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Sep 23

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🌈 Today we celebrate #BiVisibilityDay! 🚨 Bisexual people continue to face erasure. ❌ Bi discrimination is often based on incorrect stereotypes – like being bi is a phase or a trend. πŸ‘© But these 9 famous faces from history tell a different story. 🧡

Painting of Frida Kahlo with monkeys
Photo of HC Andersen
Photo of Josephine Baker
Photo of Alec Guinness

Ma Rainey (1886-1939) 🎀 Nicknamed "The Mother of Blues", Rainey was one of the earliest and most influential singers within the genre. πŸ’˜ While she sang about men, she was equally as open in her lyrics about her love for women – most famously in "Prove It on Me Blues".

Giacomo Casanova (1725-1798) πŸ’‹ While Casanova's name has become synonymous with seducing women, the infamous lover also recorded sleeping with men on several occasions. πŸ“• His memoirs are now thought to be one of the most authentic sources of 18th-century European social life.

Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992) πŸ‘©β€β€οΈβ€πŸ’‹β€πŸ‘© Dietrich became the first lead actress to kiss a woman in the 1930 film Morocco, and was known throughout her career for her androgyny. πŸ“½οΈ She was part of the "sewing circle" of queer Hollywood actresses at the time – which included Greta Garbo.

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) πŸ§œβ€β™€οΈ The Danish author is best known as the king of fairy tales, with works including "The Little Mermaid" and "The Ugly Duckling". βœ’οΈ Although he published mainly fiction, he wrote in his diary about his attraction to both men and women.

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Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) πŸ–ŒοΈ Considered one of the most famous female painters of all time, her work has been celebrated for exploring themes such as gender, race, disability and sexuality. 🎨 Kahlo's expressive self-portraits made her distinct look into a feminist symbol.

Painting of Frida Kahlo with monkeys

Alec Guinness (1914-2000) 🌌 Guinness was perhaps best known for being the original Obi-Wan Kenobi in "Star Wars", but his acting won acclaim across cinema, theatre nd TV. 🎞️ While he avoided talking about his bisexuality publicly, it was well known to his family and friends.

Photo of Alec Guinness

Josephine Baker (1906-1975) 🎭 Featuring in one of the first Black Broadway shows, the American entertainer quickly rose to fame around the world. πŸ•΅πŸΎβ€β™€οΈ Baker was also active in the civil rights movement and worked as a French Resistance agent during WW2.

Photo of Josephine Baker

Lord Byron (1788-1824) βœ’οΈ Byron is considered one of the greatest English poets, having penned works like "Don Juan", which is still widely read. πŸ‘¨β€β€οΈβ€πŸ’‹β€πŸ‘¨ His relationships with men and women scandalised the public at the time, and his private life led to as much fame as his writing.

Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ She became the longest-serving First Lady in the U.S. during President Franklin D. Roosevelt's four terms in office. πŸ“’ Roosevelt changed the role of a First Lady with her active work for human and women's rights while in the White House.

πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ Do you know of other bisexual people throughout history who should have more visibility? πŸ‘‡ Share with us below!

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