Dear TV writers and boomers, bisexuality is not a phase or a stepping stone.
Though bisexual people make up roughly 52% of the LGBTQ+ community, they've been underrepresented on television and in media for a long time.
When they do appear, they're frequently painted as sociopaths (cough, Villanelle on Killing Eve) or are painted as promiscuous or confused, if their identities are addressed at all.
Fortunately, many recent TV shows have been making up for decades of bisexual erasure and misrepresentation by featuring nuanced bisexual characters. On this Bisexual Visibility Day, here are some of TV's greatest bisexual icons.
1. Magnus Bane (Shadowhunters)
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It only took HGTV 2,000 episodes, but they've finally shown us that three's not a crowd.
Has there ever been a show as thrilling as House Hunters?
For two decades, HGTV's crown jewel has showcased single folks, expecting couples, and massive families in their quest for the perfect home. In its nearly 2,000-episode run thus far, House Hunters has remained a singular entertainment source for those of us who love to yell at prospective buyers with ridiculous expectations. Open floor plans! Room for entertaining! Granite countertops! You name it, the poor local realtors will never be able to find it all within their client's budget because the American housing market is a catastrophe.
But that's an argument for another day, and House Hunters has gifted us with a reason to celebrate this Valentine's week: the series' very first throuple. It's like a couple, but with another person. And we all know what that means: They need a third sink in their master bathroom!
life comes at you fast https://t.co/UlCkqf2mDG https://t.co/Co5D8iVVGL— dissociate manager (@dissociate manager)1581608852.0
The throuple in question is Brian, Lori, and Geli, and their episode is hilariously titled "Three's Not a Crowd in Colorado Springs." As the story goes, Brian and Lori have been married for 18 years and have two kids. Geli isn't officially married to the pair, but they said they had a "commitment ceremony" in Aruba. "I understood from day one, even when we were dating, that Lori was bisexual, and interested in women and men," Brian told the House Hunters cameras. "So we evolved to a point where we were comfortable having another woman in our lives."
Was just about to go to sleep when #HouseHunters comes on with an episode about a THROUPLE shopping for a house in… https://t.co/UAakZhqPap— orlibeth (@orlibeth)1581564876.0
Honestly, Brian sounds cool as hell. We love to see bisexuality normalized in hetero-presenting relationships, especially on a show whose target audience is boomer-aged women who probably hate their husbands. Geli said she moved in with Brian and Lori about four years ago but still kind of felt like an outsider to the family. "Buying a house together as a throuple will signify our next big step as a family of five, rather than all four of them plus me," Geli said in the episode. How sweet!
Props to House Hunters for managing to spice up their show after two decades on the air. My only remaining question is: Can the poor realtor find them a house with a master bedroom big enough to squeeze their three twin beds together? That's how it works, right?
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