While everybody’s buzzing about the new lesbian on True Blood, we haven’t forgotten about the show’s legitimately bisexual star Anna Paquin. She just did a glamorous photo shoot with V magazine alongside an interview in which she addresses bi-phobia.
“Frankly no one had ever asked me about [being bisexual] before [I came out on Cyndi Lauper's We Give a Damn video]. There is a lot of prejudice against us 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.”
Keep in mind that even True Blood’s newly-turned lesbian could be read as bisexual seeing as she’s slept and fallen in love with the show’s male characters in the past. In fact the show revels in a fluid sexuality that’s more true to life than a world in which people live at polar opposites of the Kinsey scale
But erotic pop spectacles like the Madonna-Britney Spears kiss tend to discredit legitimately bisexual performers like Paquin. Paquin’s currently married to her True Blood co-star Stephen Moyer, but that doesn’t mean she’s not bisexual. When she came out, she didn’t do it to answer for any tabloid rumors nor did she do it in such a showy “look-at-me-aren’t-I-scandalous” display. She just said it and moved on.
Bisexuals get hated on for being “gay tourists”, “gay when its convenient”, or “just experimenting for titillation.” I’ve even heard the claim that “bisexuals don’t really exist” from a guy who said that all the bisexual videos on XTube are man-on-man action. But all that seems inherently unfair, especially coming from an LGT community that just wants acceptance for their unique sexual identities.
So what do you think? Do you hate on bi people? If so why? And how about our bi-brothers and sisters? What discrimination or surprising instances of acceptance have you faced?