Deaf Utopia: A Memoir–And a Love Letter to a Way of Life

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AUTHOR: Nyle DiMarco
PUBLISHER: William Morrow
LANGUAGE: English
DATE: 2022
PAGES: 317
ISBN:
9780063062351

Deaf Utopia: A Memoir — And a Love Letter to a Way of Life

by Nyle DiMarco

A heartfelt and inspiring memoir and Deaf culture anthem by Nyle DiMarco, actor, producer, two-time reality show winner, and cultural icon of the international Deaf community.

Before becoming the actor, producer, advocate, and model that people know today, Nyle DiMarco was half of a pair of Deaf twins born to a multi-generational Deaf family in Queens, New York. At the hospital one day after he was born, Nyle “failed” his first test—a hearing test—to the joy and excitement of his parents.

In this moving and engrossing memoir, Nyle shares stories, both heartbreaking and humorous, of what it means to navigate a world built for hearing people. From growing up in a rough-and-tumble childhood in Queens with his big and loving Italian-American family to where he is now, Nyle has always been driven to explore beyond the boundaries given him.

A college math major and athlete at Gallaudet—the famed university for the Deaf in Washington, DC—Nyle was drawn as a young man to acting, and dove headfirst into the reality show competitions America’s Next Top Model and Dancing with the Stars—ultimately winning both competitions.

Deaf Utopia is more than a memoir, it is a cultural anthem—a proud and defiant song of Deaf culture and a love letter to American Sign Language, Nyle’s primary language. Through his stories and those of his Deaf brothers, parents, and grandparents, Nyle opens many windows into the Deaf experience.

Deaf Utopia is intimate, suspenseful, hilarious, eye-opening, and smart—both a memoir and a celebration of what makes Deaf culture unique and beautiful.

INCLUSION CRITERIA

Author Nyle Dimarco identifies as sexually fluid.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • Author’s Note
  • How I Failed My First Test the Day After I Was Born
  • Queens, New York
  • Fire in the Belly
  • Roadside Arts and Crafts
  • Wanderings
  • Them Hearing, Me Deaf
  • Storms
  • The Kitchen Light
  • Fighting Back
  • Guatemala
  • Explorations
  • Use Your Voice
  • I’m Sold
  • War Heroes
  • Tears of Joy
  • Fluid
  • Boombox
  • Silence, Deaf History, and the Last Dance
  • Embracing Me
  • Home Movies
  • Acknowledgments
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“Unfortunately, the Deaf vlogger who’d outed me put me in a situation where I felt trapped, pressured by all my friends asking about my sexual identity, making me feel like I needed to say something quickly. But if I was going to come out, I was determined to do it on my own terms.
Another reason I didn’t want to make a big announcement was that I wasn’t sure how to define my current sexual identity. That was my second question: What do I come out as? I knew from my brief encounters with men in the past that I liked men romantically. But I also thought I was still into women. I’d met a Deaf woman recently, and we were texting every day. In that direction, the sparks still flew. What did that mean? What did it make me? I had no idea. The only thing I knew was what I was not, and that was straight. But I didn’t know what I was.”
– from Deaf Utopia: A Memoir — And a Love Letter to a Way of Life by Nyle DiMarco

“There it was—the word “fluidity.” It clicked with me, feeling just right. I googled the word and combined it with the term “sexual.” Boom. I found what I was looking for: “sexually fluid,” an actual term that some people used to describe their sexual orientation. As I read an article explaining the concept of being sexually fluid, my first thought was THAT-THAT-THAT.
Sexually fluid. That’s me.”
– from Deaf Utopia: A Memoir — And a Love Letter to a Way of Life by Nyle DiMarco

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EDITOR: Harold Bloom
PUBLISHER: Chelsea House Publishers
LANGUAGE: English
DATE: 1997
PAGES: 167
ISBN:
0791044947

Lesbians and Bisexual Fiction Writers

edited by Harold Bloom

Lesbians and Bisexual Fiction Writers 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. Each volume covers approximately 15 authors and includes a concise biography, a selection of critical extracts, and a complete and up-to-date bibliography of the author’s publications 

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Bisexuality: Making the Invisible Visible in Faith Communities

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AUTHOR: Marie Alford-Harkey & Debra W. Haffner
PUBLISHER: Religious Institute
LANGUAGE: English
DATE: 2014
PAGES: 93
ISBN:
9780985594923

Bisexuality: Making the Invisible Visible in Faith Communities

by Marie Alford-Harkey & Debra W. Haffner

Is your faith community open to people whose sexuality does not fit into the categories of gay/lesbian or straight? Does your faith community have access to resources about bisexuality and bisexual people? This guidebook is designed to help congregations understand bisexuality and to encourage faith communities to “make the invisible visible.”

Religious leaders and congregations can use this guidebook to inspire theological reflection and action in their faith communities. Bisexuality is often invisible in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) organizations, society as a whole, and in faith communities and denominations. Although many mainline denominations and congregations have made great strides in welcoming and affirming lesbian and gay people, and some have even begun to respond to the specific needs and concerns of transgender people, the “B” in the LGBT acronym is still largely ignored. When a congregation welcomes and recognizes people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, it contributes to a positive image of religion among people who may have rejected religion as intolerant or irrelevant. Such congregations become safe spaces for youth who are exploring their sexuality and have questions. In addition, embracing bisexual persons makes it possible for those persons to be open about their identity and helps create a more open atmosphere in the faith community, encouraging authenticity and community among members. Congregations that embrace bisexual persons can also help heal the suffering caused by the invisibility of bisexual people in society.

This guidebook is written to address the broad spectrum of American congregations. The information it contains will be relevant or adaptable to Jewish, Christian, Unitarian Universalist, and Islamic faith communities.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction
Part One: Bisexuality Basics

— Definitions and Models of Seuxal Orientation
— Myths and Facts about Bisexuality
— Prevalence of Bisexuality in the United States
— Healing the Suffering
— Research on Bisexuality
Part Two: Sacred Texts and Religious Traditions
— Theological Connections
— Hebrew and Christian Scriptures
— Perspectives from Religious Traditions
— Denominational Statemnts on Bisexuality
Part Three: Creating a Bisexually Healthy Congregation
— Welcoming and Affirming Bisexual People in Congregations
— Bisexually Healthy Religious Professionals
— Worship and Preaching
— Pastoral Care and Counseling
— Youth
— Social Action
— A Call to Action
Part Four: Resources

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Male Bisexuality in Current Cinema: Images of Growth, Rebellion, and Survival

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AUTHOR: Justin Vicari
PUBLISHER: McFarland
LANGUAGE: English
DATE: 2011
PAGES: 247 
ISBN:
9780786461608

Male Bisexuality in Current Cinema: Images of Growth, Rebellion, and Survival

by Justin Vicari

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. In all of these films, more than a dozen of which are covered here, bisexuality is treated both as an actual practice and a complex metaphor for a number of things, including the need to adapt to changing environments, the questioning of rigidly traditional male roles and identities, the breakdown and regeneration of the structures of families, the limitations of monogamy, and the stubborn affirmation of romantic love.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • Preface
  • Introduction: Searching for Bob Elkin
  • Part 1. Personal Visions
    • 1. Fifteen Minutes of the Future: François Ozon’s A Summer Dress
    • 2. To Bend Without Breaking: Bisexuality and Adaptation in the Films of André Téchiné
    • 3. Tentative, Tender… and Trendy? Gregg Araki’s Teen Trilogy
    • 4. Rock Star Bisexuality in Todd Haynes’ Velvet Goldmind
  • Part 2. Matters of Love and Death
    • 6. Making the Man: the Bisexual Hero
    • 7. Illegible Patriarchies: Bisexualizing the Family
    • 8. Fazes and Mazes: Inside the Triangle
    • Part 3. Matters of Love and Death
    • 9. The Schoolboy Crush and its Ambiguous Object
    • 10. Turning It On and Off: “Bi for Pay”
    • 11. Allegories of AIDS
    • 12. In His Wake: The Strange Power of the Dead Bisexual
    • 13. At the Limits of Heterosexuality: The Woman’s Viewpoint in Anatomy of Hell
  • Conclusion: “It’s All Good”
  • Chapter Notes
  • Works Cited
  • Index
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Bisexuality in the United States: A Social Science Reader

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AUTHOR: Paula C. Rodriguez
PUBLISHER: Columbia University Press
LANGUAGE: English
DATE: 2000
PAGES: 659
ISBN:
0231102275

Bisexuality in the United States: A Social Science Reader

by Paula C. Rodriguez

For years bisexuality was considered merely a transitional stage between a person’s presumed heterosexuality and “true” homosexuality, or vice versa, and was thereby regarded with suspicion by the lesbian and gay community and contempt by the “straight” world. The study and understanding of bisexuality has surpassed the stereotyped representations of previous eras (e.g., Basic Instinct), but few books attempt to seriously engage the subject as a whole. Paula Rust at last rectifies this absence in the literature by presenting the first interdisciplinary and comprehensive review of social scientific research and theory about bisexuality.

With contributions by sociologists, psychologists, historians, political theorists, and others, the book yields an overall picture of what we know, and what we don’t know, about the subject. The book provides a wealth of information about the lives and experiences of bisexual people. Articles cover early research in which bisexuality was conceptualized as “situational homosexuality,” pioneering research on bisexuality as an authentic sexual orientation, scholarship on bisexuality in the context of AIDS research, the phenomena of “bisexual chic” and biphobia, queer theory, and the contemporary relationship between academia and political activism. Selections include theoretical and empirical studies from social science perspectives as well as popular writings about the growth of the bisexual movement in the 1980s and 1990s. 

TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • PART ONE: Paving the Way for Research on Bisexuality
    • Section 1: Wherefore Art Thou, Bisexuality?
    • 1. Criticisms of the Scholarly Literature on Sexuality for Its Neglect of Bisexuality by Paula C. Rodriguez Rust
    • 2. Bisexuality: Reassessing Our Paradigms of Sexuality by Jay P Paul
    • 3. A Little Bit of Lavender Goes a Long Way: A Critique of Research on Sexual Orientation by A. P. MacDonald, Jr
    • Section 2: Now You Don’t See It, Now You Do
    • 4. Alternatives to Binary Sexuality: Modeling Bisexuality by Paula Rodriguez Rust
    • 5. Identity Conflict or Adaptive Flexibility? Bisexuality Reconsidered by Gary Zinik
    • 6. A Critical Examination of the Concept of Gender by Marilyn J. Freimuth and Gail A. Hornstein
    • 7. The Periodic Table Model of the Gender Transpositions: Part II.Limerent and lusty Sexual Attractions and the Nature of Bisexuality by James D. Weinrich
    • 8. Beyond Gender: The Basis of Sexual Attraction in Bisexual Men and Women by Michael W. Ross and Jay P Paul
    • 9. From Sexual Identity to Sexual Relationships: A Contextual Shift by John P. De Cecco and Michael G. Shively
    • 10. Gender Identity and Sexual Behavior by Harry Brierley
    • Section 3: How Many Bisexuals Are There?
    • 11. Review of Statistical Findings About Bisexual Behavior, Feelings, and Identities by Paula C. Rodriguez Rust
    • 12. Behavior Patterns and Sexual Identities of Bisexual Males by Janet Lever, David E Kanouse, William H. Rogers, Sally Carson, and Rosanna Hertz
    • 13. On the Diversity of Love Objects Orientations Among Women by Sophie Freud Loewenstein
  • PART TWO: From Lesbian Strippers and Prison Punks to Bisexual Subjects: The History of a Research Literature
    • Section 4: Looking at the Past Through Bi-Colored Glasses
    • 14. Academic Literature on Situational Homosexuality in the 1960s and 1970s by Paula C. Rodriguez Rust
    • 15. Homosexuality in Prison by George L. Kirkham
    • 16. Lesbian Behavior as an Adaptation to the Occupation of Stripping by Charles H. McCaghy and James K. Skipper Jr.
    • Section 5: Bisexuality by Another Name
    • 17. Heterosexual Gays, Heterosexual Lesbians, and Homosexual Straights by Paula C. Rodríguez Rust
    • 18. Bisexual and Gay Men in Heterosexual Marriage: Conflicts andResolutions in Therapy by Eli Coleman
    • 19. The Commencement of Bisexual Activity in Swinging MarriedWomen Over Age Thirty by Joan K. Dixon
    • Section 6: A Topic in Its Own Right
    • 20. Pioneers in Contemporary Research on Bisexuality by Paula C. Rodríguez Rust
    • 21. Bisexuality: Some Social Psychological Issues by Philip W. Blumstein and Pepper Schwartz
    • Section 7: Attention for All the Wrong, and All the Right, Reasons
    • 22. Bisexuality in HIV Research by Paula C. Rodríguez Rust
    • Section 8: Coming Out and Coming of Age
    • 23. The Biology, Psychology, Sociology, and Sexuality of Bisexuality by Paula C. Rodríguez Rust
    • 24. Neutralizing the Political Threat of the Marginal Woman: Lesbians’ Beliefs About Bisexual Women by Paula C. Rust
    • 25. Effects of Sexual Orientation on Interpersonal Judgment by Joseph Istvan
    • 26. “Coming Out” in the Age of Social Constructionism: SexualIdentity Formation Among Lesbian and Bisexual Women by Paula C. Rust
    • Section 9: From Bisexual Chic to Bisexual Activism
    • 27. Popular Images and the Growth of Bisexual Communityand Visibility by Paula C. Rodríguez Rust
    • 28.Bisexual Chic: Anyone Goes by Newsweek
    • 29. A Perilous Double Love Life by David Gelman with Lisa Drew, Mary Hager, Monroe Anderson, George Raine, and Sue Hutchison
    • 30. Bisexuality Emerges as a New Sexual Identity by John Leland with Steve Rhodes, Peter Katel, Claudia Kalb, Marc Peyser, Nadine Joseph, and Martha Brant
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  • Name Index
  • Subject Index
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Pansexuality: A Panoply of Co-Constructed Narratives

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AUTHOR: Karen Morgaine
PUBLISHER: Cognella Academic Publishing
LANGUAGE: English
DATE: 2020
PAGES: 227
ISBN:
9781516548101

Pansexuality: A Panoply of Co-Constructed Narratives

by Karen Morgaine

Pansexuality: A Panopoly of Co-Constructed Narratives expertly weaves 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. The text provides readers with an innovative and intimate lens through which they can begin to understand the dynamic nature of sexuality. 

The text begins by providing readers with theoretical and historical context regarding nonbinary sexualities. The following chapters outline the methodologies the author used to support and generate new research on pansexuality—including one-on-one interviews, collage, transcript poetry, and a qualitative survey—and the results of that research. Eleven chapters highlight the personal stories of individuals who identify as pansexual and other nonbinary sexualities, summarizing important experiences, defining moments, the meanings they attach to sexuality and gender, and observations they have made over the years, testimony gleaned from the author’s interviews with them. 

Embodying modern research that explores the fluidity of gender and sexual identity, Pansexuality is an illuminating text that is well suited for courses in gender studies, human sexuality, and sociology.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • Acknowledgements
  • Snippets (A Love Letter)
    • Chapter 1: Plurisexuality in Theory
    • Chapter 2: Methodological Musings
    • Chapter 3: Survey Results: A Jumping Off Point
    • Chapter 4: A Brief Foray into the Tumultuous World of Tumblr (with Jen Marony)
  • Interlude (The Stories)
    • Chapter 5: August: Queer Enough, Trans Enough?
    • Chapter 6: Orion: Death by a Thousand Cuts
    • Chapter 7: Janet: Becoming Visible and Breaking Boundaries
    • Chapter 8: Maggie: Authentically Fierce, Ideologically on Fire
    • Chapter 9: Karen: Quietly Fighting Invisibility
    • Chapter 10: Margot: Rainbows Forever
    • Chapter 11: Keith: Anxiously Re-Emerging
    • Chapter 12: N: Slowly Chipping Away
    • Chapter 13: Sonder: Trying on Pansexuality and Growing My Hair
    • Chapter 14: Stef: Metamorphosis
    • Chapter 15: Rowan: Fluid Sex-Toy Creator Extraordinaire
  • Postscript
  • Appendix 1: Exploring Pansexual and Polysexual Identities
  • Appendix 2: Additional Study Information for Potential Participants
  • Appendix 3: Exploring Pansexual and Polysexual Identities: Interview Schedule Prompts
  • Appendix 4: The Experiences of Pansexual and Polysexual Identified Individuals
  • Notes
  • Index
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AUTHOR: Kate Harrad
PUBLISHER: Thorntree Press
LANGUAGE: English
DATE:  September 1st 2016
PAGES: 352
ISBN:
0996460160
AWARDS: The Bookbag Non-fiction Book of the Month (Sept 2016)

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by Kate Harrad

Purple Prose: Bisexuality in Britain is the first of its kind: a book written for and by bisexuals in the UK. This accessible collection of interviews, essays, poems and commentary explores topics such as definitions of bisexuality, intersections of bisexuality with other identities, stereotypes and biphobia, being bisexual at work, teenage bisexuality and bisexuality through the years, the media’s approach to bisexual celebrities, and fictional bisexual characters.

Filled with raw, honest, first-person accounts as well as comments from leading bisexual activists in the UK, this is the book you’ll buy for your friend who’s just come out to you as bi-curious, or for your parents who think your bisexuality is weird or a phase, or for yourself, because you know you’re bi but you don’t know where to go or what to do about it.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: The Basics
  • Chapter 2: Coming Out (and Staying In)
  • Chapter 3: Greedy, Confused, and Invisible: Bi Myths and Legends
  • Chapter 4: The Gender Agenda
  • Chapter 5: Bisexuality and Non-Monogamy
  • Chapter 6: Dating
  • Chapter 7: Bisexual and Disabled
  • Chapter 8: Bisexual Black and Minority Ethnic People
  • Chapter 9: Lesser-Spotted Attractions
  • Chapter 10: Bisexuals and Faith
  • Chapter 11: Bisexuals Through the Years: Life Experiences
  • Chapter 12: Bi in the Workplace
  • Chapter 13: Fictional Bisexuality: Reviews and Reflections
  • Chapter 14: Allies in the Bisexual Community
  • Chapter 15: Let’s Do Something About This: Getting Started in Bisexual Activism
  • Acknowledgements
  • Glossary
  • Further Reading
  • Notes
  • The Editors
  • Index
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