The woman whose racial identity is currently being scrutinized by the entire country revealed another aspect of her identity on the Today show with Savannah Guthrie.
Rachel Dolezal, who last week resigned as president of the Spokane, Wash., NAACP chapter amid allegations that she falsely portrayed herself as black, says that she is also bisexual and has dated men and women.
The embattled professor of African-American studies discussed her sexuality in a wide-ranging conversation with Guthrie Tuesday that aired this morning on Today, in which the anchor asked Dolezal for her thoughts on comparisons some members of the media are making between Dolezal's claimed "transracial" identity and transgender people, who sometimes describe their experience as that of being born in the wrong body.
Dolezal said she "hadn't really thought about" the comparisons, though she did recently read Vanity Fair's cover story on Caitlyn Jenner, and told Guthrie that she cried while doing so.
"I resonated with some of the themes of isolation, of being misunderstood," said Dolezal of the white former Olympian, who came out as a transgender woman at age 65. "To not know, if you have a conversation with somebody, will that relationship then end, because they have seen you as one way?
Her eyes welling up with tears, Dolezal said some of Jenner's story resonated with her own experience "in dating relationships."
"And I'm bisexual, so I've dated men and women," Dolezal said. "And I will intentionally ask, like, so, do you just date light-skinned women ... what's your spectrum?"
Watch the Guthrie's interview below, with the discussion of Jenner, and Dolezal's sexual orientation, beginning at the 3:35 mark.