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Claiming the B in LGBT

Illuminating the Bisexual Narrative
Publication Date: October 5, 2018

Foreword by H. Sharif Williams

Even as the broader LGBT community enjoys political and societal advances in North America, the bisexual community today still contends with decades of misinformation stereotyping bisexuals as innately indecisive, self-loathing, and untrustworthy.

Claiming the B in LGBT strives to give bisexuals a seat at the table. This guidebook to the history and future of the bisexual movement fuses a chronology of bisexual organizing with essays, poems, and articles detailing the lived experiences of bisexual activities struggling against a dominant culture driven by norms of monosexual attraction, compulsory monogamy, and inflexible notions of gender expression and identity.

Kate Harrad’s anthology of a thriving identity yearning to realize itself provides a vision of bisexuality that is beyond gay and straight, rather than left to merely occupy the space between.

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  • Purple Prose [UK edition title] is an important book. Its publication may be a watershed moment for the bisexual community in Britain. It is ambitious in its scope, and brave in its approach, but what makes it truly important is that it is a beacon for bisexuals. It reaches out to them and says that you are important, you are an individual and your sexuality is a legitimate reflection of you as a person.”

    — Andy Heath, TheBookbag.co.uk

  • “At last! British bisexuals come out of the closet with Purple Prose [UK edition title] – answering pressing questions about identity, activism, prejudice, relationships and much more. With bisexuality becoming ever more visible in mainstream culture, this book is essential reading for bi people and would-be allies, within the LGBT community and beyond. You need a copy in your life.”

    — Louise Carolin, deputy editor, DIVA magazine

  • “I love that this book is written by a range of bisexual authors, so you are getting many different points of view, and therefore you’ll always find something in the book that you can relate to or understand, whether you are a bisexual person or someone in your life is bisexual and you want to understand them a bit more.”

    — The Book Critic, BookFangirling.com

  • “There are so few books published where the lives of bisexual people are the starting point. But that’s not the only reason Purple Prose: Bisexuality in Britain [UK edition title] is important. It’s an interesting and enjoyable book, featuring contributions from a wide range of people from across the British bi community. Addressing the needs and concerns of bi people, this is a must-read for anyone who is attracted to people of more than one gender, and for those who know and love us.”

    — Sue George, author, Women and Bisexuality, blogger, bisexualityandbeyond.com

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