We’re nearing the end of Bisexual Health Awareness Month: a time set aside by the Bi Resource Center to focus on issues that specifically affect those who identify with the B in LGBT. We still have a long, long way to go before we reach equality for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and one glaring issue in our culture is bi erasure. All too often, people who call themselves bisexual get hammered into ill-fitting cubbies labeled “straight” and “gay”– and it happens to celebrities all the time. Here are 10 famous names that we all need to associate with bisexuality!
1. Amber Heard. She’s now sporting a gigantic rock from Johnny Depp, but that doesn’t erase her past relationship with photographer Tasya van Ree– and it definitely doesn’t change the fact that she came out in 2010. “I don’t label myself one way or another,” she said at a GLAAD event. “I have had successful relationships with men and now a woman.”
2. Alan Cumming. He’s happily married to a man. Cool. That doesn’t make him gay. “I still define myself as bisexual even though I have chosen to be with Grant,” he once stated. “I’m sexually attracted to the female form even though I am with a man and I just feel like bisexuals have a bad rap.”
3. Drew Barrymore. Another example of a bisexual woman who (gasp!) didn’t turn straight just because she married a man. “I have always considered myself bisexual,” she said in a 2003 interview.
4. Megan Fox. She once told Esquire, “I have no question in my mind about being bisexual.” Guess what? That settles it.
5. Andy Dick. He often gets the big G label thrown at him, but he says it doesn’t fit. “I’m not even gay!” he told the Washington Post. “Just because I’ve been with guys, and I’m bi, doesn’t mean I’m gay.
6. Carrie Brownstein. She’s often called a lesbian, despite the fact that she’s never used that word to describe herself. “I definitely identify as bisexual,” she said in 2010. “Okay, I’m bisexual. Just ask.”
7. Lady Gaga. It’s irritating to hear her called an “ally,” and it’s even more irritating to see people criticize her for “using” the LGBT rights movement as part of her act. She’s not an ally. She’s bisexual.
8. Billie Joe Armstrong. Did you know that men who marry women can still be just as bisexual as they were when they were single? Shocking stuff.
9. Angelina Jolie. She’s publicly dated men and women, and she’s openly talked about her fluid sexuality throughout the years. Nothing straight about that.
10. Margaret Cho. For someone who talks about her bisexuality as often as Cho does, it’s exhausting to hear her described as a “lesbian celebrity.”
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