Bi Men: Coming Out Every Which Way

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A moving and pioneering celebration of the male bisexual self that addresses biphobia in our society

In today’s sexual world, both straight and gay and lesbian communities still often refuse to accept the reality of bisexuality. Bi Men: Coming Out Every Which Way confronts head-on the limiting views that bisexuality is a transitional phase of sexual evolution or a simple refusal to accept being either homosexual or straight. This pioneering collection of moving personal essays by bisexual men and those who love them explores what it means to be bisexual in today’s monosexually oriented society.

The millennial shift in sexual perspectives draws more and more men to come out as being attracted to both women and men. Bisexual and bi-curious men will find comfort and camaraderie in these stories about coming out, its impact on family and marriage, evolving perspectives on bisexuals within the LGBT community, and the building of acceptance and affirmation for bisexuality and polyamory.

The nearly three dozen essays in Bi Men: Coming Out Every Which Way are told in the honest words of bisexuals, confirming the validity of their place in the world while illustrating that there are more bi men than anyone ever realized. These diverse and pioneering men’s stories reveal a long-disguised and unconventional truth—that bisexuality is a valid lifestyle that does not threaten either sexual camp. Each contributor to this collection affirms the innate fluidity of self, sexuality, family, and community, and proclaims that sexuality is truly diverse in its predispositions and creativity.

Bi Men: Coming Out Every Which Way separates its essays into four parts:
  • coming out and personal realization of bisexual nature
  • bisexuality’s effects on family and marriage
  • an examination of the shifting viewpoints of bisexuality within gay communities
  • ways in which bisexuals can affirm and respect their own desires and celebrate their sexual selves
These intimate stories address:
  • biphobia
  • monosexual prejudice
  • the impact on marriage
  • family issues
  • coming out to self, spouse, and family
  • political and community issues
  • religious and spiritual concerns
Bi Men: Coming Out Every Which Way is a vibrant, reassuring call to bisexuals, the bi-curious, or anybody who knows and loves a bisexual/bi-curious man, to read and more completely understand the unique issues of being bisexual while providing the ultimate affirmation of bisexuality’s existence.
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Routledge
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Published on
May 13, 2013
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Pages
352
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ISBN
9781135023010
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Language
English
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Genres
Social Science / Gender Studies
Social Science / LGBT Studies / Gay Studies
Social Science / Sociology / General
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The 25th Anniversary Edition

Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out first debuted in 1991.  This groundbreaking book helped catalyze a national movement for bisexual identity, justice and equality.  Often dubbed “the bisexual bible,” Bi Any Other Name was on Lambda Book Review’s Top 100 GLBT Books of the 20th century and became a beloved reference text in many classrooms, doctors’ offices, libraries, and pulpits. A 2007 Mandarin translation was published in Taiwan. The new 2015 introduction of this book updates readers to the enormous changes the past quarter century has brought – for bi people, the larger society and the sexual rights and liberation movement of which we are a part. 

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Caught between the mainstream culture’s persistent discounting of bisexuality, the sensationalizing characterizations presented in media, and the sexual liberation movement’s continual disregard of bisexuality as a serious identity, bisexual people are often not seen or heard when they speak out. There is a vital need for these earnest voices to be heard in the new century. Enormous cultural changes have occurred in the past 25 years, yes, but understanding bisexualities has just begun.

Gain an in-depth understanding of the unique struggles of the bisexual community!

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—“Cool,” a bisexual woman involved in a support group

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Bi America includes very personal stories that let the voice of everyday bisexuals be heard through interviews, the “Bisexual History Project,” in which ten bisexual people tell their life stories, and the “Online Support Group,” a group of about 75 people who meet in cyberspace to talk about their lives and challenges. The book also includes the findings of a 2002 survey of about 300 bisexual people conducted via the Internet, an appendix that offers a concise list of resources for further study and personal enrichment, and an unabridged transcript of the “Bisexual History Project.”

Get the answers to these questions in Bi America:
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What are commonalities and differences between the experiences of bi men and bi women?
What is the special relationship between the bisexual and the transgender community?
How have bisexuals and the bi community been affected by HIV/AIDS?
What is the future of bisexual activism, if any?
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