Living the Bi Life

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Max the Communist

Max the Communist
Chicago, Illinois, USA
January 17
"Her beauty served a mob of terror whose one mission is to destroy." Yeah, that's me alright. I am a writer, actor, activist. That means I've worked in the hospitality and retail industries. Before you ask for fries with that, prepare yourself for political, economic, social, and sexual liberation. Not a total commie. I just marvel at the inflammatory red-baiting language--so much like queer-baiting, it's scaaary. I will be your downfall yet, America. Until then, I go for universal healthcare and making friends with anarchists, hippies, fellow-travelers, philosophers, actors, and other troublemakers. And, of course, da queers. So I'm pinko. Does that make me more Canadian than anything else? How queer are they in Canukistan? And can they put me up for the night--you know, just in case? In other words, just your typical OS blogger.

 hero or villain

Who are you?  What is the story of your life? Are you the hero, the villain or some poor, misbegotten thing? 

Along the way in life, our lives can pick up fragments of prevailing beliefs, judgements and narratives which, either consciously or unconsciously, we incorporate int… Read full post »

JANUARY 20, 2011 6:03PM

Create Some Change, Really.

My dear darlings!  Max is back.  

Thanks for showing up for your Max-attack.  Yes, I know that I've strayed too far from your loving arms.

 creating change 

 Special for today for your organizing pleasure:  The Creating Change Conference, sponsored every year by the Nationa/… Read full post »

 a boy a girl and a dildo

Sorry I've been away so long peeps.  

I've been job hunting and staying alive.  Writing theater criticism for pays a little, but not enough.  I'm working on this being my breakthrough month for full-time employment.  Your kind though/… Read full post »

AUGUST 4, 2010 5:17PM

News Flash! Prop 8 Unconstitutional

prop 8 at sf courthouse 

This just in my email from Equality Illinois:

Just moments ago, federal district court declared Proposition 8 to be unconstitutional!


In January 2010, attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies went to trial in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, a federal case challenging Proposition 8-Cali/Read full post »

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AUGUST 2, 2010 2:03AM

The Safety of Community, or, Where Is Safe for Bisexuals?

heaven as gated community

Everyone wants safe space.  For some feminists and LGBTQ, establishing safe spaces against sexist and homophobic discrimination is still a lifelong pursuit.     

 The LGBTQ have their own community.  It's a community that, presumably, provides all the queeRead full post »

JULY 31, 2010 4:50PM

Dating and the Queer Teen

 queer youth and allies center

Parents, has your teen come out to you as bisexual, lesbian, gay, queer, or transgendered?

Were you surprised by the disclosure?  (Maybe not!)

Are you worried about your teen's future?  Are you concerned about your teen's mental health?

Adolescence can be a trying time for an… Read full post »

 bi flag flying proud

Check out my podcast interview at  It was posted last week and I fell behind getting some notice to it, but it's out there in the blogosphere.  Wheeee!  

Click here to get to the podcast. You shall also learn of my secret identity! 

First,… Read full post »

Just in time for Pride Month, singer Vanessa Carlton came out in front of 18,000 people assembled to celebrate LGBTQ Pride in Nashville.

"I've never said this before," said the 29 year-old singer, "but I'm a proud bisexual woman."

Thanks, Vanessa.  Your voice counts in the growing surg… Read full post »

 from last years march

Fasten your seatbelts, Chi Bi/Queers.  This could be a bumpy ride.  I'm still playing catch-up, racing about to contribute my share to our contingent in Chicago's Pride Parade.  We have a reputation to keep up after setting a bold standard last year.  ChicagoRead full post »

yeah, cool, jo-vanni 

Major LGBTQ organizations have stepped up to assist bisexual male escort Jo-Vanni Roman against any possible legal action by Dr. George Alan Rekers,  co-founder of the Family Research Council, recent member of NARTH and a recent sexual massage client of Jo-Vanni Roman.  These… Read full post »

We're having an OS brunch together tomorrow.  Now, what tasty dishes will we sample from ethnically diverse Andersonville area?

A Taste of Heaven

taste of heaven 

One of the brunchiest places to go; lunch and egg dishes; great coffee, incredible pastries.

Kopi Travelers Cafe

kopi cafe

 For the w… Read full post »

Just when I thought I was going to turn over a new leaf and keep my blog classy, news comes out is that is just too good to resist.

Meet Geo--the bisexual, Latino, male prostitute hired by Family Research Council co-founder (with James Dobson),  NARTH member, and ultra-right Baptist ministe… Read full post »

 nosferatuWelcome me back to my blog.  It's rather dusty around here.  But I have risen from the dead and returned, once again, to spread my bi-queer sexual fluidity all around these parts.

To wit:  I have never seen HBO's wildly successful and critically acclaimed series, TrueRead full post »

I'll get back into the swing of things writing for this blog.  

In the meantime, a million thanks to Wayne Bryant of the BIACT-L listserv for bisexual activists, who alerted us all to an 86 year-old veteran's testimony for marriage equality in Maine.  People like this make me proud to… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 20, 2009 9:57PM

Wherein I Blame Mom for My Bisexuality

 the mom tattoo

Even though you've been dead for a while, Mom, there's something we've got to have out, here and now.  

I've caught up to research that finally reveals the true cause of my bisexuality.  And guess what?  It's all your fault.  

That's right.  Last year, repRead full post »

Many thanks to Ed from Chicago Bi/Queer Meetup for alerting us all to this condom ad, now showing on MTV.

Makes me wish I was young.    Read full post »
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OCTOBER 1, 2009 3:48PM

Illinois Steps Up to Same-sex Marriage Equality


 IL state seal

It's official.  Equality Illinois announced today that a bill was introduced in the Illinois State Senate to legalize same-sex marriage.  State Senator Heather Steans of the 7th District introduced the bill.  A companion bill, HB178, was introduced into… Read full post »

I am liking GLAAD more and more.  Soon, it will be a life-long love affair. Not that I didn't like them or anything before--just not really hooked on their work until they really started including bisexuals in their content, not just their mission statement.  Funny how that w… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 29, 2009 3:41PM

For Robin, Etta James to soothe the soul.

I felt real apprehension,  posting this in dedication to Robin Sneed, because the words are so raw in melancholy.  But sometimes, the deep, deep blues are exactly what you need to hear.  
I first heard this late one night after I had taken a whole two years… Read full post »

let me introduce myself 

To whom it may concern at the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center,

First, as a bisexual woman and long-time activist for LGBTQ rights, let me express my sorrow and outrage at the hate crime vandalism that your organization has just endured.  You intended for the Memphis queerRead full post »
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SEPTEMBER 23, 2009 7:28PM

MIKA Comes Out, Just In Time for Celebrate Bisexuality Day


MIKA on a heart bed 

Pop star MIKA (aka Michael Holbrook Penniman) has just come out bisexual in the Dutch Gay and Night magazine.  Or rather, he is pretty much a "no labels" kind of guy, but will settle for bisexual, if you have to call him anything--a stance that's quite st… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 16, 2009 6:32PM

Bisexual Chauvinism

 adam and eve and carol? 
Adam and Eve and Carol and Bob and Alice ? 

I love hearing and reading positive things about bisexuality and seeing positive images of bisexual, pansexual, and fluid sexuality people.  Sheela Lambert's coverage of the recent MTV Video Music Awards is a zany bi-lapaloozaRead full post »

 transcending boundaries logo

 The 6th Transcending Boundaries Conference is taking place November 20-22, 2009 in Worcester, Massachusetts, for bisexual/pansexual, trans/genderqueer, intersex, and polyamorous people and our allies . . . "to foster community, provide safe space, educate ourselves, andRead full post »

AUGUST 31, 2009 1:02AM

Late Sunday Night Comics

buju banton 

Chicago's Gay Liberation Network has been leading a campaign since early August to get Live Nation and other concert promoters to cancel Buju Banton concerts because the performer calls for killing lesbians and gay men in the lyrics of his songs.  So far, their work has reaped some… Read full post »