Sapphic Salon: Why Lady Gaga is important for gay women
When Lady Gaga first told a gay magazine she was bisexual at the end of 2008, she was still a rising star. "Just Dance" had just begun switching over from gay club anthem to mainstream radio hit, and sure, she could probably benefit from using her sexuality as a point of interest about her.
Since the original interview, she's been back and forth on the statement. In December 2008, she told Popeater: "I'm really free-spirited about love and sexuality, which I think is apparent in my music, and even the visuals, which are all very androgynous" but that she didn't want to "label herself."
Then in February 2009, she kissed a female cop in her music video for "Love Game" and shortly after, "Poker Face" became a huge hit, featuring lyrics about women like "bluffing with my muffin" and switching between pronouns from he to she.
In May 2009, she told Rolling Stone she is bisexual, "but her attraction to women is purely physical. It's an aspect of her sexuality that makes boyfriends 'uncomfortable.'"
And, as of this week, we were still dying to know what the real story was. The person to finally get it out of her was Barbara Walters:
So, based on the interview, we know Lady Gaga hasn't had anything more than a sexual relationship with a woman (or several women), does that change our opinions of her bisexuality claim? I hope not. Does she need to prove her sexuality to us? Again, I hope not, but she was put in that position. As an incredible gay advocate and in the public eye in a huge way, Lady Gaga's mere mentioning of bisexuality and embracing of living as openly queer is a great form of visibility. I consider her a member of the team, and I don't need to know how many women she's bedded as a form of justification.
The only thing I'm worried about is that it could appear to some, who don't know much better, that bisexuals are those that are interested only in men for relationships, but will enjoy sexual relationships with women purely for fun. I hope it doesn't further that awful stereotype, and that Lady Gaga isn't put in the position of being the poster child for women who like women only while drunk and horny.
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