In an interview with with Zooey magazine, 29 year-old actress Anna Paquin discussed the ignorance that still exists regarding the bisexual community, and made some admirably definitive statements on the subject.
"I’m sure for some people saying they’re bisexual feels less scary than making a statement that they’re gay.” Paquin told the interviewer. "For me, it’s not really an issue because I’m someone who believes being bisexual is actually a thing. It’s not made up. It’s not a lack of decision. It’s not being greedy or numerous other ignorant things I’ve heard at this point….. For a bisexual, it’s not about gender. That’s not the deciding factor for who they’re attracted to."
Even among celebrities who identify as bisexual, or state that they don’t want to label themselves (as is more common), it’s 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 is the star of the GLAAD Media Award nominated series True Blood on HBO, and publicly came out as bisexual in a 2010 PSA for the True Colors Fund. At the time, Paquin was engaged to her True Blood costar Stephen Moyer (now her husband), but used her coming out to help emphasize the need for people to get involved in the equality movement as part of the “Give a Damn” campaign, as you can see in the below video.