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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Jeanne R
Jeanne R4 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R4 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R4 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R4 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne R4 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Linda E.
Linda E7 years ago

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.

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Annmari Lundin
Annmari L7 years ago

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!

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Kathleen D.
Kathleen D7 years ago

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.

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Janice Rocke
Janice Rocke7 years ago

To be clear. I never called anyone an idiot.

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Kathleen D.
Kathleen D7 years ago

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.

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