From Grease to Pretty Little Liars, these TV and movie moments made me question my sexuality

BY NIC CROSARA, IMAGE BY KOOLSHOOTERS

The majority of the films on this list were put on the TV by a member of my family. So if you’re related to me and reading this, sorry not sorry, I only have you to thank. Some of these onscreen moments make more sense than others, but after discussions in the lead-up to this week – I know I’m not the only one. 

Grease (1973) 

When Olivia Newton said, “Tell me about it, stud”, there was no turning back. 

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While You Were Sleeping (1995) 

This was my first time watching a Sandra Bullock movie. It was a big awakening, and the start of my life-long crush on Sandy. 

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Mulan (1998)

I’m sure this surprises no one. Not only was it my first bi awakening, it sparked my awareness of gender expression. 

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The Mummy (1999)

I know already from meme culture that there’s at least a 80% chance that this was also part of every bisexual’s onscreen awakening. I mean look at them both. 

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X-Men (2000) 

Every single woman in this movie was part of my awakening, but Storm blew them all away.

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Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) 

Ah, the realisation that I could be equally attracted to the male and female protagonist in a movie. 

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Avatar The Last Airbender (2005 – 2008)

I mean c’mon, Zuko and Azula. This may have also been my emo awakening. 

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She’s The Man (2006) 

Another memorable moment for my awareness of gender expression. Watching this movie made me realise I was obsessed with both Viola and Viola/Sebastian. 

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Black Swan (2010)

This is my first memory of seeing an explicit lesbian sex scene in a film. I didn’t come out for another five years, but by this point I definitely stopped lying to myself. 

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Pretty Little Liars (2010 – 2017)

It was so powerful to see a queer person of colour portrayed in this show and Emily’s coming out scene helped me as I prepared for my own coming out journey.  

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