Today is International Bisexuality Day. Tolerance continues to be a pending issue and one of the most important in breaking down prejudices such as those faced by the bisexual community.
The first year of the celebration was held in 1999 at the initiative of three North American activists: Wendy Curry from Maine, Michael Page from Florida and Gigi Raven Wilbur from Texas.
The flag, however, was designed a year earlier by Michael Page who combined blue, symbolizing the attraction for the opposite sex; pink, representing the attraction for the same sex; and purple, attraction for both.
One of the problems of the community has been the lack of references. Although work still needs to be done on standardisation, it is true that Generation Z seems to have largely overcome this issue. According to a study by Ipsos Mori published in The Telegraph, people born between 1994 and 2010 are “less heterosexual” than previous generations. Indeed, one of the study’s authors, Hannah Shrimpton, states that “this generation has grown up in a period when fixed and binary identity has been much more challenged”.
In practice, they have more and more room in fiction with the aim of giving visibility, as is the case with these five tv series:
Euphoria (available on HBO). The North American series that swept the board last year and for which Zendaya won the prize for best leading actress at the Emmys last Monday, when she brought Rue Bennet to life. A plot that deals with relationships, problems and internal conflicts of adolescents without any concealment and with a stellar sensitivity. In this case, it is assumed that Rue and Jules are bisexual, without entering into the drama of identity.
Another tv serie available on Netflix that gives visibility to bisexuality is Elite. In it, we can see how one of the protagonists, Polo, experiences the doubts that are inherent in discovering his sexual orientation. Later, he will realise that he likes both men and women.
On the other hand, in Movistar+ we can find Skam Spain, which gives voice to many of the problems that young people suffer from today. One of the seasons it tells the story of Joana and Cristina, two bisexual teenagers who have to deal with uncertainty and fear in order to be together.
Another original Netflix serie that breaks with prejudices is La Casa de las Flores. A story that revolves around the Mora family, owners of a flower shop and “perfect” who will experience drama and tension. It deals with issues such as transsexuality, fears, insecurity, change, acceptance, bisexuality and the hope of being who you want to be, leaving aside what they think.
Finally, Merlí (available on Netflix) a tv serie that talks about philosophy and the life of Pol who is beginning to study the career and, consequently, a new stage. The protagonist, although at first he takes it in secret, later he will live his sexuality openly. In addition, in Movistar+ you can see the spin off Merlí: Sapere Aude.
Beyond fiction, there are many influential voices for these new generations that openly defend their bisexuality and with which people can see themselves reflected. An example of this is the young Spanish singer Natalia Lacunza who has stated on numerous occasions that she is attracted to both sexes, although she claims that she does not label herself either. Or the international artist Halsey, who has always defended the need to support this group and end the stigmas that surround them. It is clear that the world is changing towards a more inclusive reality in which society is increasingly critical of itself and more capable of questioning what needs to be improved.