They say a rose by any other name smells as sweet, but when it comes to speaking our truths, many LGBT folks find empowerment in putting their identity into words. While gay, lesbian, and transgender people sometimes dominate the headlines, during this Bisexual Visibility Week, it’s high past time to give the third letter in our community acronym some exposure.
Most LGBT folks can understand the power of self-identification, but for bisexual people — who are often dismissed as being “confused,” “greedy,” or “going through a phase” — naming their identity can be a revolutionary act. Some prominent bisexual activists have embraced the “bi+” label to invite queer, pansexual, omnisexual, and sapiosexual people under the bisexual umbrella, in a similar way that “queer” is sometimes used as shorthand for “LGBT.”
But as most of the people listed here can attest, coming out as bisexual remains a particularly difficult and all-too-often controversial proclamation. It’s for that reason that we have limited the following list to people who actively identify with the term “bisexual” and pulled some of their most poignant quotes validating their identity — and, we hope, yours too.