The head of a branch of the NCAAP in Spokane, Washington who was outted as a white woman has now said she’s a bisexual.
Doelzal went viral after a local affiliate published a picture of the Black activist as a child showing her to be Caucasian.
In her first sit down interview since the story broke, she told Savannah Guthrie of NBC Nightly News that she not only identifies as a black woman, but she’s also a bisexual.
“I’m bisexual, and so, you know, I’ve dated men and women… and I will intentionally ask, like, ‘So do you just date light-skinned women? What’s your spectrum?’”
Dolezal has come under intense fire after members of the media have called her “trans-racial” or mixed race, both of which she has since denied. Instead, the activist who has since resigned from her position with the local NAACP, said she is “definitely not white” and her race is “fluid.”
LGBTQ and Black activist have been debating what this concept of “trans-racial” means, and if Dolezal falls into such a category but The Huffington Post’s Zeba Blay has called the comparison between Dolezal and people like Caitlyn Jenner a step back for both movements:
The idea that Dolezal’s choice to publicly identify as a black woman — one who occupied positions of power in spaces specifically designated for members of a marginalized group — is the same as being a trans woman, simply doesn’t add up.
What Dolezal did is culturally appropriative, and suggesting otherwise disrupts actual discussions about transgender identity and issues. (It’s also worth noting that a white woman’s decade-long deception has effectively hijacked the conversation about race, during a week where the nation was focusing on police brutality in McKinney, Texas.)
As Darnell L. Moore of Mic eloquently put it, “In attempting to pass as black, Dolezal falsely represented her identity. Trans people don’t lie about their gender identities — they express their gender according to categories that reflect who they are.”