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Anna Paquin Hits Back at ‘Ignorant’ Biphobia

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.

Paquin, who is married to her True Blood co-star Stephen Moyer, has repeatedly spoken out on LGBT issues and last year was one of several True Blood cast members to record an It Gets Better video.

 

Related Reading:

Anna Paquin to LGBT Teens: It Gets Better

Anna Paquin on Bisexuality and Prejudice

Anna Paquin is Bisexual and She’s Asking You to Give a Damn

 

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11:42AM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

what people do in their bedrooms is PRIVATE and should NOT be the basis for laws, discrimination, or hate. Good for here for speaking out

10:24AM PDT on May 23, 2012

Why would anyone think bisexuality doesn't exist? Why wouldn't it be considered 'possible' for people to love both sexes, or for a person to know what their own orientation is better than random people on the Internet.

10:17AM PDT on May 23, 2012

Why would anyone think bisexuality doesn't exist?

6:34AM PDT on May 20, 2012

quite an interesting debate going on here. Proving the premise of the article, that there is so much ignorance surrounding bisexuality...

10:24PM PDT on May 14, 2012

@ Kimberlee W. I respect that you have gone through your own journey, but with all due respect, you cannot speak for everyone else's personal journey.
"The only reason to defend bisexuality is to give oneself permission to have sex with anyone without guilt"
Excuse me? You said so yourself, sexual behavior does not equal sexual orientation. There are many people who identify as bisexual without having sex with multiple people, hell some might have only sexual encounters with members of the opposite sex OR members of the same sex.
Sexual Orientation is defined by our Sexologists/Psychologist/Psychiatrists as, Physical, Emotional, Sexual and/or Romantic ATTRACTION to either or sex or BOTH (excluding pansexuality for the moment to keep it simplified, sorry guys.) One does not have to sleep with both men and women to be bisexual, one doesn't even have to sex with any gender to be bisexual.


12:16PM PDT on May 10, 2012

Sorry, but after having been through such an awakening myself, after this many years, the only reason to defend bisexuality is to give oneself permission to have sex with anyone without guilt.

So dump the guilt. Sleep with anyone you want. Sleep with as many people as you want.
But I'm going to tell you that later in life, you're going to have some regrets.

Look, I didn't say people couldn't ACT bisexually. I just say that people that do and excuse it "because I'm a bisexual", just means to me that you're justifying promiscuity.

And I'm NOT even saying that promiscuity is wrong. It can hurt you years later, but I'm not going to say it's wrong. But I will say that you're lying to yourself.

I'm not judging, merely telling the truth. Behavior DOES NOT EQUAL orientation. It may be a clue, but it not conclusive.

2:33PM PDT on May 9, 2012

I am straight and an admirer of strongh people that has the courage to be authentic and honest, BRAVO Ana!!! The world needs more people like you.

11:46PM PDT on May 8, 2012

To Kimberlee W, yes, this isn't about politics or rights, but to deny someone's sexual identity would be the first step to treating someone separately or with disdain. Sexuality is generally thought of as a sliding scale. 1 being exclusively heterosexual, 10 being exclusively homosexual. That leaves room for the 2- 4 which is heterosexual with bisexual leanings/feelings. Which could include experimentation. The you have 5, which is smack bang in the middle. Then you have 6- 9 which is homosexual with bisexual leanings/feelings, which also could include experimentation. To suggest that bisexuality and it's many degrees, doesn't exist would ignore sexual identity, differing sexual attractions and would insinuate that you have to be either homosexual or heterosexual, which is like saying you can only have 2 genders in our species (ignoring hermaphrodites, inter sexed ect) nothing is black and white, nothing is either/or, especially not in something as complicated as human sexuality.

8:46PM PDT on May 8, 2012

"It will be a good day when what we do in the bedroom will be totally irrelevant to our legal rights and we don't need to label anyone"

This disaster all started with the money grubbing, controlling Catholic Church getting into EVERYBODY'S BEDROOM. Even though the CONSTITUTION guarantees we have LEGAL
rights the Catholic Church is so far up everybody's vagina and butt they have to be surgically removed. The fact IS, we ALREADY have the legal right to have sex with anybody we choose but the Catholic Church has so much control in our GOVERNMENT and so much MIND CONTROL of stupid people in this country that people just think they can get into everybody's private business. NO THEY CAN'T. IT'S ILLEGAL. Gay marriage just got voted
down in North Carolina, a blatant denial of human rights. These Jesus Freaks are INSANE!
I, for one, will never visit that state or spend one dollar there. I hope they lose a ton of business over this.


8:46PM PDT on May 8, 2012

"It will be a good day when what we do in the bedroom will be totally irrelevant to our legal rights and we don't need to label anyone"

This disaster all started with the money grubbing, controlling Catholic Church getting into EVERYBODY'S BEDROOM. Even though the CONSTITUTION guarantees we have LEGAL
rights the Catholic Church is so far up everybody's vagina and butt they have to be surgically removed. The fact IS, we ALREADY have the legal right to have sex with anybody we choose but the Catholic Church has so much control in our GOVERNMENT and so much MIND CONTROL of stupid people in this country that people just think they can get into everybody's private business. NO THEY CAN'T. IT'S ILLEGAL. Gay marriage just got voted
down in North Carolina, a blatant denial of human rights. These Jesus Freaks are INSANE!
I, for one, will never visit that state or spend one dollar there. I hope they lose a ton of business over this.


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