Poet June Jordan, 65, dies

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com June 29 2002 12:00 AM ET

Acclaimed bisexual author June Jordan died of cancer June 14 in her home in Berkeley, Calif. Jordan's literary output includes eight collections of poetry, five children's books, three plays, four books of political essays, librettos and operas, an autobiography, and 13 years of columns for such publications as The Progressive, The New York Times, and Ms. The 65-year-old African-American activist once wrote, "Bisexuality means I am free and I am as likely to want and to love a woman as I am likely to want and to love a man, and what about that? Isn't that what freedom implies? If you are free, you are not predictable and you are not controllable. To my mind, that is the keenly positive, politicizing significance of bisexual affirmation...to insist upon the equal validity of all of the components of social-sexual complexity."