Bialogue: Bisexual + Queer Politics

Bialogue is an activist/political social justice group working on issues of local, regional, national & international interest that effect the bisexual, non-monosexual, queer-identified and greater LGBTQ+ Community.
Bialogue: Social Justice Warriors and darn proud of it!
Our mission is to dispel myths and stereotypes, to address biphobia homophobia, transphobia and bisexual erasure, to educate the public on the facts and realities of bisexuality, non-monosexuals, queer-identified and all the other not 100% straight and not 100% gay/lesbian people who occupy the vast middle of the Kinsey scale's Bell Curve and to advocate for our Community's right to dignity, freedom to live without the burdens of prejudice and harassment and for our full equality under the law.

Find Bisexuals: in USA on planet earth
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Bisexual Conferences
   ○ 2012 Transcending Boundaries Conference October 26th-28th 2012 Springfield MA USA
   ○ 2013 Creating Change Conference (CC13) January 23-27 2013 Atlanta GA USA
   ○ BECAUSE 2013 2013 Minneapolis–Saint Paul MN USA
   ○ Bi Lines VI: A Celebration of Bisexual Writing in Reading Music & Culture June 2013 NYC USA
   ○ BiCon 2013 July 18-21 2013 University of Edinburgh Scotland

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Famous 'Must-read' Bisexual-Theory/Queer-Theory Articles/Essays
      Bisexuality FAQ
      Bisexuality does not reinforce the gender binary
      Words, binary and biphobia, or: why “bi” is binary but “FTM” is not
      Being Bisexual Means That You’re Only Attracted to Two Genders
      The monosexual privilege checklist
      Why I identify as bisexual + differences and similarities
      Way Beyond the Binary

Bisexuals = people who people of Same Gender as themselves + ♥ people of Different Genders/Gender Presentations from themselves

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Recently, I was looking for a copy of the Jan-March 2014 issue of The Journal of Bisexuality. I couldn’t access it online through my local university because of a database embargo (basically, the publisher won’t release it electronically until 18 months after publication) , so I decided to get a copy of the article I wanted through interlibrary loan

Folks, interlibrary loan is your secret best friend! Basically, you ask your library for a book, and they don’t have it themselves, they go and ask other libraries to send the book to them. Interlibrary loan is a great way to find bisexual books if your library doesn’t own any. If you are in the United States, most libraries will do this for free. I love interlibrary loan! I read tons of books on interlibrary loan.  One of the tools for interlibrary loan is WorldCat, a catalog of library holdings across the world, including both print and electronic holdings. And that’s when I discovered we have a problem:

There are exactly 60 libraries in the world that own the Journal of Bisexuality, and only 37 libraries in the United States.

This is a huge deal. The Journal of Bisexuality is the premiere journal for bisexuality studies, and only 60 libraries have it!

The Journal of Bisexuality has existed for over 10 years now. It’s the only peer reviewed journal that focuses on the study of bisexuality and bisexual people. It’s sponsored by the American Institute of Bisexuality and has an upstanding reputation, focusing on issues such as new research, therapy, media, politics, and bisexual differences from the heterosexual, gay, and lesbian communities.  Mainstream, hegemonic studies of sexuality regularly ignore or exclude bisexuals. But the Journal of Bisexuality has been one of the forerunners in establishing the respectful study of bisexual people as an academic field. If so many libraries are missing it, this is a real issue for researchers.

We’ll let public libraries off the hook for a minute – lots of public libraries don’t carry academic journals, because they are expensive and there isn’t as much demand. But college and university libraries are a different matter.  There are 4,495 Title IV-eligible degree-granting institutions of higher education in the United States alone (2,774 of them traditional four-year institutions).  This means that if you are at a college or university and you want to read up on some bisexuality studies, there is only 0.8% chance that your university library has it.

Just to give you some context, approximately 683 libraries worldwide own the Journal of Homosexuality – which isn’t a great number, but it’s a darn sight better than 60.

I know not every library in the world can have every journal, and the Journal of Bisexuality is not appropriate for every collection development policy. It’s an expensive academic journal and wouldn’t be cost-effective for many small libraries. I myself work at a community college library, and we’ll never buy the Journal of Bisexuality because it doesn’t directly support our technical degree programs. And it’s also possible that some libraries simply don’t have listings for it. Community center libraries may have it, but not have the resources to catalog them. Certain archives don’t list their materials in World Cat at all.

But for major universities, most of which use WorldCat and most of which have a Genders Studies program, the Journal of Bisexuality should be a core part of the LGBT collection. Several of these universities also have LGBT/Queer Studies programs as well.   To have the Journal of Bisexuality missing from so many gender studies collections is a big disappointment.   Anyone who claims to be doing research in gender and sexuality should have access to this journal. 

Is there anything else the fills the need for bisexual studies? At this time, unfortunately, the answer is no; no other journal consistently fills the need for the study of non-monosexual identities.

Do librarians believe bisexuality is not an essential part of gender and sexuality studies? Or do they assume that bisexuality is subsumed under the study of gay men and lesbians? Both answers are possibilities, both are incorrect, and both are equally damaging.

~Ellie

PS: I’d also like to add that anyone who still thinks this isn’t a problem should read/listen to this first - Sarah

Please request that your library subscribe to the Journal of Bisexuality

IMPORTANT! All Students, Researchers, Professors, Academics, Librarians, etc. worldwide should be doing this. Ask your University or School Library how you go about making a Formal Request that they carry an Academic Journal. And then follow thru. If people do Not request it, they will Not subscribe.

in a world where bisexuality was considered the norm, the literature of science and sexology would no doubt be littered with references, all in a slightly disproving tone, to All Monosexuals - be they gay, straight or lesbian — as being those with a "fixation or fetish" for only one type of gender/gender presentation or sex

knowhomo:

You Spoke, We Listened

Thank you again to everyone who shared their thoughts with us for our 2013 survey.

In an effort to increase our bisexual education, we just received our copy of Shiri Eisner's Bi Notes for a Bisexual Revolution, which was recommended to us by Aud of No Off Switch. Ruth Elizabeth is currently curled up on the couch, book in hand.

We will bring you more information and future posts soon.

If you’d like to still participate in our survey, just click HERE. It takes about 5-10 minutes.

Keep On, Keeping On!

-Rebecca

Shiri Eisner’s Tumblr 

Bi Notes for a Bisexual Revolution on Amazon

bisexualsaregreat:

When people say bisexual men will eventually be gay,

and when people say that bisexual women will eventually be straight,

what people are actually saying is that choosing men over women is inevitable.

This is patriarchy.

[I]magine what would happen if, instead of centering our beliefs about heterosexual sex around the idea that the man “penetrates” the woman, we were to say that the woman’s vagina “consumes” the man’s penis.

This would create a very different set of connotations, as the woman would become the active initiator and the man would be the passive and receptive party. One can easily see how this could lead to men and masculinity being seen as dependent on, and existing for the benefit of, femaleness and femininity.

Similarly, if we thought about the feminine traits of being verbally effusive and emotive not as signs of insecurity or dependence, but as bold acts of self-expression, then the masculine ideal of the “strong and silent” type might suddenly seem timid and insecure by comparison.

Reading leads to Witchcraft & Lesbianism.

(via jadelyn)

There is growing scholarly recognition of the experience and diversity of sexual orientation beyond “heterosexual,” “gay,” and “lesbian” identities, and this recognition has led to challenges to the traditional stage models of sexual orientation identity development.

Scholars have found that bisexuals experience identity processes differently from the way lesbians and gay men do (Fox, 1995; Klein, 1990, 1993). For example, some individuals may come to bisexual identity after self-labeling as lesbian or gay. Others may identify bisexual feelings from childhood onward. Still others may not become aware of bisexual feelings until after experiencing heterosexual relationships or marriages.

Further, stage models do not account for ways in which the boundaries between Eurocentric notions of culture, sexual orientation, and gender identity are blurred and reconstructed in non-Western contexts (Brown, 1997; Gonsiorek, 1995). One such example is the existence of “Two Spirit” identities that blend Western notions of gender identity and sexual orientation within Native American communities (Brown, 1997).

Across cultures, LGBT identities have different names and meanings. Researchers are providing new perspectives on the experience of multiple and intersecting identities related to race and ethnicity, nationality, and sexuality. Research regarding the ways race and culture interact with the experience of LGBT identities in the United States has expanded (Boykin, 1996, on African Americans; Diaz, 1997, and Espin, 1993, on Latinos; Manalansan, 1993, on Asian Americans; Crow, Brown, and Wright, 1997, and Wilson, 1996, on Native Americans). Beyond the United States, scholarship on the intersections of LGBT identities and nationality is expanding as well, particularly in reference to Africans, Latin Americans, Middle Easterners, and South and East Asians (Ben-Ari, 2001; Kapack, 1992; Kovac, 2002; McLelland, 2000).

Additional research addresses the influence of gender, socioeconomic class, ability, and spirituality on LGBT identity development. Regarding gender differences, women’s non-heterosexual identity processes have most often been presented as paralleling those of men, yet a number of scholars indicate that women may come out and have intimate same-gender experiences at somewhat later ages (Brown, 1995; Sears, 1989).

Recent research explores LGBT identities related to social class and class systems, posing questions about how non-heterosexual identities intersect with class privilege and oppression (Becker, 1997; Raffo, 1997; Vanderbosh, 1997). Scholarship is emerging that addresses ways that identities of people with disabilities are influenced by LGBT identity processes (Clare, 1999). DuMontier (2000) hypothesized interactions between sexual orientation and faith development, and other authors discuss specific religious traditions and sexual orientation identity (Love, 1998).

By expanding the theoretical bases for understanding LGBT identities beyond those represented by white, Western men in the foundational models of homosexual identity formation (such as Cass, 1979 and 1984, and Troiden, 1979), researchers provide a complex picture of non-heterosexual identity. They highlight the social context of non-heterosexual identities across cultures and draw attention to the diversity that exists within LGBT communities.

pointyteeth:

Okay, time to buckle down like knee-high pirate boots and bang this paper out.

It’s about biphobia in the queer community. I have to describe the problem, analyze why it exists, propose goals, and then have a concrete strategy to achieve said goals. It’s for my Foundations of Feminism class.

I know a lot of y’all have thoughtful things to say about all of the above. So if you feel like sharing, please do! I have a lot of scholarly articles and whatnot already, but a lot of you are more eloquent than I and have different insights regarding the issue. So go dump all your smart thoughts in my ask. Or not so smart. No judgement here, just blankets and Havarti on toast.

It is also worth noting that I mixed some cherry rum in my cider, so I am tipsy. If I have to work on school shit on a Friday night, I’m at least going to enjoy it as much as possible.

bidyke:

Fuck marriage, fuck equality

*** Which also happens to be Snippet #10. These snippets are taken from my book in writing, Notes for a Bisexual Revolution. For more, check out the notes for a bisexual revolution tag. ***

Comments are disabled on this post because I’m very busy with finishing the book and have no spare energies to deal with the outrage which would surely come. I might decide to reopen it for comments some time in the future, but for now, this is how it is.

Fuck marriage, fuck equality

For about a decade, same sex marriage has been the flagship issue of the GGGG movement*. Marketed as the single-issue battle which would bring equality and solve GGGG-phobia for all, it has been the main focus of GGGG activist and political effort. The struggle for same sex marriage has been presented to us as a struggle for full equality and citizenship. We are told that the one step separating between us – “the gays” – and perfect rainbow utopia is the ability to register our same sex relationships with the state**. As soon as this right is won, apparently, we’ll be all able to walk away into the sunset.

But before we start with the walking away, we first need to examine what it is that we are asking. Marriage, as an institution, has been a tool of patriarchy, capitalism, and government for about as long as it’s existed. It’s been used to control women, divide and consolidate money and resources, and to strengthen the power of states over their subjects. All in all, for most of history and to this day, it has been one of the most dangerous institutions created by society.

Fuck queer assimilation. Credit: Night Terror//Art Terror

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Do you read Bi radical (aka Shiri Eisner's) stuff on Bisexual & Queer Politics and Theory? You don’t? You should! You may shout, rant and disagree; or praise and send fan-mail … but you will be educated and made to think.

What will it take for the gayristocracy to realize that bisexual, lesbian, transgender and gay people are in this together we can and will move the agenda forward.

But this will not happen until public recognition of our common issues is made, and a sincere effort to confront biphobia and transphobia is made by the established gay and lesbian leadership in this country.