List of media portrayals of bisexuality

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The portrayal of bisexuality in the media reflects societal attitudes towards bisexuality. List includes portrayals of bisexual identification as well as non-identified bisexual behavior.

Film[edit]

Title Release Year Bisexual Characters Notes
3 Play 2004 Johnny
2by4 1998 Johnny Maher
9 Songs 2004 Lisa
Alexander 2004 Alexander the Great Bisexuality presented as a social norm.
All Over Me 1997 Ellen
Anatomy of Hell 2004 "The Man" Sexuality is fluid and symbolic
Art School Confidential 2006 Audrey
Auto Focus 2002 John Carpenter
Basic Instinct 1992 Catherine Tramell
Bedrooms and Hallways 1998
bi·sex·u·al·i·ty 2011 Various A feature length documentary about a film-maker's personal journey while making a film about Bisexuality in the UK.
Bi the Way 2008 Various Documentary on bisexuality in the US.
Les Biches 1968
Borstal Boy 2000 Sexuality portrayed as fluid, but can be socially problematic.
Brokeback Mountain 2005 Ennis Del Mar, Jack Twist Sexuality of both characters portrayed as fluid. The film displays a love relationship between same-sex male partners in the American West who are simultaneously struggling with their opposite gender relationships.
Butley 1974 Ben Butley Butley portrayed as an uncommitted, emotional failure.
Cabaret 1972 Brian Roberts, Maximillaim von Heune
Chasing Amy 1997 Alyssa Jones Sexuality portrayed as fluid, but can be socially problematic.
Crash (1996 film) 1996 James Ballard, Helen Remington, Vaughan
Cloud Atlas 2012 Robert Frobisher
The Color Purple 1985 Celie Johnson, Shug Avery Bisexuality portrayed as a simple fact with no value judgments.
Confusion of Genders 2000 Alain Bauman
C.R.A.Z.Y. 2005 Zachary Beaulieu Sexuality portrayed as fluid.
Dark Blue Almost Black 2007 Israel
Death in Venice 1971 Gustav von Aschenbach Aschenbach is portrayed as a homosexual cripple and failure.
De-Lovely 2004 Cole Porter Sexuality portrayed as fluid
The Disappearance of Alice Creed 2009 Daniel
Dodgeball 2004 Kate Veatch While some male characters try to date her, others believe that she is a lesbian. Turns out to be bisexual, and gets together with main male character.
The Dying Gaul 2005 Jeffrey Tishop
Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds 2006 Troy The prevalent attitude that one has to choose between gay and straight is portrayed as the cause of confusion for bisexuals. Self-acceptance itself is praised, and denial of queerness is mocked.
El sexo de los ángeles 2012 Bruno, Rai
Face to Face 1976 Bisexuality is portrayed as a symbol.
Femme Fatale 2002 Laurie Ash
The Fox 1967 Ellen March
French Twist 1995 Loli Sexuality portrayed as fluid.
Frida 2002 Frida Kahlo Sexuality portrayed as fluid.
Gia 1998 Gia Marie Carangi
The Girl 2000 The Girl
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" 2009 Lisbeth Salander
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" 2011 Lisbeth Salander
Glue 2006 Lucas, Nacho
Go Fish 1994 Daria Daria has sex with a man and on her way home is challenged by a "jury," who question whether a woman who has sex with a man can call herself a lesbian. She contrasts how a gay man who has sex with a woman is characterized as being "bored, drunk [or] lonely" but if a lesbian has sex with a man "her whole life choice becomes suspect."
Goldfinger 1964 Pussy Galore See notes under her character in literature.
Goldfish Memory 2003 Various Sexuality portrayed as fluid.
Grande École 2004 Paul, Mécir Sexuality portrayed as fluid.
Grindhouse 2007 Dr. Dakota Block
Henry & June 1990 Anaïs Nin, June Miller Sexuality portrayed as fluid.
Horsey 1997 Delilah Miller
High Art 1998 Syd
The History Boys 2006 Stuart Dakis Portrayed as aware and unconfused, in opposition to his homosexual contemporaries.
The Hunger 1983 Miriam Blaylock, Sarah Roberts Sexuality portrayed as fluid.
I Dreamt Under the Water 2008 Antonin
Imagine Me & You 2005 Rachel Sexuality portrayed as fluid.
In extremis 2000 Thomas, Vincent Sexuality portrayed as fluid.
In the Realm of the Senses 1976
Itty Bitty Titty Committee 2007 Shulie Thought to be straight, revealed as more fluid.
Kinsey 2004 Alfred Kinsey Sexuality portrayed as fluid.
Kissing Jessica Stein 2001 Jessica Stein, Helen Cooper Sexuality portrayed as fluid.
Les temps qui changent 2004 Sami
The Libertine 2005 John Wilmot
Liquid Sky 1982 Margaret
Love Songs 2007 Ismaël Bénolie, Julie Pommerraye, Alice Sexuality portrayed as fluid.
Loving Annabelle 2006 Cat Pegrum Cat says she's not gay because she "like[s] guys too"
May 2002 May Dove Canady
Midnight Express 1978 Billy Hayes Controversial, film replaces consensual affair between prisoners with a fictionalized rape.
My Own Private Idaho 1991 Sexuality portrayed as fluid.
Manhattan 1979 Jill Went from bisexual to lesbian after being married to Isaac.
Monique 1970 Monique, Jean
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh 2008 Cleveland Arning, Art Bechstein
Nowhere 1997 Dark Smith, Mel
One to Another 2006 Pierre
Orlando 1992 Orlando Orlando changes genders, having romances with both genders.
The Pillow Book (film) 1996 Jerome
Portrait of a Marriage 1990 Vita Sackville-West, Harold Nicolson Sexuality portrayed as fluid.
Possession 2002
Puccini for Beginners 2006 Grace, Allegra, Samantha Sexuality portrayed as fluid.
The Raspberry Reich 2004 Various Bisexuality is believed to be a necessary part of the 'revolution'.
Race You to the Bottom 2005 Nathan, Maggie Sexuality portrayed as fluid.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show 1975 Dr. Frank N. Furter, Rocky Horror, Magenta Raff, Brad Majors, Janet Weiss, Columbia, Eddie Sexuality portrayed as fluid.
The Royal Tenenbaums 2002 Margot Tenebaum Had a female lover in Paris.
Rent 2005 Maureen Johnson Maureen fits many negative stereotypes of bisexuality, as she is bad with commitment and has a talent for driving her lovers insane. It's worth noting, however, that her behavior is never attributed to her sexuality in any way, being portrayed as a personal flaw instead.
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom 1975
Savage Nights 1992
The Sex Monster 1999 Laura Barnes
The Sex Movie 2006
Seven Secrets of Sumuru 1969 Sumitra Sumitra uses her sexuality to force men in servitude.
Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills 1989
School of Flesh 1998 Quentin
Saturday Night at the Baths 1974
Score 1972 All characters Sexuality portrayed as fluid.
Shortbus 2006 Sofia, Justin Bond Sexuality portrayed as fluid.
Skyfall 2012 Raoul Silva, James Bond? Somewhat problematic, invoking the "predatory bisexual" trope, but then subverts it. Silva, the villain, caresses the captive Bond while inquiring, "First time for everything, yes?" Bond responds, "What makes you think this is my first time?". Silva also refers to himself as the lover of the woman Bond seduced to find him.
Sobreviviré (I Will Survive) 1999 Iñaqui
Something for Everyone 1970
Stage Beauty 2004 Ned Kynaston, George Villiers
Sunday Bloody Sunday 1971 Bob Elkin Sexuality portrayed as fluid.
Swimming 2002 Frankie Wheeler, Josee
Relax...It's Just Sex 1997
Teorema 1968 The Visitor, Paolo Symbol, sexuality portrayed as fluid with no value judgments.
Three 2010 Simon, Adam Sexuality portrayed as fluid.
Three of Hearts 1993 Ellen
Three of Hearts: A Postmodern Family 2004 Sam, Steven Documentary about a bigamous marriage.
Torch Song Trilogy 1988 Ed Reese
Transamerica 2005 Toby Wilkins Sexuality portrayed as fluid;, bisexuality suggested.
Velvet Goldmine 1998 Brian & Mandy Slade Sexuality portrayed as fluid.
The War Widow 1976 Amy Portrayed as bisexual, but seen as a lesbian.
Water Drops on Burning Rocks 2000 Leopold, Franz Sexuality portrayed as fluid.
Women in Love 1969
Wild Side 2004 Djamel Sexuality portrayed as fluid.
Wild Things 1998 Kelly Lanier von Ryan and Suzie Marie Toller
Ya lyublyu tebya (You I Love) 2004 Timofei Sexuality portrayed as fluid.
Y tu mamá también 2001 Tenoch Iturbide, Julio Zapata Sexuality portrayed as fluid but sometimes socially problematic. Teenage male characters do not act on their attraction until end of film, under influence of alcohol and while having sex with the same woman. The next morning they are repulsed and regretful, and apparently never discuss what happened.

Literature[edit]

Fiction[edit]

Title Author Release Date Bisexual Characters Notes
Advise and Consent Allen Drury 1959, July 11 Brigham Anderson Anderson, a married senator, has a homosexual affair.
American Gods Neil Gaiman 2001, June 19 Sam
American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis 1991 Paul Denton, Sean Bateman
Ancient Evenings Norman Mailer 1983
Belle de Jour: diary of a London call girl Anonymous (Belle de Jour) 2006 Belle (Anonymous) Published blog[1]
Bi Guys: Firsthand Fiction for Bisexual Men and Their Admirers Ron Suresha 2006
Blonde Joyce Carol Oates 2000 Cass, Eddie Cass and Eddie are manipulative. Marlon Brando also appears, but his bisexuality is not made apparent.
Boyfriends with Girlfriends Alex Sánchez 2011 Sergio, Allie Sergio identifies as bisexual. Allie has a boyfriend and falls in love with Kimiko.
Breakfast on Pluto Patrick McCabe 1998 Pussy
Bye-Bye Jane Ransom 1997 Rosie
The Circle Opens series Tamora Pierce 2001-2013 Rosethorn Rosethorn is established in a long-term, committed relationship with a woman, Lark, but it is later revealed to be an open relationship, and Rosethorn is casually involved with men.
The City and the Pillar Gore Vidal 1948 Bisexuality is portrayed as the most "natural" human state.
Claudine Novels Colette, under the name of her husband, Willy 1900, 1901, 1903
Cloud Atlas David Mitchell 2004 Robert Frobisher
The Color Purple Alice Walker 1982 Celie Johnson, Shug Avery
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen 2001, September
Cry to Heaven Anne Rice 1982
The Dispossessed Ursula K. Le Guin 1974
Drawing Blood Poppy Z. Brite 1993 Zack Zack is portrayed as promiscuous, but able to commit.
Dusty Answer Rosamond Lehmann 1927 Judith Judith is attracted to both men and women, and interacts with fairly openly gay and lesbian characters during her years at Cambridge.
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Tom Robbins 1976 Sissy Hankshaw
Fanny Hill John Cleland 1748 Fanny Hill
Far From You Tess Sharpe 2014 Sophie Winters
Fetish Girl John Glassco 1972 Ursula, Adrian initially published under the pseudonym "Sylvia Bayer"[2][3]
The Fifth Sacred Thing Starhawk 1993
Fireflies Lacey Reah 2011 Linda A bi-curious, married woman is seduced by vampire-like creatures called nymphomites. These creatures feed on orgasms and convince her that she will survive best by only feeding on women.
The Fox D. H. Lawrence 1923
The Front Runner Patricia Nell Warren 1974 Harlan Brown, Vince Matti Harlan is portrayed as homosexual, but he was formerly married to a woman; Vince identifies as gay, but still sleeps with women.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Stieg Larsson 2005 Lisbeth Salander
The Girl Who Played with Fire Stieg Larsson 2006 Lisbeth Salander, Greger Beckman Salander is portrayed as having an on-and-off relationship with both Mikael Blomkvist and Miriam Wu.[4] Beckman is described by his wife as having a "strong bisexual inclination".
Goldfinger Ian Fleming 1959 Pussy Galore Portrayed as a lesbian until she falls in love with James Bond.
Giovanni's Room James Baldwin 1956 David Portrayed as vacillating, weak, and neurotic; Giovanni is portrayed as the villain and a killer.
Glamorama Bret Easton Ellis 1998 Victor Ward While outwardly homophobic refers to his past identification as bi and is easily seduced by Bobby Hughes. Sean Bateman from Rules also reappears.
How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship, and Musical Theater Marc Acito 2004
The Hunger Whitley Strieber 1981 Miriam Blaylock, Sarah Roberts Sexuality portrayed as fluid.
His Mouth Will Taste of Wormwood Poppy Z. Brite 1993
The Informers Bret Easton Ellis 1994 Bruce, Graham, Martin, Bryan Metro, Danny, Biff, various others. Various characters are casually bisexual, one of many shared features which serves to make these Los Angeleans almost entirely indistinct from one another.
Just As I Am: A Novel E. Lynn Harris 1995
Kushiel's Legacy Jacqueline Carey 2001-2008 Phèdre nó Delaunay, Anafiel Delaunay, Alcuin nó Delaunay, Melisande Shahrizai, others The society of Terre D'Ange (an alternate version of France) is a sexually progressive one, with bisexuality readily accepted and often encouraged.
The Left Hand of Darkness Ursula K. Le Guin 1969
The Last of the Wine Mary Renault 1956
Less Than Zero Bret Easton Ellis 1985 Clay
Little Children Tom Perrotta 2004 Sarah
The Lost Language of Cranes David Leavitt 1986
Lost Souls Poppy Z. Brite 1992 Zillah, Nothing Zillah is portrayed as sexually driven; Nothing is portrayed as young, lonely, and loving.
Lunar Park Bret Easton Ellis 2005 Fictional Bret Easton Ellis, Mitchell Allen Semi-autobiographical author depiction. The fictional Bret also relays that most of the boys at Camden College experimented with bisexuality.
The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon Tom Spanbauer 1991
The Metaphysical Touch Sylvia Brownrigg 1999
The Mortal Instruments Cassandra Clare 2007 Magnus Bane
Mrs Dalloway Virginia Woolf 1925 Clarissa Dalloway, Septimus Warren Smith
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh Michael Chabon 1988, April
The Neanderthal Parallax Robert J. Sawyer 2002, 2003 All Neanderthals Neanderthals are all bisexual in the parallel universe.
Odd John Olaf Stapledon 1935 John Wainwright
Orlando: A Biography Virginia Woolf 1928
The Passion Jeanette Winterson 1987
The Persian Boy Mary Renault 1972 Alexander
Primal Tears Kelpie Wilson 2005 Sage is a half human, half bonobo
The Romance of Lust anonymous 1873–1876 Charlie Roberts, the narrator; most other characters Steven Marcus comments “all men … are always and infinitely potent; all women fecundate with lust and flow inexhaustibly with sap or juice or both. Everyone is always ready for everything”.[5]
The Rules of Attraction Bret Easton Ellis 1987 Paul, Sean, Victor Lauren Hynde has relationships with three bisexual men: the flamboyant Paul Denton, the unstable Sean Bateman and the vacuous Victor Johnson. Clay from Less Than Zero also appears.
Son of a Witch Gregory Maguire 2005 Liir
Story of O Pauline Réage 1954 O
Stranger in a Strange Land Robert A. Heinlein 1961 Valentine Michael Smith Smith is raised on Mars, a planet without gender.
Taltos Anne Rice 1994 the Taltos, Ashlar, Michael Curry, Yuri Stefano, Mona Mayfair the Taltos are bisexual, biromantic (although they usually do not engage in specific romantic relationships) and non-monogamous. Homosexual encounters are the norm. Michael, Rowan and Ashlar claim to love each other, although the attraction between Ashlar and Michael might not be sexually. Samual claims that Yuri is falling in love with Ashlar; Yuri is described as being erotically attracted to Aaron, Ashlar and Mona. Mona claims to be interested in sleeping with a girl or a woman, and is previously described as having sex with men.
Time Enough for Love Robert A. Heinlein 1973, June Bisexuality is portrayed as the norm.
Two for One--a novel about having choices Sean David Wright 2005 Danielle
The Vampire Chronicles Anne Rice 1976-2003 Lestat, Armand, Daniel, Marius, Nicolas
The Vesuvius Club/The Devil in Amber Mark Gatiss 2004/2006 Lucifer Box
While England Sleeps David Leavitt 1998
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West Gregory Maguire 1995
Women in Love D. H. Lawrence 1920
Woman on the Edge of Time Marge Piercy 1976 Luciente, Jackrabbit, others In the Utopian future of Mattapoisett, people freely pick partners based on interpersonal compatibility above all other factors.
Young in One Another's Arms Jane Rule 1977

Comic books[edit]

Title Bisexual Characters Notes
a + e 4ever Ash, Eu
Anima
Anything That Loves anthology
Avengers Academy Lightspeed
The Authority Swift, Jenny Sparks Prominent gay superheroes Apollo and Midnighter also feature.
Captain Marvel Marlo Chandler, Moondragon
Doom Patrol Sexuality portrayed as fluid.
Gen¹³ Sarah Rainmaker Different writers portray her either as a lesbian or bisexual
Hellblazer John Constantine Sexuality portrayed as trivial aspect of character.
How Loathsome Catherine
Justice League Icemaiden
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Jekyll/Hyde Hyde mentions that his weaker alter-ego began developing his personality-altering serum to expunge all "darker" impulses, including his attractions to men.
Lost Girls Alice, Wendy Darling, Dorothy Gale, most minor characters Sexuality portrayed as fluid
Love and Rockets Maggie Chascarillo, Hopey Glass etc. Sexuality portrayed as fluid.
Madame Xanadu Madame Xanadu/Nimue An immortal, has had many relationships with both men and women over the centuries, including a doomed affair with a Spanish woman during the Spanish Inquisition
Marvel 1602 Werner
Outsiders Grace Choi Long list of sexual conquests. Claims to have relationships with women, but only 'sleep with' men.
Painkiller Jane Jane
Secret Six Knockout, Catman Violent supervillains; Catman's sexuality only confirmed extra-texually by writer Gail Simone.
Spider-Man Electro, Black Cat Electro is a violent supervillain
Black Cat is a one-time love interest of Spider-Man.
Starman Mikaal Tomas Mikaal belongs to an alien race where sexuality is indiscriminate.
Strangers in Paradise Katchoo, Francine, Casey Katchoo depicted as "mostly gay", Francine as "mostly straight". Katchoo becomes pregnant by a beloved male friend who is terminally ill; Francine marries, and later divorces, a man before finally committing to Katchoo.
Supergirl Blithe Sexuality portrayed as fluid but socially problematic.
Thunderbolts Andreas von Strucker, Skein Violent supervillains
Outed during separate runs.
Voodoo Voodoo
X-Factor Jamie Madrox, Rictor, Shatterstar Jamie's duplications occasionally exhibit alternative sexual desires.
Rictor kept his sexual orientation somewhat vague until he was reunited with Shatterstar, who greeted him with a passionate kiss.
X-Men Mystique, Destiny, Daken As originally intended by Chris Claremont, Mystique and Destiny were a committed couple.
Violent supervillains.
X-Statix / X-Force Doop Doop is a sentient, nonhumanoid Cold War lab experiment.
Y: The Last Man Agent 355 Displays attraction to both men and women; many straight-identified characters engage in same-sex relations, as all men on Earth but one have died
Young Avengers vol. 2 Prodigy (David Alleyne), Kid Loki Prodigy expressly identifies as bi; Loki accepts it as a label though Asgardian culture does not attach identity to sexual behavior. Sexuality is portrayed as fluid, with other characters, both straight- and gay-identified, admitting to a variety of sexual experiences

Non-fiction[edit]

Title Author Release Date Bisexual Characters Notes
Baby Love: Choosing Motherhood After a Lifetime of Ambivalence Rebecca Walker 2007
Bi Men : Coming Out Every Which Way Ron Suresha and Pete Chvany 2006
Bi : Notes for a Bisexual Revolution Shiri Eisner 2013
The Bisexual Option Fritz Klein
Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World Robyn Ochs 2005
The New Joy of Gay Sex Dr. Charles Silverstein 1993
Portrait of a Marriage Nigel Nicolson 1973 Vita Sackville-West, Harold Nicolson Based on the true story of Vita and Harold Nicolson, a bisexual couple.
Vice Versa: Bisexuality and the Eroticism of Everyday Life Marjorie Garber

Television[edit]

Title Bisexual characters Notes
24 Mandy A terrorist.
American Dad Roger A bisexual alien.
All My Children Lena Kundera Lena was the first recurring bisexual character in daytime television. Maggie was sexually confused throughout most of her time on the show. Dated and had sex with several men before committing herself to Bianca Montgomery that make her bisexuality.
Archer Pam Poovey, possibly Ray Gillette Pam regularly expresses interest in both genders. Ray identifies as gay, but given the opportunity to have sex with co-worker Lana Kane he says, "Nobody's that gay."; was once married to a lesbian as part of a "pray away the gay" program.
Arrested Development GOB Bluth GOB has hinted at having sex with both men and women throughout the course of the show. Two of his most significant romantic relationships in the show thus far have been with Lucille 2 (Liza Minnelli) and, in Season 4, Tony Wonder (Ben Stiller).
Arrow Sara Lance Was in relationship with Oliver Queen (male) and Nyssa al Ghul (female) at separate points in time
Babylon 5 Susan Ivanova Her sexuality is not explicit, but heavily implied.
Battlestar Galactica (2004 TV series) Number Six, D'Anna Biers (also known as Number Three), Felix Gaeta Number Three, Number Six and Gaius Baltar have a triangle relationship in Season 3. Felix Gaeta's sexuality was addressed in online "webisodes", where is dating Lt. Hoshi (male) and had a past relationship with a female Cylon.
Being Erica Ivan(, Erica, Julianne) Ivan identifies as gay, but then says he feels "put in a box" and comments that he thinks gay people also, sometimes, can be 10% straight, and while he is attracted to big, hairy dudes most of the time, he also sometimes finds himself attracted to slender, blonde women. He marries a man on the series but also has always wondered what breasts feel like to touch and Julianne lets him touch hers. Erica experiments with bisexuality briefly in one episode, attempting a sexual relationship with her lesbian roommate, Cassidy, but ultimately Erica decides she is straight and her feelings for Cassidy are just feelings of friendship. Julianne mentions that she kissed a girl once, but seems to identify as straight.
Bob and Rose Bob Identifies as gay, though finds the only female he's attracted to is Rose.
Bones Angela Montenegro Currently married to a man, but had at least one serious relationship with a woman that was rekindled during the course of the show.
Brookside Lindsey Corkhill Has three marriages on the show, but has a long-term affair with friend Shelley Bower.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Willow Rosenberg Has a long unrequited love for her best friend Xander Harris and later a serious relationship with Oz Osbourne. After the relationship breaks, she falls in love with Tara Maclay. She still states she finds Dracula attractive at that time. Since the relationship with Tara she only dated women.
Caprica Clarice Willow Clarice is a member of a group marriage involving two husbands and several wives.
Casanova Giacomo Casanova Tries to sleep with a man, only to discover she's a woman and sleep with her anyway.
Chasing Life Brenna Carver a 16-year-old girl who is dating a guy, Kieran, when she realizes she is also having feelings for a lesbian she meets named Greer. She admits she likes both the guy and the girl at the same time, and later on the series kisses both the guy and the girl.
Coupling Jane Claims to have slept with fifteen women, but seems to be pretending for the attention.
Degrassi: The Next Generation Paige Michalchuk, Miles Hollingsworth Paige has dated many guys, and one lesbian. She started to question her sexuality when she became attracted to her female friend Alex. Miles has dated many girls, and shows interest in one guy. He started to question his sexuality when he realized he was attracted to Tristan.
Desperate Housewives Katherine Mayfair Katherine has a sexual attraction to men, and later for a woman.
Dirt Leo Spiller, Julia Mallory, Leo possibly in denial of homosexuality; Julia "only when stoned".
Doctor Who Captain Jack Harkness From the 51st century when pansexuality is the norm.
Drawn Together Foxxy Love, Captain Hero Foxxy is openly bisexual with a preference for men; Captain Hero comically displays sexual attraction to most things, but is secretive about his romantic attraction to men
Dynasty Steven Carrington Over the course of the series, Steven has relationships with men and women, but he eventually identifies as gay.
EastEnders Sonia Fowler, Tony Hills, Danny Pennant Sonia leaves the show in a happy relationship with a man (with whom she has a daughter), but had sexual relations with a woman beforehand. Tony has an ongoing relationship with Simon Raymond but has a number of affairs with women during that time. Danny has sexual relationships with both men and women.
Emmerdale Charity Tate, Debbie Dingle Charity marries Chris Tate and later has an affair with his sister, Zoe. Charity's daughter Debbie has had many relationships with men but becomes serious involved with friend Jasmine Thomas
Ellen Ellen Morgan In terms of behavior only. Closeted lesbian for first three seasons.
Farscape Chiana Sexuality portrayed as fluid.
Family Affairs Adam Sheldrake, Karen Ellis, Brendan Boulter Adam Sheldrake is engaged to Gabby Johnson but later has a fling with friend Clive Starr. Karen is engaged to long-time boyfriend Matt who she marries but later leaves him to have a relationship with Kelly Hurst. After Kelly dies, Karen reconciles with Matt. Brendan Boulter dates Becky Scott and Melanie Costello, who he eventually marries but has affairs with Sean Steel and a man named Jason.
Family Guy Lois Griffin, possibly Stewie Griffin Lois at one point reveals she had same-sex relations when she was younger, but eventually lost interest. Stewie's orientation is left ambiguous, with many hints indicating he is either bi or gay.
Firefly Inara Takes a female client in the episode "War Stories" and mentions having done so in the past occasionally.
Footballers' Wives Conrad Gates Discreetly bisexual, Conrad had many female partners but had an affair with struggling gay character, Noah.
Friends Phoebe Buffay Though she doesn't identify as bi, it's implied that Phoebe's enganged in sexual acts with both men and women. At one point, she's blatantly sexually aroused by Ross and Monicas' attractive cousin.
Game of Thrones Oberyn Martell, Ellaria Sand
Glee Brittany S. Pierce Brittany has been described on the show as "fluid" and "bicurious," and in season 5 Santana describes Brittany as "bisexual". The fall 2011 GLAAD report listed her as bisexual.[6] Brittany has had sex with most of the boys in school and her best friend Santana Lopez, and has had serious romantic relationships with Sam Adams, Artie Abrams and Santana. By season four she is comfortable saying she would date men or women.
The Good Wife Kalinda Sharma She describes herself as "flexible", the actress who portrays her calls her bisexual, and Cary, a man she is sexually involved with in season 5, calls her bisexual to correct Alicia's confusion when Alicia says "I thought she was a lesbian". Alicia asks Kalinda back at the end of season 1 if she's gay, and Kalinda answers "I'm private". Kalinda has had sex with multiple men and women on the series as well as flirtations and discusses how the difference between sex with men and sex with women is like choosing Thai or Italian food; they're both good, just different.
Gossip Girl Chuck Bass, Elliot, Olivia Burke Chuck, while primarily portrayed as a promiscuous womanizer, has admitted to kissing guys before. Elliot states explicitly that he likes boys and girls, and begins a relationship with Eric, who is gay. Olivia Burke kisses Vanessa more than once during their threesome with Dan Humphrey.
Grey's Anatomy Calliope Torres Married to George O'Malley for a brief time. Has a sexual relationship with a male doctor before embarking on two consecutive relationships with women.
Halt and Catch Fire Joe MacMillan Initiates a season-long sexual relationship with female programmer Cameron Howe in episode 1. In episode 3, seduces the trophy boyfriend of wealthy widow in order to avoid a business deal with her. In episode 7, his ex-boyfriend Simon re-enters his life briefly to inform Joe he has AIDS.
Heroes Claire Bennet Is portrayed as straight, kissing three guys over the course of the first three seasons of the show and having one serious boyfriend, but then in season 4, after being kissed by her female roommate (Gretchen), begins to consider that her sexuality might be more fluid than she once thought. She accepts holding Gretchen's hand and starts to do it herself willingly before season 4 ends. The show was canceled before Claire's sexuality was fully explored, though.
Him & Her Paul Nearly leaves his wife, Laura, for his lover, Graham.
Hollyoaks Craig Dean, Kris Fisher, Ravi Roy Craig is depicted as straight until he starts an affair with best friend John Paul McQueen, who is gay. Kris is a self-identified bisexual cross-dresser and has had affairs with both genders, through primarily females. Ravi begins a relationship with Nancy but then sleeps with Kris, both of whom were having an affair themselves, causing the three of them to form a short-lived 'love triangle'.
Homicide: Life on the Street Tim Bayliss Explores bisexuality in later seasons of the show. In the first episode concerning his bisexuality, Bayliss flatly stated he was "not gay" and did not formally come out until season 7, but even then he did not want to be deemed "a crusader" on the matter.
House Dr. Remy 'Thirteen' Hadley Openly bisexual, she was seen having casual sex with women and having a serious romantic relationship with main character Eric Foreman, and after they broke up, she then entered into a serious romantic relationship with a woman at one point.
House of Cards Frank Underwood In Season 1, it is revealed that as a young man, Frank had a romantic relationship with a male classmate at his military college. Though Frank is married to a woman, Claire Underwood, their relationship is depicted as a political and emotional alliance to which sex is essentially peripheral. It isn't until Season 2, when a male third party is involved, that any intercourse is implied. Frank's relationship with reporter Zoe Barnes in Season 1 is physical but highly calculated, and he is open with his wife about the dalliance and its value to their long-term political objectives.
How I Met Your Mother Lily Aldrin Displays several erotic dreams involving her friend Robin.
The L Word Alice Pieszecki, Jenny Schecter, Phyllis Kroll, Tina Kennard Sexuality portrayed as fluid, but can be socially problematic. Often shown as a phase.
L.A. Law C.J. Lamb First kiss between women on a prime time television series and first regular bisexual character on a prime time TV.
Law & Order Episodes "Castoff" and "Obsession" both feature psychotic bisexuals
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Nicole Wallace Arch-nemesis of Detective Robert Goren. Appears in episodes "Anti-Thesis", "A Person of Interest", "Great Barrier", and "Grow". Referred to in episodes "Pas de Deux", "Slither", and "Renewal".
Lost Girl Bo Because she feeds off of sexual energy, Bo is involved with many human and Fae characters throughout the show. Her 3 long-term relationships are with 2 Fae men and a human woman, though in each season she has many sexual partners both female and male.
Make It or Break It Max Spencer In episode "What Lies Beneath," Max reveals his bisexuality to Austin and worries about how his female love interest, Payson, would respond.
Melrose Place (2009 TV series) Ella Simms Ella has both sexual relations with both men and women throughout the series.
The Midnight Caller episode "After it Happened"/1988 – spreading AIDS from the Gay community to straight women.
My Name Is Earl Stuart Daniels Became long-term lover of Kenny James, but demonstrated strong attraction to women as well several times throughout the series.
Neon Genesis Evangelion Shinji Ikari
Nip/Tuck Quentin Costa, probably Julia McNamara and Kimber Henry, possibly Christian Troy and Matt McNamara
The O.C. Alex Kelly, Marissa Cooper Had a casual romance during a part of the series second season
One Tree Hill Anna Taggaro First recurring bisexual character of color on television.
Orange is the New Black Piper Chapman, Lorna Morello, possibly Brook Soso Sexuality portrayed as fluid. Piper mentions the Kinsey scale but the word "bisexual" is never used. In the second season, Vee warns Taystee not to be "gay-for-the-stay."
Orphan Black Delphine Cormier Acknowledges that sexuality is a spectrum and that she's never been with a woman before. Enters a relationship with Cosima.
Oz Chris Keller, Tobias Beecher Keller homicidal sociopath; Beecher previously married but falls in love and engages in sexual relationship with Keller.
Parenthood Haddie Braverman Has two serious boyfriends over the first three seasons of the show, and is sexually active with the second of them starting at the end of season 2. She clearly feels strong feelings for both of her boyfriends. She isn't on the show for most of seasons 4 or 5 because she's moved across the country to attend college, but when she returns in the season 5 finale, she brings her "super awesome best friend" with her, whom she actually is kissing and dating. Her younger brother wonders if kissing a girl makes her a lesbian. She "comes out" to her mother as having fallen for this girl, Lauren, but her specific sexual orientation is never mentioned.
Pretty Little Liars Maya St. Germain Maya believed to be a lesbian, until she admitted dating a boy at the camp 'True North'.
Penny Dreadful Dorian Gray, Ethan Chandler Sexuality in Victorian era portrayed as having more freedom. Showrunner John Logan perceives sexuality as fluid and has implied that all characters could potentially be depicted as such.[7]
Polyamory: Married & Dating Kamala Devi, Jen, Lindsey, Vanessa Reality show about polyamorous families, primarily portrays bisexual women
Queer as Folk (US) Hunter, Lindsay Sexuality portrayed as fluid, but can be socially problematic.
The Real World: Sydney Shauvon Torres Bisexual woman in reality TV show.
Revenge Nolan Ross Claims to be "about a three on the Kinsey scale."
This Life Ferdy
Rizzoli & Isles Maura Isles Said she has never been with a Frenchwoman, implying she's been with other women.
Roseanne Nancy Bartlett, Beverly Harris
Rose by Any Other Name... Rose
Scrubs The Todd, Elliot Reid, Bob Kelso In "My Lucky Charm" he begins to hit on men, stating 'The Todd appreciates hot, regardless of gender'. Through the series, Elliot shows strong signs of being bisexual. Kelso often speaks of times in his past and hints he may have been with another man.
Secret Diary of a Call Girl Belle/Hannah
Sex and the City Samantha Jones
Smash Ellis Boyd
The Staircase Murders Michael Peterson
A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila Tila Tequila Bisexual themed reality dating show.
Six Feet Under Russel, Keith Charles, Billy Chenowith Russel is confused; Keith is primarily gay; Billy is primarily straight.
Skins Tony Stonem, Cassie Ainsworth, Naomi Campbell, Mini McGuinness Tony's sexual behavior is primarily towards women, but he has a one-night stand with Maxxie; it is later revealed through his subconscious that Tony is polysexual. Cassie begins sexual relations with both men and women to spite her boyfriend. In series 3 and 4, Naomi displays attraction to men and women, though her primary relationships are with women. In the later half of series 5, Mini's attraction towards Franky implies she is bisexual, though this attraction is short-lived and has no relevance in series 6.
South of Nowhere Ashley Davies Displayed a romantic/sexual attraction to ex-boyfriend Aiden Dennison on more than one occasion, but often identifies as a lesbian.
Spartacus Lucretia, Saxa Depicts the Ancient Roman approach to sexual orientation; people have certain social obligations depending on class (e.g. free citizens expected to marry and have children), but the gender of a person's sexual partners is not seen as particularly notable.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Jadzia Dax, Kira Nerys in alternate universe, Ezri Dax and Elim Garak. Jadzia and Ezri Dax's relationships with females portrayed as related to previous existence as a male, alternate-universe Kira portrayed as a hedonistic tyrant. Garak was originally intended as omnisexual by the actor, and many fans still consider him as such, although he never engages in an 'official' relationship throughout the seasons.
Suburgatory Dalia Royce She is shown to have dated guys and at least one girl
Sugar Rush Sugar, Saint
Survivors Anya
The Tudors George Boleyn, Thomas Tallis
Torchwood Captain Jack, Toshiko, Ianto, Captain John. All main characters sexualities intended to remain fluid. Other characters Gwen and Owen's sexualities remain ambiguous. Jack and John embody pansexuality to varying degrees, whereas Ianto and Tosh more realistically depict 21st century bisexuals. Ianto explicitly acknowledges that he identifies as bisexual in the Torchwood novel Twilight Streets. Also, the actor who played Ianto, Gareth David-Lloyd, stated, "He doesn’t quite strike me as a labelist anyway, but if he were a labelist, he’d probably be bisexual."[8]
Warehouse 13 Helena "H.G." Wells The character explicitly states, "Many of my lovers were men."
Whitney Neal He starts the series dating Lily and they later get engaged. After they break up he begins a relationship with a man. His sexuality is described as fluid.
Wild West Mary Trewednack, Angela Phillips They are a lesbian couple and then decide that the romance has left the relationship and start to date men.
Will & Grace Karen Walker
Witches of East End Joanna Beauchamp Has had a husband, Victor; in the 1970s was in a relationship with a woman named Alex.
Xena Xena, Gabrielle Possibly lovers; implied from middle of the series to its end. Hints that Xena may have been sexually intimate with two women before Gabrielle are also present.

Music[edit]

Title Artist Notes
"Bicoastal" Peter Allen
"John, I'm Only Dancing" David Bowie
"Suffragette City" David Bowie
"The Jean Genie" David Bowie
"Rebel Rebel" David Bowie
"Sexuality" Billy Bragg
"My Wife Left Me for My Girlfriend" The Bellamy Brothers
"The Middle" Edie Carey
"Bisexual Girl" Coyote Shivers
"Bye Bisexual Boy" Das Pop
"If It Isn't Her" Ani DiFranco
"In or Out" Ani DiFranco
"Shameless" Ani DiFranco
"Light of Some Kind" Ani DiFranco
"Michael" Franz Ferdinand Although never completely validated or invalidated by the band, the lyrics and video suggest a homoerotic encounter on the dancefloor. The band claims that one of the band members got drunk one time and started to dance with a boy on the dancefloor, although they also claim that the song is about two friends of them getting together on the dancefloor. Franz Ferdinand normally plays a slightly more edgy, sexual version of the studio version, often changing come and dance with me into come over all over me and stubble on my sticky lips to stubble on my sticky hips. In 2004, an alternative version of this song suggested a male love interest and female love interest fighting over Michael.
"I Like Dick and Jane" Laya Fisher
"My Boyfriend's Back" Monica Grant
"Coming Clean" Green Day About Billie Joe's own sexuality.[9]
"This Door Swings Both Ways" Herman's Hermits
"Bisexual Military" Hypnotic Clambake
"Human's Lib" Howard Jones
"Hey Mister, She Was My Baby Last Night Candye Kane
"Poker Face Lady Gaga Lady Gaga has said the song is about fantasizing of a woman while sleeping with a man.
"Sneakin' In The Back Door" The Late Bloomers
"Bi" Living Colour
"Billy Brown" Mika
"Softcore" of Montreal
"Girls/Girls/Boys" Panic! At the Disco From the viewpoint of a man in love with a bisexual woman with a girlfriend.
"Which Way Do You Go?" Paxton
"I Kissed A Girl" Katy Perry
"Nancy Boy" Placebo
"Sissy Blues" Ma Rainey
"My Bride" Robin Renee
"I Do Both Jay and Jane" La Rissa
"The Last Word" Tom Robinson
"More Lives Than One" Tom Robinson
"I Kissed A Girl" Jill Sobule
"Double Your Chances" STA-PREST
"ACDC" Sweet
"I Like It Both Ways" Supernaut
"I Spent My Last $10 on Birth Control and Beer" Two Nice Girls
"Take Me on the Floor" The Veronicas
"Black Girls" Violent Femmes
"Pink Triangle" Weezer "everyone's a little queer"
"Sissy Man Blues" Josh White
"Kiss That Boy" Leah Zicari
"i u she" Peaches
"Two boys for every girl" Peaches
"Secretly" Skunk Anansie
"Zwitter' Rammstein
3-Way (The Golden Rule) The Lonely Island, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga "it's not gay, when it's in a three-way,"
"Sailor" IAMX "A three-way freeway, take me like a sailor" and "A quick step, boy girl love me like you love her". Chris has also introduced the song during concerts by saying, "This is for all you bi-curious people out there".
"Scar" Missy Higgins Song about failed relationships. One verse about a man and one verse about a woman. Missy Higgins has said that she could probably be described as bisexual.

Theatre[edit]

Title Character Notes
Alfred Kinsey: A Love Story[10] Alfred Kinsey
Butley Butley
Cloud Nine (play) Victoria, Edward
Diagnosis: Jew Pain[1] Michael Feldman Stand up comedy show about Feldman's life.
Gemini Francis Treated sympathetically, seen in positive light.
Hair[11] Claude, Berger, Woof, various
The History Boys Dakin Self-aware, complacent, unconfused If/Then Lucas
Melancholy Play Tilly
Rent Maureen Unable to commit.
Rocky Horror Show Various portrayals
The Shadow Box Brian Bisexuality simple fact.
Sodom, or the Quintessence of Debauchery (1684) King Bolloxinion; most other characters An obscene Restoration closet drama thought to be by John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester. Bolloxinion, King of Sodom, commands universal same-sex sodomy.[12]
Spring Awakening Ernst Seduced by male classmate.
Stop Kiss Callie, Sara
Torch Song Trilogy Ed
The Vagina Monologues "The Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy"

Video games[edit]

Title Character Notes
Mass Effect Commander Shepard (Female), Liara T'Soni, Sha'ira If the player creates a female character, they can pursue a romantic relationship with either a human male, Kaiden Alenko, or asari female, Liara T'Soni. The asari are a mono-gendered species, all members of whom are sexually female, and are capable of reproducing with a male or female of any species (including their own.) A character of either gender can also have a sexual encounter with an asari consort, Sha'ira.
Mass Effect 2 Commander Shepard (Female), Kelly Chambers, Liara T'Soni, Samara, Morinth A male or female character can enter into a romantic liaison with Kelly Chambers, the ship's yeoman, or the asari characters Samara or Morinth, two of the player character's possible henchmen. If a relationship with Liara T'Soni was pursued in the previous game, it can be continued in Mass Effect 2, specifically in the Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC.
Mass Effect 3 Commander Shepard, Liara T'Soni, Kaidan Alenko, Diana Allers, Kelly Chambers If a relationship was pursued with Liara T'Soni, Kaidan Alenko or Kelly Chambers in previous games, it can be continued in Mass Effect 3. Additionally, Kaidan Alenko becomes available as a romantic option for both a male and female Commander Shepard (provided he survived the events of Mass Effect.) Furthermore, a character of either gender can engage in a sexual encounter with Diana Allers, a reporter stationed aboard the ship.
Dragon Age Origins The Player Character, Leliana, Zevran The player (if female) can engage their character in a romantic relationship with either (or on occasion, all) Alistair (male), Leliana (female) or Zevran (male). A male character can pair with Morrigan (female), Leliana or Zevran.
Dragon Age 2 The Player Character, Anders, Fenris, Isabela, Merrill Regardless of gender, the player can romance all four of the love interests in the base version of the game.
Bully Jimmy Hopkins, Several Male Students. Kissing various characters, male or female, regains health; homosexual content is optional.
Darkstalkers Lilith Aensland and Morrigan Aensland Both succubi
Fable Potentially any If the player does not marry and have sex with female characters, the personality status screen will label the character as gay. Otherwise, the player will be labeled as bisexual.
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty Vamp A villain; according to dialogue within the game, "Vamp" is considered slang for bisexual.
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater Colonel Volgin A villain, is in a relationship with Tatyana and his top officer, Major Raidenovich.
Phantasmagoria 2: A Puzzle of Flesh Curtis Craig First game to establish playable character as bisexual.
Morrowind Crassius Curio Non player character, attempts to seduce players of either sex.
The Sims All All characters can potentially fall in love with either gender, however Nintendo's Game Boy Advance and DS versions appear to have removed any same-sex 'romance' interactions.
Fallout 2 Miria and Davin A player character can marry either of them, regardless of sex.
Fallout: New Vegas The Player Character The "Black Widow" and "Lady Killer" Perks give you a boost to the damage against and additional dialog options with (some NPCs of) the opposite sex, while the "Confirmed Bachelor" and "Cherchez La Femme" perks does it for the same gender. It's possible to select both categories of perks.
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines Therese and Jeanette Voerman; various The player can choose the sex of his character and seduce characters regardless of the sex chosen. The character Jeanette/Therese Voerman (the characters have a split personality and are therefore actually the same character) is apparently explicitly bisexual.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bell de Jour's Blog
  2. ^ Ostry, Bernard; Yalden, Janice (2004). Visions of Canada: the Alan B. Plaunt memorial lectures, 1958-1992. McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP. pp. 310–311. ISBN 0-7735-2662-5. 
  3. ^ Sutherland, Fraser (1983). "Sylvia Bayer and the Search for Rubber". Canadian Poetry 13: 86–91. 
  4. ^ Stanton Peele, Ph.D., J.D. "The World's -- and My -- Love Affair with Lisbeth Salander. Lisbeth Salander -- a misfit -- may be the most beloved figure in the world." Psychology Today, Published on December 16, 2011 in Addiction in Society
  5. ^ Marcus, Steven. The Other Victorians: A Study of Sexuality and Pornography in Mid-Nineteenth-Century England. New York: Basic Books, (1966)
  6. ^ http://www.glaad.org/publications/whereweareontv11/characters
  7. ^ Diaz, Eric. "Penny Dreadful Comic-Con 2014 Panel Report". Nerdist. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  8. ^ http://www.afterelton.com/people/2008/2/garethdavidlloyd
  9. ^ "Coming Clean", The Advocate interview with Billie Joe Armstrong (January 24, 1995)
  10. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (September 11, 2007). "A New Play From a Producer Who's an Old Hand". The New York Times. 
  11. ^ The Advocate Interview with James Rado
  12. ^ Johnson, J.W. (1987). "Did Lord Rochester write Sodom?". Publications of the Bibliographical Society 81: 119–153.