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By Surya Monro

This publication offers an obtainable creation to bisexuality stories, set in the context of up to date social thought and learn. Drawing on interviews carried out within the united kingdom and Colombia, it maps out the territory, supplying a way of realizing sexualities which are neither homosexual, nor lesbian, nor heterosexual.

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It was a massive step to take on those two roles . . this might be really strange but I took on that role, I got off on the fact they looked at me and think ‘bisexual lead’. For a few contributors, identifying as bisexual was partly about a rejection of cultural norms associated with gay or heterosexual culture. For instance, Pablo described how he had spent time on the gay scene and disliked its music and commercial nature; identifying as bisexual was a means of widening out his cultural field and he continued to identify as bisexual despite being single and having limited sexual engagements.

The most important thing is that you are happy and you enjoy your life’. So, I don’t really have pressure to come out. (Jo) In this quote, Jo indicates the supportive role her family background has played in her bisexual identity construction. The research findings also indicated that having access to bisexuality-related information and resources is important in the formation of bisexual identities. Contributors who had been involved in the organised bisexual community talked at some length about the importance of this community in providing identity validation and support (see also Chapter 4).

It also relates to broader tensions between identity categorisation and the deconstruction of categories. Bisexual theorists have responded to queer theory in a number of ways. 12). Others have developed queer bisexual perspectives. For example, Erich Steinman (2011) traces a trajectory within bisexuality research which foregrounds the queer transgressive, liberatory, and abject aspects of bisexuality. Other strands of bisexual scholarship address epistemologies ‘of the fence’ (see Pramaggiore, 1996), or ‘interstitial’ (in-between spaces) Bisexuality and Social Theory 45 (Horncastle, 2008); in other words developing knowledge about having an identity at the borders between homosexuality and heterosexuality.

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