Bisexual Awareness Week

1455941_1483483695210181_1806438782_nIn celebration of the 15th anniversary of Celebrate Bisexuality Day, or Bisexual Visibility Day, held every September 23rd GLAAD, BiNet USA, and other bisexual organizations are launching Bisexual Awareness Week. Bisexual Awareness Week (#biweek) aims to draw attention to public policy concerns and also celebrate what makes bisexuality and bisexual great.

I’ll admit I’m a little late in my post, and that Bisexual Awareness Week is halfway over, but there is still time to celebrate and honor Bisexual Awareness Week! I’ve gathered a couple of things to explore in celebration!

1. Check out the data about bisexualitybisexmonth-and-oew-site

2. Read and share books about bisexuality. Here are some of our favorites:

Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out by Loraine Hutchins
Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out by Loraine Hutchins
Bi America: myths, truths, and struggles of an invisible community by William E. Burleson
Bi America: myths, truths, and struggles of an invisible community by William E. Burleson
Eros: A Journey of Multiple Lovers by Serena Anderlini-D'Onofrio
Eros: A Journey of Multiple Lovers by Serena Anderlini-D’Onofrio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Watch and share movies about bisexuality. Here’s our favorites:

Kissing Jessica Stein
Kissing Jessica Stein
Bi the way: A Documentary About the Whatever Generation
Bi the way: A Documentary About the Whatever Generation
Henry & June
Henry & June

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Engage with people online about bisexuality by using the hashtag #biweek. BiNet has a series of other hashtags for the week focusing on history, culture, community, and current policy priorities that you can use to join the conversation as well! You can find their themes and hashtags for the week on their site.

5. Discover and share some fun memes about bisexuality.

6. Check out the beautiful faces of proud bisexual people: 28 celebrities who are bisexual!

For more information about everything happening this week, head to the official Bisexual Awareness Week site.

Asexual Resources

Sometimes called “A Fourth Orientation,” asexuality is a sexual orientation characterized by a persistent lack of sexual attraction toward any gender. Asexuality is not the same as celibacy, as celibacy is a choice. Asexual people have the same emotional needs as everybody else and are just as capable of forming intimate relationships.

We recently just acquired three new books on asexuality: a nonfiction introduction to the subject, a collection of short stories about asexual relationships, and a young adult novel featuring an asexual protagonist!

BookCoverBriefIntroAsexuality: A Brief Introduction
This book explores love, sex, and life, from the asexual point of view. This book is for anyone, regardless of orientation. Whether you’re asexual, think you might be, know someone who is, or just want to learn more about what asexuality is (and isn’t), there’s something inside for you. This is one of the first books exclusively dedicated to the subject of asexuality as a sexual orientation. Written by an asexual, it discusses the topic from the inside, debunking common misconceptions and myths about asexual individuals.

 

 

heartThe Heart of Aces
The heart of aces is where an anomaly lives, where love’s definition takes a deviation from the common rules.
These eleven stories dive into asexual relationships, where couples embrace differences, defy society’s expectations, and find romantic love. In this collection is a full spectrum of asexuality in all its classifications. From contemporary fiction to fantasy, from heteroromantic to homoromantic, join these unique characters on their journey to finding the person that speaks to their hearts.

 

quickQuicksilver by R.J. Anderson
Three months ago, perfect, popular seventeen year-old Tori Beaugrand disappeared into thin air. And then, just as inexplicably, Tori returns home, bloodied and beaten, but alive and whole. Tori’s disappearance is a mystery to the police and her friends, and she claims that she cannot remember anything of her abduction, or the weeks she was gone. More than anything, Tori wants everyone to forget, and to move on with her life as though nothing has happened.
Anderson does a great job of portraying Tori’s asexuality, without making this Tori’s sole defining characteristic.  Tori is a young woman who feels love, and rage, and loneliness–she’s not sexually attracted to anyone, but she feels and yearns for emotional connection.

Outside resources available online:

  • (A)Sexual (2013), a documentary by Angela TuckerFacing a sex obsessed culture, a mountain of stereotypes and misconceptions, as well as a lack of social or scientific research, asexuals struggle to claim their identity. A FilmBuff Presentation.
  • The Asexual Visibility & Education Network (AVEN)
    AVEN hosts the world’s largest online asexual community as well as a large archive of resources on asexuality. AVEN strives to create open, honest discussion among sexual and asexual people alike.
  • Asexuality Archive
    The Asexuality Archive is a collection of all things Ace, striving to provide a comprehensive and uncensored look into what asexuality is, what it means to us and how it shapes our lives.  The intention is to provide information that is approachable and informative, whether or not you’re asexual.
  • Taking the Cake: An Illustrated Primer on Asexuality
    Maisha’s Taking the Cake zine is a beautifully illustrated COLORING BOOK on all-things asexual. Topics include a rundown on the various “flavors” of asexuality, the symbols of asexuality, a look at asexuality in how it pertains to the LGBTQ community, “Tips for Sexuals Dating Asexuals,” a piece on how to be an ally to asexuals, a resource library, and much more!
  • Asexuality Resources
    This blog aims to provide information showing people how and where to learn about asexuality. Whether it be definitions, websites, blog, videos, articles and more. This blog also helps support asexual vis/ed by creating sharable images with meaningful messages or infographs about asexuality to create a better understanding and visibility of this often invisible and misunderstood orientation.
  • Asexuality Awareness Week (October 26-November 1)

A Book of Prayer for Gay and Lesbian Christians

A Book of Prayer for Gay and Lesbian Christians by William G. Storey
A Book of Prayer for Gay and Lesbian Christians by William G. Storey

During the process of fully realizing their sexuality and coming out, many lesbian and gay individuals, particularly those who have participated in Christian traditions, struggle to reconcile their sexuality and their faith. As society at large becomes more aware of the diversity of sexual orientations and accepting of individuals who do not fit the heteronormative mold, an increasing number of faith groups and religion writers are addressing the spiritual needs of queer people. William G. Storey’s A Book of Prayer for Gay and Lesbian Christians is written especially for those who both practice Christianity and identify as lesbian or gay.

 The tone of the book is inviting; rather than demanding that the reader partake in certain rituals, Storey offers suggestions to those who wish to enhance their connection with God. As Mark D. Jordan states in the book’s foreword, “Any prayer book is an invitation. This prayer book invites us, gently and wisely, to become more ourselves—not despite our loves, but because of them.”

Some prayers and reflections are of a general nature: they could apply to anyone. They are written using inclusive language so as not to alienate queer individuals or same-sex couples but instead include them in the fold, offering reassurance that they are the same as anyone else of the Christian faith.

 And then some writings are specific to gay and lesbian people. Scripture readings and prayers for coming-out parties and same-sex marriage and unity ceremonies offer words for joyful celebrations. Sad events are addressed as well, such as the occasion of a person being rejected by loved ones. A reflection “For Our Enemies in High Places” urges forgiveness and compassion and offers reassurance of all-encompassing love.

The format of the book enables readers to open to a random spot and enjoy the reading there or search for prayers addressing a specific topic, event, or emotion. This is a valuable resource for those who are themselves lesbian or gay as well as for those who wish to pray for a loved one.

 The “Gaelic Blessing” on page 165 offers a soothing reflection for people of all beliefs:

Deep peace of the running wave to us,
Deep peace of the flowing air to us,
Deep peace of the quiet earth to us,
Deep peace of the shining stars to us,
Deep peace of the gentle night to us,
Moon and stars pour their healing light on us.

Written by Jamie, GLBTSSS Office Supervisor.

For more resources about Christianity, check out our subject guide, which includes movies and books as well as a list of LGBTQA-Friendly Christian Ministries.

Book of the Week – Out in the Country: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America

outinthecountryThere are numerous publications that focus on queer, urban life in locations such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. In her book Out in the Country, Mary L. Gray expands the scope of study on queer living by providing an ethnography and cultural exploration of queer youth in Appalachia and rural Kentucky. Gray illustrates how LGBT youth and their allies contend with the economic and social confines of the public places in their neighborhoods. Additionally, she discusses how they network online in order to find resources and connect with queer individuals across the country. Gray works to deconstruct the stereotypes attached to rural life and encourages the reader to think critically about the notion of American spaces.

Book of the Week – 50 Fabulous Gay-Friendly Places to Live

50 Fabulous Gay-Friendly Places to Live takes a personal approach to exploring some ofthe United States’ most LGBTQA*-friendly cities, and what makes each of them unique.

50 Fabulous Gay-friendly Places to Live Book Cover

If you’re a student, you might want to look into some of these cities to contemplate where to focus your job search. If you’re a recent graduate, chances are you’ll be moving soon – why not find out a potential new place to call home?

This volume covers what makes each city so special to both vacationers and permanent residents, and includes information like local politics & policies, nightlife, cultural insights, and health programs, to help make transitioning to these cities as smooth as possible.

Book of the Week – Gay Pride: A Celebration of All Things Gay & Lesbian

Rainbow Flag

It’s Pride month! A time when festivals, parades, and rainbow-themed events are happening in almost every city in the US.

But what do LGBTQIA* individuals have to be proud about? You mean besides the fact that they embraced their identity despite the current social climate and the possibility of discrimination? Well you might want to take a look at Gay Pride: A Celebration of All Things Gay & Lesbian, then.

Gay Pride Book Cover

From the ancient Greeks to San Francisco, from Alan Turing to the LGBT ally next door, this book sings the praises of the queer pioneers, past and present, who have made the world a braver, bolder, and better place–for everyone!