Actress Sara Ramirez has tweeted her complaint that miniseries When We Rise does not tell the story of bisexuality.
— Sara Ramirez (@SaraRamirez) March 13, 2017
However, Dustin Lance Black, the writer and producer of the miniseries, responded by saying that Ramirez’ “is not true” and that “real bisexual people and bi activists are portrayed in When We Rise.”
— Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) March 14, 2017
BiNet USA, one of the oldest bisexual advocacy groups in the US, joined the conversation by tweeting: “Respectfully sir [Dustin Lance Black] all reputable out and active bisexual elders and groups completely disagree.”
In response, Black suggested that the term “bisexual” did not exist as a political identity in the 1970s and 1980s, which is the time period covered in When We Rise. Neverthless, bisexual.org hit back with a tweet which alleges that the term bisexual has existed since the 1890s.
Furthermore, Writer Eliel Cruz-Lopez critiqued the show’s lack of inclusion on Bisexual.org:
There are two points in the series that are being used as evidence of bi inclusion. In the first two episodes, Ken has a lover that is married to a woman. His lover, Richard, also has HIV and hides his sexuality in part by remaining married to his wife.
The wife acts more as a friend and beard than an actual partner. At one point, when Ken wants to be more out about his sexuality, Richard’s wife says: “Richard and I stayed married for a reason. It’s afforded us this home, our stability. We need more discretion now, Ken, not less.”
This character reads more that he came out to his wife, she reconciled herself to his gayness, and they remained together out of convenience. Not that he is bi.”
Former Grey’s Anatomy actress Ramirez offered to sit down with Black to explore the topic of bisexuality.
(Information sourced from Newnownext.com)