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ATM Issue #20

Feature Focus: Families

Cover Illo: "I have Two Mommies!"

The Religious Right has laid a powerful claim to the word "family". They have used it so often, and so distinctly in the media, that they've bamboozled most of America into thinking that it means what the Religious Right wants it to mean -- at least on the surface.

But far too much of America has families that aren't anything like the Right's idea, and they're all too stubborn to just give up and say "Well, I guess this bunch of people I'm spending my life with isn't a family after all." Instead, people keep insisting that their own families really are families, regardless of what the Right thinks.

And so, we decided to cover the bisexual family in all its diverse glory. From black families, in Juba Kalamka's excellent We Are Family?, to tear gassed families (at the San Diego Pride Parade), in Eve Diana's heart-wrenching and rage-provoking pice, simply titled Tears. We also threw in two new additions to our Resources section: a listing of Resources for Bisexual Families, and Elizabeth F. Schwartz's article on Legal Protections for the Alternative Family. Guest editor Valerie Tobin starts things off with an editorial on the true meaning of family, and the ways in which we all create our own families.

We also have a pair of poems by outgoing poetry editor Jenny Bitner: the delirious sleeplessness of Insomnia, and Night of the Bear, a passionate, romantic encounter with primal nature. And Kathryn Page looks at the spate of recent transgender murders, and remembers the dead.

Naturally, we've got our usual features: another installment of the magazine's continuing soap opera, Dear Jane; Auntie Andrea and Uncle Bill's advice column, What Your Mother Never Told You, and our reviews section. And as always, Liz Highleyman's Who's Watching Big Brother keeps you up-to-date on global civil rights and censorship issues.

This isn't everything you'd get in the full paper magazine, though... there's much more poetry, from Yoseñio Lewis' I Wish I Looked Like Matthew Shepard to Sandra Allnd's The Mathematics of Love and and if hands could blush, mine would. Raven Kaldera's Bleeding Colors looks at the growth of sexuality over a person's lifetime, along with changing ideas about gender and self-identity. Marshall Miller and Dorian Solot give us The Fine Art of White Picket Fence-Sitting, a wonderful manual on bisexual marriage: how to do it, promote it, activate around it, and even explain it to your next-door neighbors. And BobBI Keppel and Felicia Park-Rogers will give you even more food for thought about families.

So pick up a copy of issue #20 at your local Border's, Tower Records, or other bookstore. Or, if you're having trouble finding us in your area, just subscribe online, and ATM will be delivered direct to your door!

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