It’s Bisexuality Awareness Week from September 19-26, and Celebrate Bisexuality Day on September 23.
by Danielle Sinay
It’s an exciting week for the LGBTQ community! First, “Gender-fluid” was added to the Oxford English Dictionary, and now it’s Bisexuality Awareness Week, AKA, time to celebrate and recognize the bisexual community! Because being bisexual is totally normal, okay, and always something to be proud of.
For some background info on what bisexuality is, Robyn Ochs, bi-advocate and author, defines it as the following:
”the potential to be attracted – romantically and/or sexually – to people of more than one sex and/or gender, not necessarily at the same time, not necessarily in the same way, and not necessarily to the same degree.”
Basically, you don’t just like women, or just like men – you like both!
In honor of this legendary week and tomorrow’s “Celebrate Bisexuality Day,” we’re celebrating six celebrities who openly identify as bisexual. Their brave advocacy for all members of the LGBTQ community surely doesn’t go unnoticed, and we want to thank and honor them for their much-needed guidance and support for those who may be questioning, or curious, about sexuality in general.
Happy #BiWeek! Here are six stars who identify as bisexual, and are AWESOME FOR IT.
When Cara appeared on the cover of Vogue, writer Rob Haskell implied that her bisexuality was “just a phase.” He wrote that “her parents seem to think girls are just a phase for Cara, and they may be correct.” Cara quickly came to her own defense, explaining that “My sexuality is not a phase…I am who I am.” Because guess what? Sexuality is NEVER A “PHASE,” nor is it anyone else’s business, TBH.
Last January, a Twitter follower asked Kira if she was bisexual. Her response was simple: sure she’s been attracted to males, like her ex-boyfriend Chase Austin, but she loves souls, not body parts. Who needs labels?! Not Kira, and not us, that’s for sure.
Quite like Kira, Bella took to Twitter to come out – and did so in the most casual way ever. This past August, when a fan asked if she was bisexual, she simply responded “Yes,” which makes total sense to us. There’s no more explanation needed than that.
Halsey opened up about her bisexuality last year, explaining that her sexuality and mental health issues made her an “unconventional child” and “inconvenient woman” (We think she’s totally normal and very convenient!) More recently, Halsey defended her sexuality in a series of tweets she has since deleted. The singer wrote, ”Sorry I’m not gay enough for you…tiresome analysis of my 1 year in the public eye and the ignorance of 8+ years of sexual discovery to determine if I’m truly queer. [And it] is part of a mentality so engrained in the erasure of bisexual ‘credibility’ even within the lgbt community.”
Earlier this month, Eva Gutowski AKA “MyLifeIsEva” on YouTube, posted a series of five tweets regarding her sexuality. She explained that dating a member of the opposite sex doesn’t automatically make you straight, and that yes, she’s ready to fall in love, but doesn’t care if it’s a boy or a girl.
The Hate U Give star came out as bisexual via Snapchat, declaring that she “identifies as a black bisexual woman.” She then bravely confessed that “it hurts and it’s awkward and it’s uncomfortable,” honestly portraying the more difficult aspects of coming out.
Thank you for your bravery, stars! We love and support you and the entire LGBTQ community. Happy #BiWeek!