Jason Mraz has been on the record as being “bisexually open-minded” since at least 2005.
While having never been in a sexual relationship with a man, he’d had emotional relationships with them. In our new recognition of the spectrum of sexuality, his wife of three years, Christina Carano, helped him put a neat label on his identity that summed it all up for him.
Jason Mraz opens up about his sexuality to @billboard.
“I’ve had experiences with men, even while I was dating the woman who became my wife. It was like, ‘Wow, does that mean I am gay?’ And my wife laid it out for me. She calls it ‘two spirit’.” pic.twitter.com/ICOlmrQM1o
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) July 20, 2018
It does kinda seem that he cheated on his now-wife during the course of their relationship, but they’re still very much a couple and he credits his identity to the term she brought to the table.
“Two Spirit” is a term coined in the 90s at a conference for gay and lesbian Native Americans as an open-ended term for an open-ended identity – a person “embodying both male and female spirits”. Mraz identifies with the idea of being “someone who can love both man and woman… I really like that.”
While he’s emotionally committed to his wife, he’d penned a poem back in June to express solidarity with the LGBTQ community which featured a line that felt rather more than telling.
Love Poem to the LGBTQ Community
You have inspired me.
You showed me what strength is.
You demonstrated courage over and over again.
You risked so much for love.
You never compromised your expression
Your rights and freedoms were being compromised.
You stood up for me.
You stood up for the world.
And now the world is better because of you.
We still have a long way to go
I am bi your side.
We’re certainly happy that he’s found a comfortable, stable sexual identity, but the majority of responses to his specific choice of terminology were not on board with his cultural appropriation.
Two-spirit is not a catch all term for bisexuality and you really need to understand this and address how the miseducation that you received and repeated for a mainstream media publication hurts Indigenous communities, especially our two-spirit people.
— Johnnie Jae aka The Brown Ball of Fury (@johnniejae) July 21, 2018
1- It’s called bisexuality
2- Two Spirit identity is a term with a cultural and historical context, it’s for Indigenous Peoples to use, please stop stealing shit like it’s your own
— bear.greased.lightning (@b_g_lightning) July 20, 2018
nah this aint it Jason https://t.co/AFTI3vGYPY
— garcia (@velveteendays) July 20, 2018
There’s a simpler term that might not have ruffled so many feathers.
I was thinking the same thing. Why are so many people against calling themselves bisexual? Why is it Either Gay or Straight or some other crazy thing. What’s wrong with the word Bisexual?
— Belladonna (@belladonna1363) July 20, 2018
Why americans are afraid to say ‘bisexual’
— natimoli (@natimoli8) July 20, 2018
Did she mean bi? pic.twitter.com/qC8q9oenDk
— Laura (@geminimusings) July 20, 2018
In conclusion: he is bisexual
— LIBERATION (@izontknowher) July 20, 2018
Live your best life, Mr. Mraz.