Bi America: Myths, Truths, and Struggles of an Invisible Community

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There are at least five million bisexual people in America, generally invisible to the straight society, the gay community, and even to each other. While the vast majority of these five million live within the straight or gay world, there are a few who have formed a community of their own. Bi America: Myths, Truths, and Struggles of an Invisible Community offers an inside look at the American bisexual community and gives an understanding of the special circumstances unique to being bisexual. The book takes the reader to bi community events from picnics, to conferences, to support groups, to performances in order to expose the everyday trials of the bisexual community.

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What People Are Saying

Martin S. Weinberg PhD
ENJOYABLE AND INFORMATIVE. . . . There is no question that this book will provide readers with a better understanding of the social, sexual, political, and HIV-associated situations of bisexuals and help them to quell the related misunderstandings that surround them. Burleson writes beautifully and provides a very evenhanded depiction of the bisexual in America.
—(Martin S. Weinberg, PhD, Professor, Department of Sociology, Indiana University; Co-author of Dual Attraction: Understanding Bisexuality)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560234791
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,005,770
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface. Some Notes About Language
My Own Story
Who and What This Book Is About
Chapter 1. BECAUSE
Welcome to BECAUSE
The Workshop
Chapter 2. Relating Bisexuality to the World
“Bring out the Bisexuals”: The Jerry Springer Show
The Invisible Bisexual
The Relationship Between the Bi and the Gay and Lesbian Communities
Chapter 3. Bisexuality Defined
“Something Men Just Do”
Sex, History, and Culture
Models of Sexual Orientation
Perspectives on Bisexuality
Bisexuality As an Orientation
Bisexuality As an Identity
Chapter 4. In Search of a Bisexual Community
The Picnic
Who Are They?
Is There a Bi Community?
Meet the Bi Community
Back to the Picnic
Chapter 5. Men’s and Women’s Experiences: Penthouse Bisexuals and Support Group Men
Kiss the Girls
Bisexual Women
Bisexual Men
Chapter 6. The Transgender Community
Bi Cities!
What Is “Transgender”?
Transgender History
Bisexual and Transgender
Chapter 7. What is the Relationship Between Nonmonogamy and Bisexuality?
The Wog
Bisexuality, Monogamy, and American Society
Styles of Nonmonogamy
Last Thoughts About Monogamy
Chapter 8. Bisexuality in the Time of AIDS
Safer Sex Sluts
HIV Risk and Bisexual Men
HIV Risk and Bisexual Women
AIDS and the Bisexual Community
Chapter 9. The History of the Bisexual Community
Boston, June 2002
The Seeds of Bi Activism in the 1960s and 1970s
The 1980s and the Second Wave of Activism
The 1990s and Conference Culture
Where Does That Leave the Bi Community Today?
Chapter 10. The Future of the Bi Community: GLBT Identity versus Cyberspace
The College Workshop
Into the Future
Bisexual Inclusion
Here Comes the Internet
Do We Want to Have a Community?
What is the Future of the Bisexual Community?
Chapter 11. BECAUSE Reprise
Back to the Workshop
Sunday Morning Breakfast
Appendix A. The Survey
Appendix B. The Bisexual History Project
Appendix C. Resources and Further Reading
Reference Notes Included
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2009

    Excellent source of info in an easy-to read format

    Just like the reviews on the printed covers state...great source of info for anyone who has questions, is bi themselves, or knows someone who is. The book was easy to read and answered some of my own questions; it even gave me a few more to consider (I would have had to consider them eventually, but I got a head start on them i guess). The book is also a great way to come out. I gave a copy to my mother when I told her, she is still reading it, but most of the commonly asked questions/misconceptions are in there. Just a great book all around with lots of info on history pertaining to the subject, misconceptions, social issues and networking, and even goes into some of the other sexual identities such as transgender.

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