A person’s sexuality plays a big part on how you perceive the world and how others perceive you. I recently watched the documentary on Amy Winehouse directed by Asif Kapadia, released in July 2015. I was disappointed that the director didn’t think her bisexuality was an important part of Amy’s life.
Since when is a person’s sexual orientation not an important aspect of yourself? When a documentary or biography leaves out the person’s sexuality it distorts the real story. Can you imagine reading about Gertrude Stein and not know about Alice B. Toklas. Or, read about Rock Hudson, who was once married to a woman and not know that he was gay?
Amy spoke openly about her bisexuality to the press. Her song Addicted was about being with a girl and sharing a joint — not wanting the girl’s boyfriend to be around. She also said she found women very satisfying. Winehouse put sexy girl tattoos on her body, saying, “ I like pin-up girls. I’m more boy than a girl.” She also said, “I don’t care what people think about me being bi — I do what feels good.”
That’s the complete picture of a fantastic singer that unfortunately was addicted to drugs and alcohol, as well as being bulimic. Including in the documentary that Amy Winehouse was bisexual makes it easier for other LGBT people to accept themselves and to be acknowledged by others. It was shortsighted that the director didn’t see how important it was to show all of Amy.
Equality and acceptance here in the US and worldwide for the LGBT community is still an ongoing conflict. Since we have achieved marriage equality, over one-hundred anti-gay bills have been introduced or passed in twenty-two states.
When people know that we are part of their families, friends and co-workers, it changes their stereotypes about us and gives them a fresh insight to who we really are. It’s important that biographers and documentarians open the closet doors and offer a genuine perspective on their subject.