Why does Lady Gaga have to prove her bisexuality?

Lady Gaga talked about liking both boys and girls since she made it to the international stage five years ago. So why doe she still have to prove it? It seems that this whole idea of bisexuality is just confusing to everyone else who isn’t.

Lady Gaga told Barbara Walters that “Poker Face” was all about her love for ladies, and that was in 2009. She talked about it to many press people and she always labeled herself as bisexual. So why does anyone think that it’s a publicity stunt?

Gaga had to defend her self-identified attraction in Berlin recently when talking about her new album. “It is not a lie that I am bisexual and I like women, and anyone that wants to twist this into ‘she says she’s bisexual for marketing,’ this is a f—ing lie,” she said. “This is who I am and who I have always been.”

Just like her song “Born This Way” celebrates all forms of sexuality and gender identity, the B part of LGBT is just as legitimate as the rest.

It’s not true that bisexuals must have more than one gender to be satisfied, nor is the identity a license for promiscuity. Bisexuality is a self-identification. That’s part of the problem. If there was a way to prove it—say people’s hair turning purple—perhaps there would be a lot more people identified as such than who identify themselves as such.

And there’d be a lot more people with purple hair.

Lady Gaga with Purple Hair on Billboard Cover

A version of this blog post by Mike Szymanski originally appeared in Bisexuality Examiner.

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Mike Szymanski has written about bisexual issues since 1989 and has one of the longest-running regular bisexual columns as the National Bisexuality Examiner. He came out as bisexual in a cover story of Genre magazine, which resulted in more than 50 television appearances, including Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue Show and 20/20. Szymanski won the Lambda Literary Award in 2007 for co-authoring an informative humor book “The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways.” Write him at Mike@bisexual.org

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