Yesterday, on the eve of Celebrate Bisexuality Day, it was reported that U.K. pop star Mika acknowledged his bisexuality, ending speculation that began when he first burst onto the music scene with his 2007 album, Life in Cartoon Motion.
In an interview with Dutch magazine Gay & Night, Mika said:
"I've never ever labeled myself. But having said that; I've never limited my life, I've never limited who I sleep with. So, whatever...call me whatever you want. Call me bisexual, if you need a term for me."
As news spread throughout the blogosphere yesterday, reaction from many commenters mirrored many of the gay community's longstanding misconceptions regarding bisexuality. Towleroad reader Crispy put it best when he commented: "Isn't bisexuality just the last exit to gaytown?" Even rapper Kanye West chimed in on the topic of bisexuality this week in an interview with hardknock.tv in which he stated: "There's no such thing as a bisexual guy. If a guy is bisexual that makes him gay. Don't try and re-term it."
West went on to deliver an outstanding message in support of the gay community despite his lack of knowledge on bisexuality. GLAAD would like to point out that bisexuality does in fact exist and we are proud to have bisexuals as part of the LGBT community. AfterElton today published a list of their "Eight Favorite Bisexuals Ever" and we would like to commend Mika for joining the likes of Michael Stipe and Alan Cumming, as well as Margaret Cho and Lady Gaga, as prominent out bisexual celebrities.
Mika went on in the interview to say:
"Let's say if you're a 16-year-old guy, and you're not sure about your sexuality, you should be as free as you want...Having a role model who makes you feel like it's alright to do whatever you want, without the pressure of a label, I think that's a good thing as well. I think there's a million different ways to do it, there isn't only one. And I hope I'm right."
The decision to come out as gay, lesbian or, yes, bisexual is a personal one. Though Mika clearly still prefers not to label himself (as is his right), we are glad that Mika has recognized the importance of being an out role model for questioning youth.
Mika's latest album, The Boy Who Knew Too Much, came out yesterday. Learn more at his official website.