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Let’s hear it for the bi’s!

‘Bi’s,’ as in slang for bisexuals. People who are sexually attracted to both sexes, according to the Oxford dictionary. Horny people who can’t make up their mind, according to less educated and/or purposefully ignorant folk. And until recently, pretty much MIA when it comes to comics and other entertaining media.

The LGBT (that’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community has been in the limelight quite a bit over the past decade. Nowadays, it’s cool to be queer. Or at least it’s cool to be cool with queers, judging by recent successes like Ellen’s talk show and the film “Brokeback Mountain.” But there haven’t been too many bisexual stars since the rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust.

Thankfully (and about fucking time), things are changing.

What makes us love our fictional characters is that we feel, in some way, we can relate to them. We follow the stories of our characters because we can identify with them in some way. They may represent what we wish we could be, or maybe they’re going through certain experiences that mimic our own. Sex and relationships are some of the most powerful emotional triggers; we naturally seek characters out who share some of these triggers with our own personal preferences. That is why it is essential to have strong characters of various sexual orientations.

Captain Jack Harkness from TV’s Doctor Who and Torchwood is the bestest bi-boy on the market, though he’s really an omni-sexual (you meet some interesting creatures when you’re a time and space traveler). When he joined the Doctor and Rose in their travels during the first new season of Doctor Who, he promptly made it abundantly clear he wanted in both their pants. Admittedly I don’t follow Torchwood (I will soon; it’s only a matter of time before I succumb to my addiction of cheesy British sci-fi), but I did tune in for the Season Two premier to catch James Marsters guest starring as Captain John, another former Time Agent and hornball extraordinaire. The heated kiss they share almost melted my jaw clean off. Captain Jack is a confident, powerful character who makes absolutely no apologies for his intensely high level of hormones. He wants who he wants (even if it happens to be almost anyone), and you can’t help but respect a character like that.

Props must go to the Marvel Universe for creating the first bisexual character I ever read in a comic book: Raven Darkholme, also known as Mystique. To fans of the X-Men movies she’s known as the naked, blue, shape-shifter chick, but to comic fans she’s one of the most cunning and dangerous foes of the X-Men. And she once shared the love of a woman, Irene Adler, a.k.a. Destiny. Over the years, Mystique and Destiny’s relationship was not-so-subtly implied as a sexual connection in addition to being an emotional one. Though it’s hard to identify with a character who’s moral fibers seem to change as often as her skin, Mystique has never wavered on how she felt about the both the men and women she fell in love with.

For all you sad souls that have not been introduced to the supreme awesomeness that is Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the show had a seven season run and went off the air in 2003. Fortunately for us fans, Joss Whedon likes having projects and decided to do a Season Eight of Buffy in comic form. It’s been in publication for over a year now, and the latest issue shed some light on certain changes going on for the star of the series. Namely, Buffy (whom has had male partners in the past) got all sweaty between the sheets with another woman.

Reading that issue reminded me of how I felt after my first sexual experience with a woman. Considering half the people who read this column are related to me, I’m not going into details, save to say it was new and exciting and liberating. We were giggling like school girls with a secret the next day; you couldn’t smack the smiles off our faces. Reading the scene between a post-coital Buffy and Satsu (her lover) took me back to how I felt that day: different, free, and a little more confident despite my confusion.

I really related to Buffy in this last issue. She’s learned something new about herself, but she’s still not entirely sure what that means. And that’s great. That’s real. Every person goes through something like this, a questioning of their identity and what they want. It’s what makes us human, and it’s refreshing to see our beloved characters prove they are just that. More than human, relatable.

Bisexuality is an all encompassing term for an all encompassing orientation. Being bi means having a few more options. And having bisexual stars means more than offering a character bi’s can relate to. They’re showing it’s ok to be curious, or to try something new. It’s ok to open that door that seems to have appeared out of nowhere. You might find something inside you never knew you were looking for. Or you might find exactly what you were expecting. You never really know, which is why you open the door.

Stand in the threshold or walk on through; it’s entirely up to you. In the meantime, let’s give the bi’s a hand!

Avril Brown





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