Call for Participants: Multiple-gender-attraction and bisexuality in 1970s and 1980s Britain: an oral history project

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Martha Robinson Rhodes

I am conducting oral history research for a PhD at the University of Birmingham, analysing multiple-gender-attraction and bisexuality in 1970s and 1980s Britain. I would like to conduct face-to-face interviews with you if you have memories of this time, and you fulfil one or more of the following criteria:

  • Identify as bisexual or pansexual
  • Identified as bisexual or pansexual in the past
  • Have had relationships with people of multiple genders
  • Have been attracted to people of multiple genders

In collecting oral testimonies, I want to understand your feelings about what it meant to be attracted to more than one gender. I am also interested in finding out more about the following topics:

  • How did people identify in ways beyond ‘gay’ and ‘straight’?
  • How was bisexuality or attraction to more than one gender part of (or excluded from) the gay liberation movement at this time?
  • How do people reflect back on their past identities and experiences?

By taking part in this project, you will allow for individual perspectives on these subjects to be recognised and made visible in the historical record. Complete confidentiality is guaranteed for all participants, if desired.

For more information and if you are interested in taking part in this project, please email Martha Robinson Rhodes on MXR701@bham.ac.uk to arrange an informal conversation prior to interview. Download the call for participants here.

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