B is for bisexuality, bikesexual, Joan E. Biren, boi, and butch

Bisexuality is “the capacity for romantic and/or sexual attraction to more than one sex or gender.” –bisexual.org

Bikesexual is one of Melina’s favorite zinesters & is the author of the zine “Learn how to make your own harness!” which you can read & print for free here.

Joan E. Biren (JEB) is “an award-winning documentary photographer and filmmaker who has been chronicling the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals for more than 30 years” and graduated from Mount Holyoke 1966. –mtholyoke.edu

Boi – “A gender identity referring to a younger, butch lesbian in the butch-femme community, possibly taking on the manner and characteristics of a young heterosexual man; A young transman, or a transman who is in the earlier stages of transitioning.” –muhlenberg.edu

Butch – “ a) A gender-role specifier within the LGBTQ community that implies a masculine (or non-feminine) identity, mannerisms, or traits. An individual may simultaneously identify as female, male, genderqueer, or some other gender identity. (Related: Femme)

  1. b) 1.’Masculine’ or macho dress and behavior, regardless of sex or gender identity. 2. A sub-identity of lesbian, gay male, or bisexual, based on masculine or macho dress and behavior. (See Femme). 3. ‘Butch it up’: To exaggerate masculine behaviors” –edu