Halsey received pushback that she's not a member of the LGBTQ community from commenters on her celebratory National Coming Out Day post, so she stood up for the entire bisexual population.
On Thursday, the singer posted a photo of her Paper Magazine Pride issue cover on Instagram to mark the LGBTQ observance. In it, she described herself as #OutAndProud and included three hearts in the bisexual colors.
That didn't stop commenters from claiming that because the bisexual singer is dating rapper G-Eazy, she's not a member of the LGBTQ community.
"Pride for what shes a straight girl who hook up with the occasion fm when shes high," said one user. "Nothing like grabbing that cash from both sides, few better role models in the gay community than a woman who likes sleeping with woman, but has a long-term boyfriend," another commented. "Sausage dogs don’t eat tuna," another mocked in a seemingly endless parade of comments about "Out as what?? You’re dating a man.”
In response, Halsey posted a public service announcement on her Instagram story where she reacted to the hate.
“So I posted on my Instagram for National Coming Out Day that I’m out and proud, and everyone’s commenting like, ‘But aren’t you dating G-Eazy?' So I wanted to take a moment to make a PSA to remind you that — bisexual people. We exist.”
This is not the first time Halsey has opened up about her bisexuality. In her song Bad at Love, she details relationships she's had with both men and women, and she also has a duet, Strangers, with fellow bisexual artist Lauren Jauregui.
Although naysayers might dispute that Halsey is actually part of the LGBTQ population, her concerts have been picketed by homophobic protesters.
people bring anti-LGBT religious propaganda to my concerts a lot and it’s like, I feel like I’ve done enough good in the world that God’s gonna forgive me for eating some pussy.
— h (@halsey) August 27, 2018
She also won Outstanding Media Artist at the 2018 GLAAD Media awards. In her acceptance speech, Halsey detailed how she intentionally includes her queer experience and relationships in her music.
“I’m a young bisexual woman, and I’ve spent a large part of my life trying to validate myself — to my friends, to my family, to myself — trying to prove that who I love and how I feel is not a phase; it’s not part of some confusion that’s going to change or could be manipulated. So I tried really hard to find the courage this year to write female pronouns into my music,” Halsey explained onstage.