visibility through writing: pieces about bisexuality
naming my bisexuality (coming out)
finding home a short fiction piece inspired by my own journey coming out as bisexual. I chose a fiction narrative to better capture the internal processes I experienced, including the "clunky" feeling - as though I was taking up too much space - around certain people; I'd later learn this was my heart's way of telling me I was attracted to another person. an essential part of my journey was learning that having the potential to be attracted to more than one gender and/or sex was its own thing. 11.27.2019.
kaleidoscope a digital art piece and reflection about what makes me me. 12.31.2020.
my bisexual journey: a story still being written. a video about my journey to name my bisexuality, from childhood crushes othered through biphobia, to working through the harmful bi-erasure woven into the myth that "people are either straight or gay", and moving beyond stereotypes about bi people into a place of self-acceptance and love. includes poetry, digital art, and music. 5.24.2020.
puzzle a short and colourful video about what makes me me. 6.14.2018.
reclaiming my body: "sweet sixteen" a short reflection on how I reclaimed my body and my bisexuality as a survivor of sexual assault. the piece is the second in the "reclaiming me" series. our bodies are worthy of love and respect, and we have a right to reclaim ownership and peace for our mind and body. we deserve to love all of who we are. 11.7.2018.
colour my world a short poem about spreading vibrancy, hope, and genuine acceptance in the world. 11.24.2012.
sincerely, inner self a poem written shortly after I named my bisexuality. 4.8.2018. the beauty in the being a poem about a connection built on trust, a safe place to express - even without words - the deepest parts of ourselves. 7.29.2015.
bi-erasure, bi invisibility, and biphobia
complimentary superpower a piece about invisibility - an inescapable part of being bisexual. our bisexuality can get overlooked due to the gender and/or sex of those we are romantically connected with. the harmful myth that "people are either straight or gay" entirely erases the complex lived experiences of bisexual people. in a world dominated by binaries, bisexuality stands as a beautiful and valid bridge. 3.14.2019.
the seventeenth of May a piece about my internalized biphobia, stemming in part from the harmful myth that "people are either gay or straight". the piece was written for the twenty-eighth anniversary of the World Health Organization's decision to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder; May seventeenth is the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. 5.17.2018.
embrace & equality
a wider embrace a piece which discusses the various ways unresolved disgust can manifest in society, including "therapies" aimed at "changing" an individual's sexual orientation. these practices harm many people, including bisexual individuals, who are just trying to live their life being who they are. widening our embrace of others begins with learning about and loving ourselves. 11.6.2018.
beyond today: why I support equality a piece about how people of every sexual orientation should have equal rights in all aspects of life - including and beyond marriage. we are so much more than our romantic connections, and we should all be respected for who we are. 10.28.2015.
love need not be silent: reclaiming the church as home though I have been an agnostic for nearly a decade, my childhood years had Christian influences; I attended summer camps, youth retreats, and a university within Christian traditions. this piece touches on that journey, as well as the courageous decision of some churches to begin to move away from their painful pasts toward a place of greater inclusion and love. 3.24.2020.