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Review - Doubtless by Cat Grant

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Doubtless is a quick and quirky coming out read that I picked up from Riptide Books because frankly, they have the most amazing sorting system for books that I have ever seen.  It’s like they’ve turned AO3 tagging into a way to sell books.  And it is working.  I am buying more books from them because it is SO easy to click and find bisexual themes and characters.  Or werewolves.  Or BDSM.   Is BDSM bisexual werewolves far behind?  Probably not.   

Anyway, back to Doubtless.   I liked that this story was not an easy romance.   The protagonist Steve has to face the fact that he’s in love with his best friend — because Connor is about to marry another man.   After a lifetime of thinking he is straight, this is news to him and not something that is easy for him to deal with.   His budding friendship with a male escort named Dylan is less about paying for sex and more about paying Dylan to help him figure out his sexuality.   Which Dylan is quite good at, playing role of both escort and therapist for the confused Steve.  

The sex scenes are brief, but good.  Steve is clearly using Dylan as a substitute for Connor, but Dylan is okay with it.   They make an interesting pair, but I didn’t care for Steve taking a cheap shot at Dylan for being a whore during a fight.   

Fans of the romance genre should be warned - Doubtless doesn’t end with Steve getting either man.  His best friend is still getting ready to marry someone else and Dylan is out of his life (and his price range).  But Steve is on his way to figuring out who he is and at 53 pages, it’s a fun story for $3.  

- Sarah 

Lost: Piroulines Tin of Markers

dani-kin:

thoughtful-raven:

So weekend before last, on Saturday (April 5th) at around 9 pm we went to Merry Annes on Neil Street in Champaign, IL. I had brought in my tin of markers to doodle with and as we were leaving I accidentally left them sitting on the table.

There were 36 Copic markers inside, a couple cheap mechanical pencils, two pink erasers, and two sepia tone Micron pens inside. I’ve called Merry Anne’s three times to be sure it wasn’t in lost and found and no dice. Someone has walked off with them.

I won’t lie, it was very valuable stuff totaling almost $200 in art supplies  and represented about 6 months worth of collecting, along with my birthday and Christmas present from my husband. 

If anyone has seen them, or knows someone who has, please send me an ask. I’d very much like to have them returned.

PLEASE reblog widely and help my friend find her markers!  No questions asked as long as we get them back!  

Sign the Petition to remove "bisexual" from Googles list of blocked terms →

bisexualsaregreat:

bisexualsaregreat:

This is very important to sign. Instant search results affirm that we aren’t the only ones searching for a term. The word ‘bisexual’ is blocked, and despite over 40 million results, people think there must not be anything or anyone else out there unless they type in the whole word and press enter.

Imagine being a young bi person searching for support or resources. You may be afraid of the word “bisexual” lingering in your search history, so if you see no instant search results you’re less likely to risk hitting enter. Especially when you see tons of suggestions pop up for gay, lesbian, transgender, and even pansexual.

Google claims that the word “bisexual” is correlated to too much pornography, but that’s utter bullshit. The search “Gay Porn” has over 400 MILLION MORE results than “bisexual porn”, and the word gay is not blocked.

This is bi erasure. Plain and simple. 

This still needs over 500 signatures. C’mon, people! I have over twice as many followers. It’ll just take a second of your time. Sign this very important petition and pass it along! It may not seem like a big deal but it really is. Read more about the repercussions of this block here.

harmonyinkpress:

This deadline is fast approaching! Stories must be submitted by May 1, 2014.
There’s no age limit for the authors on this one, so those of you who didn’t fit in the age range for our Young Author Challenge are welcome to submit here.
See our Open Calls for Submissions page for more information. And don’t forget we are always open for novella or novel length submissions. See our Submission Guidelines page for more information on that.
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harmonyinkpress:

This deadline is fast approaching! Stories must be submitted by May 1, 2014.

There’s no age limit for the authors on this one, so those of you who didn’t fit in the age range for our Young Author Challenge are welcome to submit here.

See our Open Calls for Submissions page for more information. And don’t forget we are always open for novella or novel length submissions. See our Submission Guidelines page for more information on that.

knowhomo:

What’s In A Name? Survey

KNOWhomo’s Quarterly Survey

After a gathering with friends last month, we started to discuss what “labels” we use when describing ourselves to our peers and other members of the LGBTQ* family. There was also discussion about terms that are slowly disappearing from our lexicon (or evolving into a more inclusive term).

The KNOWhomo.tumblr Team would love your insight and we have created a brief survey (3 questions in length).

The survey is anonymous but we ask that you answer it sincerely. We also ask that if you are comfortable sharing the link with your peers, please do so. We would like to break 250 individuals and create a Tumblr KNOWhomo series of graphs/infographs. We can only do this with your help.

If you are a prominent Tumblr page (representing the LGBTQ* community, not a personal page), PM us your page so we can credit those who get the information out. 

Keep On, Keeping On!

-Rebecca

[New Release] Triane’s Son Rising by Amy Lane | Harmony Ink Press →

Bitter Moon Saga: Book One

Torrant Shadow and Yarrow “Yarri” Moon grew up sheltered in Moon Hold, a place where Torrant’s goddess gifts were meant to be celebrated, and love of any form was a thing of beauty. Unfortunately, in Clough, within a stone’s throw of Consort Rath, having beliefs of that sort will get your family killed.

Grief-stricken, Torrant and Yarri are suddenly alone against the elements and a world that would rather see them dead than see them safe. Torrant’s goddess gift, which had previously been used for truth and healing, must be honed for violence and protection if either of them are to survive. When Torrant, Yarri, and their new friend Aldam reach safety, will Torrant be able to put this part of him aside? Or will Triane’s Son grow to fight the forces that forged him?

Read an excerpt from this new fantasy series with bisexual characters here.

New Bisexual (And Poly! And Genderqueer!) Books from the LGBTQ Book Buzz Webinar

So I did the Library Journal LGBTQ Book Buzz Webinar today and I come bearing new bi titles and authors!

First up was Sunrise Over Savannah by Scotty Cade from Dreamspinner:

Thompson and Caroline Gray were living their dream until Caroline’s untimely death just two years after they’d bought the Thundercloud Marina. When Caroline died, she left Thompson alone and emotionally disconnected—until Thompson’s longtime friend and towboat owner Hank Charming tows Garner Holt, a recently retired psychiatrist, and his boat into the marina for repair. Thompson and Hank are both drawn to the sailboat captain, but for very different reasons.

Since high school, Hank has secretly carried a torch for Thompson, even though Thompson remained committed to Caroline, even after her death. Hank is totally caught off guard when his initial attraction to Garner makes him realize this stranger might be the one to help him move on with his life. Thompson establishes a platonic friendship with Garner and starts to see the psychiatrist as his only lifeline to sanity. Life improves until Thompson sees Hank and Garner together, and old feelings Thompson thought were long buried begin to resurface. Garner quickly identifies the unresolved feelings between Hank and Thompson and decides to tap his professional skills and work behind the scenes to help Thompson and Hank see what has been right in front of them all along.

Next Bound To Be A Groom by Megan Mulry from Riptide Publishing recently got a positive review in Publisher’s Weekly for a bisexual polyamorous erotica historical fiction!

In this lighthearted historical romance that quickly diverges from the straight and narrow, Mulry (A Royal Pain) achieves an atmosphere of anticipation on every page. Anna Redondo debuts following a convent education in 1808 Badajoz, Spain. Her plan to become a courtesan is almost immediately foiled by a chance meeting with Sebastian di Montizon, an eligible nobleman in need of a suitable wife who’s willing to take a firm hand in the bedroom. With very little effort, they make an arrangement that swiftly encompasses Anna’s lover, Pia, and Sebastian’s former intimate companion, Duke Farleigh Edward. Their passions and interweaving relationships are impelled by good luck bordering on the improbable, an anachronistic sense of sexual equality, eager divergence from stated orientations, and youthfully reckless disregard for social proprieties. Nonetheless, the sweet and gentle attitudes of all involved mix headily with power exchange and the quartet’s single-minded pursuit of satisfaction.

Plan B by SJD Peterson brings in both a genderqueer main character and his ‘ostensibly straight’ lover who is struggling with his own coming out.  Reminds me a bit of Wallflower in reverse, and god knows we need more genderqueer/non-binary people in bi lit!

Danny Marshal has always lived his life out loud, but his androgynous appearance is only a small part of who he is. One night at a frat party, Danny meets Lance Lenard, football jock and apparent straight guy. Lance is shocked when he’s immediately attracted to Danny’s feminine side. Danny is happy to be the subject of Lance’s first man-on-man experiment—until Lance begins to struggle with the fact that despite his appearance, Danny is indeed a man.

And finally I learned that author/editor Tenille Brown is an African American bisexual author.   Her latest anthology with Cleis Press, Can’t Get Enough: Erotica for Women will come out this summer. 

- Sarah

The Journalistic Quest to Write An Accurate Story About Bisexuality

autostraddle:

The Journalistic Quest to Write An Accurate Story About Bisexuality

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The New York Times doesn’t have a shining history when it comes to respectful and accurate reporting on bisexuality; sometimes it needs to be reminded by its readers that bisexuals exist, sometimes it writes about flawed studies that question the existence of bisexuals, or writes about “same-sex experimentation” and “lesbians until graduation”  without presenting bisexuality as feasible…

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Review: Corona by Bushra Rehman →

bidyke:

bisexual-books:

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Corona by Bushra Rehman is a semi-autobiographical experimental punk novella of vignettes about Razia, a queer Pakistani immigrant woman who grows up in Corona, New York, and later follows her experiences with radical queer Desi-American culture. The writing is beautiful and sparse, capable…

Sorry for what I’m going to say right now. Bisexual Books - you know I love you - but I don’t think a book such as this should be reviewed by a white person.

I’m not saying it was racist - if it was then I can’t put my finger on it - but there’s a certain lack of sensitivity to nuance here which didn’t sit quite right with me while I was reading.

I haven’t read this book itself (though I have read other reviews of it and a couple of interviews with the author), so this is a very general impression. But yeah, I think this could have been done better.

Thank you for your feedback, Shiri. I’m sorry I made you feel uncomfortable about my review.  Could you try to elaborate on what left you feeling uneasy about the review? Or what you think would make you feel less uneasy? We want to make sure we’re reviewing and promoting works by and about bi authors of color, but I also don’t want to misrepresent anyone or add to racist treatment of literature.

Thank you,

Ellie

Review: Corona by Bushra Rehman

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Corona by Bushra Rehman is a semi-autobiographical experimental punk novella of vignettes about  Razia, a queer Pakistani immigrant woman who grows up in Corona, New York, and later follows her experiences with radical queer Desi-American culture.  The writing is beautiful and sparse, capable of evocating a humid Florida highway or a busy city in few words. Many of the vignettes have a humorous tone, especially early on, even when writing about issues such as racism. In one vignette, Razia describes working at a Salem Witch Trial themed tourist trap in Massachusetts, making up stories about the “historical” Salem, and getting called out by a white history teacher who objects to her “inauthentic” skin tone. The writing is sarcastic and funny, and makes the ending where she gets recast as a Native American Indian all the more biting.

 However, much of the novella also felt unfinished. The first half of the book is a series of vignettes about her childhood and early young adulthood after being kicked out by her family. The vignettes skip around in time between the 1980s and 1990s, but it’s not the time difference that is confusing, so much as the lack of continuity between the vignettes. She travels the country encountering abusive boyfriends, drugs, racism, and scary Christians, with little explanation of how she got from one place to another, both in terms of narrative and geography. For example, how does our Corona, NY, girl get from San Francisco to Salem, MA, and then to a Florida highway in just over two years? She’s just there, without context, which gives the book a surreal tone, but doesn’t do much to service the plot.

 The second half of the book sees Razia back in New York circa 2004 – 2005, pursuing a doomed relationship with Ravi, a man who is leaving the country to return to India. Razia’s infatuation with Ravi and his playboy mystique was interesting, but has very little to do with the first part of the book. Even though the second half focuses on one plot line, the writing skips around and we never feel like we get to know any of the characters. Razia says she mostly hangs out with the arty, queer political activist  Desis, but we never really see that, short of a concert, her brief interactions with Ravi, and the time her butch friends offer to help her move his old mattress up the stairs into her apartment.

 One of the things I really liked about Corona was that it made me think about the expectations of privacy in autobiographical (or semi-autobiographical) writing. For example, Razia tells us that her father kicked her out because of her relationship with a boy. But what happened? Was there a blow up? Did he not like the specific boy in question, or did he find out they were having sex? In many books, being kicked out of home would have been a dramatic scene, either the climax or the start of the action, with a huge fight. But that scene, and all the scenes leading up to it, never happens. There are scenes where she lives at home as a child, and then scenes as a young adult where she notes that she was kicked out without dwelling on it or how it has shaped her interactions with other people. But the pivotal scene where she gets kicked out is like a ghost, always present but never visible.

 ~ Ellie

LGBT Visiting Scholars Program - Martin Duberman Visiting Scholars

Each year, The New York Public Library provides stipends for up to two Martin Duberman Visiting Scholars. The stipends support travel to New York City and related expenses to do research in the Library’s premier LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) history collections. The travel grants awarded range from $1,000 to $8,500. The program is limited to emerging scholars—those without permanent academic appointments—or those who are unaffiliated with an academic institution. Recipients must supply a written summary of their
findings upon completion of their work. Interested applicants should send a 3–5 page research proposal specifying the relevant collections at the Library for their project, a draft budget and itinerary for their planned trip, a CV, and an appropriate letter of recommendation. Applications should be emailed to jasonbaumann@nypl.org as one unified pdf document. Letters of recommendation can be mailed separately. Applications must be received by May 15th. Notice of awards will be sent beginning June 10th.

The Martin Duberman Visiting Scholars are funded by the generous support of Martin Duberman and Eli Zal.

If you have any questions about the program or the Library’s collections,
please contact Jason Baumann, jbaumann@nypl.org or visit http://www.nypl.org/node/113221

malindalo:

sharpegirl:

Far From You by Tess Sharpe Giveaway!
Hey y’all, I’m giving away two signed copies of FAR FROM YOU (with a few extras thrown in!). One copy will have my notes and thoughts about the book scribbled in the margins, and the second copy will contain a handwritten short story about what happens to the characters after FAR FROM YOU ends.
To enter, all you have to do is reblog this post, or tweet a link to the giveaway with the hashtag #farfromyou. This is an international Giveaway and it ends on Monday, April 21st and the winners will be announced on the 22nd! 

I’m not entering this giveaway because I already have a copy, but I’m reblogging to signal boost it. This book was awesome, folks! A mystery  with a bisexual MC set in Northern California — go get it.
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malindalo:

sharpegirl:

Far From You by Tess Sharpe Giveaway!

Hey y’all, I’m giving away two signed copies of FAR FROM YOU (with a few extras thrown in!). One copy will have my notes and thoughts about the book scribbled in the margins, and the second copy will contain a handwritten short story about what happens to the characters after FAR FROM YOU ends.

To enter, all you have to do is reblog this post, or tweet a link to the giveaway with the hashtag #farfromyou. This is an international Giveaway and it ends on Monday, April 21st and the winners will be announced on the 22nd! 

I’m not entering this giveaway because I already have a copy, but I’m reblogging to signal boost it. This book was awesome, folks! A mystery  with a bisexual MC set in Northern California — go get it.

didnotstopweepingforninedays
Do you know of any LGBT books that take place during/around WWII?

Fiction or nonfiction?    For fiction there is The Two Hotel Francforts by David Leavitt and parts of Different Slopes by Bill Lee.  For nonfiction there is Branded by the Pink Triangle by Ken Setterington. 

fuckyeahlesbianliterature:

asingingpenguin:

Every time I see anyone on posts about there being a lesbian princess or just more lesbian representation changing it to something else like we don’t need it I just think about the Gay and Lesbian section of Kindle books.

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[image description: a set of three screencaps of the “Gay & Lesbian” page of Amazon. They zoom in on the subsections listed below the “Gay & Lesbian” section, which read “Gay (16,388)” and “Lesbian (5,134)”]

Because clearly there is so much lesbian representation, right?

I completely agree, but I’d also like to say at least Lesbian gets an Amazon category.  *sigh*  We bisexuals will be over here.  Alone.  Amazon-less.  

James Baldwin'ın Gözünden Siyah Beyaz İstanbul (1973) - Video →

A very beautiful and moving short video about James Baldwin, in his own words, shot in Istanbul in 1973.   Which you should watch.   To quote:

The life that I’ve actually lived is very different from that life that people imagine. My involvement with men and women, what can I say about them to the world? Its not to be talked about to the world. I love a few men and I love a few women and a few love me and I suppose that’s all that saved my life.”  

Beautiful words from a beautiful wordsmith.  

- Sarah



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