Singer Aaron Carter took to Twitter Saturday night and revealed to the world that he is bisexual. Carter talked about how he found solace through his music, but his reveal sparked conversation regarding exclusion in the LGBTQ community and society as a whole.
In a personal note he released on Twitter, Carter publicized his sexual orientation.
— Aaron Carter (@aaroncarter) August 6, 2017
“When I was around 13-years-old I started to find boys and girls attractive,” the note read.
Carter’s letter elaborated on how much of a role music played in his life.
“To me music has always been my temple. Music will ALWAYS be what transcends all of us and myself,” Carter wrote.
The internet reacted, sparking conversation surrounding acceptance and other issues. Some users showed support to Carter, tweeting messages of solidarity.
LGBT activist Eric Rosswood retweeted Carter, “Congrats @aaroncarter for being true to yourself. Welcome to the family!” he wrote.
— Eric Rosswood (@LGBT_Activist) August 6, 2017
Carter’s reveal also sparked a different conversation surrounding bisexual erasure. Several users tweeted about the issue, which is when bisexuality, in general, is questioned or denied outright — which some argued happens in the LGBTQ community and society as a whole. Oppositional tweets regarding “bi erasure” typically referenced broad definitions and labels of “gay” that provide no nuance to sexual orientation distinctions within the LGBTQ community.
“aaron carter coming out as bisexual while everyone’s tweeting “aaron carter is gay!!!” is an exact example of what bi erasure looks like,” one user wrote.
aaron carter coming out as bisexual while everyone's tweeting "aaron carter is gay!!!" is an exact example of what bi erasure looks like
— kya (@nykaiya) August 6, 2017
“So much biphobia out there. People can only consider two sexualities: straight or gay. Nothing in between as far as they’re concerned :(,” another wrote.
So much biphobia out there. People can only consider two sexualities: straight or gay. Nothing in between as far as they're concerned 🙁
— Jacob Dunbar (@Fashiomista2017) August 6, 2017
“He is both straight and gay. The big story is the gay part. That’s why people are running with it,” he…