“Jane the Virgin” Reveals One of Its Characters Is Bisexual (SPOILERS)


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(Spoiler alert: Do not read on if you have not watched Friday’s episode of Jane the Virgin, “Chapter Sixty-Nine.”)

has revealed that on of its significant new characters is bisexual.

In Friday night’s episode, Jane (Gina Rodriguez) is thrown for a loop when her first-love-turned-current-boyfriend Adam (Tyler Poesy) reveals he has ex-boyfriends and is actually bisexual.

Taking a page out of its Friday night partner Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s page, this episode of Jane spent a significant amount of time digging into what this means for Adam and Adam and Jane’s relationship.

Crazy Ex used one critically acclaimed musical number (“Getting Bi”) to address all the issues facing those who identify as bisexual, featuring lyrics like “It’s not a phase, I’m not confused. Not indecisive. I don’t have the gotta-choose blues,” to cap off a coming out story for Rebecca’s (Rachel Bloom) boss Darryl (Pete Gardner).

Jane went about it in a more traditional way: by having its titular character spending a good chunk of the episode freaking out over it.

Jane tries to play it cool and act like it doesn’t bother her at first, but soon, she’s imagining Adam’s every interaction with another attractive man as potential flirting and even starts letting herself indulge in thoughts about her own sexuality to the point where she tries to kiss her best friend Lina (Diana Guerrero).

Finally, the newly reunited couple just sit down and talk it all out, starting with Jane admitting she has been stewing in some silly and stupid thoughts about Adam being bisexual ever since he told her.

Jane becomes a mouthpiece for the many questions bisexual people get asked, like, “is being bisexual just a stop on the way to you coming out as gay?” and she also admits to being insecure, since she can’t give Adam what a man can. “You can’t give me what another woman can either, but I don’t want to be with anyone else,” a very patient and understanding Adam responds.

The revelation about Adam comes just a day after GLAAD released its annual “Where We Are on TV” report, where it found bisexual representation still lacking on the small screen.

Particularly lacking were male bisexual characters. Bisexual+ characters make up 26 percent of the LGBTQ characters on broadcast scripted series in 2017, which is already a slight decrease from 2016, and this year’s characters still heavily skew toward women (75 women to 18 men across all ), according to the report.

The report also notes that The CW actually ranks first among all the broadcast in terms of LGBTQ characters, with 11 percent. Jane also features another LGBT character in Luisa Alver (Yara Martinez), Raphael’s (Justin Baldoni) sister, who has recurrd on the show since the pilot, along with her on-again-off-again crime lord love interest, Rose (Bridget Regan).

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