Desiree Akhavan opens up about bi-erasure

PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Director Desiree Akhavan of 'The Miseducation of Cameron Post' attends The IMDb Studio and The IMDb Show on Location at The Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb)

Director, writer and actor Desiree Akhavan has spoken out about bi-erasure in the run-up to the release of her new comedy series The Bisexual on Channel 4. The filmmaker, who is openly bisexual herself, says that she has always been made feel like she was invisible and her sexuality did not exist, and if people said the word ‘bisexual’ relating to her, it always sounded like a slur. Her new comedy drama will follow New Yorker Leila (Akhavan), a bisexual woman who has recently broken up with her girlfriend, as she attempts to navigate London’s dating scene but it is hard because men confuse her to a lesbian because she ha dated a woman and women bother whether she would ‘be gay or not’ the following morning.Elsewhere at the event, Akhavan said she first started pitching the script for The Bisexual to producers in Los Angeles in 2014 and 2015. She also suggested that Amazon rejected her comedy series on the basis that it already had another LGBT+ show, Transparent.


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