One day last year the Bisexual Resource Center received an email out of the blue asking if we would be interested in a donation of books and videos for our resource library. Really? Well, yes please! We started receiving packages soon after, mostly new and used books that the donor bought from Amazon and had shipped directly to us. We’ve now dubbed this donor our “resource angel” and we want the community to enjoy the fabulous gifts that she has been sending us this year.
In the book section, we’ve got classics like Bi Any Other Name and Bisexual Women in the Twenty-First Century, newer titles such as Bi: Notes for a Bisexual Revolution, and several years ofThe Journal of Bisexuality. Within the fiction titles we’ve got Ann Herendeen’s Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander and Alan Cumming’s bawdy bi boy escapade, Tommy’s Tale. We’ve also got Soundtrack of My Life, the recent memoir of Clive Davis, the record producer who publicly came out as a bi man at the age of 80.
In the documentary section, we’ve got fresh DVDs of the American bi roadtrip flick, Bi the Way; the European Bisexual Revolution; as well as Ani DiFranco’s concert video, Trust. The feature film collection has been juiced up quite a bit with new copies of Blue Velvet, Henry and June, Kinsey, Frida, Brokeback Mountain, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Three. There are also new Blue-Ray collections of the popular television shows, Lost Girl and Torchwood.
Our VHS section is impressive for those who still have a VCR. There are bi vampires in The Hunger; the award-winning The Crying Game; Gus Van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho; and the Australian drag classic, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
The BRC will share the material by having open office hours for visitors to come and choose a book or film to sign out. The BLiSS (bisexual social and support) group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 7pm, so the office will open early from 5:30-7pm for people to come and select something to take home with them. The BRC is looking into having additional hours at other times of the month as well.
Would you like to be a resource angel, too? If you are interested in donating bi-themed books or films to the collection, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-424-9595. One of our goals is to update as many of our VHS collection into DVDs to make them more accessible and new books are always welcome.