One Equal World

Bi Visibility Day, Featuring Mara Wilson

Posted on: September 23, 2016

A photo of the dictionary definition of bisexual.

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Mara Wilson is a special kind of celebrity, the kind who was a child star and was, and continues to be, important to people right around her own age. With her online presence small but buoyed up by appearances on popular podcasts and Youtube channels, she handles social media with a blunt sort of grace. She’s not Matilda anymore. She’s 29, she’s Mara, and she’s a nerd household name.

And she’s bisexual, too.

Wilson came out almost by accident in the emotional aftermath of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in June 2016.

“The LGBTQ community has always felt like home, especially a few years later when I, uh, learned something about myself. So thank you,” she tweeted.

Shortly after, she confirmed that she is “Bi. But yeah,” in response to people accusing her of appropriating the sympathies evoked by the tragedy.

“I know a lot of people don’t like the Kinsey scale, and that is fine by me. But I’m pragmatic at heart and find comfort in numbers. … Let me put it this way: I’m a 2,” she continued. For those not familiar with Kinsey, a two on the Kinsey scale of gender-based attraction means one’s attractions are ‘Predominantly heterosexual, but more than incidentally homosexual.’ Which means bisexual.

Wilson, whose memoir went up on shelves September 13th, didn’t expect her casually made statement to go viral on Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook, the three giants of social media, and the response overwhelmed her, even though it was vastly positive.

We know that many children are aware of their own labels pretty young. It’s very good to imagine young bi girls being able to watch Matilda and see that little superhero and know they belong with her. And it’s good to know that Wilson, who is funny, clever, and worldly, belongs with the LGBT community.

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