Columnist Zachary Zane recounts his own experience with biphobia at Pride and tells the stories of various others, including activist and editor of Bisexual.org, Talia Squires.
Robyn is quoted regarding the “cultural tipping point” for bisexuality as public opinion and pride events become more accepting of multisexual people, including those in different-gender relationships.
The theme of this new issue of Bi Women Quarterly is “Non-binary x2 (or more).”
We are pleased to present you with writing by Denarii Grace, Talitha Milroy, Emily Fisher, Sarah Jen, Christi Sessa, Natalie Perry, Mariah Cruz, Buffy Lee, Lila Hartelius, and Tania Israel.
And this time around we have not one, but TWO “Around the World” interviews. Carla Imperial interviews Rhye Labrador from the Philippines, and Katelynn Bishop interviews Bree Mountain from Australia.
Casey Lawrence writes about Ursula LeGuin’s 1969 classic, The Left Hand of Darkness without which, she argues, “discussion of gender in science fiction is complete.” And Robin Renée reviews Jan Steckel’s latest poetry compilation, LikeFlesh Covers Bone. You will also find artwork by Jo-Anne Carlson, Why Not Both Co, and Emily Fisher, advice from A Rose Bi, and our calendar of events.
Read the edition here.
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Robyn speaks with podcast hosts Ally Johnson and Kevin Klein about bisexuality, bi erasure, and 20BIteen!
Listen to the whole episode here or wherever you get your podcasts.
“The bisexual versus pansexual debate has been an ongoing conflict within the LGBTQ community for years, but advocates say the dispute over the two valid labels doesn’t actually help anyone.”
Robyn and bi-pan advocate Heron Greenesmith discuss the harm caused by pitting multisexual identities against each other and encourage members of both communities to support one another.
Read the full article here.
A few weeks ago Arizona made history by electing America’s first openly bisexual senator. The Daily Beast covers Kyrsten Sinema’s ground breaking election and discusses biphobia and bisexual representation in American politics and the public sphere.
Robyn was interviewed for this article and is quoted at length on the importance of Sinema’s election:
“I’ve been out as bi for 42 years,” she told The Daily Beast. “For the first 40 years, I felt so frustrated with the lack of progress in popular culture, in the public sphere—and in the last two, three years, I feel that we have reached a sort of turning point.”
Read the full article here.
Read Shayna Maci Warner in the new Bi Women Quarterly: “On October 8th, 2016, screams of queer elation sounded across the internet: Sara Ramirez, Tony Award-winner and star of Grey’s Anatomy, had just come out as bisexual. Some of us had respectfully restrained from speculating about the star’s sexual orientation for many years, but after viewing Ramirez’s incredible speech from the 40 to None Summit in which she described herself as a “multiracial woman, woman of color, queer, bisexual, Mexican-Irish American, immigrant,” I couldn’t help but be among those jumping for joy. We knew it. I knew it. …” FIND THE NEW ISSUE HERE. Enjoy!
Refinery29 takes a look at Heteroflexible identity and the cries of biphobia that sometimes come along with it. Robyn was interviewed and quoted for this article, saying:
“To argue over which word is the best and to disrespect other people’s choice of label is not a productive use of our time. Our time would be much better spent working together to hold space for all non-binary sexualities.”
Whether we identify as bi or heteroflexible (or pan, polysexual, fluid, or anything else), multisexuals occupy the same space between the sexual binary of gay and straight. Uplifting each other in the labels that make us feel most comfortable helps everyone.