This September 23rd, we celebrate the B in LGBTQ+. Celebrate Bisexuality Day (also known as Bisexual Pride Day) recognizes and celebrates the bisexual community and its history.
Did you know that the first bisexual organization was born in the United States? It was called BiNet USA, or North American Multicultural Bisexual Network (NAMBN), and held its first conference in San Francisco in 1990.
However, this particular celebration was conceived in response to the prejudice and marginalization of bisexual people within the LGBTQ+ community. The idea came from bisexual rights activists Wendy Curry of Maine, Michael Page of Florida, and Gigi Raven Wilbur of Texas.
At BELatina, we want to celebrate this September 23rd by uplifting the stories of five badass bisexual Latinas who have paved the way for millions.
From Frida Kahlo to young anti-gun activist Emma Gonzalez, these are our favorite bisexuals.
While Frida Kahlo is known for her turbulent love affair with Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, what few know (or perhaps those who haven’t seen her biopic) was Frida’s fascination with women. Despite her complicated relationship with her body and her own femininity, Frida had several extramarital affairs with both men and women. Among her lovers was Josephine Baker, the painter Georgia O’Keefe, the Mexican film actress Dolores del Rio, the American actress Paulette Goddard, and the French painter Jacqueline Lamba.
Although known for her early romance with Bob Dylan, whom she first invited on stage, American artist and activist Joan Baez also knew the love of a woman.
Baez has made a career out of her unparalleled voice, profound lyrics, and social activism, especially during the civil rights era and in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights. In 1973, Baez came out as bisexual, admitting that he had been in a relationship with a woman when he was younger. However, she is not known to have had any other partners, and Baez has not made similar statements again.
Also, did you know that Joan Baez dated Steve Jobs in the early 1980s?
In a May 2013 interview with Allure, actress Zoe Saldana first hinted at her bisexuality. “I might end up with a woman raising my children. That’s how androgynous I am,” the actress said.
To clear up doubts, and after the surprises her comment sparked, Saldana told Hollyscoop at the Star Trek Into Darkness premiere in Los Angeles that “it wasn’t a generalization.”
“It was a statement that I strongly stand by. As of today, I’ve been attracted to the male species, but if one day I wake up and want to be with a woman, I will do that because it is my life; therefore, it is my decision.”
“I’m bi, and I’m getting married this fall. I’m excited, nervous, terrified, and so fucking happy. I’m choosing to get married because this particular person brings out the best in me. This person happens to be a man. I’m still bi,” wrote Brooklyn Nine-Nine actress Stephanie Beatriz in a column for GQ Magazine.
I don’t think we have much more to explain here, but everything to celebrate.
“Queer icon” and “Bi Heroine” are just a few of the monikers with which the media has described Emma Gonzalez, the young activist who became the face of the fight against gun violence in the country.
In an essay published by Harper’s Bazaar after the fatal shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida in 2018, González described herself simply and directly: “I’m 18 years old, Cuban, and bisexual.”