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Getting Bi Revisited

Under the radar with all the focus on the marvelous advances in marriage equality this week, there have been some great posts on bisexuality. Over at Queers United yesterday was a forum on the bisexual/bi-racial overlap with the following observation:

“Society tends to see things in black or white and often does not see shades of gray. Differences challenge us to open our minds and see that most things and people are not an absolute but simply fall into some shade or variation of whatever attribute we happen to be discussing at the time.”

That may be why so many in the movement embrace the term “queer” instead of “GLBT” or some other alphabet combination that perpetuates the notion of neat categories.

Over at Jezebel.com, a fabulous spoof on lesbian clichés and stereotypes brought out a spate of bi responders who’ve endured insults, criticism and attacks from both sides, just for being bi. Even so, there were many voices lifting up the riches of being bi. My favorite was a comment from Lilah, who re-wrote said alphabet to place bi in the middle and have it both ways: “Actually, GBLT is exactly how I refer to it, because I like to think of it as a lovely gay sandwich, with delicious rainbow mayonnaise.”

Our blog title today is based on the title of one of my favorite books. I heartily recommend Getting Bi by Robyn Ochs – authentic voices from the international bi community on a wide range of issues, and compelling articles providing food for thought. We’ll give you a more thorough review in a future blog.

Comments on the Jezebel.com blog raised another interesting notion – if bisexuals were more accepted into the queer/GLBT community and felt more comfortable, their numbers could greatly swell rallies across the nation for the entire spectrum of gay rights. April’s already been filled with amazing opportunities and will continue to be so as the marriage equality campaign heats up. Maybe we’ll catch you at a rally!

 

Proud to be an Iowan

I’m speechless but I’ll try. I was not optimistic heading into yesterday’s Iowa Supreme Court marriage equality ruling but we both made plans to be at our local rally, win or lose. What a momentous day – a bold move in a long string of historic Iowa decisions for civil rights and equality.

Already there are negative voices and movements afoot to revoke these hard won rights, but there are also voices of hope. The Iowa Democratic Majority has already issued a strongly worded statement in support of the decision. Here’s a quote:

News Release

For Immediate Release: April 3, 2008

Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal

House Speaker Pat Murphy

 

Iowa continues to be a leader in guaranteeing civil rights

 

This is a joint statement from Iowa Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal and

Iowa House Speaker Pat Murphy on today’s Supreme Court decision:

 

“Thanks to today’s decision, Iowa continues to be a leader in guaranteeing all of our citizens’ equal rights. 

 

The court has ruled today that when two Iowans promise to share their lives together, state law will respect that commitment, regardless of whether the couple is gay or straight. 

 

“When all is said and done, we believe the only lasting question about today’s events will be why it took us so long. It is a tough question to answer because treating everyone fairly is really a matter of Iowa common sense and Iowa common decency.”

 

What this means, I think, is that there’s no chance of a legislative move against the decision until at least after the 2010 elections, and we’ll have our work cut out for us to continue to send a progressive and forward thinking legislature to Des Moines in that election.

You can bet we’ll be doing everything we can to help this happen. One project I’m very proud of is our participation in To Love and to Cherish, an anthology of lesbian love stories at Sapphic Planet:

Love is universal. Marriage is… not. But it should be. It is a matter of civil rights and equal protection. The writers of SapphicPlanet and loveyoudivine joined forces to bring you diverse and heartfelt stories of the many forms of lesbian love and yes… marriage.

Cover art: Lara Zielinskytoloveandtocherishthumb
Publisher: loveyoudivine
Genre: Lesbian Romance
Release: August 2009
Pages: TBD
ISBN: 978-1-60054-322-7

This project began in indignant response to the passage of Prop 8 in California and Amendment 2 in Florida, denying the civil right of marriage to same-sex couples. All proceeds will benefit Marriage Equality USA.

And of course we’ll continue our efforts to bring you exciting erotic stories with happy endings for our many Bi heroines who so deeply want it both ways.

Here’s to being part of Iowa history!

Adriana

with heartfelt thanks to One Iowa and Lamda Legal

 

What if She’s Bi?

If she’s Bi, she deserves a happy ending too! Over at dearauthor.com, a recent blog about RWA’s Rita awards and erotic romance pushed a red hot button and generated over 200 responses already. Erotica? Erotic romance? LGBT themes? Polyamory? Hot topic, heated discussion. Here’s our take: When a bisexual woman can fall in love and find a happy ending that meets her needs, that’s definitely romance, and deserving of true celebration.

So that’s what we’re writing these days. Adriana Kraft is the pen name for a happily married pair of hopeless romantics who love to read and write hot sex. By day we’re serious academics with backgrounds in social science and human services. At night? Possibilities seem endless and we love coming out to play. Our erotic romance novels celebrate more than consensual mind-blowing sex – we feature strong story lines, heroes and heroines you’ll fall in love with, passion, and profound connectedness.

Our specialty is bisexual heroines. Our stories lift up the dilemmas faced by women who deeply want it both ways but won’t be denied the right to commitment, true love and a happy ending, sometimes with more than one special partner. While that may sound serious, it also permits us to get into swinging, voyeurism and ménage, great opportunities for being playful.

Just out today, at Whiskey Creek Press Torrid, our erotic romance novella Seducing Cat, the first in a five book series chronicling the adventures of Meghan Keenan.

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What could college English professor Caitlin Shanahan ever have in common with the brash carpenter Kurt Davis?  Meghan Keenan, that’s what.  The twenty year old sprite has taken it upon herself to bring the unlikely pair together through sharing her sexual delights with each of them.  They never have a chance, and town-gown relationships have never been better…

We like to think we’re the ones who create our characters, but sometimes we wonder! When we started writing this book we envisioned a lighthearted sexy romp, so we invented Meghan Keenan: a young, energetic and playful small town actress with Broadway dreams. Turns out she’s a modern day Aphrodite ~ sharing love in the most up close and personal way, and bringing another couple together in the process.

Because both of us are academics who somehow never learned how to be stuffy, we love creating characters who are college professors and throwing challenges at them. One of us comes from four generations of academicians, and the other from a longer string of farmers and blue collar workers, so we thought it would fun to make a pair of characters struggle with such differences. On top of that we added an age difference, so thirty-four year old English Professor Caitlin Shanahan has to overcome a double set of prejudices to fall in love with her brawny mid-twenties carpenter, Kurt Davis ~ actually Meg’s carpenter, when the book opens. Not that he doesn’t have some biases too, especially against stuffy professors!

What we didn’t foresee was that once launched, Meg has a trajectory all her own. The world is her apple, and she’s going to taste every bit of it and maybe spread some pleasure on the way. Book Two, A Woman for Zachary, will be released in July.

 
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