Ultimate Guide To Stories That Have Bisexual Representation
Hello Storytellers and happy bi visibility day!
Today is one of those great days that the world gets to celebrate and spread awareness of Bisexuality and the history, culture, and vibrancy that surrounds its community. Holidays like today help fight against prejudice and tackle head on the stereotypes that face bisexuals constantly.
Here on the blog (and in my personal life) I strive to bring awareness to stories and the magic of storytelling, because I believe that stories have the power to change a world and move mountains. A story can strengthen a person or it can tear down someone. As a bisexual woman, I looked to stories to help me come to terms with my own sexuality and they in turn helped me realize that I wasn’t alone and that I wasn’t different/abnormal.
With that said, I thought it would be only fitting to highlight stories that represents this amazing orientation in an ultimate guide. Please note that this guide is not all encompassing. There are thousands of stories out there that I either didn’t mention because wow we would be here all day or I don’t know about them! So if you see that I didn’t mention one, please drop the title down in the comments to share the love and add to the guide!
So without further ado, grab some popcorn get comfy with a pad and pen, and enjoy!
Genre: Medical Drama
Run time: 2005 – Present
Streaming: Netflix, Hulu, Youtube TV, ABC
A drama centered on the personal and professional lives of five surgical interns and their supervisors.
Callie Torres (played by the talented Sara Ramirez) is the longest running LGBTQIA+ character in television history. Torres was inspired by the actors very own coming out journey as Sara Ramirez also came out as bisexual during the run of the show (which is still playing today!). Dr. Torres is seen throughout her story line dating (and marrying) both men and women. Callie also goes on record on the show proclaiming her sexuality in probably one of my favorite quotes from the show:
“So, I’m bisexual. So what? It’s a thing and it’s real. I mean, it’s called LGBTQ for a reason. There’s a ‘b’ in there and it doesn’t mean ‘badass’. Okay, it kind of does, but it also means ‘bi’.”
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Network: Sci-fi, Showcase
Run Time: 2010-2015
Bo is a small-town girl on the run after a disastrous sexual encounter with her boyfriend ends with his death. Bo learns that she is not human, but a succubus, who feeds on the sexual energy of humans. She and her kind are members of the Fae, creatures of legend, who walk among humans and feed off them in different ways. As she searches for the truth about her origins and runs from her inhuman urges, she vows to help those she meets along the way — human or Fae — who need to right a wrong.
Ya’ll this is probably the most underrated fantasy tv show out there. Past Sam as a bi-curious popcorn kernel lived for this show as it made me feel seen and not…abnormal. Our main character, Bo (Anna Silk), is a bisexual succubus who is learning to control her abilities all the while helping those in need and discovering where she really came from. Throughout the series Bo has two main relationships worth mentioning: One with Dyson, our very own straight shapeshifter, and Lauren, who is a lesbian human doctor who due to certain events has pledged herself to the service of the Light Clan. Not only is Bo bisexual but throughout the series we are graced with several different bi characters across the spectrum as well as different sexual identities and perspectives.
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi
Network: the CW
Run Time: 2014 – Present
Streaming: The CW app, Netflix
When nuclear Armageddon destroys civilization on Earth, the only survivors are those on the 12 international space stations in orbit at the time. Three generations later, the 4,000 survivors living on a space ark of linked stations see their resources dwindle and face draconian measures established to ensure humanity’s future. Desperately looking for a solution, the ark’s leaders send 100 juvenile prisoners back to the planet to test its habitability. Having always lived in space, the exiles find the planet fascinating and terrifying, but with the fate of the human race in their hands, they must forge a path into the unknown.
I’m only going to say this one time and one time only storytellers: FREAKING LEXA DESERVED BETTER OKAY.
Genre: Drama, Adventure
Run Time: 2014 – Present
Streaming: Starz, Hulu, Youtube TV
A prequel to the classic Robert Louis Stevenson novel “Treasure Island,” “Black Sails” is a pirate adventure that centers on the tales of Captain Flint, who has a reputation throughout the West Indies as being the most brilliant, most feared of all the Golden Age pirates. It’s 1715, and as Flint fights for the survival of New Providence Island — a debauched paradise teeming with pirates, prostitutes, thieves and fortune seekers — in the wake of threats from British and Spanish forces, he aligns himself with Eleanor Guthrie, daughter of the local kingpin, to hunt the ultimate prize and ensure his people’s survival. But standing in the way are rival captains, Eleanor’s intrusive father, and perhaps the bigger obstacle of all: John Silver, a young, fast-talking, authority-flouting sailor recently added to Flint’s crew.
I have yet to watch this, but my sister binged the entirety of this show in one weekend and badgers me constantly to pick it up. According to my sources (friends and my sister who have watched the show) the character James Flint, a captain of a Pirate ship, is a confirmed bisexual. This tidbit is a huge answer/revelation to his backstory. Safe to say that I can vibe it.
Genre: Drama, Adventure
Run Time: 2004 – 2010
Streaming: Amazon Prime
This update of the late-1970s programme takes a decidedly darker tone as what’s left of humankind struggles for survival against the robot Cylons, who have killed millions. The Galactica, led by William Adama, protects a patched-together fleet of civilians – led by de facto president Laura Roslin – in search of a mythical planet called Earth.
If you didn’t watch the webisodes that aired in between the seasons (which please go back and watch them) you probably don’t know this as during the show we only really see him with women, but Felix Gaeta had one amazing and fandom inducing relationship with Lieutenant Hoshi. Like 👀…I don’t think I ever stanned anything harder than that relationship right there. Also if this isn’t enough to make you want to binge the entire series (plus the classics because why not?) than I don’t know what will. It should also be noted that the show takes on a strong stance against misogyny, curated a universe where coming out isn’t a thing because no one cares who you date or do the vertical tango with, as well as making sure that their world building was gender-blind. So yeah, I wouldn’t be mad if you stopped reading my post (bookmark first!) and went to go binge.
Other Shows With Bisexual Representation:
|The Fall||Brooklyn – 99|
|Orange is the New Black||Crazy Ex Girlfriend|
|Glee||Game of Thrones|
|House of Cards||Shadowhunters|
|How To Get Away With Murder||Jane the Virgin|
|The L Word||Wynonna Earp|
When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny.
You probably didn’t know this (or maybe you did–I don’t know your life) but our iconic superhero, Wonder Woman, is Bisexual as fuck. This was confirmed back in 2016 by a DC Comic writer, as well as by portraying actress, Gal Gadot, who told Variety “She can be bisexual. She loves people for their hearts.”
Wonder Woman is canonically bi in both comics and cinema, proving that obviously Amazons have the superior culture. pic.twitter.com/2F2jiCraZk
— Robin Gee (@RobinGwhiz) September 23, 2018
An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.
Move over James Bond and hello Lorraine Broughton. Played by the amazing as all get out actress, Charlize Theron, this film takes on the plot of a kick ass bisexual heroine who goes on a mission in Berlin where she is all too willing to use her peculiar set of skills to get the job done and to stay alive. Now we don’t waddle to this movie for substance (because what really is substance when you can have style) but rather for its aesthetically pleasing action sequences and stylistic coloration. Moreover, we waddle to this film to drool over Charlize Theron.
A biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work.
This is the movie that put actress Salma Hayek on the map in Hollywood, as well as gave people the chance to see into the life of an amazing artist. This biopic walks its viewers through the life of Frida, where we are given a chance to see her romances, the trauma she has gone through, the realities of living with a disability, and the political movements she fought alongside and against. One of the beautiful aspects of this film is its instance and refusal to gloss over or erase Frida’s sexual identity.
A look at the life of Alfred Kinsey, a pioneer in the area of human sexuality research, whose 1948 publication “Sexual Behavior in the Human Male” was one of the first recorded works that saw science address sexual behavior.
What would be the ultimate guide if I didn’t include this film? Kinsey follows the story of Alfred Kinsey, a scientist who pioneered and promoted the concept of loving both sexist and the founder of the Kinsey scale. Another Biopic, but Liam Neeson (who plays Kinsey) does a phenomenal job as he depicts Alfred’s journey in 1948 while addressing the controversial realities around sex for that time. Film critic, David Ansen wrote in his review that, “Kinsey is a celebration of diversity; it’s about the solace knowledge can bring.”
Other Films With Bisexual Representation:
|Disobedience||The Rocky Horror Picture Show|
|Tully||Imagine Me & You|
|The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo||Bohemian Rhapsody|
|Chasing Amy||A Simple Favor|
|The Kids Are Alright||The Favourite|
|Appropriate Behavior||Call Me By Your Name|
|Professor Marston & The Wonder Women||Velvet Goldmine|
|Brokeback Mountain||The Comedian|
Shadow Hunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…
I think the series is popular enough where I don’t have to explain anything but just say: Magnus Bane.
Leah and the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
Publisher: HarperCollins / Balzar + Bray
Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.
When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.
So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.
This jumped off of the Love, Simon hype (which was real and true and pure) and made my heart incredibly happy to see Leah find herself and grow comfortable in who she is. Even though this book didn’t click/connect with me, I did have to slap this book on here as I know others who have loved this book and have used it in their own coming out/helping others come to understand bisexuality a bit better.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Publisher: Atria Books
Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?
Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.
Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ’80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.
Written with Reid’s signature talent for creating “complex, likable characters” (Real Simple), this is a mesmerizing journey through the splendor of old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means—and what it costs—to face the truth.
If you were apart of the book community last summer you will know that this book went off like a canon. Those who went into this blind were shooketh, those who went into it knowing what they were getting into were also shooketh. Reid weaves a story that goes back and forth between past and present in an effortless way to tell the story of Evelyn Hugo, a old hollywood celebrity that is ready to share her story, however she will only tell it to the young writer, Monique. Diversity flows abundant in this novel, with better than A1 steaksauce representation.
Queen of Geek by Jen Wilde
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Three friends, two love stories, one convention: this fun, feminist love letter to geek culture is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself.
Charlie likes to stand out. She’s a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star Reese Ryan. When internet-famous cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.
Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with her best guy friend Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about a fan contest for her favorite fandom, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.
Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, is an empowering novel for anyone who has ever felt that fandom is family.
I binged this bad boy in four hours one saturday morning, and to this day I still remember the feeling I got when I finished it. This book left a mark on me not only because it’s super adorable and hella relatable. But because the bisexual representation in this book is so natural and effortless, I felt seen in the most subtle and effortless of ways. I found pieces of myself in each of the characters that made me fall even more in love with it. The diversity within this novel not only touches sexuality but also characters of color, mental health, and so much more. What more can you ask of a story?
Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Publisher: Swoon Reads
What happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?
When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius—his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There’s only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse.
Heads of family, state, and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instragramable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with a surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations and begs the question: Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage, and the power, to be the people we are meant to be? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through?
Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue proves: true love isn’t always diplomatic.
Full disclosure, I haven’t read this one yet, but I PLAN TO OKAY. DON’T COME AFTER MY LIFE! But I add this to the list because 1) almost everyone and their mom’s has read this book and 2) Some of my closest friends have read this and loved it and I completely trust their opinions. With that said, this book gives us not only a bisexual main character, but also a huge multi-diverse cast. We’ve got biracial babies, several bisexual characters, diverse backgrounds, gays, and a shit ton of characters who kick the patriarchy’s ass. I’m honestly offended that I haven’t read this book yet, and I need to apologize to myself.
Other Books With Bisexual Representation:
|The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde||Not Your Sidekick by CB Lee|
|Autobiography by Christina Lauren||Labrynth Lost by Zoraida Cordova|
|How to Make A Wish by Ashley Herring Blake||
Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole
|The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee||Heartstopper by Alice Oseman|
|Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy||Fake Out by Eden Finley|
|Radio Silence by Alice Oseman||
They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera
|Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake||Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert|
|Nevernight by Jay Kristoff||
Our Own Private Universe by Robin Talley
|I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver||
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
|We Are Okay by Nina LaCour||Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand|
Like I said before, this is just the tip of the iceberg of stories that have bisexuality represented in them. There are literally so many amazing stories out there that spread the magic, love, and epicness of this amazing orientation that I can’t possibly put down into one simple post. But I hope this guide is the starting point for you to find and fall in love with new stories that show a different perspective of the world we live in.
If you know of any of more titles that weren’t mentioned, drop them in the comments for others (and myself) to see and check out!