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Dear Bi Men by J.R. Yussuf and Bisexual Men Exist by Vaneet Mehta

Event date: 
Sunday, June 23, 2024 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

This event takes place on crowdcast, Charis' virtual event platform. Register here.

Charis welcomes J.R. Yussuf and Vaneet Mehta for a discussion of their books Dear Bi Men: A Black Man's Perspective on Power, Consent, Breaking Down Binaries, and Combatting Erasure and Bisexual Men Exist: A Handbook for Bisexual, Pansexual and M-Spec Men

About Dear Bi Men: Dear Bi Men is an unapologetic guide for readers who are Black, masc, and bi—unlearning biphobia, coming out, combatting erasure, and embodying your whole self. 

Rich with personal narratives, insightful analysis, and practical advice, this book is a powerful resource for Black bi+ men to reclaim their identity, counter biphobia, and get empowered—and an offering to all readers looking to fight back against the erasure and dehumanization wrought by patriarchy.

About J.R. Yussuf: J.R. Yussuf is an award-winning author and podcaster focused on themes of mental wellness, self-improvement, and emotional literacy. Yussuf secured a peer support certification from the Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (B.E.A.M.) and has used his training to support countless Black bisexual/pansexual men. His writing has appeared in Men’s Health, Thrive Global, Black Youth Project, Queerty, and more.

About Bisexual Men Exist: Being a bisexual man isn't easy - something Vaneet Mehta knows all too well. After spending more than a decade figuring out his identity, Vaneet's coming out was met with questioning, ridicule and erasure. This experience inspired Vaneet to create the viral #BisexualMenExist campaign, combatting the hate and scepticism m-spec (multi-gender attracted spectrum) men encounter, and helping others who felt similarly alone and trapped. 

This powerful book is an extension of that fight. Navigating a range of topics, including coming out, dating, relationships and health, Vaneet shares his own lived experience as well as personal stories from others in the community to help validate and uplift other bisexual men. Discussing the treatment of m-spec men in LGBTQ+ places, breaking down stereotypes and highlighting the importance of representation and education, this empowering book is a rallying call for m-spec men everywhere.

About Vaneet Mehta: Vaneet Mehta (He/Him) is an Indian bisexual man born and raised in Southall, West London. He is a software engineer, writer and public speaker and the founder of #BisexualMenExist, which went viral in 2020. He has written for Men's Health, Stonewall and Metro UK and his work has been published in The Bi-ble: New Testimonials. He is the author of the Lammy nominated book Bisexual Men Exist and the co-editor of the anthology It Ain't Over Til The Bisexual Speaks. 

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Event address: 
CROWDCAST
Dear Bi Men: A Black Man's Perspective on Power, Consent, Breaking Down Binaries, and Combating Erasure By J.R. Yussuf, Da'Shaun L. Harrison (Foreword by) Cover Image
By J.R. Yussuf, Da'Shaun L. Harrison (Foreword by)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781623179687
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: North Atlantic Books - April 16th, 2024

An unapologetic guide for readers who are Black, masc, and bi—unlearning biphobia, coming out, combatting erasure, and embodying your whole self


Bisexual Men Exist: A Handbook for Bisexual, Pansexual and M-Spec Men By Vaneet Mehta Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781787757196
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Jessica Kingsley Publishers - January 19th, 2023

SHORTLISTED FOR 2024 BISEXUAL NON-FICTION LAMMY AWARD

"You're just being greedy."
"Are you sure you're not gay?"
"Pick a side."


Event Summary: 
Celebrate Pride Month with authors of Dear Bi Men and Bisexual Men Exist!