The Bi Pan Library

is creating queer resources, community education, and research services.

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Solidarity

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$3
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Behind-the-scenes of the library's creation process.
  • Photos and posts about the design process of our brochures, posters, and zines.
  • Early updates on new site features.
Exclusive access to the quarterly patron newsletter, which will include:
  • Short reviews of a handful of bi/pan/fluid books.
  • Music/tv/film/zine spotlights.
  • A highlighted queer cause/artist to support.
  • An update on what your funding was used for that quarter.
  • General Support
  • Work-in-progress updates (digital)
  • Behind-the-scenes content

Community

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$10
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Opt-in perk: Thank-you letter in the mail when you pledge.
Letters will always be mailed discreetly in a nondescript envelope, and the return address will be Bren’s first initial and last name, for the safety of closeted patrons.

Opt-in perk: Physical copies of new materials.
Whenever the library releases new original materials such as brochures, zines, postcards, buttons, etc, we will post a Google form allowing you to opt-in to receiving a copy. As with the thank-you postcards, materials will be mailed discreetly in a nondescript envelope, and the return address will be Bren’s first initial and last name.

Please note: The above materials are NOT Patreon exclusive! All materials other than buttons will be freely available to the public on the Bi Pan Library website. Mailing a copy directly to you is our way to say thank you for making the creation process possible!

All previous perks:
  • Quarterly patron newsletter.
  • Behind-the-scenes updates
  • General Support
  • Work-in-progress updates (digital)
  • Behind-the-scenes content
  • Snail mail

Education

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$30
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Pledging $30 per month sponsors 1-2 fiction book purchases for the library. That means if you pledge $30 per month for a year, you’ll add 12-24 fiction books to the library’s shelves!

All previous perks:
  • Opt-in: Thank-you letter in the mail.
  • Opt-in: Physical copies of new library materials in the mail.
  • Quarterly patron newsletter.
  • Behind-the-scenes updates. 
  • General Support
  • Behind-the-scenes content
  • Work-in-progress updates (digital)
  • Snail mail

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$40

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About The Bi Pan Library


Welcome to the Bi Pan Library! I’m Bren, a disabled bi activist and independent researcher based in the Pacific Northwest. I started the Bi Pan Library in 2015 as a private collection, and since then it has blossomed into a physical archive and online directory of all kinds of bi, pan, and m-spec* media, from books to magazines to podcasts and more. (M-spec, short for multiple-attraction spectrum, is an umbrella term for any orientation that involves attraction to multiple genders.) My hope was to increase access to m-spec media, create m-spec specific resources for the queer community, and provide research assistance to students, educators, queer organizations, researchers, journalists, and community-seeking bi, pan, and m-spec people. 

Since going public, the library resources have begun all of that work! Our collection today includes 400+ books, 100+ magazines, 50+ zines, and dozens of pieces of memorabilia such as patches and pins. I’ve assisted several authors with queer history research, contributed to publications like Larker Anthology and Bi The Way: The Bisexual Guide to Life, and given interviews on shows like BBB podcast and The AmBIssadors.

With your help, the library can contribute even more to the wide and wonderful world of queer education! 
Until 2021, the costs of running the library (supplies, website maintenance, media acquisitions) was covered almost entirely by my personal funds, with only occasional small donations from the library’s community on social media. I’ve loved building this little library, and have been very privileged to get as far as I have on my own. But at this point, the function and service of the project is beyond what I can fund single-handedly.


Becoming a patron assists the Bi Pan Library's in expanding resources and services, and sharing m-spec culture with the world on social media, and preserving m-spec history for years to come. Your pledges will cover media acquisitions, website maintenance, office supplies, and other miscellaneous costs of running the library, as well as compensating myself and other collaborating activists/creators for our work. Eventually, I hope to have the budget to compensate a couple other people for help with running the website, reading/reviewing, and conducting research.

I encourage you to pledge primarily with the purpose of supporting the library — the perks have been carefully chosen to allow me time, energy and money to both fulfill promises to patrons and continue the work you’re supporting! Also note that you can pledge any amount — less than our lowest tier and higher than our highest tier! You can customize your pledge and the perks you wish to receive at checkout.


Goals
$40.01 of $500 per month
At $500 per month, we can invest in additional supplies for the library's shop, such as a button machine and bulk sticker orders, which will supply additional funding for the library's operation. Once we are armed with a button machine and stickers, you can expect additional perks for $10+ tiers, such as the inclusion of a patron-exclusive button design in thank-you letters and new button/sticker designs in the mail (both opt-in).
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