Bisexual Visibility Month may have been last September. And even though by now, that’s a whole two months ago, it’s never too late to celebrate not being straight.
Loving who you want to love shouldn’t have to be so hard. And yet, for a label that could be making things simpler (there are many genders. Check. You can be attracted to at least more than one. Check. What’s hard to understand?), even today, bisexuals still face marginalization from both sides of the picket fence.
It’s great that there’s a lot more opportunity nowadays to discuss what is good representation (in media) and what isn’t. But while directors and screenwriters may not always get it right, they should be taking notes from the many outspoken bisexual celebrities in the music and film industry.
With two Grammys and many artistic accolades under her belt, Halsey has never put down the mantle of being an LGBTQ+ activist.
Halsey isn’t afraid to call out her own record label for perpetuating bisexual or even LGBTQ+ erasure. The artist has openly talked about her struggle for creative control over her own music — even once turning down a huge Katy Perry collab in the name of bisexual representation.
Speaking of the Halsey/Katy Perry collab that didn’t happen, it was eventually Lauren Jauregui who would end up featuring on the song.
The Fifth Harmony member is one of the many bisexual celebrities who spoke out against Trump in the 2016 election. That year, Jauregui penned an impassioned letter to Donald Trump and his supporters that wound up published on Billboard. The singer wrote about her struggles and experiences with not just racism and sexism, but also privilege. On the way, she makes a lot of good points about feminism and its intersectionality with cultural and personal identity.
It’s nice to see the Twilight actress really grow into herself. The actress and filmmaker has opened up about the discomforts of celebrity piling on top of struggles with anxiety and panic attacks.
In an interview with Elle UK, she elaborates on how the degree of scrutiny her relationships (with men) always attracted caused her to retreat inwards. On the other hand, embracing her bisexuality helped change how she viewed and felt about being a public personality.
Evan Rachel Wood
This is a name that pops up on every big lists of famous bisexual celebrities. Known for her roles in True Blood and Westworld, Evan Rachel Wood only “officially” came out as bisexual via Twitter in 2012.
“I thought women were beautiful, but because I was born that way I never once stopped to think that was strange or anything to fear.”HRC North Carolina Gala Dinner, 2017
Growing up a ‘tomboy in Raleigh,’ Wood also opened up about ‘suppressing’ her sexual identity as a teen for fear of the hate speech and homophobia she grew up around. It may come from such personal experiences that she advocates not just for more representation but also for fellow bisexual celebrities and artists to ‘speak up.’
Being in a straight relationship doesn’t make anyone less queer. Anna Paquin is one of many bisexual celebrities married to someone of the opposite gender. However, she had this to say when Larry King caleld her a ‘non-practicing bisexual.’
Actor Nico Tortorella and their partner entrepreneur Bethany Meyers are in a polyamorous marriage, and both identify as nonbinary. The star of Younger may have had many labels in his past, from Demisexual to queer to sexually fluid. However in interviews and talks, they have referred to themselves as bisexual.
Today, the bisexual actor and sometimes model is especially active as an LGBTQ+ advocate towards youth.
The Bottom Line
What’s behind biphobia may be kind of complicated. And bisexual erasure continues to pervade both literature and film. But one thing is for sure: bisexuals are not “on their way to being gay”, nor are they “not gay enough” — they’re just bisexual.
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