Bisexuality: Making the Invisible Visible by Marie Alford-Harkey

 

Making the Invisible VisibleThis guidebook is designed to help congregations understand bisexuality and to encourage faith communities to “make the invisible visible.” Religious leaders and congregations can use this guidebook to inspire theological reflection and action in their faith communities. Bisexuality is often invisible in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) organizations, society as a whole, and in faith communities and denominations. Although many mainline denominations and congregations have made great strides in welcoming and affirming lesbian and gay people, and some have even begun to respond to the specific needs and concerns of transgender people, the “B” in the LGBT acronym is still largely ignored. Helping faith communities embrace bisexual persons and reflect theologically on bisexuality brings gifts to congregations and to the practice of faith. When a congregation welcomes and recognizes people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, it contributes to a positive image of religion among people who may have rejected religion as intolerant or irrelevant. Such congregations become safe spaces for youth who are exploring their sexuality and have questions. In addition, embracing bisexual persons makes it possible for those persons to be open about their identity and helps create a more open atmosphere in the faith community, encouraging authenticity and community among members. Congregations that embrace bisexual persons can also help heal the suffering caused by the invisibility of bisexual people in society. This guidebook is written to address the broad spectrum of American congregations. The information it contains will be relevant or adaptable to Jewish, Christian, Unitarian Universalist, and Islamic faith communities.

 

Bisexuality and Transgenderism: InterSEXions of the Others edited by Nathan Alexander and Karen Yescavage

Bisexuality and Transgenderism InterSEXions of the Others This book is very eclectic. It’s essays includes personal stories, poems, academic research, theory, film criticism, and history. But it confronts head on the controversy of the term bisexuality – is it inclusive or does it exclude transpeople? Does it revolutionize gender or just reinforce binary? How does the term bisexuality interact with queer? And where do transpeople and other gender queer fit in the bisexual world? Great questions and great anthology.

 

Eros: A Journey of Multiple Lovers by Serena Anderlini-D’Orofio

 

EROS A Journey of Multiple LoversBisexuals spend so much time trying to combat the stereotype that all bisexuals are promiscuous, that they inadvertently condemn sex, sexuality, and any bisexual who is not monogamous. This autobiography of a bisexual polyamorous women challenges the idea that there is something wrong with wanting partners along the gender spectrum simultaneously, and that a person who wants such things cannot be successful and happy. This controversial book asks the reader to challenge their own feelings about monogamy and hopes that there can be a space for bisexuals of all stripes, not just the monogamous bi poster children.

 

 

 

 

 

Bi America: Myths, Truths, And Struggles Of An Invisible Community by William Burleson

Bi America- Myths, Truths, And Struggles Of An Invisible CommunityThis book specifically looks at the bisexual community, by going to bi picnics, conferences, support groups, and performances. It also looks at bi history. Especially if you feel like you are the only bisexual you know, this book is great. If you think you are alone, this book shows you where the bi community resides, why you may not be able to find it on your own as well as how to find it for yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rainbow Theology: Bridging Race, Sexuality, and Spirit by Patrick Cheng

 

Rainbow Theology- Bridging Race, Sexuality, and SpiritPatrick S. Cheng does what no one else has done to date: he systematically examines the theological writings of LGBTIQ people of color in order to reflect upon the theological significance of the intersections of race and queer sexuality across multiple ethnic and cultural groups.

Cheng’s pioneering work is particularly important in light of the current polarizing debates over issues of race, sexuality, and religion within churches and communities of faith around the world.

Rainbow Theology is not simply descriptive, however; it is a trenchant work of constructive theology which delineates the themes of multiplicity, middle spaces, and mediation as a way to open theological discourse for a broad readership of academics, clergy, and laity interested in this critical theological topic.

 

 

Bi Men Coming Out Every Which Way edited by Pete Chvnay and Ron Jackson Suresha

Bi Men Coming Out Every Which WayBi men have their own issues, namely exclusion and derision by gay men and the utter invisibility of bisexuality in men outside of the pervasive ‘sleazy married guy’. The men in this anthology come to bisexuality from various life paths, some previously identified as straight, some as gay. Some came out as bisexuals at an early age and others are still closeted, even to their closest friends. They talk about bisexuality in the era of AIDS and the intersection with bear culture (the authors previously did a bear anthology).

 

 

Sexual Fluidity: Understanding Women’s Love and Desire by Lisa Diamond

Sexual Fluidity- Understanding Women’s Love and DesireIs love “blind” when it comes to gender? For women, it just might be. This unsettling and original book offers a radical new understanding of the context-dependent nature of female sexuality. Lisa M. Diamond argues that for some women, love and desire are not rigidly heterosexual or homosexual but fluid, changing as women move through the stages of life, various social groups, and, most important, different love relationships.

 

This perspective clashes with traditional views of sexual orientation as a stable and fixed trait. But that view is based on research conducted almost entirely on men. Diamond is the first to study a large group of women over time. She has tracked one hundred women for more than ten years as they have emerged from adolescence into adulthood. She summarizes their experiences and reviews research ranging from the psychology of love to the biology of sex differences. Sexual Fluidity offers moving first-person accounts of women falling in and out of love with men or women at different times in their lives. For some, gender becomes irrelevant: “I fall in love with the person, not the gender,” say some respondents. Sexual Fluidity offers a new understanding of women’s sexuality—and of the central importance of love.

 

Black Bodies and the Black Church: A Blues Slant by Kelly Brown Douglas

 

Black Bodies and the Black Church- A Blues SlantThere is a problem in the black church. It is a problem with black bodies and a blues problem. This book addresses these problems head-on. It proclaims that as long as the black church cannot be a home for certain bodies, such as LGBT bodies, then it has forsaken its very black faith identity. The black church must find a way back to itself. Kelly Brown Douglas argues that the way back is through the blues.

 

 

 

 

Queer Bible Commentary by Deryn Guest, Robert Goss, Mona West  and Thomas Bohache

 

Queer Bible CommentaryThe Queer Bible Commentary brings together the work of several scholars and pastors known for their interest in the areas of gender, sexuality and Biblical studies. Rather than a verse-by-verse analysis, typical of more traditional commentaries, contributors to this volume focus specifically upon those portions of the book that have particular relevance for readers interested in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues such as the construction of gender and sexuality, the reification of heterosexuality, the question of lesbian and gay ancestry within the Bible, the transgendered voices of the prophets, the use of the Bible in contemporary political, socio-economic and religious spheres and the impact upon lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. Accordingly, the commentary raises new questions and re-directs more traditional questions in fresh and innovative ways, offering new angles of approach. This comprehensive, cutting-edge commentary is prefaced by an introductory essay by Professor Mary Tolbert. Contributors draw on feminist, queer, deconstructionist, utopian theories, the social sciences and historical-critical discourses. The focus is both how reading from lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender perspectives affect the reading and interpretation of biblical texts and how biblical texts have and do affect lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender communities. The commentary includes an extensive bibliography that directs the reader to a full range of literature relating to queer interpretation of scripture.

 

Making Love Just: Sexual Ethics for Perplexing Times by Marvin M. Ellison

 

Making Love Just- Sexual Ethics for Perplexing Ethical reflection about sexuality is increasingly controversial, complex, and conflicted. After centuries of conflicting messages from the tradition, Christians are understandably confused about how exactly the good news pertains to sexuality. Using a series of provocative questions, Marvin Ellison, a pioneer in contemporary Christian rethinking of sexuality and sexual ethics, attempts to increase readers’ skills and confidence for engaging in ethical deliberation about sexuality. Redrawing the conventional, rule-based sexual morality, often rigidly and legalistically applied or broadly ignored, entails transcending fear and shame to redraw the sexual map, he argues. Ellison works to affirm a more relationally focused ethical framework, from which to deliberate about premarital and extramarital sex, marriage and divorce, homosexuality, contraception, abortion, spousal abuse, and sex-education. Students and all adults will welcome this book for enabling their personal clarity, approach to relationships, and mindful participation in respectful moral debate.

 

Bi: Notes From A Sexual Revolution by Shiri Eisner

Bi- Notes From A Sexual RevolutionDepicted as duplicitous, traitorous, and promiscuous, bisexuality has long been suspected, marginalized, and rejected by both straight and gay communities alike. Bi takes a long overdue, comprehensive look at bisexual politics — from the issues surrounding biphobia/monosexism, feminism, and transgenderism to the practice of labeling those who identify as bi as either “too bisexual” (promiscuous and incapable of fidelity) or “not bisexual enough” (not actively engaging romantically or sexually with people of at least two different genders). In this forward-thinking and eye-opening book, feminist bisexual and genderqueer activist Shiri Eisner takes readers on a journey through the many aspects of the meanings and politics of bisexuality, specifically highlighting how bisexuality can open up new and exciting ways of challenging social convention. Informed by feminist, transgender, and queer theory, as well as politics and activism, Bi is a radical manifesto for a group that has been too frequently silenced, erased, and denied—and a starting point from which to launch a bisexual revolution.

 

Current Research on Bisexuality by Ronald Fox

 

Current Research on BisexualityThis book is a bit dry and academic, collecting the results of various scientific studies about bisexuals, bisexuality, non-monogamy, and cultural perceptions of these ideals. But it is important to understand how science works for us and against us. Since bi people are usually excluded from many scientific studies,  Fox tells us what science does know about bisexuality. Great resource if you have a homophobic/biphobic relative, friend, or coworker that keeps insisting science is on their side.

 

 

 

 

 

Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out by Loraine Hutchins and Lani Kaahumanu

Bi Any Other Name- Bisexual People Speak OutOne of the most famous books about bisexuality, and still one of the most important. In 1991 this book shattered the idea that there was a ‘typical’ bisexual by challenging the stereotypes that still plague us today (namely that some people think bisexuals are slutty). The book is a collection of personal stories, and you can hear from bisexuals in their own words about bi invisibility in the GLBT community and among straight people. It includes a history of bi activism in the USA (until 1991) and while it is getting a bit dated, it was one of the first books suggested to be read to help bisexuals feel at home with themselves.

 

 

 

 

 

Sexuality, Religion and the Sacred: Bisexual, Pansexual and Polysexual Perspectives by Loraine Hutchins

 

Sexuality, Religion and the Sacred- Bisexual, Pansexual and Polysexual PerspectivesSexuality, Religion and the Sacred is a thoughtful collection of bisexual, polysexual and pansexual scholarship on religion and spirituality. It examines how religious and spiritual traditions address sexuality, whilst also exploring the ways in which bisexually-, polysexually-, and pansexually-active people embrace religious and spiritual practice. The volume offers a comprehensive analysis of these prevalent themes by focusing on five main areas of discussion: Christian and Unitarian Discourses; Indigenous and Decolonizing Spiritual Discourses; Feminist Spiritual Discourses; Buddhist Discourses; and Neo/Pagan Discourses.

Sexuality, Religion and the Sacred offers an accessible yet scholarly treatment of these topics through a collection of critical essays by academics of theology, humanities, cultural studies and social sciences, as well as sexology professionals and clergy from various faith and spiritual traditions. It gives readers an insight into the intersection of sexualities and spiritualities, and attempts to disrupt this very dichotomy through its careful consideration of a wide variety of discourses.

This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Bisexuality.

 

 

The Bisexual Option by Fritz Klein

 

The Bisexual OptionThe Bisexual Option explores bisexuality, explains the bisexual, and explodes myths surrounding this large “unseen” segment of the population. Now in its second edition, this intriguing book gives an overview of bisexuality. As there is still no book that covers the subject like this one, it is must reading for establishing a contemporary view of bisexuality and those committed to a bisexual lifestyle. Fritz Klein, an experienced psychiatrist and expert in bisexuality and sexual orientation, explains the concept and the variables of sexual orientation and where bisexuality fits.

 

He covers many subjects in the book including:

– myths of bisexual nonexistence and the “either/or” dilemma
– intimacy, both emotional and sexual
– an explanation of bisexuality and the Oedipus Complex
– definitions and examples of the healthy and troubled bisexual
– major sociological findings about bisexuality
– the bisexual in history
– the bisexual as depicted in the arts
– factors that will influence bisexuality in the future

 

Blessed Bi Spirit: Bisexual People of Faith by Debra Kolodny

 

Blessed Bi Spirit- Bisexual People of FaithReflecting a wide spectrum of religious tradition and spiritual paths–including Buddhist, Hindu, Pagan, 12-step, Christian and Jewish–over 30 contributors speak about the intersections of their faith practice and their bisexuality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips, And Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways by Nicole Kristal and Mike Szymanski

 

The Bisexual's Guide to the Universe- Quips, Tips, And Lists for Those Who Go Both WaysThis books is not only the first winner of the first Bisexual Lambda Literary Award in 2006, it is also hilarious. It is divided into sections, Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced, so it really has something for everyone. It includes the authors own personal experiences along the way, so it never becomes dry or academic. There is also all sorts of useful content, like a guide to Bi film, that you won’t find elsewhere. And because it is written for bisexuals by bisexuals, bisexuality is not just a token mention, it is the real focus. And it is very very funny, sarcastic, snarky, and generally just fun to read.

 

 

Ministry Among God’s Queer Folk: LGBT Pastoral Care by David Kundtz, Bernard Schlager

 

Ministry Among God’s Queer Folk- LGBT Pastoral CareThis practical handbook, written by two self-described “queer people of faith,” covers the basic skills religious caregivers and ministry students need in order to be effective, enlightened, and supportive pastoral care providers to LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) persons within as well as outside their congregations and communities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World edited by Robin Ochs and Sarah Rowley

Getting Bi- Voices of Bisexuals Around the WorldThis book is done well. The essays in this book, written by bisexuals from around the world, give an international context to discussions about bisexuality that are so often limited by a Western (and American) world view. In reading them, one can become to understand yourself as a part of something bigger and worldwide. It confronts white American bias as people speak about conditions, situations, and cultures that challenged assumptions about bisexuality and about the countries where the authors lived.

 

 

 

 

Recognize: The Voices of Bisexual Men by Robin Ochs

 

Recognize- The Voices of Bisexual MenRecognize: The Voices of Bisexual Voices is a collection of short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, reflective essays, critical essays and visual art produced by cisgender and transgender bisexual, pansexual, polysexual and fluid queer men from the United States, Canada, Chile, India, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The 70 contributors, ranging in age from early twenties to mid-seventies, explore the themes of: identity, challenging labels, liminality, institutions, angst, anger and critique, bodies and embodiment, religion and spirituality, traveling and relationships.

 

 

Bi Lives: Bisexual Women Tell Their Stories by Kata Orndorff

 

Bi Lives- Bisexual Women Tell Their StoriesBisexual women have issues of their own, namely an American culture that values female bisexuality if it exits for the pleasure of men, but denies female bisexuals their own sexual agency. The author interviewed numerous bisexuals of different stripes, including women of color and disabled bisexuals. The transcripts of these interviews make up this wonderful collection that hits all sorts of issues around bisexuality in the lives of every day women. Some interviewees are out, some are not. Some have been victims of abuse. Most have faced discrimination from the Gay and Lesbian portions of the community, and sexism from their straight friends and family. And even though it can tread on the depressing, the diversity of the bi community (good and bad) is important to understand.

 

 

A Time To Seek: A Study Guide on Sexual and Gender Diversity by Timothy Palmer and Debra Haffner

 

 

A Time To Seek- A Study Guide on Sexual and Gender DiversityA Time to Seek offers a concise review of current sociological, public health and scientific data, and considers key Scriptural passages in light of contemporary understandings of sexual and gender diversity.

An extensive resource guide is provided to encourage further exploration of sexual and gender diversity issues from a multi-faith perspective.

 

 

Bisexuality in the United States by Paula C. Rodriguez Rust

Bisexuality in the United StatesFor years bisexuality was considered merely a transitional stage between a person’s presumed heterosexuality and “true” homosexuality, or vice versa, and was thereby regarded with suspicion by the lesbian and gay community and contempt by the “straight” world. The study and understanding of bisexuality has surpassed the stereotyped representations of previous eras (e.g., Basic Instinct), but few books attempt to seriously engage the subject as a whole. Paula Rust at last rectifies this absence in the literature by presenting the first interdisciplinary and comprehensive review of social scientific research and theory about bisexuality.

 

With contributions by sociologists, psychologists, historians, political theorists, and others, the book yields an overall picture of what we know, and what we don’t know, about the subject. The book provides a wealth of information about the lives and experiences of bisexual people. Articles cover early research in which bisexuality was conceptualized as “situational homosexuality,” pioneering research on bisexuality as an authentic sexual orientation, scholarship on bisexuality in the context of AIDS research, the phenomena of “bisexual chic” and biphobia, queer theory, and the contemporary relationship between academia and political activism. Selections include theoretical and empirical studies from social science perspectives as well as popular writings about the growth of the bisexual movement in the 1980s and 1990s.

 

 

Bisexual Politics: Theories, Queries, and Visions by Naomi Tucker

 

Bisexual Politics- Theories, Queries, and VisionsThis book brings the theory. It can get boring to listen to the same stories of invisibility, stereotypes, and coming out over and over again. So this book gives a series of explanations WHY bisexuals face these things and how to overcome them. It is more academic then some of the other books on this list, but it is also vital because it includes multicultural issues that often are overlooked when we focus solely on biphobia.