Sara Ramirez and Dustin Lance Black Argue Over ‘When We Rise’ Bi Characters
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Sara Ramirez

Sara Ramirez and Dustin Lance Black Argue Over ‘When We Rise’ Bi Characters


Just weeks after Sara Ramirez called attention to one ABC show’s representation of bisexuality, she’s doing the same for another show — or rather, she called out the lack of bisexuality representation in the miniseries When We Rise.

The six-hour series charts the real-life pioneers of the LGBT rights movement, but bisexual activists like Sara contend the roles of bi historical figures are downplayed in When We Rise, if included at all.

(By the way, When We Rise stars Sara’s former TV husband, T.R. Knight.)

On March 13, the Grey’s Anatomy alumna tweeted out a statement by present-day activist Lani Ka‘ahumanu: “The B is missing from this epic LGBT docu-drama. When LGBT people rose … we rose together.”

When We Rise didn’t include bi history, and our story needs to be told,” Sara added.

“I admire you greatly @SaraRamirez, but this statement is not true,” replied Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, who wrote the series. “Real bisexual people and bi activists are portrayed in When We Rise.”

That tweet caught the attention of nonprofit organization BiNet USA, which tweeted, “Respectfully, sir, all reputable out and active bisexual+ elders and groups completely disagree.”

Dustin then claimed the real-life people portrayed in the series didn’t identify as bisexual in the 1970s, saying “bisexual” is a “modern word” — to the objections of and activist Eliel Cruz-Lopez.

“The show is based on real, living people,” Dustin tweeted. “If you do not like how they defined themselves back then, you can take it up with them.”

And the 42-year-old stayed on the defensive.

“I understand there are alternative facts out there that no real bi people and stories are in When We Rise, but that is false,” he wrote.

Bisexuality is certainly worthy of its own history, narrative, and a deeper dive. I hope filmmakers will tell that story.”

“See but that’s the frustration I’m seeing,” replied RJ Aguiar. “Why do we need our own when we’re supposed to already be part of the LGBT community?”

Sara is ready to engage further, however.

“Thank you, @DLanceBlack. I respect your thoughts on this. I also respect our LGTQ Bi+ elders,” she tweeted.

“I admire your reaching out abt this in this manner. Perhaps we can set up a time to share our thoughts directly? I'm open to it. DM me if you are. Wishing you well.”

Don’t forget: Sara called out ABC comedy The Real O’Neals last month for a joke mocking bisexuality.

And personally, we love seeing the actress defend bisexuality as fervently as Callie Torres did!