The Bisexual World of ‘The Family Guy’


Family-Guy-Stewie-Griffin-Character-Pictures_(2)“The Family Guy” began shocking families in 1999 and has won five Emmys and dozens of other awards for its animated brilliance.

There’s a lot of bisexuality in this family, too. Most fans of the show have noticed that the wise-cracking baby Stewie has always had a weird take on his own sexual identity. The show’s creator, Seth MacFarlane, has confessed that they’ve tried to keep the mysterious tyke’s sexuality “on the fence.”

There was an episode entitled “The Former Life of Brian” in which little Stewie had an erection when he was sleeping in the same room with another guy. In other shows, he is very attracted to women, and his stuffed bear Rupert. At times, little Stewie has speculated, “Wouldn’t it be marvelous if I turned out to be a homosexual?”

Stewie is voiced by MacFarlane, himself. The show’s creator (who recently hosted the Academy Awards) is very supportive of LGBT issues, and even gave positive advice to a bisexual girl who came out to him on a radio talk show. He has teased that everyone enjoys a good same-sex experience every once in a while.

Finally, MacFarlane is cornered by the LGBT voicebox, The Advocate and he admitted: “Stewie, [is the character most LGBT people relate to]because he’s arguably the most complex character. He originally began as this diabolical villain, but then we delved into the idea of his confused sexuality.”

In the 11th season, Stewie and Brian the dog teleport and an alternate couple of them is created. When the pair saw a water show of dancing fountains in Las Vegas, Stewie says, “Hey Brian, that’s going to be our penises later, right?”

Stewie’s mother, Lois, has her bisexual moments, too. In the series’ first
Straight-to-DVD feature, “Stewie Griffin, The Untold Story,” Lois suggests: “Women are such teases, that’s why I went back to men.” In the series show “Brian Sings and Swings,” Lois passionately kisses her daughter’s lesbian classmate, Sarah. In “Partial Terms of Endearment” Lois is shown having a lesbian affair with Naomi while they were students in college.

The show’s run is not over, and anything can happen. “Family Guy” continues to reflect popular culture, and mirrors what youth today are thinking about.


About Author

Mike Szymanski

Mike Szymanski has written about bisexual issues since 1989 and has one of the longest-running regular bisexual columns as the National Bisexuality Examiner. He came out as bisexual in a cover story of Genre magazine, which resulted in more than 50 television appearances, including Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue Show and 20/20. Szymanski won the Lambda Literary Award in 2007 for co-authoring an informative humor book “The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways.”

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