The Riverdale actor Lili Reinhart came out as bisexual earlier this summer, although she has been aware of her sexual orientation for years.
Lili said in a recent interview with Flaunt magazine that she has been aware of her attraction to women since a young age, but numerous obstacles have prevented her from coming out in public.
The 23-year-old explained that she had always avoided coming out because she believed that it would be too simple for others, especially the media, to criticize her and accuse her of “faking it” to seek attention. My bisexuality was not a secret, though, to my closest friends and people in my life.
Lili also told Flaunt that attending a Black Lives Matter protest in Los Angeles with other members of the LGBTQ+ community motivated her to come out. “It was great to be surrounded by so many individuals who are actively fighting against the injustices that are happening right now,” she continued.
Unfortunately, Lili’s anxieties that prevented her from coming out are shared by many bisexual individuals. Biphobia, Bisexual Erasure, and General Misconceptions about bisexuality are sadly still pervasive in LGBTQ+ and non-LGBTQ+ environments, which can contribute to mental health difficulties and feelings of general invalidation.
Numerous studies show that bisexual persons are at an increased risk for mental health problems that experts think can be due to stigma and minority stress, according to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).
For example, a 2016 study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health indicated that young bisexual women experience sadness and anxiety at a higher rate than both straight women and lesbians.
In spite of the fact that bi+ visibility is on the rise and that society’s understanding of bisexuality has developed in recent years, it is essential to be aware that bi-erasure still occurs.
Bisexuality is both real and beautiful, and either way you identify is valid, regardless of your relationship’s past or other considerations. Previously, Olivia, a 22-year-old bisexual woman, told Teen Vogue, “Queerness looks different for everyone, but it does not make any of us less queer.”
Is There a Gay Love Affair Going on Between Lili Reinhart and Wallis Day?
And she was correct! “This” was a picture of Wallis Day (the new Kate Kane on Batwoman) and Lili Reinhart (the always Betty Cooper on Riverdale), and “your folks” were “gays who watch every program on The CW.”
I blink-blink-blinked because I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, and then I spun through various fictional crossover scenarios that would justify Kate Kane and Betty Cooper being romantically involved, before concluding that this was in fact real life, and Wallis Day was indeed kissing Lili Reinhart on the ear. Which I am certain is not something buddies do!
The photo appears to have originated from Wallis Day’s Instagram story, which also has this less passionate photo from a different time period (how long has this been going on???).
Due to my training in Queer Internet Sleuthing, I was also able to uncover that someone on TikTok recently asked Wallis Day if she was comfortable with her sexuality, and she responded by posting approximately thirty photographs of Harry Styles draped in Pride flags. (Lili Reinhart is, of course, famously bisexual.)
And also, last week Lili inquired how to use TikTok on Twitter, and Wallis Day answered “OMG You’re so Sweet Bye” and Lili replied “sly emoji, kiss emoji.” This also suggests something, but it’s not as obvious as ear kissing.
I’ve been burned before by women smothering one other in kisses; Dianna Agron in particular has burned me more than once. — however, this seems to be extremely homosexual content. Please share your thoughts in the comments regarding your own Queer Internet Sleuthing.