GayStarNews reports that all male squid of a particular species are bisexual, here. The squid’s solitary lives and cannibalistic tendencies during sex are cited as possible reasons… so not the most bi positive story ever.
Alan Cumming is interviewed in the Irish Independent about his life and work. Exploring his biography it seems he gets frustrated at talking about being bisexual:
“It’s not about me being bisexual. I get a little tired of everything – if I was straight, you wouldn’t think that I should make references to the fact that I was straight, so it just feels a little bit double standard-y. The whole bisexual thing keeps coming up, and I just think that, eventually, hopefully, we’ll all live in a world where we don’t talk about it as much and just get on with it.”
As not talking about it goes, it sums up the problem of bisexuals having to keep coming out all their life through as compared to gay people. So, a positive piece…
The Independent talks to actress Amber Heard as part of the publicity whirl for new film The Danish Girl. It’s pretty positive an aside, linking bi and trans liberation issues. We give it a mild thumbs-up.
Every so often in recent years the press have got excited about same-sex couples in nature: probably never moreso than when they find same-sex penguin couples.
Nearly ten years ago, New York Central Park Zoo male penguins Silo and Roy hit the headlines with an article in The New York Times detailing their relationship. Their relationship had caught the attention of the zookeepers who had given them an abandoned egg to raise: their adoptive daughter Tango had in turn found herself a girlfriend.
Soon after though, Silo’s head was turned by a female penguin from California, and it turned out not all gay penguins are gay.
New York Times interviewed Frans de Waal, the director of the Living Links Center at Emory University in Atlanta.
“Exclusive homosexuality is not very common in nature,” he said. And, anyway, he said, “bisexual” would be a better term for animals, adding, “They’re sometimes described as gay animals, but they really aren’t.”
The couple’s relationship had been the subject of the children’s book And Tango Makes Three.
BBC Radio will be dipping into the life story of a bisexual icon in just over a week’s time.
It’s My Story: “Tom Robinson – Getting Bi” will air on BBC Radio 4 at 8pm on Monday, September 19th.Tom Robinson was the singer songwriter who became the darling of the gay rights movement with his song ‘Glad To Be Gay’ in the late 1970s – but just a few years later he’d fallen in love with a woman and was booed as he addressed the crowd at the 1987 London Gay Pride Festival. In this programme he examines how he came to terms with being bisexual and finds out how people in different parts of the UK cope with being attracted to both sexes. He finds bisexual people struggling to be understood and accepted by their gay and straight friends alike.
Producer Ashley Byrne says: ‘For some reason bisexuality remains a bit of taboo in the media and society at large. We’ve been trying to cover the issue on both TV and radio for years. So it’s a real credit to Radio 4 that they’ve had the courage to commission this programme.’
Ashley continues: ‘It’s clear there’s a whole swathe of the population who don’t see their sexual identity in neat pre-defined boxes – and this 30 minute doc begins to challenge some of the basic assumptions many people have about those who identify as bisexual.’
The programme will be followed with a ‘Big Bi Debate’ on Ashley Byrne’s regular LGBT show on BBC Radio Manchester a week later. More details on that nearer the time!