FILLING THE BOXES IN OURSELVES: Conducting a queer oral history of bisexuality and multiple-gender-attraction

Martha Robinson Rhodes*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

In histories of sexuality, bisexuality and the capacity to be attracted to multiple genders are often subsumed into broader “LGBTQ” narratives. This perpetuates the idea that bisexual identity is essentially a watered-down version of homosexuality, and that the particular experiences of those attracted to multiple genders do not warrant specific attention. Through a consideration of methodology, this chapter argues that attention to bisexuality and multiple-gender-attraction has the potential to inform, build on, and challenge the field of queer oral history. Bisexuality and multiple-gender-attraction add to, and further complicate, debates about appearance, visibility, and “passing”, as well as notions of “community” and how the boundaries of community can be recognised in language.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNew Directions in Queer Oral History
Subtitle of host publicationArchives of Disruption
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages121-130
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781000569247
ISBN (Print)9780367551148
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities

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