The ‘celeb’ gossip sites are buzzing with claims Miley Cyrus is bisexual.
American magazine Life & Style reports a friend of hers as spilling the beans that Miley “is definitely bisexual. She has women over to her house all the time and hooks up with them. Lately she is more interested in women than men. She […] is kind of over men for the time being.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if a woman came out and said she has hooked up with her soon.”
The former Hannah Montana star has been busy courting controversy, not least with her twerking performance at the 2013 MTV Music Awards.
In a small government reshuffle, Simon Hughes has replaced Lord McNally as Minister of State for Justice. He will be stepping down as deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats to take up ministerial office.
Speaking after the announcement the central London MP said, “Issues of justice and civil liberties have been my passions since I was a teenager. I hope that my experience, training and work on human rights from my time at university and in the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, as a practising barrister for several years before I was elected to the Commons, and over all my time as a Member of Parliament, will stand me in good stead for this job.
Simon is one of Westminster’s two out bisexual MPs, the other being the Conservative Daniel Kawczynski.
American actress and TV host Sara Gilbert laid into bisexual erasure in the media this week on CBS show The Talk.
Co-host Sharon Osbourne joined in as they criticised the pressures both to be out as gay or bi for fear of being outed by the press, and how people in the media eye like Maria Bello and Tom Daley who go public about same-sex relationships have a ‘gay’ label pressed on them as part of a culture of bisexual erasure.
Sara, probably still best known in the UK for the role of Darleen in Roseanne, observes, “there is a pressure for people to label themselves as gay or straight… people don’t like that and people immediately go ‘they’re one or the other and they don’t want to say it’ – and I don’t believe that.”
Bronze medal winning Olympic diver Tom Daley has today released a YouTube video where he talks about being in a relationship with a man – and still being attracted to women.
He said: “It did take me by surprise a little bit. It was always in the back of my head that something like that could happen.
“But it wasn’t until spring this year that something just clicked. It felt right and I thought ‘Okay’.
“And my whole world changed there and then.” He adds, “Of course I still fancy girls but right now I’m dating a guy and I couldn’t be happier.”
He reflects though that “In an ideal world I wouldn’t be doing this video, and it wouldn’t matter.”
It’s noticeable he doesn’t pick a label. The video isn’t about identity politics, it’s him talking about what and who is making him happy.
Olympic boxer Nicola Adams, who won a gold medal at London 2012, came out as bisexual last year and topped the Independent on Sunday “pink list”.
With the UK winning 65 medals at the 2012 Olympics, and the ONS claiming only 0.4% of the population are bisexual, we were already over-represented in the medal haul. If Tom’s bi, we are now hugely outperforming at Olympic medal-winning!
Search engine Google is making it harder for bis to find information and support online.
When users type words like ‘gay’ or ‘lesbian’ into the Google search page, it suggests what they might be looking for – gay dating, gay pride, gay marriage, gay support… but for ‘bisexual’, it offers no suggestions.
That makes it that bit harder for bis seeking advice and support to find what they’re looking for online – and to find out about groups like Manchester BiPhoria, London Bisexual Underground and Brighton BothWays, or materials like BCN magazine or Bisexual Index.
Armed with the #EndTheBiBan hashtag a web petition is pressing Google to change this.
You can sign the petition calling on Google to stop its predictive search blocking ‘bisexual’ here.