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Women's and Gender Studies Professor Loraine Hutchins Celebrates 25th Anniversary of her book, Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out

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Published: 2016-08-16 00:00:01.000

This year, GNDS102 Professor Loraine Hutchins, celebrates the quarter-century anniversary of the book, <i>Bi Any Other Name: Bisexual People Speak Out</i>, which she co-edited with Lani Ka'ahumanu.

The book, named one of the top 100 LGBT books of the 21st century by Lambda Book Report, was the first to feature bisexual people telling their own stories rather than having others write about them and catalyzed many other bi books in its wake.

Dr. Hutchins, serves as the book review editor for the Journal of Bisexuality and helped found MCPride & Allies in 2010. She recently completed a chapter, "Bisexual History: Let's Not Bijack Another Century," for the forthcoming <i>Routledge History of Queer America</i>. Her chapter includes many little-known stories of U.S. bi history, such as the first ever college-level course on bisexuality was taught at Sonoma State in Northern California in the early 70s by bi psychologist, Alan Rockway. Rockway, who died of AIDS in the 90s, was one of the key architects of efforts to roll back Anita Bryant's anti-gay Save The Children campaign which began in Florida in the 70s.

With Hutchins' and her co-editor's help, Professor Don Romesburg, editor of the new Routledge anthology, retrieved Rockway's original syllabus from an archive, and re-assigned it to his students as an historic research project last year.

Hutchins is teaching GNDS102: Understanding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Identities as a Fall 2016 late-starting class at MC's Takoma campus. Below is a short(40 second) video featuring the class:

http://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cDiOFPiCsf
Please share with those you think might be interested.

Hutchins can be reached at Loraine.hutchins@montgomerycollege.edu

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