Bi representation is a tricky thing. First of all, it's hard enough to even find bisexual people in movies, TV, books, music, and so on. We're the single largest portion of the LGBTQ+ community, but one of the most underrepresented in media. But that's just where the problems begin, because it can sometimes even be unclear as to what constitutes bisexual representation. Case and point: When We Rise. It's a wonderful series that chronicles moments throughout the LGBT Rights movement. The series creator, Dustin Lance Black, claims he included bi people in the series, but many members of the Bisexual community beg to differ. So who is right? Well, to understand the answer, we've got to actually examine the issue of bi visibility and bi erasure. Despite contributing to the culture and heritage of the LGBTQ+ community, we've largely been erased from the history books. So people think that bi history exists as its own thing. Furthermore, many people think that merely having a character show interest in more than one gender constitutes bi representation. But allow me to explain the issue with that thinking, and why myself and other bi activists keep repeating the line "SAY THE WORD!"
As a quick side note, thanks to Dustin Lance Black for engaging with me on Twitter, and please do check out When We Rise since, critiques aside, it is a wonderful and important series.
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