Inside or Outside? Bisexual Activism and the LGBTI Community

Authored by: Kirsten McLean

The Ashgate Research Companion to Lesbian and Gay Activism

Print publication date:  August  2015
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9781409457091
eBook ISBN: 9781315613147
Adobe ISBN: 9781317042914

10.4324/9781315613147.ch10

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Abstract

Strong bisexual communities, and strong ties between bisexual men and women and the LGBTI community, are important in providing visibility and a voice for bisexual people. Across the world, bisexual communities operate on a relatively small scale compared with the LGBTI community, and often exist as an ad hoc network of groups and networks maintained with very little, if any, funding. However, the relationship between the bisexual and LGBTI communities has been, to date, rather complex. Much of this relates to the continuing invisibility of bisexuality and bisexual people within LGBTI communities, brought about by a legacy of negative attitudes towards bisexuals, or biphobia, both in LGBTI communities and in the broader society.

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