How not to make your bisexual character an evil, hypersexual person

It’s time to explore some new ideas about bisexuals on screen.

The Hook Up: How to deal with a girlfriend'€™s unsupportive family

My girlfriend and I have been together for nearly a year and a half and things could not be going smoother. We love and support each other, my friends like her, my mom likes her, most of her family likes me. The only problem is with her mother. She does not like having a bisexual daughter and likes that we’re together even less (I’m the first girl my girlfriend has dated). If you asked her mother what she thought about LGBTQ people, she would say she’s pro gay rights, pro same-sex marriage, belongs to a very progressive faith community, etc. However, when it comes to my relationship with her daughter, she tells her it’s not real, that she’s only dating me because I “paid her any attention,” that she’ll grow out of it and find a man, and that the only way she can handle this is to pretend it doesn’t exist (she even ignored me when I came to meet the family). It’s putting a strain on their relationship (her mother won’t admit that either) and while I do my best to support my GF, I feel so powerless. Our relationship is only getting more serious and I’d like to at least have a cordial relationship with her whole family, but is there anything I can do?

Crystal Bowersox comes out as bisexual

Former American Idol contestant Crystal Bowersox has been an avid LGBT supporter for the past three years since the show thrust her into the spotlight. An advocate for equality, Crystal has never spoken about her sexuality until just a few days ago when she appeared on Good Day L.A. saying, “I have been bisexual as long as I can remember,” she said. “I just remember being made fun of for that in junior high and it was something that was shameful and it really shouldn’t be.”

I am a happily married woman and I married a man. I don’t think that negates that aspect of my life, but obviously I wouldn’t be with my husband if I didn’t want to be married to a man. Some people find it odd that you can identify with a sexual orientation that is not straight and yet be married to someone of the opposite sex. They’re like, “Obviously it’s not real if you’re married to a dude.” I’m like, “Okay, if that’s how you feel, there’s nothing I can do about it.” I’m just living my life. It’s just part of who I am.

Anna Paquin is everything.

I’m sure for some people saying they’re bisexual feels less scary than making a statement that they’re gay. For me, it’s not really an issue because I’m someone who believes being bisexual is actually a thing. It’s not made up. It’s not a lack of decision. It’s not being greedy or numerous other ignorant things I’ve heard at this point. For a bisexual, it’s not about gender. That’s not the deciding factor for who they’re attracted to.

Anna Paquin in Zooey magazine