In 2010 actress Anna Paquin came out as bisexual in a public service announcement to promote the We Give a Damn equal rights campaign.
‘I’m Anna Paquin. I’m bisexual and I give a damn.’
Paquin is perhaps best known for her role as Sookie in True Blood and Rogue in the X Men films, with both known for tackling LGBT issues.
Five time Grammy Award winner Clive Davis came out as bisexual in his autobiography The Soundtrack of My Life.
In an interview on American talk show Katie, the record producer revealed he first had a sexual encounter with another man was during the ‘era of Studio 54’. He said he hoped his coming out would lead to a ‘greater understanding’ of bisexuality.
Pop sensation Lady Gaga has never been one to keep quiet about her sexuality, and is frequently speaking out in public for equality worldwide.
She openly says her second single Poker Face, which having sold over 13 million copies is one of the best selling singles of all time, is all about her bisexuality and how she used to think of women whilst sleeping with men.
Duncan James was a member of British boyband Blue, who was last seen touring as part of a nostalgic series of concerts and represented the UK in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest.
He came out in 2009, saying he couldn’t launch a ‘big comeback with Blue hiding this – I don’t want to go back to the time in the band when I felt I had to keep certain things quiet. I want to be OUT and say I’ve had relationships with men as well as women.’
American rapper Azealia Banks is perhaps as well known for her spats on Twitter as she is for her music.
Drawing particular criticism for her use of the word ‘faggot’, most notably with reference to celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, Banks believes her use of the word is acceptable because she is bisexual.
The late, great actor Marlon Brando was outed as bisexual in posthumous biographies after he died in 2004.
While he did not hide his sexuality when alive, he said: ‘Like a large number of men, I, too, have had homosexual experiences and I am not ashamed.
‘I have never paid much attention to what people think about me.’
Barrymore shot to fame with her child role in Steven Spielberg’s hit E.T and has been a regular in Hollywood ever since.
She came out as bisexual in 2003, and in an interview with Contact Music said: ‘Do I like women sexually? Yes, I do. Totally. I have always considered myself bisexual.’
Stage and screen actor Alan Cumming has always spoken outwardly for LGBTI causes, especially for bisexual visibility. Having been married to a woman, he said the ‘pendulum has obviously swung’ when he entered into a civil partnership with partner Grant Shaffer in 2007 and then remarried in New York.
Speaking to Oasis magazine in 2007, he said while his friends always knew, he felt pressured to come out.
He said: ‘It was all sort of there, but when you become more famous then you realize you’ve got to say something… just to clarify it and talk about it, and make sure it was talked about in terms that I approved of because people try and claim you, I think.
‘The gay community tries to claim you, the straight community tries to claim you.’
‘But I felt that was more for press stuff, because I just felt I was being misrepresented a lot of the time, mostly with people saying I was straight.
‘It is confusing for people because I’d been married before. Now I’m married again, to a man, but I’d been married to a woman, and gone out with women. And then, I hadn’t really had regular relationships with men, long-term ones, I mean.
‘But amongst my friends, amongst people I’d known, I was always bisexual.’
First published 23 September 2013.