Anna Paquin Hits Back at ‘Ignorant’ Biphobia
Out bi actress Anna Paquin has once again spoken out to counter misinformation about bisexuality.
In an interview with†Zooey magazine, the 29 year-old actress spoke out against the incorrect idea that bisexuality doesn’t really exist and that it is a label for the indecisive, saying:
“Iím sure for some people saying theyíre bisexual feels less scary than making a statement that theyíre gay.Ē Paquin told the interviewer. “For me, itís not really an issue because Iím someone who believes being bisexual is actually a thing.†Itís not made up. Itís not a lack of decision. Itís not being greedy or numerous other ignorant things Iíve heard at this pointÖ.. For a bisexual, itís not about gender. Thatís not the deciding factor for who theyíre attracted to.”
Paquin helped raise the profile of Cyndi Lauper’s Give A Damn project by†coming out as bisexual in a video to launch the LGBT straight advocacy†initiative†in 2010.
GLAAD has been quick to praise Paquin for her consistent and outspoken discussion of her sexuality, with a post on the GLAAD blog saying:
Even among celebrities who identify as bisexual, or state that they donít want to label themselves (as is more common), itís rare to see someone discuss the subject so concisely.†† Biphobia (or bi-denial) remains a very real problem among both the straight and gay communities, who may regard self-identified bisexuals with distrust, disbelief, or outright hostility.† Many bisexual people are forced to regularly reassert that they do in fact exist, or may simply feel compelled to remain silent on the subject altogether to avoid ignorant reactions.† Paquin has used her own self-identity to counter several common prejudices about bisexuality, and GLAAD thanks her for continuing to be a smart, strong and honest voice for the community.