The day Riverdale actor Lili Reinhart announced she is bisexual was a very good day for the bis. Any time a bisexual celebrity speaks openly about their romantic and/or sexual attraction to more than one gender, it is a major win for bi representation. Lili - who everyone probably always presumed was straight because she dated Cole Sprouse and that's just bi erasure, huns - calling herself a "proud bisexual woman" was just everything. Since coming out, she has continued to speak openly about her bisexuality, and is quickly becoming a bicon (that's a bi icon, to you and I).
This week, she continued along her path to bisexual excellency with some accurate and relatable Twitter posts. Lili retweeted a post consisting of an image and quotes, and she added the comment, "AMEN. I am BI AND PROUD". The quotes, from Twitter user mattxiv, read, "perhaps the reason romantic and sexual relationships between women are fetishised or perceived 'as a phase' because our culture struggles to understand a concept of love and sexuality that doesn't involve men whatsoever."
Lili's post got 128k likes and thousands of supportive comments from bisexual fans, showing just how important it is for people with huge platforms like Lili to be seen to be thriving and living their best, proud, bi lives. One user replied, "you're making me feel more comfortable about my sexuality. A lot of people said that I'm invalid but you're making me realise that my feelings are real. THANK YOU." Another said, "From one bi to another: love who you love, and if someone has a problem with the gender of the person you choose then that’s THEIR problem, not yours."
When, of course, some straight men got all up and defensive in her mentions, Lili tweeted again. "It’s all too common for men to bully their bi/pan girlfriends. They can accept when a woman wants another man, but they can’t respect when a woman wants another woman. F**k that toxic shit."
In an interview with Flaunt magazine back in June, Lili said, "I knew full well that I was attracted to women from a young age. I felt that since I’ve exclusively been in hetero-normative relationships, it would be too easy for any outsider, especially the media, to vilify me and accuse me of faking it to get attention," she continued. "That’s not something I wanted to deal with. But to my close friends, and those in my life, my bisexuality has been no secret."
As well as providing positive representation for other bi folk, Lili is also clearly taking her responsibility to challenge bisexual misconceptions and stereotypes seriously. At a time where bisexual people make up the majority of the LGBTQ+ population, yet are one of the least visible communities, posts like Lili's make all the difference.
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