Character: Bo Dennis
Appears in: Lost Girl
Commonly Interpreted as: Bisexual/Pansexual
Bo is a succubus, which is a particular kind of Fae who draws energy from the chi and sexual energy of other people (both humans and fae). She has no preference in the gender of who she draws sexual energy from. So she has multiple brief sexual encounters with multiple men and women on the show, including Tamsin.
However, Bo also has two very serious romantic relationships. She is involved with a human doctor named Lauren and a werewolf Fae named Dyson. Both relationships are given equal weight in the show; neither one treated as ‘more real’ than the other.
Unfortunately no one (even Bo) ever uses the words bisexual or pansexual to explicitly describe her sexuality. (Folks involved in the show have done so in interviews, but not in the show itself as far as I’m aware). Also, the fact that Bo’s bisexuality is tied to her mystical nature (as a succubus) is a bit problematic.
But still, Bo’s a bisexual/pansexual character whose sexuality is not erased by the writers or the audience.
This is the first entry in the new Visible Bi Characters tag, made for characters whose bisexuality/pansexuality is explicit and intentional by the authors and recognised by the audience. However, I’m still focusing on Invisible Bi Characters.
Character: Inara Serra
Appears in: Firefly
Commonly Interpreted as: Straight
But Really: Inara is a Companion (in other words, a sex worker). She has sexual relationships with multiple men on the show. She is also depicted as being in an unrequited romantic entanglement with Captain Mal Reynolds.
However, not all of Inara’s clients are men. In the episode War Stories, while with a woman client Inara says, “If I choose a woman, she tends to be extraordinary in some way. And the fact is, I occasionally have the exact same need you do. One cannot always be oneself in the company of men.”
It’s clear that sometimes she chooses women clients because she genuinely wishes to be with women.
Thanks to khaleesiaurora for this suggestion.
Character: Brittany Pierce
Appears in: Glee
Commonly Interpreted as: Straight-then-Lesbian
But Really: Brittany was originally written as a straight character until fans expressed their glee at a throwaway comic remark Brittany makes about her ans Santana having sex. This eventually developed into a full relationship between Brittany and Santana.
Eventually Brittany and Santana break up. However, prior to her relationship with Santana, Brittany dated Artie. And after her relationship with Santana, Brittany dated a male character named Sam.
So Brittany is bi/pan.
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Schooled Larry King.
Preach it, gurl.
Y’all should really realise that sexuality is a pretty damn huge spectrum, and get the hell over it.
Bisexuality on Larry King, starring Anna Paquin
- Larry King: Are you a non-practicing bisexual?
- Anna Paquin: Well, I am married to my husband, and we are happily, monogamously married.
- King: But you were bisexual?
- Paquin: Well, I don’t think it’s a past-tense thing.
- King: No?
- Paquin: Are you still straight if you are with somebody? If you were to break up with them or if they were to die, it doesn’t prevent your sexuality from existing. It doesn’t really work like that.
- King: Stop with wishful thinking.
- Paquin: I’m just saying, it doesn’t really work like that.
- Paquin: I don’t watch a lot of TV, but our show certainly has a lot of sexual fluidity.
- You can watch the entire interview between Larry King and Anna Paquin (True Blood) at: http://www.hulu.com/watch/663218