“The gay characters I can remember were most often stereotypes.
Even a show like ‘Friends,’ you watch back, and you’re like, ‘Ooh, I can’t believe that’s the choice they made.’ And as someone who’s bi, you have absolutely nothing — no representation at all.
Goor says that the writers are likely to have Rosa continue to date around for a while, rather than show her settling down with a new significant other right away.
Goor agrees that bisexuality is still underrepresented in media and feels it is important to note that coming out as bisexual is often very different than coming out as gay.
When constructing the story for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” his writers’ room wanted to be “specific and reflective of that fact.” For Beatriz, it is also important to portray a character who is confident in her sexuality, so that the depiction of bisexuality is not brushed off as just a phase, with the character expecting to “pick a team,” a phrase Beatriz says she hates.
“If a kid that’s bi is watching TV and doesn’t really see anyone that identifies as bi or queer that is in a happy, functioning relationship, that has a good job, that lives past a 3-episode guest star arc — or maybe the bi character is hypersexualized or possibly a villain, [which] happens a lot — what does that mean for a 12, 13-year-old watching television and consuming media, and thinking, ‘Well who am I then?
I guess I’m not this thing because I’m not a villain, I don’t want to be hypersexualized, I want what everybody wants, to live happy and well,'” she says.
The men who were judged to be the best-looking had higher rates of divorce.