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“If you want to understand the identities, relationships, and family forms in the contemporary US, you need this book. Too much in the sociology (often unconsciously) treats the terms that define what’s largely considered ‘normal’ as essential to humanity and society: that sex and gender are binaries; that true love occurs only in sexual pairings; that intimate relationships, while usually full of power relations, only work when that power remains invisible; that there’s something wrong with the people who reveal how wrong these assumptions can be. Expanding the Rainbow shows us how the world works from the perspectives of people who are bi/pan+, asexual, polyamorous, intersex, trans, and into BDSM—the very people whose experiences, because they have been marginalized, stand to teach us the most about what it means to relate intimately to others, to form families and communities, to be human.”

Dawne Moon, Associate Professor of Sociology and Gender/Sexuality Studies, Marquette University

“This book is the urgently needed next step in examining relationships and families, as well as the lives of LGBTIQ+ people. Through theoretical, empirical, and personal pieces, the authors in Expanding the Rainbow push sociological work on ‘the family’ to take seriously types of families that are systematically ignored by researchers. They push us past the mainstream (even normative) profile of ‘same-sex families’: two middle-class white cisgender gay men (sometimes lesbian women) who are married and have 2.5 kids. The text introduces readers to relationships and families that are hardly ever visible in the mainstream, even in this time of ‘marriage equality.’ It also does the important work of pushing us to stop viewing trans and intersex individuals as just ‘individuals,’ as though these members of the LGBTIQ+ community are perpetually single, sexless, and lonely. As a Black queer non-binary person, I’m so happy to finally encounter a book that reflects me, my identities, and my family.”

Eric Anthony Grollman, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Richmond

Expanding the Rainbow is a breath of fresh air in the field of sexualities and gender. The current lack of scholarship on bi+, poly, kink, asexual, intersex, and/or trans presents a challenge in the classroom when discussing the intricacies of these relationships and identities. Now, Expanding the Rainbow offers a comprehensive review of the LGBTQQIAP spectrum that´s accessible to academic and non-academic audiences alike. The insightful and deeply personal narratives of members from these diverse communities, including activists and scholars, help readers to better relate to experiences outside their own purview. This timely volume would make a great addition to undergraduate courses addressing sexualities, gender identities, relationships and the intersectionality of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religious affiliation, and nationality.”

Mandi Barringer, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of North Florida

Expanding the Rainbow illuminates complexities of sex, gender, and sexuality that remain largely overlooked and underemphasized within sociology. Editors Brandy L. Simula, J. E. Sumerau, and Andrea Miller begin this volume with great care, introducing readers to the marginalized identities and corresponding terminology that the content showcases: bisexuality, polyamory, kink, asexuality, intersex, and transgender. The ensuing content is carefully curated, featuring the research and personal experiences of established scholars alongside the innovative perspectives of emerging scholars. The diverse standpoints, methods, and theoretical insights of these writers highlight complex hues of the rainbow that many people struggle to see.”

Helana Darwin, Doctoral Candidate, Stony Brook University

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Expanding the Rainbow

Exploring the Relationships of Bi+, Polyamorous, Kinky, Ace, Intersex, and Trans People

Series:  Teaching Gender, Volume: 12
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