25th Anniversary Edition of BI ANY OTHER NAME: Bisexual People Speak Out

Lani Ka’ahumanu and Loraine Hutchins, Editors
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Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out first debuted in 1991 and was dubbed “the bisexual bible”. The anthology rode a wave of grassroots organizing and catalyzed a national movement for bisexual identity, justice and equality. The coming out stories reflect the many ways bisexuals embrace life. This book was listed on Lambda Book Review’s Top 100 GLBT Books of the 20th century. In 2007 a Mandarin translation was published in Taiwan. The new introduction updates readers to the enormous cultural changes of the past quarter century.



What people are saying:

When I was young, I was hurt by political ringmasters who said they wouldn’t talk, sleep or work with me because I was “bisexual.” Now that I’ve talked, worked and slept with them all, I know their secret. They desire what they condemn. The bisexual community was waiting for this classic long before its publication. Read it.”

Susie Bright, sexpert

This ground-breaking anthology gave me the language, courage and sense of community I needed as a young queer woman. It gave me a sense of home. The stories here show us not only that we are not alone but that we are actually part of a larger, historical and powerful conversation on love, desire and community.”

Daisy Hernandez, A Cup of Water Under My Bed

The LGBTQ movement still fails to enlist the power, voice and leadership of millions of bisexual people. This essential book argues against erasure, and powerfully evokes the liberatory power of bisexuality and bisexual activism through engaging stories, original theory, vivid history and analysis. Bi Any Other Name presents moving testimony from scores of bisexual organizers and innovators who remain the LGBTQ movement’s most visionary leaders. This is a must-read book for anyone working for social justice.

Urvashi Vaid, Irresistible Revolution: Confronting Race, Class and the Assumptions of LGBT Politics.

Bi Any Other Name remains one of the only texts that situates bisexuals ‘speaking for themselves’ within a rich intellectual context. It is, quite simply, an indispensable text.

Jonathan Alexander, co-author, Finding Out: An Introduction to LGBT Studies

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Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Bicoastal Introduction
I. PSYCHOLOGY: Facing Ourselves
II. SPIRITUALITY: Healing the Splits
III. THE BISEXUAL COMMUNITY: Are We Visible Yet?
IV. POLITICS: A Queer Among Queers
Resources
Glossary
Contributors

(click here to read excerpts from the book)

I. PSYCHOLOGY: Facing Ourselves – Overview

Myths/Realities of Bisexuality

Sharon Forman Sumpter

This Poem Can Be Put Off No Longer

Susan Carlton

The Queer in Me

Carol A. Queen

Ninety-Three People = 100% Acceptance

Cornelius Utz

I Am Who I Am - A Married Bisexual Teacher

Amanda Yoshizaki

Worth the Balancing

Alan Silver

Development of a Bisexual Identity: Understanding the Process
Ann Fox

What Do Indians Think About?
Joe Rios

Making My Own Way
Laura Johnson

Bisexual Feminist Man
Dave Matteson

She Kissed Me!
Laney Nelson

More Than a Footnote
C.J. Barragan III

My Life as a Lesbian-Identified Bisexual Fag-Hag
Ellen Terris

My Underself
Chandini Goswami

A Gift to Myself
Nate Brown

Points of Reference
C.K. Ferrier

Love, Friendship, and Sex
Wayne Bryant

Bisexual Tendencies
Lisa Yost

A Question of Invisibility
Rifka Reichler

Double Quest
Nachama

Insights at 3:30 AM
Victoria Woodard

What I Need Is: In Contemplation of Bisexuality
Ronda Slater

II. SPIRITUALITY: Healing the Splits - Overview

my foundations
Dajenya

Coming Out In Spirit and In Flesh
Karen Hurley

Just Another Lingering Flu
David Lourea

Beyond Bisexual
Annie Sprinkle

Let Me Doctor Your Love
Neil MacLean

Sacred Rituals
Karla Rossi

Letting Go: An Interview with John Horne
Loraine Hutchins

Reclaiming Heart and Mind
Leonard Tirado

III. THE BISEXUAL COMMUNITY: Are We Visible Yet? – Overview

Room For You
Betsy Rose

Bisexuality, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Me
Elizabeth Reba Weise

Two-Way Closet
Michael Brewer

The Palmist Knew
Brenda Blasingame

A Healing Journey
Hap Stewart

[untitled]
Irene Wolt

Gray-Haired and Above Suspicion
Bobbi Keppel

Growing Up with a Bisexual Dad
Billy and Peaches Jones

A Few Brave and Gifted People
Chris Girard

A Day in the Life
Richard Susan Bassein

Never, Never Boring...
Mattie Key

[untitled]
Selena Julie Whang

A Man, A Woman, Attention
Shu Wei Chen - Andy

Don't Call Me
Janet Bohac

Bisexual Movies
Paul Haut

Bi-Lovable Japanese Feminist
Kei Uwano

The Most Natural Thing: An Interview with Arlene Krantz
Marcy Sheiner

Affirmation: Bisexual Mormon
Christopher Alexander

I Have Always Been One
Suzanne

¿Que Es Un Bisexual?
Obie Leyva

The Foundations of the Bisexual Community in San Francisco:
An Interview with Dr. Maggi Rubenstein
Marcy Sheiner

The "B" Word
Matthew LeGrant

From the Closet to the Stage
Robyn Ochs

IV. POLITICS: A Queer Among Queers - Overview

Loving Whom We Choose
Lisa Orlando

Coming Out to Congress
Cliff Arnesen

ONE...
Sharon Hwang Colligan

What's in a Name?
Naomi Tucker

Sisterhood Crosses Gender Preference Lines
Dajenya

The Voice of a Wandering Jewish Bisexual
Rebecca Gorlin

Proud Father of a Bisexual Son
Roland Glenn

Another Senseless Loss
Dolores Bishop

"out"line of one man's polymorphic liberation
ben e factory

Beyond Defense: Considering Next Steps for Bisexual Liberation
Rebecca Shuster

Guilt Politics
Ann Schneider

My Pet Peeves
Elise Krueger

Can Bisexuals Be Monogamous?
Lenore Norrgard

The Fine Art of Labeling: The Convergence of Anarchism, Feminism, and Bisexuality
Lucy Friedland and Liz Highleyman

Conflicts
Sheilah Mabry

Potential Lovers
Rich Aranow

Hapa Haole Wahine
Lani Ka'ahumanu

Bisexuality: The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Lesbian Feminism?
Beth Elliot

Talking About Sex, Gender, and Desire
Karen Klassen

Love That Kink
Loraine Hutchins

Choosing Not To
Michael Ambrosino

Present Tense: Biphobia as a Crisis of Meaning
Amanda Udis-Kessler

Political Activism: A Brief History