Each year from September 16th to 23rd, GLAAD, the Bisexual Resource Center, and Still Bisexual join forces to celebrate BiSexual Awareness Week — or #BIWeek for short (and/or tagging purposes).
The celebratory seven days, which culminate with Celebrate Bisexuality+ Day on September 23, aim to raise awareness and encourage acceptance of the bi+ community, which includes bisexual, pansexual, fluid, no label, queer, and/or whichever labels someone may choose, as there is “right” way to be bisexual or LGBTQ+.
In honour of the annual observance, we’ve compiled some of our favourite quotes on sexuality from openly LGBTQ+ celebrities. Happy #BiWeek!
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“My sexuality has never been black and white; it’s always been gray,” Cumming told The Advocate. “I’m with a man, but I haven’t closed myself off to the fact that I’m still sexually attracted to women.”
When Barbra Walters asked Jolie if she was bisexual, she said: “Of course. If I fell in love with a woman tomorrow, would I feel that it’s okay to want to kiss and touch her? If I fell in love with her? Absolutely! Yes!”
“Proud to be a happily married bisexual mother. Marriage is about love, not gender,” Anna shared via Twitter..
“I know I have an androgynous thing going on, and there’s something masculine about my energy,” Plaza said in an interview with The Advocate. “Girls are into me — that’s no secret. Hey, I’m into them too. I fall in love with girls and guys. I can’t help it.”
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“I’m actually a pansexual, and I didn’t know that,” Thorne said on Good Morning America. “You like what you like… Doesn’t have to be a girl, or a guy, or… you know, a he, a she, a this or that. It’s literally, you like personality, like you just like a being.”
“Personally, I think choosing between men and women is like choosing between cake and ice cream,” Bjork said in an interview with Diva Magazine. You’d be daft not to try both when there are so many different flavours.”
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“I always will remain, I think, pansexual,” Delevingne told Variety. “However one defines themselves, whether it’s ‘they’ or ‘he’ or ‘she,’ I fall in love with the person — and that’s that. I’m attracted to the person.”
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“I personally myself had experiences with other woman… with a lot of woman [sic],” Cardi B said via Twitter. In another tweet, she clarified: “I’m married to a man but I have express soo much about my bisexuality and my experiences wit [sic] girls.”
“While I don’t often use the word, the technical precise term for my orientation is bisexual,” Nixon told The Advocate. “I believe bisexuality is not a choice, it is a fact.”
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“I’m very fluid, and I think love is love. You can find it in any gender,” Lovato told InStyle. “I like the freedom of being able to flirt with whoever I want.”
“Do I like women sexually? Yeah, I do. Totally. I have always considered myself bisexual... I love a woman’s body,” she told Contact Magazine. “I think a woman and a woman together are beautiful, just as a man and a woman together are beautiful.”
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“I guess I’m bisexual, but I also quite fancy everyone,” Jamil told The Times.
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“Being a queer Black woman in America... I consider myself to be a free-ass motherf**ker,” Monae told Rolling Stone. “But then later I read about pansexuality and was like, ‘Oh, these are things that I identify with, too.’ I’m open to learning more about who I am.”
“That whole certainty about whether you’re straight or gay or whatever…you’re not confused if you’re bisexual,” Stewart said in an interview with The Guardian. “It’s not confusing at all. For me, it’s quite the opposite.”
“I don’t love just men. I love people,” Kesha told Seventeen Magazine. “It’s not about a gender. It’s just about the spirit that exudes from that other person you’re with.”
“I do like women…I’ve been in love with men…That’s what the song [Poker Face] was about: Why, when I was with my boyfriend, was I fantasising about women?” Lady Gaga queried in an interview with Barbra Walters. Gaga then responded to Walters’ question regarding her history with both genders: “I’ve certainly had sexual relationships with women, yes.”
“I’m like, ‘Isn’t everyone bisexual?’” Reinhart told NYLONafter coming out via Instagram stories. “I remember being in fifth grade. I was waiting for my bus. I remember this so weirdly and vividly, just standing by myself going, ‘Do I like girls?’ I don’t even know where it came from or why. I remember looking at this article — I think it was in Cosmo — that asked, ‘Do you want to be with that woman that you’re looking at, or do you want to be her?’ I was like, ‘I would like to be her, because she’s a sexy, amazing woman, but I also want to be with her.’”
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“I think people are born bisexual and then make subconscious choices based on the pressures of society. I have no question in my mind about being bisexual,” Fox toldEsquire. This year, Fox publicly asked model Adriana Lima out on a date despite being in a relationship with Machine Gun Kelly. ““I can’t imagine that he would have a problem with it,” she then said of how her boyfriend felt about her attraction to various women.
“A big part of my pride and my identity is being a queer person,” Cyrus told Vanity Fair. “What I preach is: People fall in love with people, not gender, not looks, not whatever. What I’m in love with exists on almost a spiritual level. It has nothing to do with sexuality. Relationships and partnerships in a new generation — I don’t think they have so much to do with sexuality or gender. Sex is actually a small part, and gender is a very small, almost irrelevant part of relationships.”
“All I can say is, I’ve done both, and I don’t let either experience define me,” Paulson told PrideSource. “I don’t let having been with a man make me think I am heterosexual, or make me want to call myself that, because I know I have been attracted to women— and have lived with women.”
“I fall in love with human beings based on who they are, not based on what they do or what sex they are,” Woodley told The Hollywood Reporter.