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Academic Bi: New International Mailing List/Yahoo Group

We are very excited to help announce Academic Bi an International (English-language) Mailing List/Yahoo Group, started by a Bi-identified Israeli Academic and Activist for the Discussion of and the Exchange of Information and Ideas about Topics related to Bisexual/Pansexual Theory, Queer Theory and the Academic Study of Bisexuality, Pansexuality, Fluidity, et. al.Academic Bi an International (English-language) Mailing List/Yahoo Group for the Discussion of and the Exchange of Information and Ideas about Topics related to Bisexual/Pansexual Theory, Queer Theory and the Academic Study of Bisexuality, Pansexuality, Fluidity, et. al. Other things that would be appropriate to Post to the Group include but are not limited to:

o Calls for Submissions
o Internships
o Scholarships
o Requests for Participants in Studies
o RFP's (Request For Proposals)
o Announcements of Publications of Works pertaining to the subject(s)

To join click on this link: Academic Bi or send and email to academic_bi-subscribe (at) yahoogroups (dot) com

We see this List as an important "Also" rather than as an "Instead of" some of the older more established Academic LGBT Lists (such as QStudies) where it is Very Important to ALSO keep Bisexual, Fluid, Pansexual & Queer-identified Voices and we all hope that there will be MUCH Cross-pollination.

10th International Conference on Bisexuality University of East London, Docklands, UK on 26th August 2010Additionally, it is hoped that many in the new group will consider attending BiReCon (Bisexual Research Conference) which will take place at the University of East London, Docklands, UK on 26th August 2010. BiReCon will be the first day of the 10th International Conference on Bisexuality (10 ICB) in 2010 and is the second one-day academic conference on research into bisexuality, pansexuality, fluidity, et. al..

Even if you find that this List is not a good fit for you personally, could we also ask all of you to Please Circulate This Information Widely to ALL LGBT & "Straight-But-Not-Narrow" venues and people who might be interested and would find this Additional Venue to be a useful tool.

Thank you

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...I tend to ignore you. But right now I am tired and crabby, and will go ahead and say that I wish you would stop posting. Literally no one wants to read this.
We really, (really . . . we are not just saying meaningless polite phrases in hopes you will shut up and go away) are sorry if this post disturbs you. And actually now that LJ has "My Stats" we are able to easily see are page-counts for the 1st time and literally hundreds of people are reading this, and (amazingly enough for the fairly dry academic group it is) over a hundred people from all over the world have immediately joined up on the new Listserv.

But with greatest respect we are mystified as to why someone who is a member of an LJ Community called bi_people would somehow be opposed to an announcement of a Listserve devoted promoting academic and research work on Queer-theory that is specifically aimed at addressing issues having to do with the Bisexual, Fluid, Pansexual and otherwise Queer-identified Community(s).

The only thing we can possibly think of is that while we do realize that there are some Bi-identified LGBT people who who are uncomfortable using other nomenclatures, (such as Queer, Pansexual, Fluid, et. al.) and feel it is at best just that people are uninformed and at worst just a bunch of vapid kids trying to hard to be be "trendy", we must, again with the greatest respect for your sensibilities, say that it is the position of our group that people should be allowed to self-identify as they feel is best for them.

After all it has taken those of us who do not see gender/gender-expression as a barrier to forming relationships literally decades to make even the slightest inroads into the greater Gay/Lesbian Community, so not meaning to hurt your feelings our group just does not feel it is correct to then turn around and say that everyone must now march in lock-step within one definition on sexual-identity. We agree with the famous Bi-identified Musician Tom Robins who sings:

For 21 years now I've fought for the right
For people to love just whoever they like
But the right-on and righteous are out for my blood
Now I live with my kid and a woman I love
Well if gay liberation means freedom for all
A label is no liberation at all
I'm here and I'm queer and I do what I do
And I'm not gonna wear... a straitjacket for you

We hope all of this makes sense to you and again we are tying to speak respectfully if in a bit of confusion.