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Anna Paquin on Bisexuality and Prejudice

Anna Paquin on Bisexuality and Prejudice

Anna Paquin caused a stir for all the right reasons a year ago when she came out as bisexual for the Give a Damn campaign. Now Paquin, who plays Sookie Stackhouse in HBO’s hit supernatural series True Blood and is married to co-star Stephen Moyer, has decided to open up a little more about that aspect of her life  in an interview with V Magazine.

Paquin, 28, is said to discuss the prejudice bisexuals face because of their orientation and her hope that, by talking about her identity and living her life authentically, she and other proud, out bisexuals can combat discrimination.

The actress seems quite concise while speaking to V Magazine about why she waited before going public with her sexuality, saying: “Frankly no one had ever asked me about being bisexual before.”

But does she think there is discrimination out there?

“There is a lot of prejudice against us,” she is quoted as saying, “but the more people talk about it, the less of a deal it will be.”

“Who people choose to sleep with or spend their lives with shouldn’t matter, not that anyone particularly cares who I’m attracted to,” she added.

The revelation of Paquin’s sexuality in the video that launched Cyndi Lauper’s Give A Damn campaign resulted in an influx of traffic that, according to the AP, downed the site for a number of hours.

The Give a Damn Campaign aims to raise awareness about a host of LGBT rights issues with a particular focus upon finding support among straight advocates.

If you do give a damn and would like to connect with and find out more about the Give a Damn project, here are some links that might be useful to you:

 

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1:12PM PDT on Aug 27, 2011

Dear Anna, It is so true that when something is said aloud, it is easier to talk about and see it, and becomes less harmful. Thanks for your honesty and inspiration.

10:16AM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

To everyone that thinks that Ms. Paquin should keep her sexuality hidden, I'll say this: The more brave people like her come out to the world and let them know that LGBT comes in all shapes, genders, ages, etc, the better it will be for others that struggles to find their identity and needs support. Role models are essential for specially young people who have enough on their plate growing up and to add to that also have problems with people who wants them to go away, to hide, to vanish. Every time I read a coming out-story it makes me glad, because it means that somewhere, someone will see they are not alone. We need as many people as possible leading the way and support young people that are vulnerable and ofthen the victims of bullying, The string of suicides among young LGBT must stop and Ms. Paquin is part of the solution!

10:25AM PDT on Jul 20, 2011

Janice; my apologies for that and it was not you who was flagged, it was Alexandra. Again, this is the kind of vitriol launched at anyone not in agreement with many of you. To make it very clear, I rarely, in the 2 years I've been a member of Care2, ever flagged anyone for inappropriate posts but, having been attacked immediately after posting was indeed inappropriate and uncalled for. I did not attack, I simply stated my own views on ANNA PAQUIN'S INTERVIEW ON HER OWN BI-SEXUALITY and her finding a need to let the world knwo about it. As stated before, descretion goes a long way no matter what one's sex life includes and the world doesn't need to know she desires both men and women.

10:05AM PDT on Jul 20, 2011

To be clear. I never called anyone an idiot.

9:47AM PDT on Jul 20, 2011

Janice; glad to see you've (amazingly) toned down your vitriol. Being called an idiot because they don't share your own beliefs certainly does not define you as having liberal ideals.

9:29AM PDT on Jul 20, 2011

Okay Kathleen. Keep telling yourself what you want. Maybe you believe it, but every time you post, you reprove everything people are saying. This is the last I will post here. I will not need to reiterate because your reaction to this post will do it for me as have all your others posts.

9:05AM PDT on Jul 20, 2011

Janice; you cannot be hypocritical in your posts and not expect to be called out on it. You state that Flannel D. knows about me because of my posts and yet you declare I 'assume' other's 'lifestyles' when, in fact, I too am basing my 'assumptions' on what others have stated in their posts. You contradict yourself over and again Janice and I do not need chastisement by you on HOW I POST. I don't capitalize out of anger Janice, only an attempting to get through to you how phony you are when you accuse me of 'assumptions'.
As far as your statement; "You could have made friends here" is ridiculous Janice because it was clear there was no desire in conversation by you or a number of others. You simply rushed in on the 'attack'. In fact, many of you made a point of calling us out by name because we didn't come in banging the drums of support for bi-sexuals. I love how some here have tagged those of us who don't agree with this 'lifestyle' (and it is since bi-sexuals go either way)as ignorant. The ignorance statement reflects just how short sighted you are and perhaps instead of racing in to villify, some of you could have gained friends as well. Having said that, the attacks many of you launched at anyone having expressed an opinion not in standing with your own, are a declarative of nothing but your own very non-liberal attitudes.

8:04AM PDT on Jul 20, 2011

Kathleen the whole problem is that you are insisting I have a "lifestyle," which you have defined. You don't know what mine or every other bisexual's "lifestyle" is. Your opinions are uninformed and not based upon reality. You can post where you want, but when you make insulting generalizations about large groups of people in a forum about those people, don't be surprized when many, many people are offended and respond to you unfavorably. There are opinions and there is reality. As Flannel said, everyone can scroll down and see the reality of your uninformed opinions, and the intial responses in which people tried to explain all this to you nicely. But you reacted to us instead of listening to what we had to say. You could use a little education in communication skills. You could have learned something here and gained friends, but instead you have isolated yourself by insisting you are right about something you know nothing about.

7:48AM PDT on Jul 20, 2011

Flannel D; there is little doubt why you were censored. One went so far as to tell me I wasn't welcome posting here and that I should go to the Republican sites and post. I am not nor have I ever been Republican and I've FOUGHT for many causes the far right protest. I would imagine you all declare yourselves as liberal because of your lifestyles but liberals don't condemn others who simply state an opinion. So, your ideaology is extreme to say the least. Try practicing what you preach and that will go much farther for you in the long run than your rants about my initial post. Live your lives as you will but don't expect that the majority will ever embrace bi-sexuality. If that makes me an idiot, what does that make you?

7:38AM PDT on Jul 20, 2011

Janice; I wasn't going to post here again but it seems you can't help but attack. Don't try to speak for me or attack who I am and, stop casting aspersions by defining me as how you prefer to think of me. I have always adamantly stood with and, have many friends and co-workers who are gay, lesbian and trans-gender.
And no, I haven't made disparaging remarks, nor have I said ugly things about bi-sexuals, I simply stated I don't agree with their lifestyle.
Janice; you really seem to believe you have the right to determine who should and who should not post in Care2 articles. A number of other people posted they disagree with this lifestyle but people tend to steer clear of forums they will likely be attacked by being called names. Care2 is well aware of my liberal stance on most matters. But this lifestyle is not one of which I would stand up for nor would I protest your lifestyle. Not something I should be condemned for since again, we all have our own opinions. Since you live that lifestyle, I wouldn't expect you to appreciate my opinion. I just don't know why so many of you have to go overboard in letting others know what you do and who you do it with. Try a little discretion.

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