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Bisexual Awareness Week: Songs That Celebrate Bisexuality

The LGBTQ Movement has seen huge progress since it began in the 60s and 70s, especially after homossexuality stopped being considered a disease by the World Health Organization, on May 17th, 1990. However, members of the community still face challenges and struggles, one of which being bisexual erasure.

Indecision. Promiscuity. Infidelity. These are some of the words commonly linked to bisexuality by society. Thinking about this, and the proximity of Lesbian and Bisexual Visibility Day (September 23rd), Her Campus selected some songs in order to honor this very important date.

In The Middle - Dodie

A Folk-style song, released in 2017, by English singer-songwriter dodie. Openly bisexual, the singer has said during an Instagram live that this song is about "an imaginary threesome" between herself and her two exes who are bisexual aswell. 

In The Middle” brings in its verses, in a metaphorical way, a little of its sexuality, especially in these: “Oh it was shared despite our flaws / I held his hand like I hold yours” and “Talk about your taste in women / I'll be in the middle”.

Bad At Love - Halsey

In August 2017, the bisexual singer released "Bad at Love", the second single from “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom”. Initially, with the following verse: “Got a boy back home in Michigan / And he tastes like Jack when I'm kissing him”, the idea of being another straight love song is created. However, soon, the real objective appears, with the excerpt: “Got a girl with California eyes / And I thought that she could really be the one this time / But I never got the chance to make her mine”.

Domo Wilson - Bisexual Anthem

Released in 2019 by American singer Domo Wilson, the song expresses much of what most bisexuals feel. The lines “Better not forget the B in LGBT / And y'all like to say we are selfish, yeah, y'all say we like to cheat / But I don't date both at the same time haters, have a seat” exposes how bisexuals are treated by most people when they come out.

Cool For The Summer – Demi Lovato

The song, released in 2015, was responsible for rumors about the singer’s sexuality. Precisely for the excerpt “Tell me what you want / What you like, it's okay / I'm a little curious too”, since the verses tell the story of a girl who wants to, secretly, have fun with another girl because she considers herself “curious too”. However, only in 2017 Demi Lovato talked publicly about her sexuality, and admitted that all of her songs are based on personal experiences.

L.O.V.E – Jessie J

See love doesn't choose a boy, or a girl, nope / When I met you, you hugged my heart and filled my world”. These two verses are explicitly celebrating bisexuality. Singer Jessie J released this song in 2011, when there weren’t many discussions on the subject (compared to today), and the message present remains very essential for the movement.

Take Me On The Floor - The Veronicas

Launched in 2007, at first, the song seems to be just a lively beat, suitable to enjoy at a party, because the Australian band The Veronicas invites someone (until then without gender) to go to the dance floor to show them love. However, it is only in the excerpt: “I wanna kiss a girl / I wanna kiss a boy”, that the real intention of celebrating bisexuality (even if in a casual way, as shown in the clip) appears in the song.

Poker Face - Lady Gaga

Yes. To the surprise of many, the American singer herself admitted that the lyrics speak about the desire to have sex with women even when being with a man (“Can't read my, can't read my / No he can't read my poker face / (She got me like nobody)”). Lady Gaga is known for strongly supporting the LGBTQ+ community, especially after coming out as bisexual in 2009 (one year after the launch of “Poker Face”).

Revezamento -  MC Rebecca

MC Rebecca is openly bisexual and, in addition to female empowerment, the LGBTQ+ issue also permeates her hits. In this song from 2019, the funkeira plays with the double meaning of the word “Revezamento”, which means alternation, both in relation to alternating between people and between genders.

Stereo - Preta Gil

Already recorded by Preta Gil and Ana Carolina, the song “Stereo”, released in 2010, talks about bisexuality, but also about the freedom to love without charge and without hustle and bustle. “Tudo me interessa/ Tudo tem mistério/ Sou devota da paixão/ Menina e menino” (Everything interests me/ Everything has mystery/ I’m devoted to passion / Girl and boy).

Homens E Mulheres - Ana Carolina

From 2010 aswell, “Homens e Mulheres” (“Men and Women”), by Brazilian bisexual singer Ana Carolina, is recognized for supporting the “B” of the acronym LGBTQ+. But it is not just about bisexuality, it also talks about the possibility of liking men and women of all shapes and styles.

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The article above was edited by Laura Okida.

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Larissa Rangel

Casper Libero '23

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