Kehlani talks bi

kehlaniAmerica’s Got Talent contender turned solo artist Kehlani has talked about being bisexual to music website complex.com. 

Asked about her bisexuality she told them, “Regardless of whether or not you accept it, I am not afraid to tell you how it is. I think it’s important that there is a voice for that right now. I wouldn’t even necessarily say I’m bisexual—I like who I like. I’ve dated both men and women. Sex is biological, but gender is mental. I’ve been with people who aren’t what they’re born into. You fall in love with a person’s mind, you fall in love with a person’s soul, not with whatever’s down there.”

The sideways dodge on the B word may be there but that’s a proud declaration of attractions to many genders – including what reads as trans or genderqueer people.

New (fictional) bis

Bis On Film

Bis on film!It’s been a good week for bi visibility in fiction. 

Comic book hero Catwoman came out in the latest edition (which adds another canonically queer character to current TV show Gotham) leading to plenty of bi-positive reporting across the press.

Meanwhile sci-fi show The 100 had its first same-sex kiss, leading to a tweet from the show’s producer confirming lead female character Clarke to be bi and suggesting the door is open to other bi characters too.

Notable though that – for all Catwoman may technically be 75 now – they fit a “most acceptable bi” mould of being young, lithe, sexually charged white cisgender women. It’s been a good week, but the breadth of bi representation on television is still not quite there.

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