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Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Reader's Diary #2036 - Kate Harrad (editor): Claiming the B in LGBT / Illuminating the Bisexual Narrative

The third nonfiction book about bisexuality I've read in the past 2 months (the others being Lois Shearing's Bi The Way: The Bisexual Guide to Life and Julia Shaw's Bi: The Hidden Culture, History, and Science of Bisexuality), it's impossible for me not to compare the three.

While I enjoyed all three, there's a lot of understandable overlap and I think I'll take a break before reading another on the topic. Of the three, I'd argue that Claiming the B in LGBT: Illuminating the Bisexual Narrative is the most thorough. It's also got the highest page count, so that's not entirely surprising. With entire chapters on some intersectionality topics (Bisexual and Disabled, Bisexuals of Color), the others devoted less time. I would like to see a bisexuality book that addresses Indigenous bisexuals, but as these 3 books all came from the UK and had primarily a UK focus, it wasn't entirely shocking to not see them included. Claiming the B in LGBT also includes chapters on bisexuality across the lifespan, faith, allies, and activism. 

While the tone was largely casual and easy to read, it was perhaps more inconsistent than the other two books, likely as it was an edited anthology from contributors rather than written by a singular voice. Still, this wasn't an issue. 

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