Lili Reinhart appeared publicly as bisexual earlier this summer, but the Riverdale actor has known her sexual identity for years.
In a new interview with Flaunt magazine, Lili revealed that she has been aware of her attraction to women from an early age, but several factors have prevented her from being open about her sexuality in public places.
Lilli Said She Is Bisexual
Lili also told Flont that she was encouraged to come out after participating in a Black Lives Matter protest in Los Angeles with other members of the LGBTQ + community. “It was amazing to have so many people who are actively fighting the injustice that is happening right now,” he said.
Sadly, Lili’s concerns keep her from coming out, something some bisexual people deal with. Unfortunately, common misconceptions about biphobia, bisexual drafts, and bisexuality are still prevalent in both LGBTQ + and non-LGBTQ + locations, which can contribute to mental health issues and general feelings of invalidation.
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) reports that, according to several studies, “bisexual people are at increased risk of mental health problems which, according to experts, can be attributed to minority stigma and stress.” A 2016 study published by the Journal of Adolescent Health found that young bisexual women experience depression and anxiety at higher rates than heterosexual and lesbian women; Similarly, the LGBTQ + HRC survey found that only 5% of bisexual youth reported feeling “very happy.”
Although bi + visibility is increasing and social understanding of hermaphroditism has developed in recent years, it is important to recognize that bi-elimination still occurs. To be clear: Hermaphroditism is real and beautiful, and as valid as you are, regardless of your dating history or any other factor. As Olivia, a 22-year-old bisexual woman, previously told Teen Vogue, “Queerness looks different to everyone and doesn’t make us inferior to any of us.”