Bisexual identities research project

Bisexual Identities research project
Dr Surya Monro, University of Huddersfield

This project develops understandings of bisexuality and other identities that are not lesbian, gay, or straight, focusing on the social and political aspects. It will gather the information needed for my book titled ‘Bisexual Identities’ which will be published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2014. There is a real need for a book about bisexuality which uses (and extends) ‘mainstream’ social and political theory, and which is accessible to a wide range of people. The book will increase awareness and understanding of bisexuality and other forms of sexual diversity amongst interested members of the public, undergraduate and postgraduate students, academics, policy makers, and activists working to create positive social change.

The project is underpinned by a number of themes including:

  • Changing models of sexuality, intimacy, kinship and community;
  • Queer debates about sexual and gender categories;
  • Analysis of prejudice, stigma, and normalisation;
  • Activism;
  • Developing understandings of the evolving relationship between the state and bisexual people and their allies.

The research questions address identity issues, relationships, family, and community, the workplace and the economy, activism and the state, and diversity issues (specifically how identities around class, race, dis/ability, and gender intersect with sexual identities).

Progress
I’ve now interviewed a range of bisexual people, and their allies – 25 so far – and will do a few more interviews later this year once I have got to grips with all the rich material that people have very generously given for this project. Camilo Tamayo Gomez, who is doing his PhD at the University of Huddersfield, has done 6 interviews with bisexual people in Columbia, and he has provided a literature review of the Columbian situation. This is great because the book aims to have an international aspect. I’m currently also discussing doing some research with an activist in another non-Anglo country, and I will also include US as a further country of comparison. The interviews will be complemented by analysis of internet material such as blogs, and community publications.
I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has contributed help/interviews for this project so far.

Outputs

The main output will be the book and academic paper/s, but I will also do a brief outline of the findings which will go out on the internet networks and will present findings at BiRecon, and will also write an article for Bi community News, and do other media work if opportunities arise.

Contact details: Surya Monro s.monro@hud.ac.uk

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