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Alan Cumming of TV's The Good Wife says bisexuals like him get a bad rap

'I’m sexually attracted to the female form even though I am with a man'
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Alan Cumming may be married to artist Grant Shaffer, but that doesn't mean he has stopped identifying himself as bisexual.

'I have a healthy sexual appetite and a healthy imagination,' Cumming tells Instinct. 'I still define myself as a bisexual even though I have chosen to be with Grant.'

The Tony Award winning actor, currently starring in the CBS drama The Good Wife, is well aware that being bisexual is not always embraced by some in the LGBTI community.

'I’m sexually attracted to the female form even though I am with a man and I just feel that bisexuals have a bad rap,' Cumming said.

He was married to Hilary Lyon from 1985–1993 then married Shaffer in 2007.

The couple first got married in London and on the fifth anniversary of that ceremony, were married in New York where same-sex marriage had just become legal.

'What I think is great about marriage for gay people, other then having those rights, is the ritual that we now have that includes everyone - your family and friends and all the people you love most in the world who get to come together to celebrate your relationship. We have never had that before … I think that it’s really an amazing thing. For me, I really felt that at our wedding.'

While he is married to a man, the outspoken Scottish-American star is quick to add that 'not at all is there equality.'

'I think we have a long way to go even though great strides have been made,' he says. 'Until all the laws are equal, we can’t blame people for being prejudiced if the law of the land does not fight that prejudice.'

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To the commenter below - why wouldn't just being sexually attracted to women be enough to define oneself as bisexual? Even if there isn't an emotional connection? I'm sure if a straight guy said he enjoyed sex with men but wasn't gay you'd snigger behind his back, or laugh in his face even. There are lots of ways people can be bi, gay, lesbian etc. etc. - the meanings of the words aren't that narrow.