The Damage of Silence: Bisexuality in the Western Christian Church

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This book critically examines the lived experiences of bisexual Christians across a range of Christian traditions in the UK and the USA. Shepherd assesses whether current data on elevated rates of depressive illnesses among bisexual people also apply to the bisexual Christian community. Drawing on data collected by the author on bisexual Christians across the lifespan, the book uncovers shocking incidences of biphobia and bi erasure in the Church. Widespread ignorance among pastors of middle sexualities outside of the hetero-/homonormative binary is revealed as well as a corresponding absence of appropriate support resources.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages319
ISBN (Electronic)978-3319946788
ISBN (Print)3319946781
Publication statusPublished - 20 Aug 2018

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Lived Religion and Societal Challenges


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