To Bi Or Not To Bi

On the surface, the following list is rather diverse and it is possible that the only thing they all have in common is that they all have pages on Wikipedia. Digging a little deeper shows that they maybe have a tendency to be somewhat thought-provoking and even in some cases ground-breaking.


Lady Gaga, Alison Goldfrapp, Alec Guinness, Christopher Hitchens, Angelina Jolie, Grace Jones, Janis Joplin, Alfred Kinsey, Calvin Klein, Brian Molko, Peaches, Lou Reed, Gore Vidal, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Azealia Banks, Marlon Brando, Lord Byron, Joe Dallesandro, James Dean, Marlene Dietrich, Kenny Everret, Fergie, Canaan Banana, Kurt Cobain, Alexander the Great, Jack Kerouac, Billie Holiday and David Bowie.

In the same way that Bill Hicks once mentioned how people who are anti-drugs should throw away all their good records because most of the artists making them were high, it could also be argued that people who are intolerant to sexual freedom should throw out a lot of their music, books, films and so on because a great deal of those revered creators are/were bisexual.

The word itself is only 101 years old.

Even in this most permissive age, bisexuality can still be considered somewhat unacceptable to people on both ends of the sexuality spectrum. In my experience I have found that both straight and gay people can be a little confused by the bi, so to speak. Maybe because society has spent the last 30 years or so ghettoising sexuality into tidy groups and bisexuals still refuse to fit neatly in the box.

Alexander the Great has a lot of cities named after him, 13 in the USA alone. Alexandria is Egypt’s second largest city and funnily enough that one is also named after possibly history’s most famous bisexual. There wasn’t any ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ policy in Alexander’s army. This begs the questions…

Can people really afford to be offended by the concept that a person can in fact ‘swing both ways’?