Here Are The Newly Out And Visible Bi Celebs of 2017

9/21/2017

Keiynan Lonsdale

Twenty seventeen has been another banner year for newly out bi people. As we celebrate visible bi folks this September, let’s take a look at those whose platform allows their visibility to be impactful on a national and sometimes global scale!

At 19 years old, Shannon Purser has a multitude of life experiences under her belt. She became a sensation with a brief but enigmatic turn as Stranger Things’ Barb, joined primetime hit Riverdale, and received her first Emmy nomination. In April of this year, Purser unlocked another achievement–coming out as bi.

Taylor Bennett, image by Micheletti T.

Rapper Taylor Bennett celebrated his birthday a day early by coming out as bisexual. Bennett later shared his decision was inspired by and dedicated to his fans.

Walking Dead actor Daniel Newman came out publicly after a queer kid assumed he was straight, realizing “that these kids need every role model that they can get.” Newman continues to speak up about the importance of using the celebrity platform for a positive impact.

Pro Wrestler Anthony Bowens detailed his decision to come out as bi for an essay in OutSports. His goal from childhood, to make a difference in someone’s life, was achieved many times over with his inspirational visibility, still all too rare in the sports world. Since then, Bowens has spoken out about an aspect of coming out that surprised him–that people questioned bisexuality was even a valid orientation.

Musician Aaron Carter has been speaking up about his bisexuality. His emotional coming out note touched on a familiar feeling for many bi people–feeling a “weight” he wanted “lifted.” Carter thanked his fans for their support during a nightclub performance just days later.

The Flash star and singer Keiynan Lonsdale took to Instagram to declare he is “Not faking shit anymore, not apologizing for falling in love with people no matter their gender.” The impact of his visibility was felt immediately, and soon after Fuse honored Lonsdale for “pushing forth in his career with honesty and openness, and washing away with harmful Hollywood precedents.” In the accompanying video, a bi pride coiffed Lonsdale thanked the queer pioneers that came before him.

Alia Shawkat, Image by Daniel Benavides

You may know Alia Shawkat from Arrested Development, Search Party, or her turn as Ilana Glazer’s lover in Broad City. You may also know her as queer–the actor recently came out of the banana stand as bi. In an interview with Out Magazine, Shawkat talks her new outlook, stating “I used to be less outspoken. But as a woman, an Arab-American, and a member of the LGBTQ community, I have to use whatever voice I have. There’s no more delicacy in being quiet.”

Welcome to the many celebs joining the ranks of visible B’s this year!

SB Swartz

SB Swartz is an author covering inclusive wellness, queer family, and reflections of our world as seen on tv. She’s a proud member of the #StillBisexual campaign, working to dispel the myth that bisexuals don’t stay bisexual. Her home is filled with Battlestar Galactica posters, her husband, and their troublemaking cats. She adores them all.


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