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Watch: Romi Klinger and Ilene Chaiken Talk Bisexuality

Watch: Romi Klinger and Ilene Chaiken Talk Bisexuality

In an otherwise lackluster season of The Real L Word Romi (Klinger) has kept the discussion of her bisexuality alive and well, first dating her ex boyfriend Jay, dumping him for her ex girlfriend Kelsey and ditching Kelsey for her ex boyfriend Dusty. Much of the season premiere focused on Romi's coming out to her friends as in a relationship with a man.

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In an otherwise lackluster season of The Real L Word Romi (Klinger) has kept the discussion of her bisexuality alive and well, first dating her ex boyfriend Jay, dumping him for her ex girlfriend Kelsey and ditching Kelsey for her ex boyfriend Dusty. Much of the season premiere focused on Romi's coming out to her friends as in a relationship with a man. 

In a recent video Romi and the show’s creator Ilene Chaiken chatted about how the news of Romi’s dating men was received by her fellow cast mates and by fans at large, reports AfterEllen.

Last week Ilene told The Huffington Post that she “buckled” under pressure from fans of her show The L Word to end Tina’s (Laurel Holloman) relationship with a man and to reunite her with Bette (Jennifer Beals), although she had wanted Tina to be in the relationship with a man.

The pair kicks off the interview with Romi discussing growing up in  household in which her mother was in a relationship with another woman throughout her childhood.

The conversation quickly turns to The Real L Word and the judgment Romi says she received from the lesbian community.

Of Romi’s being openly bisexual on the show Ilene says, “Your fans felt disappointed, betrayed,” to which Romi responds, “They felt that I had no reason to be on The Real L Word.”

“She’s not real and she was never a lesbian and now she’s with a guy and we don’t want to see that,” Romi says of the feedback she received at the start of the season.

Ilene continues suggesting that Romi was laughed at for being bisexual, to which Romi agrees, adding, “Because the lesbians are looking at you like you’re kind of a traitor, you don’t know what side you want. You’re not really one of them." 

“We’re asking other people to give us equality and to give us rights and to not judge us because they don’t understand us, but yet, within our own community we’re looking at our friends and we’re judging them for who they love,” Romi says. 

 

 

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Tracy E. Gilchrist

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.

Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.