Bi Any Other Name

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Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out
Cover of the paperback edition of Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out
Author Loraine Hutchins and Lani Ka'ahumanu
Country United States
Language English
Subject bisexuality
Genre anthology
Publisher Alyson Publications
Publication date
ISBN ISBN 1-55583-174-5

Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out, an anthology edited by Loraine Hutchins and Lani Ka'ahumanu, is one of the seminal books[1][2] 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.[3]

The book comprises fiction and non-fiction pieces, poetry and art created by a diverse group of over seventy bisexual people speaking about their lives.[4]

To quote Wendy Curry,[5] longtime bisexual rights activist and former president of the American national bisexual civil rights group BiNet USA,

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.[6] It also frequently appears on numerous LGBT reading lists, from assistance in coming out[7] to queer studies curriculum guides.[8]

In 1992, despite requests from the bisexual community for a more appropriate and inclusive category, Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out[9] was forced to compete (and lose) in the category "Lesbian Anthology" at the Lambda Literary Awards.[10] Additionally, in 2005, Directed by Desire: Collected Poems,[11] a posthumous collection of the bisexual Jamaican American writer June Jordan's work, had to compete (and win) in the category "Lesbian Poetry".[12] Led by BiNet USA,[13] 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:[6]

"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.[14]


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