Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution

Life Isn’t Binary: On Being Both, Beyond, and In-Between book

AUTHOR: Faith Beauchemin (Editor)
PUBLISHER: On Our Own Authority! Publishing
DATE: 2016
PAGES: 128


Publisher’s Description

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, sharing their experiences and telling their own stories. These personal narratives explore themes of bisexual and pansexual visibility, activism, confrontations with homophobia, and non-monosexual experience in the LGBT community.

Alongside these stories, Faith Beauchemin offers commentary in the form of an introduction and five reflective essays that place these writers’ experiences in the context of broader movements for radical social change. She argues that the common trend toward bisexual erasure in LGBT activism functions only to serve the interest of patriarchy, sexism, and homophobia. In contrast, the stories collected in this book help to subvert oppressive hierarchies by highlighting the perspectives of people who refuse to fit neatly into categories like “gay” or “straight.”

Table of Contents

— A Note on the Title
— Preface
— “Placing the Personal Narrative in Context: an Introduction” by Faith Beauchemin
— “The Invisible B” by Faith Beauchemin
— “Not Straight… or Anything Else for That Matter” by Hugh Goldring
— “Flying in the Face of Everything” by [Kieryn Darkwater] published under previous name
— “(Un)Seen” by J
— “What You See Isn’t What You Get” by Lucas
— “I Could Pick a Side… But I Won’t” by Liam H. Smith
— “Call the Doctor” by M
— “Landmines” by Marie
— “Life, Take 2” by Courgette
— “I Am More Than My Sexual Orientation” by Beth Desmontagnes
— “To Be or Not To Be” by Danielle Hamilton
— “It Shouldn’t Have to Be a Secret” by Grace Carrol
— “SoTell Me About Your Childhood: How Therapy Saved My Sexuality and Sense of Self” by Johnnie Stevens
— “Mother of Pearl” by Sophie Unruh
— Bisexuality and Culture
— Bisexuality in Queer Politics and the Changing American Family
— A Personal Look at Bisexuality
— Bisexuality in the “LGBT” Community
— The Bisexual Community, Allyship, Activism, and Revolutionary Potential

Library Books Cited in this Work

Other Relevant Books Cited

Against Equality: Queer Revolution Not Mere Inclusion
Queering Anarchism: Addressing and Understanding Power and Desire
Scars of Sweet Paradise: The Life and Times of Janis Joplin by Alice Echols
Between Women: Friendship, Desire, and Marriage in Victorian England by Sharon Marcus
Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock
Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in theUnited States by Joey L. Mogul, Andrea J.Ritchie, and Kay Whitlock
A Positive View of LGBTQ: Embracing Identity and Cultivating Well-Being by Ellen D. Riggle and Sharon S. Rostosky
Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty by Dorothy Roberts
Dreaming in the Dark: Magic, Sex, and Politics by Starhawk
The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes, and Good Intentions Are Sabotaging Gay Equality by Suzanna Danuta Walters
Sexuality and Socialism: History, Politics, and theory of LGBT Liberation by Sherry Wolf

Library Notes

Purchased new by the library. Clean paperback.