So in the way that the bisexuals have claimed Captain America, can the asexuals have Black Widow? Like, she’ll gladly use sex to manipulate or to get what she wants, but as something to be pursued for its own sake, or something to be enjoyed? She’d rather dance. And I’d claim her for aromantics too, because she loves setting people up with each other, and enjoying the secondhand romance, and she loves having intimate friends like Steve and Dude Hawkeye, but romance is really just not her thing.
steve rogers getting in fights even before he knew what it meant when the other kids called him ‘queer’ and ‘fairy’ and getting in even more fights once he finds out.
steve stepping out with boys and girls and not giving a single flying fuck who knows it. steve hanging out with drag queens and trans women and strange fey artists in all the wrong parts of town.
steve kissing bucky like a challenge and bucky kissing him back like a victory.
bucky’s parents no longer speak to them and their apartment has more holes than walls but steve proudly introduces bucky as his fella and no one in their neighbourhood blinks because everyone’s always known about that rogers boy.
the priest gave up long ago.
steve rogers getting his face smashed in and his arm broken in a police raid and grinning at bucky through the blood. “I had them on the ropes”
steve rogers lying on his enlistment forms to hide his sickness and multiple applications but also to hide his arrest record. steve outing himself to everyone once they’ve given him the serum. philips is horrified and carter smirks and steve just sticks his chin out, stubborn as ever and really, what can they do about it now?
steve rogers kissing bucky in front of the howling commandos for the first time right before a mission “for luck”. the howlies teasing them mercilessly. bucky getting called “mrs. rogers” more than his actual name.
steve rogers waking up in the 21st century and being absolutely fucking furious that his queerness has been utterly erased from the history books. sees articles and think-pieces and documentaries and not a single one says steve rogers was queer. sees biographies discrediting the howlies accounts of steve and bucky’s relationship.
steve rogers growling all this out at the first press conference after the battle of new york, glaring at the reporters and the cameras and fury just puts his face in his hands because god, rogers was supposed to be the easy one. steve cussing out republicans and racists and homophobes. steve refusing to do official interviews but always answering random people on the street armed with nothing other than their camera phone and the guts to approach Captain America.
steve rogers embracing the word bisexual with pride. steve crying when he talks about bucky for the first time after the ice to a fifteen year old blogger in starbucks. steve rogers attending rallies and protests and die-ins and his arrest record has its first entry in seventy years.
but what about bisexual peggy carter getting super involved with queer activism in the 60s & inspiring steve rogers to explore his own bisexuality when he reads about it on her wikipedia page 40+ years later
When the fandom insisted that Coulson was alive, the MCU changed canon to make it true. So why can’t we do the same thing for bisexual Steve Rogers? Obviously, the MCU writers listen to what the fans say, or Coulson would still be dead. But why does bisexual Steve Rogers matter?
Well, let’s start with what “bisexual” means. As a Real Life Bisexual, I define the word as such: “the ability to be attracted to those of my own and of other genders, not necessarily in the same way, not necessarily at the same time, and not necessarily to the same degree.” This is the most inclusive definition for bisexual that I have found, and most other bi people seem to agree with it.
So what would that mean for Steve, within the MCU? Well, firstly, he could be canonically attracted to anyone. Bucky, Sam, Tony are current favorites right now, but bisexuality would mean that these pairings could be canon without ignoring Peggy. Of course, openly admitting bisexuality would put Steve in the spotlight, explaining what that meant, how it affected the team, etc, which would bring a lot of understanding about bisexuality to the fans of MCU.
Outside of MCU, it would give bisexual fans, and bisexual people, a GREAT character who is not defined by his sexuality. Yeah, he’s bisexual, but he’s also patriotic and kind and a leader. He’s not only defined by his sexuality, the way far too many queer characters are. It’s a great way to educate, as well as open people’s minds.
Cap’s birthday, July 4th, is coming up. I know we’ve done things here on tumblr like Femslash February, so here is what I propose:
From now until July 4th, we create as much bisexual Steve Rogers stuff as we can. On July 4th, everybody posts their fanfiction, headcanons, art, anything. You can obviously post stuff before that date, but we try to get as much Bisexual Steve Rogers visibility on July 4th.
It would mean so much to me and so many other bisexual folk to have such great representation. Please. Let’s do this.