Advocate Op-ed Shines Spotlight on Bi Erasure, too

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The Advocate.com has a powerful opinion piece by Jase Peeples that talks about how it matters how people identify in public. The title of the piece “Yes, It Matters When We Say ‘Gay’” not only talks about how people identify themselves, but the harm that they do if the remain in the closet.

The article talks about how Out magazine interviewed the actor Jack Falahee, who plays an openly gay character in How to Get Away With Murder is not open about himself.

It mentions that a debate ensued on Facebook after the reporter mentioned Lady Gaga’s bisexuality after her recent engagement to Taylor Kinney. Readers wondered why that had to be mentioned.

The case is made that ignoring the identify resorted to erasure. See more of the article here:

http://www.advocate.com/commentary/2015/02/26/op-ed-yes-it-matters-when-we-say-gay

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Mike Szymanski
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 [email protected]