Bisexual Awareness Week: Bisexual Women on TV

Representation matters. 

“Of the 271 regular and recurring LGBT characters on scripted broadcast, cable, and streaming programming, 76 (28%) are counted as bisexual. This group is made up of 53 women and 23 men…. Unfortunately, many of these characters still fall into dangerous stereotypes about bisexual people.” (2015 GLAAD Where Are We on TV Report)   

This past TV season has been especially hard on the LGBTQ+ community. The Bury Your Gays Trope is not a thing of the past. It is something we all have to live with today, in 2016. 

Spring 2016 TV defined bisexual women (and queer women in general) by tragedy and death. Clarke had to watch her soulmate, Lexa, die in her arms. Delphine had to live with knowing Cosima thought she was dead. Sarah had to process the death of her grandmother, the link to her sestra’s cure. 

Then, Emily Andras/SyFy gave us Waverly and Nicole’s bullet proof vest, a vest that transformed the way TV will define queer women. Queer women should be defined not through tragedy and death, but through happiness and life.

If you identify as a bisexual woman, please know that your sexuality is valid. Please know that your sexuality is legitimate. Please know that you do not need to “prove” your bisexuality to identify as bisexual. Please know that dating a man doesn’t make you any less queer and or not a part of the LGBTQ+ community. Please know that you deserve love and happiness and life and not tragedy and suffering and death.

Bisexual women deserve to have their stories told. A story not of death, but of life, life, life!

Edit: I will be making a part II/continuation of this post to include other awesome bisexual female characters!

NOTE: I used existing gifs and added the bi flag for this post. I give credit to those who made the original gifs (in order): missingpage5, delphinecosmier, themomentofhappiness, queenofrnoondoor. Do not repost. (But if you do, please give credit to the original gif makers and myself.) Thank you.