The theme of this issue is Bi+ Spaces. Readers were asked: “How do you find or build community? Where do you get support for and affirmation of your bi+ identity? How important is it to build distinct bi+ support and social spaces? Why does it matter? Should we aim, instead, for an open, accepting queer society – or is the advancement of bi+ identity a necessary precursor or parallel track to that?”
This issue comes on the heels of major bi community events, and we were deluged with submissions on this theme! Angela Dallara, Ann Tweedy and Angelique Gravely report on their experiences at the recent Bisexual Community Meeting at the White House on September 22; Barbara Oud and Lila Hertelius write about the European Bisexual Conference (EuroBiCon) and the European Bisexual Research Conference (EuroBiReCon) which were held in Amsterdam July 28-31; Bri Kerschner, Iyanna James-Stephenson, Emma Walsh, Rae Watanabe, E.E. Giles, Mary Jo Klinker & JamieAnn Meyers, Denarii Monroe and Liz share a wide range of perspectives on the theme and remind us that there are many ways to create bi+ space.
In our Around the World Column, Aredvi S. interviews two Iranian bi activists. Jan Steckel reflects on the recent U.S. presidential election, A Rose Bi gives some good advice, Sarah E. Rowley recommends books, Why Not Both Co share a new comic with us and at the back you will find our calendar of events.
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