News blog the Huffington Post has got a story about a former actor on BBC soap opera Eastenders. Yet the headline might raise an eyebrow after the Huff’s shift from “Gay voices” to “Queer” as to how deep the change is.
LOUD & PROUD: ‘EastEnders’ Star Mark Homer On Playing Gay Character Tony Hills
runs the main headline, followed by sub-header
Mark Homer played bisexual character Tony Hills for four years.
Oh dear. Come along Huff, we know you can do better!
We picked up another couple of bi celeb headlines this week, as Sharon Osbourne and Katie Hopkins both talked about their attractions in the press.
The X Factor judge Sharon commented that she felt it was “too late” to explore her sexuality. On American chat show The Talk she put it that, “I always think everybody is gay – so am I. I am not a little bit gay, I am extremely interested in the fact of what I missed out on. But it is too late now.” Not using the B word in itself but otherwise sounding strongly in the bisexual camp.
Many people coming out either later in life or in a stable monogamous relationship might relate to that feeling. The silly notion that you are only bi if you have dated at least “one of each” holds some of them back from owning the word bisexual for themselves.
Meanwhile Katie Hopkins got bi headlines too, though for a rather less committed claim. The Mirror excitedly declared her bisexual after she said she would “swing both ways” given the chance in a BBC interview, but this led to a rapid retraction to the Metro.
The original giggly declaration did sound rather like flirting with the idea of experimentation rather than a meaningful outing: an “I’d try” rather than “I desire”.
So that’s Sharon onto our team and Katie still playing for one of the others. What will next week bring?
The Sun reports on Geordie Shore star Marnie Simpson coming out as bisexual, here.
It’s a positive story in that it reflects a journey of finding your identity, having always found women attractive but not had the courage or understanding to own the “bi” label.
There is also a side story of telling people you think you might be bi in a somewhat jokey way, judging their responses and deciding whether it is safe to come out as a consequence.
We think a lot of bi people can relate to those experiences.