Did you know that Anne Frank was bisexual?
Yes! We have heard various sources that have claimed Anne Frank to be bisexual! But this topic is incredibly more complicated than just this.
Although some sources claim that she may have had romantic feelings for other girls and for boys, in my mind it doesn’t solidify if someone is bisexual or not. We feel that one is only bisexual (or any other sexual, romantic or gender identity) if they say that they are.
The counter argument here is: did Anne Frank understand what bisexuality or homosexuality was? I am going to say that she probably didn’t. The term homosexuality was only starting to be widely used in the United States at this point in history. I would assume that a young girl in Eastern Europe would probably not be given the proper education to understand that girls can like girls and that this is okay. Also, let’s note her observant lifestyle would not necessarily approve of liking girls.
There are so many questions here: Was this just a writing style? Although she didn’t identify as bisexual or gay, was she? Was she just a scared girl? Etc Etc
Using my knowledge of gender and sexuality studies and European/Jewish History I would simply say: i don’t know if she was bisexual. Why do I not know? Your sexual and romantic identities are for only you to decide. I look to Anne Frank as a powerful figure in Modern Jewish History. As a historian, I am not interested in her sexual or romantic identity.
Thank you so much for your question!