‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Star Stephanie Beatriz Opens Up About Her Bisexuality In Moving Essay

Brooklyn 99 star, Stephanie Beatriz officially spoke about her bisexuality for the first time back in July of 2016.

She did it with this simple tweet…

Fast forward two years, and the actress is getting married to a man. However, she wrote a powerful essay for GQ for Pride month in which she explained that being in what appears to be a heteronormative relationship doesn’t cheapen her queerness or her bi-ness.

She says…

“I’m bi, and I’m getting married this fall. I’m excited, nervous, terrified, and so fucking happy. I’m choosing to get married because this particular person brings out the best in me. This person happens to be a man. I’m still bi.”

She goes on…

“Bisexuality often needs an explanation. It isn’t something you can often ‘read’ on a person, and because of that bi people sometimes feel like an invisible part of the LGBTQIA community. People’s sexuality is often defined by who we’re partnered with at any given moment, which can be a frustrating limitation for me.”

And she closes by saying…

“Speaking from personal experience, it feels so fucking good to be out. It’s still scary sometimes—I feel like an outsider so often. But those moments of discomfort are worth it, because living authentically gives me so much joy and feels so honest and good. In October, I will marry a heterosexual man. We’ll make vows that I will take very seriously—till death do us part. But I’ll be bi till the day I die, baby, and I vow to myself to always sing that truth.”

The full essay can be read here.

Within the LGBTQ community, bisexual and pansexual people are still often stigmatized, with stereotypes about their sexuality being a ‘choice’ or a ‘phase,’ or that they’re inherently ‘promiscuous,’ or ‘perpetually unsatisfied’. Of course, none of these things are true. But bi and pan visibility has not been the same as gay and lesbian visibility, so Beatriz’ openness is of paramount importance.

People thanked her for choosing to be visible…

Visible queer people are what changes hearts and minds. Thank you Stephanie for being visible.

H/T: GQ, Twitter

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Written by Dana Levinson

Dana Aliya Levinson is an actress, writer, and trans activist. She graduated with honors from the New School where she wrote extensively about political and ethnic identity in the middle-east. She was a 2014-2015 Dramatists Guild Fellow, and has written about politics and trans issues for The Huffington Post, Women's Health, Nylon, and The Notice Blog.