This week on the Queer Ontario Think Tank, we have Erika Moen’s “Queer”, a comic strip articulating Moen’s experiences with biphobia in the LGBT community. The original comic strip can be found on Erika Moen’s website (erikamoen.com/comics/queer) and is also available in French. A Spanish version is currently in the works.
According to Erika Moen:
Projet 17 mai contacted me about creating a comic on the theme of homophobia, and though it is definitely something I’ve experienced (being denied service, having people throw garbage, being followed by howling gangs of men, etc. just for holding my girlfriend’s hand), I actually have been more hurt and upset by the biphobia I’ve experienced from the LGBT “community” for falling in love with and marrying a cisgender man. Even bisexuals have been needlessly mean because I feel the term “queer” is a better fit for me instead of “bi” (it’s totally cool if “bisexual” is the term that works for you!! It’s just not the one for me).
As I say in the comic, it’s been disappointing to learn that being intolerant is a trait shared by both straights and gays. Meeting so many other people who are attracted to multiple genders or are homosexual-with-an-exception who have also experienced this rejection and bullying from the queer community has been really helpful to me. We’re not alone, but damn if it doesn’t hurt like a bitch.
About Erika Moen:
Erika is a freelance cartoonist born June 25, 1983 with a self-designed degree from Pitzer College in Illustrated Storytelling. She lives in Portland, Oregon and is a member of Periscope Studio. Having created comics for well over a decade, her work has been published by Dark Horse, Image, Villard and Scholastic, among others. She has been happily married to Matthew Nolan since October 2008.
Note: this project depicts naked bodies and contains biphobic / homophobic language.