Nowadays, we’re getting to see our sexual identities reflected on screen more often and TV is looking queer as hell. We’re the midst of a bisexual revolution on television, with the stereotypes and tropes that have been tied to bi-characters in the past being replaced with fully-formed bisexual characters. Bi-visibility is as diverse on-screen as it ever has been.
Here are some of the most iconic on-screen characters that are currently flying the bi-flag!
Piper Chapman – Orange is the New Black
While Piper isn’t everyone’s cup of tea (accidentally starting a white supremacist group and insisting that you’re a gangster can be a turn off), she heads a cast of diverse queer characters. Throughout the 5 seasons of the show, Piper has several on-screen sexual relationships with both men and women- Larry and Stella and Alex (oh my!). Since the get-go, Orange is the New Black has been praised for its representation of LGBTQ+ characters, with characters like Brooke Soso also flying the bisexual flag.
Annalise Keating – How To Get Away With Murder
“Why is your penis on a dead girl’s phone?”…With lines like this, Annalise might just be one of the most iconic characters/all-around badasses we’ve seen on TV in the past decade. Between her deteriorating relationship with her husband, affair with a married detective and the rekindling of a former college relationship played by Famke Jansen (Jean flippin’ Grey for all you X-Men fans), Annalise is a character whose sexual fluidity is just one choice that show-runner/queen Shonda Rhimes is using to normalise sexuality and diversity on TV. Plus, the show is full of soapy dramatic fun. I mean come on, how many murders can a lady get away with here? (quite a few actually).
Darryl Whitefeather – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Darryl may just take the cake for being the most lovable, cuddly bisexual of the bunch. When we first meet him, he’s in the midst of divorcing his wife and trying to gain custody of his daughter. After being kissed on the cheek by his friend/fitness coach White Josh, Darryl starts to question his sexuality.
Coming to terms with your sexual orientation is a storyline that’s often saved for younger characters on screen, so getting to watch Darryl, a cheesy middle-aged Dad, discover his bisexuality is refreshing. In a mamba class that he likes both male and female butts, and that his attraction to his trainer, Josh, makes him “both sexual”, and then goes on to sing a song that crushes bisexual stereotypes…YES, A SONG!
Stella Gibson – The Fall
Yes, it’s Gillian flipping’ Anderson (a brief pause for applause is welcome). When she’s not busy being a serial-killer hunting detective/feminist icon for the ages, Stella Gibson is dating male and female characters galore. Did I mention that it’s Gillian Anderson? Are we still clapping?
Petra Solano – Jane The Virgin
Petra Solano hasn’t had the easiest ride on Jane The Virgin. Over the course of the show’s four series, she’s had 2 husbands, an evil twin and two children. Now in the show’s fourth series, Petra has fallen for Jane Ramos (played by the ever-fab Rosario Dawson). Rather than being framed around the fact that she’s fallen in love with a woman, the show just focuses on the fact that she’s fallen in love! Hurrah!
Ilana Wexler – Broad City
Outspokenly free and queer, Ilana floats between an array of different sexual partners in Broad City. One of the most fun bisexual quick fixes we’ve seen on TV came in the form of Ilana falling for her doppelgänger, real-life bisexual lady Alia Shawkat.
Have we missed any of your bisexual icons? Let us know in the comments below!
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