The latest episode of The Leftscape was brought to you by the letter “B.” Though it would make a great discussion to send shout outs to some of our favorite moments on Sesame Street, this particular show didn’t do that. Mary McGinley, Wendy Sheridan and Robin Renée cover a lot of ground this week, but the main topic on “The ‘B’ Word” is bisexuality.
A longtime bi community activist, Robin talks about the anniversary of the Stonewall riots and the role bisexual woman Brenda Howard played in the origins of Pride. They talk about the controversy and debate over the word “bisexual” and the erroneous assumption that because the prefix “bi” means two, the word “bisexual” excludes people of trans and nonbinary genders. 4Chan’s short-lived exploitation of this LGBTQ community discussion with “#droptheB” is explained and summarily dismissed. Wendy wonders about the possibility and meaning of claiming a bi identity within a monogamous marriage, and all discuss the varied understandings of “bisexual,” “pansexual,” and other fluid sexualities.
The news of the week – much of which is necessarily left out of this beginning segment lest it become a show of its own – includes former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort awaiting trial in jail, a Wisconsin gerrymandering case, the devastating separation of families on the U.S. border with Mexico, and the nationwide #FamiliesBelongTogether actions planned for June 30th by MoveOn.org.
Mary begins a chat about “dinosaur bands” and wonders how everyone feels about going to see musical acts who have passed their heyday by decades such as The Cowsills and The Temptations. Other points traversed: Birthday wishes are sent out to the woman who wrote “Happy Birthday to You.” Wendy gives a very moving reading from They Thought They Were Free by Milton Meyer.
Listen to The Leftscape – the shape of progressive conversation: “The ‘B’ Word (Episode 5)”