Unfortunately, even within the LGBTQ+ community, very detrimental myths and preconceptions about bisexual identites persist.
In an interview with the British journal Gay Times for its Pride edition, Disney Channel star Dove Cameron discussed some of these specific problems. She talked about her fear of backlash after exposing her LGBT orientation during an Instagram Live session.
Cameron claimed she was never “confused” about her sexuality, but felt “I wouldn’t be welcomed and I had this crazy narrative that people wouldn’t believe me,” perhaps highlighting a stark reality for many LGBTQ+ people.
If the recent outcry and toxic hyper-speculation around another Disney Channel star, Joshua Basset‘s sexuality, demonstrates anything, it’s that Cameron had plenty of reasons to be wary about disclosing such a private part of herself.
Dove revealed, “I’ve been hinting about my sexuality for years while being hesitant to call it out for everyone.”
Cameron also listed openly LGBTQ+ celebrities like Ben Platt, Cara Delevingne, and Kristen Stewart as role models in the interview. “Guys, I really needed to clarify something to you,” the actress said during an Instagram Live session with her admirers in August of last year. Perhaps I haven’t stated it, but I am really queer.”
Now that she’s told the world her truth, the actress says she’s happier. “I was so frightened to come out, and one day I just dropped it because I was acting like someone who was out and realized I wasn’t,” Cameron said in an interview with Gay Times.
And the parts haven’t stopped pouring in: Cameron is presently starring as Bubbles in a live-action rendition of the famous cartoon The Powerpuff Girls for The CW.
Cameron previously sparked intense queer speculation for Disney Channel when she tweeted that the titular characters of Liv & Maddie, the hit children’s sitcom in which she played Liv, an actress, were bisexual and lesbian, respectively.
It’s inspiring to witness the next generation of Disney Channel stars establish their own personalities and express themselves without the distractions of controversies and sensationalized tabloid headlines.
It’s difficult not to recall how difficult it was for Miley Cyrus, who also identifies as queer, to come to terms with her sexuality in the mid-aughts. It’s an indication that things might actually be improving.
Dove Cameron, the Disney Princess, Opens Up About Her Bisexuality
Here’s the Tweet by GAY TIMES
Dove Cameron began her Disney career in 2013 as the titular twins in the sitcom Liv & Maddie (who she later revealed were both LGBTQ), and continued through 2021 in her most recent role as Mal (Daughter of Maleficent) in the Descendants live action AND animation franchise.
You might recognize her as Amber Von Tussle from Hairspray Live!, Ruby from Agents of SHIELD, or the voice of Ghost Spider/Gwen Stacy in different Marvel Rising cartoons if you aren’t a Disney fan.
(Also, this isn’t relevant, but the fact that Dove Cameron is bisexual simply adds more wind to my Mal/Evie ship’s sails.)
Dove Cameron was born in 1996, just on the edge of the Millennial and Gen Z generations, and I believe this has influenced her decision to come out as bisexual.
While Millennials are known for making big announcements at award shows and in interviews, Gen Z is more likely to say it casually in a TikTok about their favorite things, Dove took a hybrid approach. She’s been hinting at it on Twitter for years, eventually declaring it outright in answers.
Around the time her lyric video for her song “We Belong” was released, she began discussing her bisexuality more on social media, as it portrayed a range of couplings, including wlw. She also “gets honest” about being bisexual in an interview with The Gay Times.
So, while this isn’t exactly breaking news for those of us who have been following Dove on social media because they are enamored with the Descendants movies despite being an adult, it’s wonderful to see she’s comfortable enough to talk about it so openly.
While many of the Disney kids I grew up idolizing eventually came out as we grew older (Raven, Miley, and Demi, for example), it always felt like they had to wait until they were free of (or as a way to distinguish themselves from) their Disney identity before coming out.
So it’s wonderful to see Dove Cameron be so forthright about her sexuality while she’s probably still under contract with Disney, or at the very least, still very much on the minds of many, many tiny humans who will now have another much-needed queer role model to look up to.
I also feel she’s just getting started because she’s tremendously gifted, and I believe she’ll become a household celebrity in the coming years, especially if the Powerpuff Girls live-action version gets off the ground.
Viva la revolution bisexual!