Transracial Identified Rachel Dolezal Says She's Also Bisexual

by Bobby McGuire

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Thursday June 18, 2015

Are we ready for more letters?

With the ever-growing list of initials LGBTQIA that indicate the diversity of the queer community, are we ready for more? Will Transracial-Bisexual enter our lexicon and be added into the mix? Will there now be LGBTQIAT/B?

As former NAACP chapter president Rachel Dolezal continues to dominate headlines this week, the embattled civil rights activist revealed on the "Today Show" Thursday that in addition to identifying as transracial, she's also bisexual.

"Even in dating relationships -- and I'm bisexual," Dolezal told NBC's Savannah Guthrie. "I've dated men and women -- I've intentionally asked, 'So, do you date light-skinned women, what's your spectrum?'"

Dolezal further told Guthrie that she identified with transgender Olympian Caitlyn Jenner.

"I finally had a chance to read Caitlyn Jenner's piece in the magazine and I cried. I cried," Dolezal told Guthrie. "Because I resonated with some of the themes of isolation, of being misunderstood, to not knowing if you have a conversation with somebody, will that conversation then end because they've seen you as one way?"

Though Dolezal identifies as transracial, the term has traditionally been used to describe a child from the race of their (usually caucasian) adoptive parents.

A prominent civil rights activist in Washington, stepped down from her position as president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP on Monday amid the publicity surrounding her race identity.

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