Bi Any Other Name
Cover of the paperback edition of Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out
|Author||Loraine Hutchins and Lani Ka'ahumanu|
Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out, an anthology edited by Loraine Hutchins and Lani Ka'ahumanu, is one of the seminal books in the history of the modern bisexual rights movement. It holds a place that is in many ways comparable to that held by Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique in the feminist movement.
|“||This groundbreaking book gave voice to a generation of previously unseen bisexuals. Rather than arguing statistics or debating the sexuality of long dead celebrities, Hutchins and Ka'ahumanu gave a space to normal bisexuals who told their lives. This created a new genre for books on bisexuality.||”|
This book helped spark at least ten other books (many by its own contributors), was named one of Lambda Book Report's Top 100 Queer Books of the 20th century, has been reprinted 3 times since 1991, has over 40,000 copies in circulation, and was translated and published in Taiwan in June 2007. It also frequently appears on numerous LGBT reading lists, from assistance in coming out to queer studies curriculum guides.
In 1992, despite requests from the bisexual community for a more appropriate and inclusive category, Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out was forced to compete (and lose) in the category "Lesbian Anthology" at the Lambda Literary Awards. Additionally, in 2005, Directed by Desire: Collected Poems, a posthumous collection of the bisexual Jamaican American writer June Jordan's work, had to compete (and win) in the category "Lesbian Poetry". Led by BiNet USA, and assisted by other bisexual organizations including the American Institute of Bisexuality, BiPOL, and Bialogue, the bisexual community launched a multi-year struggle that eventually culminated in 2006 with the addition of a Bisexual category at the Lambda Literary Awards.
Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out contains a preface, acknowledgements, an introduction, resources, a glossary, a list of contributors, and the following pieces:
"Myths/Realities of Bisexuality, by Sharon Forman Sumpter
This Poem Can Be Put Off No Longer, by Susan Carlton
The Queer in Me, by Carol Queen
Ninety-Three People = 100% Acceptance, by Cornelius Utz
I Am Who I Am - A Married Bisexual Teacher, by Amanda Yoshizaki
Worth the Balancing, by Alan Silver
Development of a Bisexual Identity: Understanding the Process, by Ann Fox
What Do Indians Think About?, by Joe Rios
Making My Own Way, by Laura Johnson
Bisexual Feminist Man, by Dave Matteson
She Kissed Me!, by Laney Nelson
More Than a Footnote, C.J. Barragan III
My Life as a Lesbian-Identified Bisexual Fag-Hag, by Ellen Terris
My Underself, by Chandini Goswami
A Gift to Myself, by Nate Brown
Points of Reference, by C.K. Ferrier
Love, Friendship, and Sex, by Wayne Bryant
Bisexual Tendencies, by Lisa Yost
A Question of Invisibility, by Rifka Reichler
Double Quest, by Nachama
Insights at 3:30 AM, by Victoria Woodard
What I Need Is: In Contemplation of Bisexuality, by Ronda Slater
my foundations, by Dajenya
Coming Out In Spirit and In Flesh, by Karen Hurley
Just Another Lingering Flu, by David Lourea
Beyond Bisexual, by Annie Sprinkle
Let Me Doctor Your Love, by Neil MacLean
Sacred Rituals, by Karla Rossi
Letting Go: An Interview with John Horne, by Loraine Hutchins
Reclaiming Heart and Mind, by Leonard Tirado
Room For You, by Betsy Rose
Bisexuality, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Me, by Elizabeth Reba Weise
Two-Way Closet, by Michael Brewer
The Palmist Knew, by Brenda Blasingame
A Healing Journey, by Hap Stewart
[untitled], by Irene Wolt
Gray-Haired and Above Suspicion, Bobbi Keppel
Growing Up with a Bisexual Dad, by Billy and Peaches Jones
A Few Brave and Gifted People, by Chris Girard
A Day in the Life, by Richard Susan Bassein
Never, Never Boring..., by Mattie Key
[untitled], by Selena Julie Whang
A Man, A Woman, Attention, by Shu Wei Chen - Andy
Don't Call Me, by Janet Bohac
Bisexual Movies, by Paul Haut
Bi-Lovable Japanese Feminist, by Kei Uwano
The Most Natural Thing: An Interview with Arlene Krantz, by Marcy Sheiner
Affirmation: Bisexual Mormon, by Christopher Alexander
I Have Always Been One, by Suzanne
¿Que Es Un Bisexual?, by Obie Leyva
The Foundations of the Bisexual Community in San Francisco: An Interview with Dr. Maggi Rubenstein, Marcy Sheiner
The "B" Word, by Matthew LeGrant
From the Closet to the Stage, by Robyn Ochs
Loving Whom We Choose, by Lisa Orlando
Coming Out to Congress, by Cliff Arnesen
ONE..., by Sharon Hwang Colligan
What's in a Name?, by Naomi Tucker
Sisterhood Crosses Gender Preference Lines, by Dajenya
The Voice of a Wandering Jewish Bisexual, by Rebecca Gorlin
Proud Father of a Bisexual Son, by Roland Glenn
Another Senseless Loss, by Dolores Bishop
"out"line of one man's polymorphic liberation, by ben e factory
Beyond Defense: Considering Next Steps for Bisexual Liberation, by Rebecca Shuster
Guilt Politics, by Ann Schneider
My Pet Peeves, by Elise Krueger
Can Bisexuals Be Monogamous?, by Lenore Norrgard
The Fine Art of Labeling: The Convergence of Anarchism, Feminism, and Bisexuality, by Lucy Friedland and Liz Highleyman
Conflicts, by Sheilah Mabry
Potential Lovers, by Rich Aranow
Hapa Haole Wahine, by Lani Ka'ahumanu
Bisexuality: The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Lesbian Feminism?, by Beth Elliot
Talking About Sex, Gender, and Desire, by Karen Klassen
Love That Kink, by Loraine Hutchins
Choosing Not To, by Michael Ambrosino
Present Tense: Biphobia as a Crisis of Meaning, by Amanda Udis-Kessler
Political Activism: A Brief History"
A 25th anniversary edition of the book was released in 2015 during Bi Awareness Week.
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- A Brief History of the Bisexual Movement by Liz A. Highleyman
- Blessed Bi Spirit: Bisexual People of Faith by Debra Kolodny
- HRC Reading List
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- PFLAG-Metro DC Recommended Reading List
- "Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Studies Guide - Library & Learning Resources - City College of San Francisco".
- "Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out Review". International Gay & Lesbian Review. Retrieved 2007-11-25.
- "1991 Lambda Literary Awards Recipients". Lambda Literary Foundation. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-11-25.
- "Directed by Desire: Collected Poems". Copper Canyon Press. Retrieved 2011-10-16.
- "2005 Lambda Literary Awards Recipients". Lambda Literary Foundation. Retrieved 2011-10-16.
- Curry, Wendy (2007). "What makes a book bisexual?". Curried Spam. BiNet USA. Retrieved 2007-11-25.
- Hutchins, Loraine (2015). "25 Years of Bi Life". Advocate.com. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
- Bi Any Other Name on publisher's site Alyson Publications
- Bi Any Other Name on facebook
- review International Gay & Lesbian Review
- Loraine Hutchins (editor)
- Lani Ka'ahumanu (editor)