Lady Gaga is bi. She has been out for quite a while. Anyone can discover this through a simple Google search. I can't imagine that The Advocate's journalists don't have access to Google. Why, then, did The Advocate ask her, in a recent interview, how she identifies?
The mutual love affair between Gaga and her intensely devoted -- and largely gay -- disciples has come into the conversation... Her connection to her fans goes deeper, to the point of identification. She says she is one of them. Though she's recently ended an on-off relationship with musician Luc Carl, Gaga has discussed her attraction to other women in the past. As to whether she also considers herself an actual member of the LGBT community -- "yes" is her response... "The b letter," Gaga answers.
One stereotype about bisexuals is that our bisexuality is a phase, and that later, we'll come out as something else. In fact, research shows the opposite; monosexuality is more likely to be a phase than bisexuality. Think, for example, of all the people you know who once identified as straight and now identify as gay or lesbian. Obviously, their use of the term "straight" to identify themselves was a phase.
(By the way, there's nothing wrong with phases. For some people, sexuality and sexual identity change over time. That's both common and normal. I'm not trying to be phase-phobic here. My beef is with the assumption that bisexuality is always and only a phase.)
Did The Advocate think that Lady Gaga had been in a bi phase, and was now potentially identifying as something else, and so they just had to check?