This painting represents about how I feel about bisexuality now, and LGBTQ+ love is definitely included in this. The painting was initially titled ‘Happy Bisexuality Visibility Day’ and was released on social media on this day, 23rd September, 2020.
To me, it’s all the same love, regardless of what sexuality you identify as. I’m not the first person to argue this, and I’m sure I won’t be the last.
The full rainbow spectrum of colour in the hearts represent that love is infinite. I think everyone’s hearts have an infinite capacity to love, and I think everyone is amazing.
The problem with this idea of separation and difference based on who we love, is that it’s not built on anything solid. Any idea of separation just crumbles quite easily when you actually think about what it’s rooted in, whereas love is forever. And it’s all there ever has been.
To construct difference means to construct an idea that there are ‘some’ people that are all the same and ‘Others’ that are different. Like the construction of the idea of class, for example, or race, or sexuality, these terms we use I would argue are fluid, they mean different things to different people, and the meaning of these words are changing all the time, just as our idea of what it means to be in a ‘homogenous group’ is changing all the time. Intersectional identities are starting to be talked about and recognised, and I think this a really interesting time to watch this shift in awareness happen.
Some scholars argue that in the case of construction of ‘race’ for example, there have been historically some tools used to create this idea what a ‘group’ really means. For example, some have looked at the use of census over many years, and have noted that over a period of time, every year, the amount of categories that people could select what race they identify as, was reduced every time they collected the census, creating a narrower and narrower field of what race people identified as (Anderson, Imagined Communities). This is just an example of how some things have been socially conditioned to create an idea of something, to appear as if it’s always been the case.
I am proud to say that I identify as bisexual, and I am proud to say that I identify as me, because I always have been.
I’m not suggesting we abandon these terms of identity altogether, but I am saying that I think it’s important to recognise that someone’s demographics isn’t everything about a person, and sometimes these terms used to describe certain groups have quite an interesting history.
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