Actor François Arnaud just told the world in an Instagram story that he’s bisexual, right in the middle of Bisexual Awareness Week.
“Last week, I was chatting with work friends, and as I brought up a trip I’d taken with an ex-girlfriend, I asked myself — for the ten-thousandth time — how to tell such a story without making it seem like that was the whole story of me,” the actor, who is perhaps best known for his work on The Borgias and Midnight, Texas, wrote in an Instagram story.
“I’m sure many bisexual guys feel the same and end up doing as I did: letting other people’s assumptions of straightness stand uncorrected,” he wrote.
“Perhaps out of fear of oversharing. Under the guise of privacy, maybe. Probably because ‘masculinity’ is a most fragile currency, ready to nose-dive at the first sign of vulnerability or difference. And because it’s really fucking scary to give up your privilege.
“Without a doubt because of stigmas of indecisiveness, infidelity, deception, and trendiness are still clinging to bisexuality,” he continued.
“Silence has the perverse effect of perpetuating those stereotypes, making bi guys invisible, and leading people to doubt that we even exist. No wonder it’s still a chore to acknowledge bisexuality without getting into lengthy explanations.
“So yes, labels are frustrating and words imperfect. But I’ve always considered myself bisexual. Not confused or trying to look edgy. Not disloyal. Not ashamed. Not invisible.”
The Québécois actor appeared in an episode of Schitt’s Creek in 2017. The hit Canadian series just swept the Primetime Emmys last night, snagging the awards for Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series, Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Contemporary Costumes.