chapter  4
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A Place to Call Home

I n this book I have thus far been concerned w ith how, and to w hat effect, bisexuality is produced in gendered and sexual spaces where a visible bisexual identity or community does not necessarily take center stage, or where bisexuality is visible but not only in identity form. In this

chapter I document in more detail the bisexual fantasy of discrete identity, community, and space that “ came true” in the summer of 1990, by focus­ ing on the history and execution of the 1990 N ational Bisexual Conference (NBC) in San Francisco. I see the 1990 N B C as a peculiarly rich example of a contem porary space where bisexual desire, identity, and comm unity form the core around w hich “ other” identities are negotiated. As the first national bisexual conference in the United States, it was viewed as a key moment in the development of bisexual identity and community for many individuals. The conference marked the incep­ tion of a national U.S. bisexual network, what is now known as BiNet, and so provides an exem plary site for interrogating the relationship between bisexual subjectivity and bisexual community form ation. In a genealogical rather than historical vein, I am particularly interested in exploring the follow ing questions: H ow is this dream (of separate identity) made possible? In w hat does this dream consist?