Reflections on Bi Men: Coming Out

My latest article published in the Journal of Bisexuality — just released!

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‎(2011). Reflections on the Publication of Journal of Bisexuality, Bi Men: Coming Out.
    Journal of Bisexuality: Vol. 11, 10 Year Anniversary of the Journal of Bisexuality, pp. 518-524.

Abstract
The senior editor for a double issue of the Journal of Bisexuality that centered on coming-out stories of bisexual males, titled in a trade edition as Bi Men: Coming Out, Volume 5, Issues 2/3, reflects on the challenges of putting the collection together. He contrasted the work’s critical success, including being named a Lambda Literary Award finalist, with the lack of accessibility of the journal or book in the popular market due largely to its high retail price. Other major difficulties are noted, including the death of Journal editor Fritz Klein and change of publisher ownership of the work midway in editorial production. Despite the admirable work of the Journal of Bisexuality, the lack of a mainstream periodical marketed to out bisexuals is considered a form of bisexual invisibility and an impediment to the bisexual rights movement. The article concludes with quotes from a few of the author’s favorite passages.

Author: Ron Suresha

Ron Jackson Suresha is an editor, anthologist, and writer. He is considered an authority on emergent queer masculinities, in particular the subcultures of gay and bi male Bears and of male bisexuality. For Ron's service to the bear community, he was named "Bear of the Year" 2008. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Suresha attended the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, 1976-8), where he studied creative writing, and Vista College (Berkeley, Cal., 1989-92), where he studied American Sign Language. For more than two decades, he has worked as a freelance proofreader for trade book publishers such as Shambhala Publications. He was married in October 2004 to Rocco Russo. He is also a licensed Justice of the Peace in Connecticut, an ordained minister, ULC, and a member of the New London Green Party. Nonfiction works include Bears on Bears: Interviews & Discussions; Bi Men: Coming Out (coeditor, with Pete Chvany); Bisexual Perspectives on the Life and Work of Alfred C. Kinsey (editor). His latest book is The Uncommon Sense of the Immortal Mullah Nasruddin: Stories, jests, and donkey tales of the beloved Persian folk hero, published by Lethe Press.