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Lady Gaga’s Stonewall speech touched on bisexual exclusion

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Lady Gaga has always been an outspoken proponent of LGBTQ rights, but on Friday she told a crowd outside the Stonewall Inn that she “may not even be considered a part of the community,” even though she likes “girls sometimes.”

Gaga has openly identified as bisexual since the very beginning of her career, when she came out to Barbara Walters in a 2009 interview. The pop star and award-winning actress has written multiple songs expressing her attraction to women, and previously said anyone saying “she’s bisexual for marketing” is lying.

However, Gaga has also referred to herself as an ally. During her speech on Friday, when saying she may not be considered a part of the LGBTQ community, the crowd booed – but cheered when Gaga said she likes girls “sometimes.”

When the soundbite reached Twitter, Gaga’s admission prompted a conversation about bisexual erasure and biphobia within the LGBTQ community, with many fans blaming Gaga’s seemingly confused stance on her inclusion on the propensity to question and doubt bisexual people who have only had public relationships with members of the opposite sex.

Some fans pointed out that male pop stars – with Shawn Mendes being the prime example, since he had to ask fans to stop speculating about his sexuality – are more likely to be celebrated for their perceived queerness, while Gaga, despite openly identifying as bisexual, has had her place in the LGBTQ community questioned.

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In one thread, fans debated whether a clip of Gaga on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” saying “I’m not a gay woman” and asking whether she can stand up for a community she’s not “fully part of” was her denouncing her bisexuality. One user wrote “The wording here seems to convey that she feels ‘not gay enough’ because she is bisexual. Something that bisexuals feel all the time…. especially bi people involved in a hetero relationship [sic]”

The Gaga fan account behind the original tweet that brought attention to the singer’s statement followed up by tweeting “so glad that this is going viral. It’s about time people stop questioning Gaga’s bisexuality and activism. [sic]”

In a recent survey conducted by BuzzFeed News and Whitman Insight Strategies, 53 percent of LGBTQ Americans surveyed considered Gaga a gay icon.

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