Written by Beth, staff member, Captain William Spry Public Library
Originally published July, 2019; Updated September 2021
The B in 2SLGBTQIA+ stands for bisexual! However, this letter doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. Bisexual people often experience the use of harmful stereotypes and the painful effects of bi-erasure, even in queer communities! People with non-monosexual orientations (not only being attracted to one gender) are often viewed with suspicion: they’re going through a phase, confused, greedy, probably actually gay, probably actually straight, more likely to be unfaithful, etc. While sexuality is fluid, these stereotypes are really harmful to the bisexual community, and that’s a shame.
People who identify as bisexual make up a huge part of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community— around 50%—but often feel left out in both queer and heteronormative spaces. When they’re in a queer-presenting relationship, bisexual people are discriminated against as a member of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. When they’re in a straight-presenting relationship, they often become considered straight and are no longer welcome in some queer spaces. They—we—are erased. Are you the B in 2SLGBTQIA+? I see you. Here are 10 books about bisexuality and/or with bisexual representation!
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