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Bisexuality and the Western Christian Church

The Damage of Silence


About this book


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.

Bisexuality and the Western Christian Church will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines, including gender studies, applied theology, sociology and social psychology. It is also important reading for clergy, and LGBT faith organisations.

With a Foreword by Eric Anderson, Professor of Sport, Masculinities, and Sexualities, University of Winchester, UK.


mental health biphobia Christianity gender social psychology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of WinchesterWinchesterUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Carol Shepherd is a researcher at the University of Winchester, UK. She is a bisexual Christian and former lay preacher.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Bisexuality and the Western Christian Church
  • Book Subtitle The Damage of Silence
  • Authors Carol A. Shepherd
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in Lived Religion and Societal Challenges
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in Lived Religion and Societal Challenges
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-94678-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-06897-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-94679-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 306
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Gender and Sexuality
    Religion and Gender
    Religion and Psychology
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“In Bisexuality and the Western Christian Church, Shepherd provides an important contribution to our understanding of Christian bisexual people. Straddling two sub-disciplines which are all-too-often inaccessible or focused on theory rather than the everyday experiences of people’s lives, Shepherd has found a way to give voice to her participants in a way that engages and enhances our knowledge. Drawing on an impressive 83 interviews with bisexual Christians, the book provides a sensitive and nuanced account of these peoples' lives and offers important arguments about how our social institutions can support them and reduce prejudice against them.” (Mark McCormack, University of Roehampton, UK)