numbers of South African novels published since 1994. In a society previously dominated by an either/or mindset, what does this development signify?”

Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics
 Jennifer Baumgardner (2007)

Part memoir, part pop-culture study, Look Both Ways: Bisexual Politics connects the prominent dots of a bisexual community that have bridged feminist aims with those of the gay rights movement.

Becoming Visible : Counseling Bisexuals Across the Lifespan
edited by Beth Firestein (2007)

“Cutting-edge psychological perspectives on bisexual and queer identities and the cultural and mental health issues facing bisexual, lesbian, gay, queer, and questioning individuals and their partners.”

Women in Relationships with Bisexual Men: Bi Men By Women
 Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli (2006)

“An intimate journey into the experiences and insights of 79 Australian women in relationships with bisexual men.”

Beyond the Down Low: Sex, Lies, and Denial in Black America
 Keith Boykin (2006)

Boykin details how the virtual silence from black leaders on sex matters has helped to create an environment where gay and bisexual men feel compelled to lead double lives.

The Bisexuals Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips, & Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways
Nicole Kristal & Mike Szymanski (2006)

“Discover where you fall on the Kinsey scale, brush up on bi pop culture, and learn the advantages of being bi!

Bisexual Women: Friendship and Social Organization
M. Paz Galupo (2006)

“Comprehensively exploring the friendship relationships of bisexual women, and the ways that bisexuality shapes the friendship experience.

Plural Loves: Designs for Bi and Poly Living
Serena Anderlini-D’Onofrio, PhD (2005)

“When limitations are removed from loving (and from lovemaking), new worlds of possibility are opened. This book presents insiders’ viewpoints on bisexual/polyamorous living!

Bi America: Myths, Truths, and Struggles of an Invisible Community
William E. Burleson (2005)

“Together these stories form an ornate tapestry of lesbian and bisexual experience in the United States over the past half-century.

Getting Bi : Voices of Bisexuals Around the World (first edition)
edited by Robyn Ochs & Sarah Rowley (2005)

“”This book literally puts a face on bisexual identity””… an international anthology of personal writings by people from 32 different countries, ranging in age from 15-79.”

Bisexuality and Transgenderism: InterSEXions of the Others
edited by Jonathan Alexander, Karen Yescavage, & Fritz Klein (2004)

“This book, guaranteed to provoke debate and discussion of sexuality and gender, is the first devoted exclusively to the relationship between transgenderism and bisexuality.

On the Down Low: A Journey Into the Lives of “Straight” Black Men Who Sleep With Men
 J. L. King & Karen Hunter (2004)

“King explores his own past as a DL man, and the path that led him to let go of the lies and bring forth a message that can promote emotional healing and open discussions about relationships, sex, sexuality, and health in the black community.

Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Mental Health
edited by Robin M. Mathy & Shelly K. Kerr (2003)

“Presents up-to-date, evidence-based information that can be implemented to improve mental health services for lesbian and bisexual women in a variety of settings. 

Bisexual Women in the Twenty-First Century
edited by Dawn Atkins (2003)

“Bisexual Women in the Twenty-First Century examines tensions between lesbians and bisexual women, and the shifting place of bisexual women in society.”

Bisexuality: The Psychology & Politics of an Invisible Minority
edited by Beth A. Firestein (2002)

“This noteworthy collection of essays provides a focused, comprehensive introduction to research, theory, and practical clinical knowledge about bisexuality.

Bisexuality: Pocket Essentials
Angela Bowie (2002)

Showcasing the lives and loves of famous bisexuals like Alexander the Great, Sappho, Casanova, Marquis de Sade, Oscar Wilde and Virginia Woolf.

The Bisexual Resource Guide FOURTH Edition
edited by Robyn Ochs (2001)

[coming soon]

A History of Bisexuality
Steven Angelides (2001)

“Why is bisexuality the object of such skepticism? Why do sexologists steer clear of it in their research?

Secret Sisters: Stories of Being Lesbian and Bisexual in a College Sorority
edited by Shane L. Windmeyer & Pamela W. Freeman (2001)

“The first-person accounts of 25 women stand as a powerful and courageous collective effort to address the traditionally homophobic and heterosexist atmosphere within sororities.”

The Bisexual Resource Guide third Edition
edited by Robyn Ochs (2000)

[coming soon]

A Woman Like That: Lesbian & Bisexual Writers Tell Their Coming Out Stories
edited by Jean Larkin (2000)

“An inside look at the American bisexual community, from community picnics, to conferences, to support groups, to performances in order to expose the everyday trials of the bisexual community.

Bisexuality in the United States: A Social Science Reader
Paula C. Rodriguez (2000)

“Articles cover early research in which bisexuality was conceptualized as “situational homosexuality,” pioneering research on bisexuality as an authentic sexual orientation, AIDS research, biphobia, queer theory, and more.”

Blessed Bi Spirit: Bisexual People of Faith
edited by Debra R. Kolodny (2000)

“Reflecting a wide spectrum of religious tradition and spiritual paths–including Buddhist, Hindu, Pagan, 12-step, Christian and Jewish–over 30 contributors speak about the intersections of their faith practice and their bisexuality.

Girl 2 Girl: The Lives and Loves of Young Lesbian and Bisexual Women
edited by Norrina Rashid & Jane Hoy (2000)

“Girls from across the UK write from the heart about being gay or bi, coming out or falling in love.


1990 — 1999


Bi Lives: Bisexual Women Tell Their Stories
edited by KATA Orndorff & Lani Kaahumanu (1999)

Bi Lives is a candid glimpse into the world of bisexual women, and is “must reading” for bisexual women, those who love them, and those concerned with women’s freedom to express their sexuality.

Bisexuality: A Critical Reader
edited by Merl Storr (1999)

“Exploring an controversial concept from a range of perspectives, this book places bisexuality in its historical and cultural context and explores its many meanings and uses.

Bisexualities: The Ideaology & Practice of Sexual Contact with Both Men and Women
edited by Erwin J. Haeberle & Rolf Gindorf (1998)

“This comprehensive scholarly treatment of bisexuality – the first of its kind – gathers together in one volume original contributions by leading sex researchers from across the globe.”

The Very Inside: An Anthology of Writings by Asian & Pacific Islander Lesbian and Bisexual Women
edited by Sharon Lim-Hing (1998)

The first major collection of imaginative and provocative essays, interviews, poetry and prose by Asian and Pacific Islander lesbian and bisexual women.

Bisexual Characters in Film: From Ana’s to Zee
Wayne M. Bryant (1997)

“Examining the treatment of bisexual film characters and how that treatment has been affected by societal forces such as censorship, politics, religious prejudices, homophobia, and sexual stereotypes. 

The Bisexual Imaginary: Representation, Identity And Desire
edited by Louise Allen & Phoebe Davidson (1997)

“This collection of essays focuses on historical and contemporary representations of bisexuality – both real and imagined – in literature, film and the visual arts. 

Lesbians and Bisexual Fiction Writers
edited by Harold Bloom (1997)

“Covers 200 of the most important women writers of English, grouping authors culturally and by genre, from 18th-century diarists to new writers of experimental prose.

Lesbian & Bisexual Identities: Constructing Communities, Constructing Selves
Kristin Esterburg (1997)

“This book examines the stories of lesbian and bisexual women in a Northeast community who share who they are, how they have come to see themselves as lesbian or bisexual, and what those identities mean to them.

PoMoSexuals: Challenging Assumptions About Gender and Sexuality
edited by Carol Queen & Lawrence Schimel (1997)

“PoMoSexual: the queer erotic reality beyond the boundaries of gender, separatism, and essentialist notions of sexual orientation.

Preventative Health Measures for Lesbian & Bisexual Women
Shelly Kerr & Robin Mathy (1997)

“Providing the latest empirical, evidence-based research to address current health care issues confronted by sexual minority women.”

Bisexual Horizons: Politics, Histories, Lives
edited by The Off Pink Collective (1996)

“This encyclopaedic book offers a multifaceted, multicultural survey of bisexuality and the bisexual movement.

Bisexualities and AIDS: International Perspectives
edited by Peter Aggleton (1996)

“Since the early days of the epidemic, there has been much interest in the role that bisexual behavior among men may play in HIV transmission. This book examines the forms that bisexuality takes in different cultures, what it means to the men concerned, and whether or not such behavior poses special risks.”

RePresenting Bisexualities: Subjects and Cultures of Fluid Desire
edited by Donald E. Hall & Maria Pramaggiore (1996)

“Each author contributes to the collection a unique view of sexual fluidity and transgressive desire. Taken together, these essays provide the most comprehensive bisexual theory reader to date.

Hybrid: Bisexuals, Multiracials, and Other Misfits under American Law
by Ruth Colker (1996)

“In Hybrid, Ruth Colker argues that our bipolar classification system obscures a genuine understanding of the very nature of subordination, and shows how categories can and must be improved for the good of all

Bisexuality and the Challenge to Lesbian Politics: Sex, Loyalty, and Revolution
edited by Paula C. Rust (1995)

“Studies of cross-cultural patterns of bisexuality, prevention methods, and the spread of the disease among bisexual drug users, [sex workers], and adolescents.

Bisexual Politics: Theories, Queries, & Visions
edited by Naomi Tucker, Liz Highleyman, & Rebecca Kaplan (1995)

“This anthology presents a vivid collection of essays that explore the history, strategies, philosophy, and diversity of bisexual politics and theory in the United States

Dual Attraction: Understanding Bisexuality
Martin S. Weinberg, Colin J. Williams, & Douglas W. Pryor (1994)

A study of 800 residents of San Francisco covering the nature of bisexual attraction, the steps that lead people to become bisexual, and how sexual preference can change over time.

The Bisexual Option (Second Edition)
Fritz Klein, MD (1994)

The Bisexual Option explores bisexuality, explains the bisexual, and explodes myths surrounding this large “unseen” segment of the population.

WOMEN AND BISEXUALITY
SUE GEORGE (1993)

“150 women from a range of backgrounds and age groups tell what it’s like to be bisexual. Their experiences, including 7 interviews, are placed against the theories about bisexuality from the late 19th century to the present day”

Closer to Home: Bisexuality and Feminism 
edited by Elizabeth Reba Weise (1992)

“An anthology of deeply reasoned and intensely felt essays by long time activists as well as by young new voices, this book breaks ground in feminist and “queer” discourse.”

Half Straight: My Secret Bisexual Life 
tom smith (1992)

“respected and successful family man lives with punishing guilt and the relentless fear that his two-sided bisexual personality will be exposed, leading to disgrace and family rejection.

Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out
edited by Loraine Hutchins (1991)

“The fierce truth of these lives made visible puts a check on bisexual erasure, exposing the binary constructions of gay/straight and male/female as oversimplifications.

Bisexuality and HIV/AIDS: A Global Perspective
Rob Tielman & Manuel Carballo (1991)

“Studies of cross-cultural patterns of bisexuality, prevention methods, and the spread of the disease among bisexual drug users, [sex workers], and adolescents.

Bisexuality: A Reader and Sourcebook
edited by Thomas Geller (1990)

“personal experiences, philosophical speculations, clinical data, a big bibliography, lists of organizations and publications, and more — even a song to sing.


1980 — 1989


The Scarred Servant: The Truth About God’s Bisexual Man
William N. Odom, Jr. (1989)

[coming soon]

Bisexual lives
edited by The Off Pink Collective (1988)

“A collection of short pieces written by bisexual women and men about their experiences of what it is like to be bisexual.

This book can be read in full for free here.

Bisexuality in the Ancient World
Eva Cantarella (1988)

“Eva Cantarella reconstructs the bisexual cultures of Athens and Rome and compares them.

The Bisexual Spouse: Different Dimensions in Human Sexuality
Ivan Hill (1987)

“Intimate interviewwith bisexual couples, married and divorced — all real people in real situations — alongside viewpoints on sexuality expressed by psychiatrists and certified sex therapists in a nationwide survey.”

What You Always Wanted to Know About Switch Hitters
Hildegaard Knudsen (1987)

“This extraordinary documentary by Hildegaard Knudsen, covers that sexual phenomenon — the female homosexual.

Bisexualities: Theory and Research
edited by Fritz Klein & Timothy J. Wolf (1986)

“This book incorporates the major issues orientation, the cross-cultural view, the bisexual marriage and gender roles, and the creation of bisexual subcultures.”

Two Lives to Lead: Bisexuality in Men and Women
edited by Fritz Klein MD and Tim J. Wolf PhD (1985)

“Leading sex researchers of bisexuality look at this often-misunderstood sexual minority and explain the major issues affecting bisexual men and women [in the 80s].

Out In the Open: People Talking About Being Gay or Bisexual
edited by Stephanie Norris & Emma Read (1985)

“Drawing on hundreds of letters and interviews, the authors provide fascinating insights into the lives of gay and bisexual men and women of all ages and from all walks of life.


1970 — 1922


View From Another Closet: Exploring Bisexuality in Women
Janet Bode (1976)

“Based on responses to an extensive questionnaire and on in-depth interviews, this book explores the family backgrounds of bisexual women, their sexual preferences, erotic fantasies, love relationships, self concepts, and life-styles…”

Bisexual Living
Julias Fast & Hal Wells (1975)

“These in-depth interviews with uninhibited swingers and lonely divorcees, with liberated heterosexuals and outspoken homosexuals expose the bisexual life-style and what its practitioners get out of it.

Bisexual LOVE
Wilhelm Stekel (1922, reprinted 2003)

“In this general overview of bisexuality, the work exposes the author’s differences with Bloch, Moll, Krafft-Ebing, Ellis, and Hirschfeld. The book is quite representative of 1930s thinking on sexuality.”



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