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Bi Visibility Day is Sept. 23, 2017, so to kick off the festivities, I have a new “Ask a Bisexual” for you!

Ask a Bisexual is an ongoing series of posts about bi-erasure and bisexuality, the attraction to two or more genders.

In today’s piece, I’ll be discussing monosexism, cissexism, and visibility in Evan Urquhart’s piece “After Transitioning, I Want to Blend In. But My Lesbian Wife Still Wants to Be Out.” You might notice the slug in the URL is “how can queer couples be out when they look straight?”, which is exactly the point I want to address: How can they be out? Why, just ask a bisexual!

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In this edition of The Beyond Binaries Book Club, we attempt to read The Second Mango, a queer YA fantasy novel about a young queen and her knight on a quest to find the queen a girlfriend. Read on for dragons, food allergies, crime-solving, magic–and a narrative style that didn’t work for everyone. Spoilers ahead.

What’s the Beyond Binaries Book Club?

Long version here.

Our focus is on books (and media) about characters with sexualities, gender identities, or gender expressions that aren’t simply male/female or gay/straight. That is, characters who are bi/pansexual/queer-identified, or whose gender expression or identity is not strongly fixed to the gender binary (may include agender, transgender, gender-nonconforming, gendervariant, genderfluid, intersex [as identity], non-binary, genderqueer, et al.). We tend to read speculative fiction novels (as opposed to non-fiction, including autobiographies), but other genre fiction, graphic novels, comics, and short stories may be on our list.

The Second Mango

Queen Shulamit never expected to inherit the throne of the tropical land of Perach so young. At twenty, grief-stricken and fatherless, she’s also coping with being the only lesbian she knows after her sweetheart ran off for an unknown reason. Not to mention, she’s the victim of severe digestive problems that everybody think she’s faking. When she meets Rivka, an athletic and assertive warrior from the north who wears a mask and pretends to be a man, she finds the source of strength she needs so desperately.

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Second Mango cover art

Cover art for The Second Mango by Shira Glassman. The cover shows two mangos, one with a image of a green dragon on the skin.

After one heck of a hiatus, we’re back!

First: after some thought, I decided to change the name of our book club to “Beyond Binaries Book Club” instead of “NonBinary Book Club.” Continue Reading »

In this Gender Reader: reporting sexual assault in Japan; anti-chikan pins; capturing LGBTQI lives in photography; Japanese actresses discuss white-washing in Ghost in the Shell, and more:

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“Matsunaga crowdsourced designs for badges intended to deter men from groping schoolgirls” [Shiori Ito/Al Jazeera]

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Screenshot of Viktor hugging Yuuri before a performance, saying “I love pork cutlet bowls.”

Or, why Yuri!!! on Ice hops off the relationship escalator, disrupts homonormativity, and I CLOSE MY EYES AND TELL MYSELF THAT MY DREAMS WILL COME TRUE

Mild spoilers throughout, major spoiler at end.
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After a long hiatus, Japan Gender Reader is back! We’ve got queer stats, queer ice skaters, Yayoi Kusama’s art coming to the US, and more:

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The installation, “Infinity Mirrored Room — Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity” at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden . (Photo by Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

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The bimonthly Gender Reader will be back eventually, but for now, a slightly different reader focusing on the upcoming anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which gave the US military the authority to forcibly relocate more than 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII. In this reader: Allegiance the musical is having an encore; Japanese Americans speak out against the “Muslim registry”; fighting revisionist history; a new book about Fred Korematsu; and more.

According to a comment on the Densho Facebook page, this is Kyoko Shima, who was incarcerated in the Rohwer Camp. Her sign reads “Locked up by U.S. Prez 1942-1946 / Never Again!”

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