So thank you, Stephanie Beatriz, for bringing Rosa to life and amplifying so many of our lives in the process.
She is happy. Gianna Collier-Pitts, amp Contributor May 21, Set in the fictional 99th Precinct, the series follows a team of NYPD detectives led by detective Jake Peralta Andy Samberg and their new captain Raymond Holt Andre Braugher as they handle their daily duties with an endless supply of humor and workplace hijinks.
It's meaningful to see a show that means so much to me be validated by these leaders in entertainment media. Stephanie Beatriz captures this essence so brilliantly in Rosa, thanks, in part, to her own experiences as an openly bisexual woman. Rosa Diaz is a core character in an ensemble cast and a bisexual woman of color in a media landscape still dominated by whiteness.
She is hilarious.
I remember watching these scenes and immediately thinking about my first time coming out as bisexual. Detective Rosa Diaz is aggressive and intimidating yet fiercely loyal to those she cares about most.
And damn, does that feel good to finally see. She is thriving. Since it first aired inBrooklyn Nine-Nine has been a success both as a sitcom and as a much-needed departure from typical television archetypes.
As a year-old who spent much of my life with no one to look to who reflects my identity, this is powerful. There is a special blend of fear that comes along with a bisexual identity, a sense of otherness that makes you feel initially displaced in both gay and straight communities. She has a successful career as a detective in a predominantly male field of work, friends and family who love her and support her to the best of their abilities, and a personality that demands nothing less than complete respect for who she is and what she is capable of accomplishing.
Not only can I say that there is a character who reflects my identity, but also its actor, a living breathing person in the real world, that is living proof that bisexuality is valid and beautiful. For viewers still coming to terms with their sexuality, this is necessary. Yet I found myself doing so for years.