Bisexual Visibility Day is about recognizing and celebrating the bisexual community and its history, including bisexual celebrities. Of course, we think bisexual people should be celebrated all year round, but September 23 is specifically dedicated to fighting biphobia of all kinds, including discrimination or stigma against all people under the bisexual umbrella. The bi umbrella encompasses all types of bi + identities, from pansexuality to queer and beyond.
Nowadays, many public figures are becoming more open in talking about their sexuality, which can be difficult but very important. Bisexual celebrities offer an important representation: the more open about our identity, particularly those who are marginalized, the more normalized they are and, ultimately, the more we can celebrate them. Of course, not everyone feels comfortable coming out, and not everyone cares about labeling their sexuality – and that’s okay! But for people who are out as bisexual or another identity under the bi umbrella, it’s gratifying to see others in the spotlight being out and proud.
Here are some of your favorite celebrities who identify as bi + and what it means to them.
While Demi had been talking about fluency with their sexuality for years, they came out as pansexuals in April 2021. “I’m so fluid now,” Demi told podcaster Joe Rogan. Before putting that label on themselves, Demi said Charm in March they started to get weirder as they got older. “As I started getting old, I started realizing just how queer I really was,” said Demi. “Last year I was engaged to a man and when it didn’t work out, I thought, ‘This is a huge sign.’ I thought I was going to spend my life with someone. Now that I wasn’t going to, I felt this sense of relief for being able to live my truth. “
In January 2021, Jojo Siwa came out queer, saying that while she had thought about exactly where she fell on the LGBTQ spectrum, she wasn’t entirely sure how she identified herself. In April, Jojo further explained a People who likes the “queer” label, but also identifies as pansexual. “Technically I’d say I’m pansexual because that’s how I’ve always been my whole life is just like, my human is my human,” Jojo said.
One of the celebrities who has been most openly bisexual and has often talked about what it means to be bisexual is Halsey. In a video for GLAAD, Halsey reiterated that bisexuality is not a phase, saying, “I’ve spent most of my life trying to validate myself – to my friends, my family, myself – trying to prove that who I have love and how I feel is not a phase; it is not part of a confusion that will change or could be manipulated. “
In August 2021, actor Mae Whitman announced he was pansexual on Twitter and expressed appreciation for queer portrayal in Disney’s animated series. The house of the owl. “I take just a moment to say that I am COS proud to be even just a small part of a show like The house of the owl. Being pansexual myself, I wish I had such amazing characters like Amity and Luz in my life when I was growing up. Queer representation is very important 🙂 keep it up! #TOH“wrote Mae. In the series, Mae voices the character of Amity Blight, a lesbian witch.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Janelle Monáe made it clear that she identifies with parts of pansexuality and bisexuality, which fall under the bi + umbrella. Monáe explained her sexuality as “being a weird black woman in America … someone who has had affairs with both men and women – I consider myself a free-assed son of a bitch. But then I read about pansexuality and thought: “Oh, these are things I identify with too.” I’m open to learning more about who I am. “
Dove Cameron came out publicly as “super queer” on an Instagram Live in 2020, but said she felt like no one really knew until she appeared on the cover of gay times almost a year later. “People need me to have a fucking megaphone,” he said. “I went out a year ago and thought it would be like that. I didn’t realize nobody fucking knew, “Dove said refinery29. Although not everyone knew this, Dove spoke openly about her bisexuality.
Like Monáe, actress and singer Bella Thorne identifies as pansexual. Bella came out as bisexual in 2016 in a tweet after photos of her kissing a girl surfaced online. She later declared herself pansexual, which means she is attracted to people regardless of gender. She has dated both men and women and has been openly open about her sexuality and what it means to her.
Famous for his portrayal of Caleb in Pretty little liars, Tyler Blackburn recently came out as bisexual after feeling the pressure to stay binary and choose straight or gay. Such a famous actor who claims to be bisexual has the potential to be an inspiration to other men, who often face a severe stigma about being bisexual linked to toxic masculinity. After Tyler got out he talked about his coming to terms with his bisexuality during an interview with Playboy, saying he struggled to accept himself. “Once I decided to go out with men, I was like, ‘Please let me be gay and be okay with this, because it would be fucking easier. Sometimes, bisexuality feels like a big gray area. I had to check myself and say, ‘I know how I felt when I was in love with women and when I slept with women. It was true and real. Don’t discredit him, because you are feeding what others think about bisexuality. “
After the 2016 election, Lauren Jauregui wrote an interesting editorial for Scoreboard in which she came out publicly as a bisexual. In the piece, she wrote: “I am a Cuban-American bisexual woman and I am so proud of it. I am proud to be part of a community that projects only love, education and mutual support.” Since then, he has collaborated with bi-bi pop legend Halsey on the track “Strangers”, and has cemented his place in the lobby of queer pop stars who are proudly themselves.
The rising star of queer rom-com Love, Simone And The flashKeiynan Lonsdale came out queer on Instagram in 2017 saying, “I like to change my hair, I like to take risks with how I dress, I like girls and I like boys (yeah). I like growing up, I like learning, I like to I like who I am and I really like who I’m becoming. ”Keiynan continued:“ I’ve spent too many years hating myself, thinking I was less valuable because I was different, which is simply not true. ”In a 2018 interview with Scoreboard, Keiynan opened up about being more fluid with sexuality, but ignoring the label of bisexual. “I’m happy with all of this because everything represents me, in a way,” said Keiynan.
In a recent episode of the Facebook web series Speech at the red tableWillow told her mom that she is open to dating people of more than one gender, in addition to polyamory. “I love men and women alike, so I definitely want a man, a woman. I feel like I could be polyfaith with those two people. I’m not the type of person who is constantly looking for new sexual experiences, “he said. Adding:” I focus a lot on emotional connection and I feel like I have to find two people of different genders that I really connect with and have a romantic and sexual connection, I don’t feel like I feel the need to try to go find more. “
In June 2018, Jason Mraz, known for his upbeat music, wrote a poem to the LGBTQ community for Billboard, writing “I am bi your side”. Later, the singer said that this was his way of declaring himself bisexual.
While posts were deleted, actor Shannon Purser first came out publicly in 2017 right after a Twitter fight with Riverdale angry fans for alleged queer-baiting. After a Twitter exchange, Shannon shared a note saying she felt it was right to let fans know about her sexuality. “Normally I don’t, but I guess now is the right time to get on the staff. Only recently did I report being bisexual to my family and friends. It’s something I’m still working on and trying to understand and I don’t like to talk about it too much. I’m very, very new to the LGBT community, “the actor said.
This story was originally released in 2019 and has been updated since then.