When fans questioned Bella Thorne’s sexuality after she posted Snapchats kissing her best friend Bella Pendergast back in August, she took the opportunity to bravely come out as bisexual (even though the two were just being friendly.)
Though the response to her coming out was overwhelmingly positive, she has continued to receive some comments from fans who are sceptical.
A Twitter user who goes by The Hornet tweeted at Thorne, asking how she really knows she’s bisexual if she hasn’t been sexually active with a female.
@bellathorne No disrespect, but how can u b bi, if uv never been sexually active w/ another girl. Although, I'm quite proud of ur braveness.
— The Hornet (@jeffhightower) September 21, 2016
Thorne was quick to shut down the questioning by responding, “I didn’t say I hadn’t?”.
I didn't say I hadn't ? https://t.co/LwVDb4nXrw
— bella thorne (@bellathorne) September 21, 2016
Thorne’s answer is a big reminder that we don’t have access to everyone’s personal lives, nor do we need it.
If someone identifies as bisexual, it’s no one’s place to ask if they’ve experienced same-sex sexual contact.
Also, having same-sex experience, or not having it, does not really say anything about someone’s identity.
how do u know ur straight if you've never had ur first kiss? Sexual contact doesn't dictate sexual orientation
— Megan Puleri (@MeganJPuleri) September 22, 2016
@jeffhightower how can straight people be straight if they're still virgins? 🤔
— brianna – hunter of lesbians (@notevenloaded) September 21, 2016
@jeffhightower also you don't have to justify your sexuality to anyone
— Enzo (@Enzo_DL) September 21, 2016