In HBO’s new show Euphoria, Zendaya's character, Rue, is laying in a twin-size bed with her mother, who's gently braiding her hair. "So, Jules slept over last night?" she asks her daughter, who casually responds, “Yeah, so?”
“Are you two in a relationship?” she continues. “I mean, yeah, kinda…” It’s unclear whether or not they’ve ever discussed Rue’s sexuality, but in the context of this particular conversation, it’s not important. “Baby, just take your time. You’ve come a long way. You’re delicate,” Rue’s mother tells her. The scene serves primarily to spotlight Rue’s mother’s fears about her teenage daughter, who is a recovering drug addict, and her emotional capacity for a relationship. Flash forward to a later scene where Jules, a trans teenage girl played by Hunter Scafer, is having dinner with her father. “‘Cause I’ve been thinking, you know, if it was, if you two were a thing… We could all just do, like, a family thing together. Maybe go out to dinner or something,” Jules’ father suggests. “I don’t want to go to dinner with you and Rue. I’m sorry,” she retorts. “Why? Because you’re embarrassed of me?” After his response, the two exchange smirks and the conversation slowly wilts.
Neither Jules’ nor Rue’s sexualities are ever examined in depth by their families (both of them also date boys throughout the show). What’s made clear in these scenes is that they both feel safe in their homes and their families accept them for who they are. That’s the kind of world bisexual people deserve to live in: one that doesn’t constantly pathologize their identities or try to force them into more easily digestible categories.