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queerbookclub:

Review: Hello Groin by Beth Goobie

hello groin book coverRemember a few weeks ago when I said YA was a good place to look for romance without a lot of sex? Yeah, this is not that. Our main character, Dylan, has got sex on the brain.

Dyl’s boyfriend wants to have it with her. Dyl might want to have it with her best friend Jocelyn. And for something that appears to be on everyone’s minds, Dyl’s starting to notice the way everyone thinks about it is kind of messed up. When she tries to make a heartfelt statement about it in a library display, she ends up butting heads with the administration. Dylan becomes a crusader against censorship - and at the same time, is vigilantly censoring herself.

Overall, I enjoyed Hello Groin more than I thought I would after hearing mixed reviews. It is incredibly, refreshingly sex positive, and very charming. While the writing is not terribly polished, Beth Goobie does write adeptly about sexual energy, repression and release. A scene of the morning after Dyl has her first orgasm felt like it was straight out of a teen movie: I could see the lighting, hear the soundtrack, and feel the teen inside me let out a sigh. Actually, a few scenes feel a bit like a teen movie - with a shiny layer of unreality, heightened drama, and oh, the angst. Dyl has got plenty of that. I don’t mean that as a bad thing, though if you’re not in the mood for gayngst, yes: stay away from this one.

While I don’t mind the title (everyone on Goodreads seems to hate it), it seems wildly unlikely to me that everyone in Dyl’s hometown would refer to the groin as “the groin” with the amount of uniformity they do. Have they never heard of the terms “crotch” or “genitals” or “privates”? This book also suffers from a bit of the missing b-word syndrome so often identified by bisexual-books: one character describes herself as “bi-curious” shortly before someone else labels her a lesbian. I think this is also one of the most slur-heavy YA books I’ve ever read, but considering Dylan’s friends are all mean-spirited, gossipy jocks, it’s probably pretty true to life.

Like I said, this is not the most sophisticated YA book out there - but if a Foxfire-obsessed teen learning to make friends with her sexuality piques your interest, give yourself over to this book and let it work its teen dramedy magic.

seananmcguire:

soradiesinkh3:

blue-author:

When people dismiss concerns about diverse representation (the “best” examples in prominent media often still being less diverse than what should statistically be average) with language like “we’re not trying to cater to [a particular demographic]”, they’re revealing the fundamental truth that white heteronormative male-dominated stories are not something that “just happens”, they are not something that happens because “that’s how the story goes”, they are not the result of “hiring the best actors” or “giving the audience what they want”… or at least, not the whole audience.

The people who make these statements are in the business of serving up stories, and they make choices about what stories to serve and to whom they will be served.

They might not think about the fact that they’re catering to a select audience to begin with, but as soon as you propose that they shift their focus, this is the kind of language they find that best describes how they see such a shift.

Catering to.

Yep.

Very beautifully put.

http://harmonyinkpress.tumblr.com/post/89729080078/rainbow-orca-harmonyinkpress →

harmonyinkpress:

jenniferrpovey:

harmonyinkpress:

jenniferrpovey:

harmonyinkpress:

It makes me very happy to see all these people writing bi women. :D

How about a web serial? Not to tout my own horn, but there just might be some bi-ness in makingfate.jenniferrpovey.com ;).

That’s wonderful! Not what we’re looking for as a publisher, but I’m always thrilled to see bi women represented anywhere in media. :D

Wait, how about a PNR/urban romance in which the male lead is a bi man? I know, you said bi women…and the actual relationship is hetero, but… I like to throw in bi ;).

Well, if the main character is between 14-18 and actively identifies as bisexual, it’s something we’d consider. (Bi is tricky to write, because being in an opposite gender or same gender relationship doesn’t negate the character being bisexual, but it can easily seem like they’re heterosexual or homosexual.)

We don’t just want bi women. We want bi people of all genders. It just so happens that in all the books we’ve published with bisexual main characters, the character is male.

pvtsgartblog
Sorry, I know that post you did about "Biphobes" was a tad bit old but I don't think that was being a "Biphobe" I think that person was just a bit ignorant, an explanation would have sufficed.

wellbehavedwomen-dontmakehistory:

tamorapierce:

jamietheignorantamerican:

"I have a girlfriend."
“You’re lesbians.”
“No, she’s Bisexual.”
“Oh, no. I think I know your girlfriends sexuality better than you. She’s gay. Also she cheats because if she says she’s Bi she must also be a cheater.”

I don’t owe someone like that an “explanation”. Especially when after said conversation took place, this person also asked if they could watch to see if we were “really lesbians”.

I can make as many comics as I can about this shitty person because YOU need to know he’s a shitty person.

So here is YOUR explanation:

What that shitty person says to me and my girlfriend is something MOST people say to bisexuals. “You’re not really who you are.” “Your identity is invalid because of your relationship status.” “Your identity makes people not trust you.”

They’re SHITTY things to say to someone. So DONT say them. When you say those things you ARE being biphobic. Your letting your confused preconceptions and prejudice about bisexuality influence your behavior towards bisexuals.

I don’t have the time or the patience to give everyone a life lesson. Reevaluate your own behavior before you need ME to give you an explanation you’ve already decided not to listen to.

This is something I’ve heard so often from people of color, feminists, and persons of non-cis identity.  Is there a bingo card or an explanation sheet somewhere on the `nets that you can get your hands on and replace the central word with “bisexual” to hand to people like this, so you can save your hands all that extra typing?  There may already be a bisexual sheet or bingo card for bisexuals.  You shouldn’t have to waste your time educating people who upset you.

i really love how i followed tamora pierce expecting like, literary blogging and got sj bi-inclusive blogging instead

Hey tamorapierce here is that bingo card you were looking for.

"Painkiller Jane," Woman-Directed Bisexual Woman Superhero Movie, Announced While Marvel and DC Twiddle Thumbs →

queermediarepresentation:

demi-urge:

queermediarepresentation:

This is so exciting and the fact that’s it’s going to be directed by women is hopefully going to help us to avoid sexist stereotypes and male gaze camera angles.

Forget Marvel and DC, this is where i’m putting my money.

(Prayer circle that the main character will actually be portrayed as bisexual)

-Lauren

you guys do realise that marvel is planning the making of a movie about the black widow. who, by the way, as many like to forget and erase from her, is a bisexual woman.

We haven’t heard confirmation of a Black Widow movie yet so we’re sorry if we got that wrong (I googled it and I still can’t find confirmation but if you have a link we’d love to share it with everyone thanks) however it still stands that we don’t get many women superhero movies at all and even less with a sexuality other than heterosexual.

We aren’t erasing Black Widow’s bisexuality by getting excited about another movie with a bisexual female character (as a bisexual woman myself I can promise you we do everything we can to avoid erasure) there should be loads more bisexual protagonists in films especially superhero films and i’m planning on getting excited about all of them when they come, I won’t just limit that to a potential BW movie.

-Lauren

Comic Con Introduces First-Ever Trans Panel →

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This year the popular comic convention, Comic Con, will host their first ever panel on trans issues titled, “Breaking Barriers: Transgender Trends in Popular Culture.”

SheWired reports that while there have previously been LGBT panels, this is the first ever panel at Comic Con solely created for trans panelists. Breaking Barriers will be moderated by trans female comic Tara Madison Avery, who will be joined by six other panelists.

According to the Comic Con program, “In recent years, Transgender creators have gained visibility in comics, movies, and television after long being consigned to the shadows. From coming out and transition to navigating gender politics in a world still struggling to understand, cartoonists, writers, and filmmakers are investing their work with unique personal experiences as their characters learn to live and love in new and unexpected ways.”

 Comic Con will feature four other panels on LGBT comics and issues.

Last year we saw the introduction of groundbreaking openly gay and lesbian superheroes, including Batwoman, Northstar and Green Lantern Alan Scott. DC Comicsraised the bar on LGBT inclusion in the comic book universe by introducing the first reality-based transgender character in a mainstream series, Alysia Yeoh. 

Review - Tommy’s Tale by Alan Cumming

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Reading Tommy’s Tale by Alan Cumming is bit like getting shitfaced and marathoning episodes of Queer as Folk mixed with clips from Love Actually until you’re not sure where the raw drug-fueled debauchery ends and the heartwarming moments with precocious British children begin. 

Originally written in 2002 and now re-released with a brand new cover, Tommy’s Tale is a delightful, hilarious romp that will keep you turning the pages even as you want to shake the titular narrator while shouting “MAKE BETTER LIFE CHOICES!!!”  Tommy is an overgrown man-child on the cusp of turning 30 who parties hard with tons of recreational drugs and random hookups in sleezy bathrooms.  He’s openly and unabashedly bisexual and in this book he sleeps with everyone from Charlie, his older and more settled kinda-sorta-boyfriend to his ex-girlfriend to a string of men and women whose names he doesn’t always know, sometimes at the same time.  Tommy’s narration pulls no punches describing the raunchy sex in detail.

And yet, despite his wild party-boy ways, Tommy yearns to be a father.  Part of his attraction to Charlie stems from his love of his son Finn, who practically begs Tommy to be his second dad even when he smells of poppers and vomit.  The entire set up is so unlikely that it pulls at your heartstrings even as you know the whole thing is a trainwreck.

I really appreciated the humor in this book.  The descriptions of Tommy’s antics will often leave you groaning and laughing at the same time, particularly because Cumming has a way with glib yet vivid descriptions that pull the reader right into the action.  Despite the book being 12 years old, it doesn’t feel dated (a few N’Sync references aside).  Cumming’s voice as a bisexual man writing a bisexual character is fresh and unique even today.

Cumming also acknowledges in the new forward that accompanies this new edition that much of the book is semi-autobiographical, or as he puts it “There is nothing Tommy does that I have not done aside from the job he holds and the way the story concludes”.  The book also includes an excerpt of his forthcoming memoir (which we gave a glowing review to here).  

I usually don’t go for books about white people staggering around drunk or reveling in drug use, yet this book was a great read.  As such, I encourage readers to give it a try.  It’s an ode to alcohol, recreational drugs, sleezy sex, and poor life choices that somehow manages to be charmingly heartfelt at the same time. 

- Sarah

Trigger warnings: explicit sex and LOTS of drug and alcohol use

I just updated our giveaway posts clarifying two rules:

  1. You can reblog this as many times as you’d like
  2. But no giveaway blogs. 

So if you guys could also reblog the corrected version I would <3 you forever.

- Sarah 

Op-ed: NBC's Straight-Washing of John Constantine Is Bi Erasure →

It’s time for another Bisexual Books giveaway!  Bisexual YA author Corinne Duyvis was generous enough to send us some swag from her US tour and we’re happy to pass it along to you guys!  

You could win all the fantastic goodies pictured above:

Now all the boring rules stuff:

  • This giveaway is open to everyone (yes international friends this includes you).  
  • You must be following us here at bisexual-books to win
  • You must reblog this post (likes don’t count for this one sorry guys).   
  • You can reblog as many times as you’d like
  • But no giveaway blogs  
  • Winners will be chosen August 10th at 8pm CST

And don’t forget to enter our other two awesome giveaways — one for bisexual comics and the other for romance!

It’s time for another Bisexual Books giveaway!  You know you could use more queer comics in your life!  

You could win all the fantastic goodies pictured above:

  • A copy of Batgirl 19 which features the coming out of Alysia (Batgirl’s roommate) as transgender!  Alysia is also bi.  And did I mention this copy is AUTOGRAPHED by author Gail Simone?  
  • A copy of Death’s Door by Sam Saturday, a pansexual author writing about creepy polyamorous demons.  And it’s also AUTOGRAPHED by sam-saturday!   
  • A copy of Pancakes by Kat Leyh, a super adorable comic with queer girl superheros that makes us swoon.
  • stickers from weneeddiversebooks, Geeks Out, tumblr, and a bi pride flag
  • and a handful of pinback buttons including a Dark Horse pride button!

Now all the boring rules stuff:

  • This giveaway is open to everyone (yes international friends this includes you).  
  • You must be following us here at bisexual-books to win
  • You must reblog this post (likes don’t count for this one sorry guys).
  • You can reblog as many times as you’d like
  • But no giveaway blogs  
  • Winners will be chosen August 10th at 8pm CST

And don’t forget to enter our other two awesome giveaways — one for romance and the other for bisexual YA!

It’s time for another Bisexual Books giveaway!  You know you could use a little romance so our friends at riptidepublishing are here to help us out!  

You could win all the fantastic goodies pictured above:

  • A Riptide tote bag, bookmark, magnet, and pin with their “Read the Rainbow” slogan
  • this awesome notepad memo carrying case thing.  Like seriously this thing looks super useful.  
  • two of their m/m romance books, Resistance: Power Play by Cat Grant and Scorpion by Aleksandr Voinov
  • two tumblr stickers
  • and a bi pride flag sticker!

Now all the boring rules stuff:

  • This giveaway is open to everyone (yes international friends this includes you).  
  • You must be following us here at bisexual-books to win
  • You must reblog this post (likes don’t count for this one sorry guys).   
  • You can reblog as many times as you’d like
  • But no giveaway blogs  
  • Winners will be chosen August 10th at 8pm CST

And don’t forget to enter our other two awesome giveaways — one for bisexual comics and the other for bisexual YA!

justyourfriendlyneighborhoodnerd
What books do you have that feature a bisexual main character? I'm bisexual myself and want to read about people like myself, rather than just homosexual or heterosexual (which is everywhere, oh my gosh)

harmonyinkpress:

All our bisexual books can be found here. Some of them it’s the love interest who is bisexual rather than the main character, but there is a strong bisexual character in all of them.

cleispress:

Team Cleis, celebrating being Publisher of the Year!
We each picked our favorite book from the past year, because our authors are truly what won us this award.
PS-if you haven’t heard, we have a summer special sale to celebrate :)
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cleispress:

Team Cleis, celebrating being Publisher of the Year!

We each picked our favorite book from the past year, because our authors are truly what won us this award.

PS-if you haven’t heard, we have a summer special sale to celebrate :)



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