The B and T in LGBT: So You Wanna Write a Bisexual or Transgender Character? with JoSelle Vanderhoof

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Society frequently misunderstands or makes assumptions about bisexuality, and the scarcity of bisexual characters in romance—erotic as well as non-erotic—helps contribute to bisexual stereotypes, misconceptions, and all-out erasure. This three-week class with editor JoSelle Vanderhooft is designed for authors of any sexual orientation who want to learn how to write bisexual characters—or other multisexual characters—respectfully and accurately. We’ll cover such topics as bisexual history in the United States, common myths about bisexuality, and the (many) ways in which bisexuality differs from attraction to a single sex. This class is high-participation, so please come with questions!
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Workshop will include:
What is bisexuality and multisexuality? And what is transgender, nonbinary, and other “not cis” sexuality?
  • We’ll define bisexuality and other forms of multisexuality (pansexuality—which is different but not necessarily exclusive of bisexuals being the most distinct)Bisexual myths and facts.
  • We’ll go over common and harmful stereotypes about bisexual and other multisexual characters. Namely: that bisexuals are promiscuous and “greedy,” that they are all polyamorous (not a bad thing to be, but not something all bisexuals are), that they spread disease, that they cheat on their partners, etc.
  • We’ll talk about what “cisgender” means (identifying with the sex and gender one was assigned at birth) and various ways in which people fall outside the male-female binary (by being transgender, nonbinary, etc.)
  • We’ll discuss harmful stereotypes about trans and nonbinary characters (e.g. that they’re not really men or women but a “third sex” when that isn’t how many see themselves; that trans women are just “men in dresses”)
  • How to write a bisexual and transgender characters with sensitivity.
  • Avoiding stereotypes we discussed while making your characters unique, fully realized people.
  • What to do if your character does something that could be a stereotype (e.g. a bisexual person who does want more than one partner; a transgender woman who is a pathological liar).
  • What to do if your bi or trans character is disabled, of color, over forty, fat/of size. And how this may play into their characterization.
Will also include critiques.
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