How a new breed of activists is using science to show â once and for all â that someone can be truly attracted to both a man and a woman.
This article is an absolute must-read about the American Institute of Bisexuality and the important work it does funding academic scientific research of bisexuality that is respectful and well-thought-out.
The 26th Annual Lambda Literary Award Nominations for BISEXUAL NONFICTION
It is remarkable that a majority of what we have in our iPods has something to do with Clive Davis … When [he] released his memoir ‘The Soundtrack of My Life’ in February, his extraordinary achievements over five decades in the music industry were dwarfed by the revelation of his bisexuality, sending everyone into a tweeting frenzy …
Coming out is difficult at any age but for Davis it must have been a particularly significant decision to come out publicly at the age of eighty (the book suggests that Davis has been out to his family for nearly two decades). Openly bisexual singers, songwriters, and musicians – from Joan Baez and David Bowie to Ani DiFranco to recent additions Lady Gaga and Frank Ocean plus many more – have always been part of the music industry. But Davis is the highest profile executive to come out.
While this is unlikely to knock Davis off his pedestal, it remains to be seen whether the industry can nurture an environment for others to come out at any age without negative consequences on their career or without the irrational fear that bisexuals can’t be inspiring leaders. The industry’s reaction to Davis may be an encouraging sign.
Don’t look for any profound lessons on whether and how his sexuality shaped his character or if he operated in the conservative business world with a different kind of awareness or empathy. But then again profundity is clearly not the aim of this memoir … If you want a how-to guide for business management practices in the music industry, ‘The Soundtrack of My Life’ is the book for you.
Click HERE to read full Book Review
Anil Vora is a principal partner at Indian Tiger Films, a film production company spotlighting films about LGBTQ people of color. A self-confessed geek, VORAcious in his consumption of books and films, Anil is also an actor and playwright, and teaches private classes on the history, symbolism, and appreciation of Bollywood films.
Rashod D. Ollison reviews Clive Davis’ autobiography, which Ollison characterizes as “Numbingly, laboriously, boringly” dense. Davis outs himself as bisexual in the last 8 pages, but Ollison says the book has no emotional depth once Davis moves pass the story of growing up and his family.
You can read the rest of the review here.
Additionally Davis has been strongly defending the reality and validity of his life as a bisexual man as he does the talk show circuit to promote his book. In some cases, sounding for all the world like a polite if slightly exasperated bi activist as interviewers try to remake him into a confused and closeted gay man who finally came out, saying bisexuality is “misunderstood,” noting that he’s “never stopped being attracted to women.”
“The adage is that you’re either straight or gay or lying, but that’s not my experience,” he adds. “To call me anything other than bisexual would be inaccurate.”
This includes several bisexual authors, such as Sapphire, Clive Davis, and Michael Chabon.
In discussions of bisexuality, you may often notice people thinking that there are contradictions inherent in bisexuality.
Over the past couple of days, I have read several articles:
“Clive Davis bisexual: Comes out, but still attracted to women”
“Though the twice-married Davis has been in two monogamous relationships with men since 1990, he insisted, as he made the talk-show circuit in support of his new autobiography, The Soundtrack of My Life, that was he bi, not gay.”
“The music mogul - who was Whitney Houston’s former manager and discovered the late ‘I Will Always Love You’ hitmaker when she was just 20 - has confessed to having sexual relationships with men towards the end of his high-profile career, despite having been married to two women.”
”[…] good, decent, hardworking men who are honest about their sexual desires for other men, yet still sincerely desire to be married and have a family with a woman.”
These can have varied meanings.
The language of opposition can suggest that multiple-gender attractions are paradoxical. This isn’t an uncommon view. The belief that people can not be bisexual is based on this.
It can also imply conflict between same-sex attraction and other-sex attraction. The idea is that there’s heterosexuality and homosexuality, and bisexuality is those two competing in an individual. They do not consider that multiple-gender attractions can simply coexist, or that these attractions can form a cohesive whole.
It can also come with an expectation that one should ultimately identify as heterosexual or homosexual. Some people tried to find ways to exclude Clive Davis from a bisexual identity, putting forward the idea that he does not have a legitimate claim to it or that there is a factor that reduces the legitimacy of his identity to a degree. See also: “Anna Paquin: My Bisexuality ‘Is Not Made Up’ Despite Being Married to Stephen Moyer”. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/03/anna-paquin-bisexuality-zooey-magazine-_n_1475128.html
These ideas are common in narratives on bisexuality, and the language of opposition supports this discourse. We should politely point out this improper framing of bisexuality to people as a matter of accuracy.
Such a microaggression to me tbh. This is a good post.