Sir Alec Guinness, CH, CBE (2 April 1914 – 5 August 2000) was an English actor. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Colonel Nicholson in The Bridge on the River Kwai. Today, he is popularly known for playing Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original Star Wars trilogy. While Guinness was profoundly private about his personal life, on 16 April 2001, the BBC News announced his sexuality in an article not-so-subtly titled "Sir Alec Guinness was bisexual."
Kyrsten Sinema, America's first openly bisexual United States Congresswoman.
Malcolm S. Forbes (August 19, 1919 – February 24, 1990) was publisher of Forbes magazine, founded by his father B. C. Forbes and today run by his son Steve Forbes. Soon after his death in 1990 Malcolm S. Forbes was revealed to have been bisexual. Steve Forbes’ apparent tolerance of his father’s sexual orientation was seized upon by social conservatives in 1996, and severely damaged his prospects in the Republican party.
Megan Denise Fox (born May 16, 1986) is an American actress and model who became famous after starring in the first two Transformers films. In a 2011 "Esquire" interview, Megan Fox famously confirmed her bisexuality, stating, "I think people are born bisexual and then make subconscious choices based on the pressures of society. I have no question in my mind about being bisexual. But I'm also a hypocrite: I would never date a girl who was bisexual, because that means they also sleep with men, and men are so dirty that I'd never want to sleep with a girl who had slept with a man."
Lindsay Lohan has revealed that she is 'very much in love' with Samantha Ronson – and that she considers herself bisexual, rather than a lesbian. Lindsay and Samantha have resisted publicly putting a label on their relationship, but when asked directly by the magazine, Lindsay denied being a lesbian. When quizzed whether she is bisexual, she replied: 'Maybe. Yeah.' And, more mysteriously, when asked if we might hear the sound of wedding bells in the future, Lohan said: 'Eventually', but whether that will be with a man or a woman, she said: 'I don’t know'.
Singer Vanessa Carlton, best known for her hits “A Thousand Miles” and “Ordinary Day,” came out as bisexual during a performance on stage at Nashville Pride over the weekend. Before launching into her song “Who’s to Say,” Carlton announced, “I’ve never said this before but, while we’re here and living out loud as we should every single day, I, myself, am a proud bisexual woman.”
(July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954) Kahlo is arguably Mexico’s most famous artist. She was a socialist, a person with chronic pain, and openly bisexual at a time when sexuality (especially women’s sexuality) was considered taboo. Her art continues to be a reminder of how beautifully horrifying life can be and a constant source of inspiration for all queer Latinos who follow in her footsteps.
Angie Buhl is an American politician from Sioux Falls, South Dakota who serves in the South Dakota Senate. She has represented the 15th district in Minnehaha County as a Democrat since January 2011. Buhl is openly bisexual and was the first LGBT member of the South Dakota Legislature.
(Born February 9, 1944) is an American author, poet, and activist. She has written both fiction and essays about race and gender. She is best known for the critically acclaimed novel The Color Purple (1982) for which she won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Walker is bisexual, and her partners have included Tracy Chapman.
(Born Eleanora Harris, 1915 – 1959) An American jazz singer and songwriter. Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her friend and musical partner Lester Young, Holiday had a seminal influence on jazz and pop singing. Holiday was rather openly bisexual and was rumored to have had several affairs with notable stage and film actresses, including Tallulah Bankhead. She sometimes had friends call her "Bill." Holiday's different-sex relationships included Orson Welles.
Joseph Angelo D'Allesandro III (born December 31, 1948), better known as Joe Dallesandro, is an American actor and Warhol superstar. Although he never became a mainstream film star, Dallesandro is generally considered to be the most famous male sex symbol of American underground films of the 20th century, as well as a sex symbol of gay subculture. Dallesandro identifies himself as bisexual, has married three times and has two children.
In a bold interview with Seventeen magazine, pop star Ke$ha says that she is attracted to both men and women. "I don't love just men. I love people. It's not about a gender. It's just about the spirit that exudes from that other person you're with," she told the magazine.
This isn't the first time Ke$ha has spoken out about her sexual orientation. She made a similar statement to Out magazine two years ago, in 2010, when she confessed to simply "liking people": "I wouldn’t say I’m gay or straight -– I don’t like labeling things anyway. I just like people."
Jones (born 19 May 1948) is a Jamaican-born model, singer, and performance artist. Grace is known for igniting the big screen with her bold, sexually ambivalent characterizations. In her private life, Grace has had relationships with both men and women.
Baba Ram Dass
Baba Ram Dass, contemporary American spiritual teacher and the author of the seminal 1971 book Be Here Now, became more forthcoming about his bisexuality in the 1990s, while avoiding labels and asserting that bisexuality "isn't gay, and it's not not-gay, and it's not anything—it's just awareness."
Dolores del Rio
(1905 -1983) Del Rio was a film star in Hollywood in the 1920s and 1930s, and was one of the most important female figures of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema in the 1940s and 1950s. Like many actresses of her era, she was part of the phenomenon of "sewing circles," a phrase describing the underground lives of closeted lesbian and bisexual film actresses and their relationships.
Nicholas Ray, mid-century filmmaker responsible for such masterpieces as "Rebel Without a Cause" and "In a Lonely Place" always felt an outsider. He was bisexual and an artist and someone who never felt comfortable in Wisconsin and then finally found his way East and then to Hollywood. His films are usually about underdogs and outsiders.” — Jim Healy in conversation with Jonathan Lethem about Ray’s Bigger Than Life, Cinema Scope, Issue 40
Pete Townshend Guitarist and songwriter, The Who. “We’ve known Pete Townshend is bisexual. The rock legend acknowledged as much a few years ago. But he’s never been exactly eager to go into detail. So imagine the surprise of a VH1 camera crew when Townshend casually tossed in a juicy same-sex valentine to, of all people, Mick Jagger.” — The Advocate, Feb. 16, 1999
Though often thought to be gay, Andy Dick told The Washington Post, “Just because I’ve been with guys, and I’m bi, doesn’t mean I’m gay.”
(June 23, 1894 – August 25, 1956) was an American biologist and professor of entomology and zoology, who in 1947 founded the Institute for Sex Research at Indiana University, now known as the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, as well as producing the Kinsey Reports and the Kinsey scale. Kinsey's research on human sexuality, foundational to the modern field of sexology, provoked controversy at the time.
Aguilar (born May 8, 1982) is a Mexican-American female mixed martial artist who currently competes for Bellator Fighting Championships. She advanced to the semi-finals of the 2010 Bellator 115 lbs women's tournament. Aguilar is currently the #2-ranked pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world by MMARising.com and the #1-ranked female strawweight according to the Unified Women's MMA Rankings. She is openly bisexual and as of 2013 is living with her girlfriend.
Bacon painted naked women with as much conviction and passion, as he painted naked men. This poses the question of how much he was in the habit of seeing women naked. He'd never gone to life classes, and unlike certain famously homosexual artist, he wasn't a closet bisexual.
Giacomo Girolamo Casanova de Seingalt (2 April 1725 – 4 June 1798) was an Italian adventurer and author from the Republic of Venice. His autobiography, Histoire de ma vie (Story of My Life), is regarded as one of the most authentic sources of the customs and norms of European social life during the 18th century. He has become so famous for his often complicated and elaborate affairs with women that his name is now synonymous with "womanizer". Casanova was equally talented at seducing men.
(October 31, 1896 – September 1, 1977) Waters was an American blues, jazz and gospel vocalist and actress. She frequently performed jazz, big band, and pop music, on the Broadway stage and in concerts, although she began her career in the 1920s singing blues. Her best-known recordings include, "Dinah", "Stormy Weather", "Taking a Chance on Love", "Heat Wave", "Supper Time", "Am I Blue?", and "Cabin in the Sky."
Although Drew Barrymore has been public with her relationships with men, she came out as bisexual a while ago and because of that is demonstrating to other people that it is okay to share who you really are.
Tamara de Lempicka
Lempicka (Łempicka) (16 May 1898 – 18 March 1980), born Maria Górska, was a Polish Art Deco painter and "the first woman artist to be a glamour star". Famous for her libido, she was bisexual, and her affairs with both men and women were carried out in ways that were scandalous at the time. She often used formal and narrative elements in her portraits and nude studies to produce overpowering effects of desire and seduction.
Captain Jack - he's bisexual and over 300 years old, and we love him! [John Barrowman, who portrays him is gay, but hey, nobody is perfect!]
Hercules is the Roman name for the Greek divine hero Heracles, who was the son of Zeus (Jupiter in Greek) and the mortal Alcmene. In classical mythology, Hercules is famous for his strength and for his epic adventures.
As the mythical embodiment of masculinity and physical power, Hercules was virile beyond measure. King Thespios, desiring grandchildren sired by the demigod, invited Hercules to stay at his palace before a lion hunt and "meet his daughters." Hercules deflowered 49 of the king's 50 daughters in one night. Nine months later, Hercules had 49 new kids. Plutarch, the Greek historian (and eventual Roman citizen), wrote that Hercules' list of male lovers was beyond numbering. Notable standouts in his love stable were Philoctetes, who upon Hercules' death inherited his bow and arrows, Iolaos of Thebes, Hylas of Argos, and Nestor, the youngest son of King Neleus.
(Born January 5, 1936, Washington, D.C.) King is an American novelist, essayist and columnist. While her early writings focused on the American South and those who live there, much of King's later work has been published in National Review. Until her retirement in 2002, her column in National Review, "The Misanthrope's Corner", was known for "serving up a smorgasbord of curmudgeonly critiques about rubes and all else bothersome.
Newton married English writer/director/producer Ol Parker in 1998. The couple have two daughters: Ripley, born in 2000, and Nico, born in 2004. Her daughters were named after the character Ellen Ripley in the Alien films and the singer Nico. In an interview with The Advocate, Newton revealed she had a lesbian relationship at 16 and was in love with the girl. She discussed her sexual orientation saying "We`re all potentially bisexual; it all depends on your circle, your upbringing and all kinds of things. Or maybe I`m just talking about myself. I could`ve easily fallen in love with a woman over a man."
Cary Grant (born Archibald Alexander Leach; January 18, 1904 – November 29, 1986) was an Iconic leading man during from the 1930s until the 1960s. After years of rumors and speculation, Betty White outed the silver-screen legend on an episode of The Joy Behar Show. Grant himself made no public statements on the subject, although he did sue for slander after Chevy Chase joked that Grant was gay on a talk show. In "Evenings With Cary Grant: Recollections In His Own Words," Grant is quoted as saying "I'm opposed to actors taking sides in public and spouting spontaneously about love, religion or politics."
(31 May 1922 – 6 October 1992) Elliot was an English film, television and theatre actor with over 120 film and television credits. In the 1980s, he won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in three consecutive years.
Rumors about Bankhead's sex life have lingered for years, and she was linked romantically with many notable female personalities of the day, including Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Eva Le Gallienne, Alla Nazimova, as well as writer Mercedes de Acosta and singer Billie Holiday. Actress Patsy Kelly claimed she had a sexual relationship with Bankhead when she worked for her as a personal assistant. John Gruen's Menotti: A Biography notes an incident in which Jane Bowles chased Bankhead around Capricorn, Gian Carlo Menotti and Samuel Barber's Mount Kisco estate, insisting that Bankhead needed to play the lesbian character Inès in Jean-Paul Sartre's No Exit (which Paul Bowles had recently translated), but Bankhead locked herself in the bathroom and kept insisting "That lesbian! I wouldn't know a thing about it." Bankhead never publicly described herself as being bisexual. She did, however, describe herself as "ambisextrous".
June Millicent Jordan
Jordan (July 9, 1936 – June 14, 2002) was a bisexual Caribbean-American writer, college professor, and activist. Prolific and passionate, she was an influential voice who lived and wrote on the frontlines of American poetry, international political vision and human moral witness. The author of many award-winning books, she traveled widely to read her poems and to proclaim a vision of liberation for all people. Dynamic, rebellious, and courageous, June Jordan was, and still is, a lyrical catalyst for change.
John Maynard Keynes
John Maynard Keynes, 1st Baron Keynes of Tilton in the County of Sussex (1883 – 1946) was a British economist whose ideas have profoundly affected the theory and practice of modern macroeconomics, and informed the economic policies of governments. He is widely considered to be one of the founders of modern macroeconomics and the most influential economist of the 20th century. Keynes obsessively counted and tabulated almost everything, including his sexual encounters with both men and women.
Fritz Klein, MD
Fred (Fritz) Klein (December 27, 1932 – May 24, 2006) was a bisexual American sex researcher, psychiatrist, inventor of the Klein Sexual Orientation Grid and author. He was also a pioneering bisexual rights activist, who was an important figure in the modern LGBT rights movement. Dr. Klein also founded the American Institute of Bisexuality.
Actress and model, Kristanna Loken, on identifying as bisexual: "I have dated and have had sex with men and women and have to say that the relationships I have had with certain women have been much more fulfilling, sexually and emotionally, than those with certain men. I connect with an aura, with energy. And if the person with whom I connect happens to be a female, that's just the way it is. That's what makes my wheels turn".
Fergie (born Stacy Ann Ferguson; March 27, 1975) is an American singer, songwriter, fashion designer, television host and actress. She is the female vocalist for the hip hop group The Black Eyed Peas, with whom she has achieved chart success worldwide. Her debut solo album, The Dutchess (2006), spawned five Billboard Hot 100 top five singles, three of which went to number one.
Fergie is now married to Josh Duhamel, but continues to be out about being "open" and "bisexual" in her past.
Duncan (May 27, 1877 — September 14, 1927) was a dancer, considered by many to be the creator of modern dance.
Richard Halliburton "was the most famous man of the early twentieth century. Or one of the most famous. He rivaled Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh in popularity. He traveled the word and wrote about it in best selling books. You might say he invented "adventure travel", by doing such things as diving into a cenotes or well in an ancient Mayan site and registering as a ship and swimming the Panama Canal. He at least created the new era of travel writing."
(Born September 23, 1970) is an American Grammy Award-winning singer, guitarist, poet, and songwriter. She has released more than 20 albums, and is widely considered a feminist icon.
Amber Heard said she's been in meaningful relationships with men and women and that she "love who she loves."
Billie Joe Armstrong
Billie Joe Armstrong (born February 17, 1972) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, and actor. He is best known as frontman of the punk rock band Green Day. In a 1995 interview with The Advocate Armstrong said, "I think I've always been bisexual. I mean, it's something that I've always been interested in. I think everybody kind of fantasizes about the same sex. I think people are born bisexual, and it's just that our parents and society kind of veer us off into this feeling of 'Oh, I can't.' They say it's taboo. It's ingrained in our heads that it's bad, when it's not bad at all. It's a very beautiful thing."
Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson; June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) was one of the most glamorous and iconic stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood in the 1950s and early 1960s. She had a turbulent personal life that included 3 marriages, 2 miscarriages, an ectopic pregnancy, and 3 divorces. Her dating life included high profile men and women who remain household names to this day. In "Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox," author Lois W. Banner, feminist biographer and gender-studies professor at the University of Southern California, writes that Monroe’s sexual identity was one of the questions that formed her inner monologue of unsureness and insecurity:
“How could she be the world’s heterosexual sex goddess and desire women?"
Evan Rachael Wood
(born September 7, 1987) is an American actress, fashion model and singer. In August 2012, Wood identified herself as bisexual on Twitter. She later explained "It's become more socially acceptable. With me, the reason why I came out is because I felt like now was the time to no longer be silent about it."
While visibility for gay men has increased nicely over the past ten years, the same can’t really be said for the visibility of bisexual men. Where gay men now have a host of other out gay men, one name you can add to the list of bi men is Mike Manning of The Real World: D.C. Despite the way MTV has edited clips and teased viewers in promos, and despite the fact that at least one of Mike’s D.C. housemates, not to mention one of the guys he dated on the show, insists he’s actually gay, Manning knows himself well enough to know that he’s truly attracted to both men and women.
Marlon Brando, Jr. (April 3, 1924 – July 1, 2004) was an American actor and director. He is hailed for bringing a gripping realism to film acting, and is widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential actors of all time. A cultural icon, Brando is most famous for his Oscar-winning performances as Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront (1954) and Vito Corleone in The Godfather (1972), as well as influential performances in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), Last Tango in Paris (1972) and Apocalypse Now (1979). Brando was also an activist, supporting many causes, notably the African-American Civil Rights Movement and various American Indian [Native American] Movements.
As Darwin Porter reported in the Sunday Times of London in 2006, "Marlon Brando was bisexual and voracious. The roles he lived off-screen were even more provocative than those he created in films.”
Margaret Moran Cho (born December 5, 1968) is an American comedian, fashion designer, actress, author, and singer-songwriter. Cho, of Korean descent, is best known for her stand-up routines, through which she critiques social and political problems, especially those pertaining to race and sexuality. She has frequently supported LGBT rights and has won awards for her humanitarian efforts on behalf of women, Asians, and the LGBT community.
Carrie Rachel Grace Brownstein (born September 27, 1974) is an American musician, writer, and actress, who first widely became known as a guitarist and vocalist in Sleater-Kinney. Brownstein was outed as bisexual to her family and the world by Spin when she was 21 years old. The article discussed the fact that she had dated band mate Corin Tucker in the beginning of Sleater-Kinney (the song "One More Hour" is about their breakup). After the article was out, she said, "I hadn't seen it [the Spin article], and I got a phone call. My dad called me and was like, 'The Spin article's out. Um, do you want to let me know what's going on?' The ground was pulled out from underneath me... My dad did not know that Corin and I had ever dated, or that I even dated girls." In a November 3, 2010 cover-story for Portland, Oregon's Willamette Week, Brownstein laid to rest questions about her sexual identity: "It’s weird, because no one’s actually ever asked me. People just always assume, like, you’re this or that. It’s like, ‘OK. I’m bisexual."
Actor, musician, director, and prominent bisexual, taking after his father's namesake, Salvatore Mineo Jr. was born on January 10, 1939. When he heard that Rebel Without a Cause, a drama about juvenile delinquency aimed toward the new, lucrative movie audience of teenagers, he was desperate for the roll of Plato, adoring friend of the lead character Jim Stark. Jim and Judy acted as Plato's father and mother, each indulging in their fantasy of the ideal family. But while the romance between Jim and Judy was made clear, homoerotic undertones between Jim and Plato were hard to deny. This was not unintentional. An original working copy of the script had included a scene in which Jim and Plato kissed. While such an unacceptable display of 'deviant' sexual behavior was nixed immediately by Hollywood censors, the director Nick Ray still encouraged Sal to play up his desire for Dean while they acted. The highest profile rumors maintained that Sal and Dean had extended their relationship further.
(Born Christopher Breaux; October 28, 1987), is an American singer-songwriter from New Orleans, Louisiana. Ocean's early career was as a ghostwriter for artists such as Brandy, Justin Bieber, and John Legend. His 2012 debut album, Channel Orange, earned Grammy acclaim. Ocean became one of the first major African-American music artists to announce that he had fallen in love with someone of the same sex, notable because the music scene is known for homophobia.
Farley Earle Granger (July 1, 1925 – March 27, 2011) was an American actor, best known for his two collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock, Rope in 1948 and Strangers on a Train in 1951. Granger was first noticed in a small stage production in Hollywood by a Goldwyn casting director, and given a significant role in The North Star, a controversial film praising the Soviet Union at the height of the war. Here he made useful contacts including Bob Hope, Betty Grable and Rita Hayworth. It was also where he discovered his bisexuality, which he said he never felt any need to conceal.
Rabbi Debra Kolodny
Debra Kolodny is a bisexual rights activist and Jewish renewal rabbi. She edited the first anthology by bisexual people of faith, Blessed Bi Spirit (2000), to which she contributed "Hear, I Pray You, This Dream Which I Have Dreamed," about Jewish identity and bisexuality. She was the National Coordinator of BiNet USA for five years. She has also been interviewed by several major news outlets for stories on bisexuality, such as the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Toronto Globe and Mail.
Colette, stage name of Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, a bisexual novelist and actress in the 1920s who caused a riot at the Moulin Rouge for a same-sex kiss onstage. She married three times and had several exotic affairs (one with her stepson).
Lord Byron - George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron (22 January 1788 – 19 April 1824), was a British poet, an iconic bon vivant, and a leading figure in the Romantic movement. Among his best-known works are the narrative poems Don Juan and Childe Harold's Pilgrimage and the short lyric "She Walks in Beauty." He is regarded as one of the greatest British poets and remains widely read and influential. In Greece, he is regarded as a national hero for his work in helping them fight the Ottomans.
A M Homes
Amy M. Homes (pen name A. M. Homes; born December 18, 1961, Washington, D.C.) is an American writer. She is best known for her controversial novels and unusual stories, most notably The End of Alice (1996), a novel about a convicted child molester and murderer. In April 2007, she stated in the Washington Post, “I've dated men and I've dated women and there's no more or less to it than that.” In an interview with Diva magazine she said, "‘I am bisexual, but I wouldn’t necessarily define myself that way."
Democratic Wisconsin state Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa said Tuesday she’s decided to come out as a bisexual member of the LGBT community. Zamarripa, the only Hispanic in the Legislature, faces one Democratic primary challenger in her bid for a second term and no Republican opposition. In an interview with the Journal Sentinel, she said that it had always been her intent to come out publicly, but the timing has been a personal decision. “It has always been my goal in office to be transparent and honest with my constituents,” she said. But before the primary in 2010, I didn’t have the valor and courage to come out,” she said. “I feel remiss that I didn’t come out then.”
Kellner is openly bisexual and is one of six LGBT members of the New York Legislature, alongside Assemblymembers Deborah Glick, Daniel O'Donnell, Matthew Titone and Harry Bronson, as well as Senator Thomas Duane. His assembly campaign won the support of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, which provided financial and strategic assistance. On December 17, 2011, Kellner married Marie Ternes, a public relations professional.
Robert Cecil Romer Maugham, 2nd Viscount Maugham (17 May 1916 – 13 March 1981), known as Robin Maugham, was a British novelist, playwright and travel writer. Described as "defiantly homosexual", but in fact bisexual, Lord Maugham never married, and the viscountcy became extinct upon his death.
Sophie B. Hawkins
Sophie's song “Your Tongue Like the Sun in My Mouth” is about her omnisexuality. “I love my phrase ‘omnisexual,’” Hawkins said in an interview with GO Magazine. “The truth about omnisexuality is my sexuality is spiritual. It’s creative. I absolutely can fall in love with any gender if I love the person’s mind, heart and soul.”
Prince Felix Yusupov
Prince Felix Yusupov [LEFT] (1887-1967) is best known for being one of conspirators in the murder of Rasputin. Felix was bisexual, wealthy, and led a flamboyant life. He married Princess Irena, the Tsar's niece in 1914. The two brought a well known libel lawsuit against MGM for misrepresenting their story in the film "Rasputin and the Empress," which ultimately led to the landmark decision now requiring the “Any Resemblance to Persons Living or Dead” statement at the end of films.
Gaynor (1906 – 1984) was one of the most popular actresses of the silent film era. In 1928 Gaynor became the first winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performances in 3 films: Seventh Heaven (1927), Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927) and Street Angel (1928). This was the only occasion on which an actress has won one Oscar for multiple film roles. Janet Gaynor was a bisexual whose early strategy was to divert questions about her romantic life to discussions of her work.
Anne Heche was once a lesbian... but now she's married to a man. She doesn't seem to have embraced the term, but she's certainly living the life.
Sandra Bernhard doesn't seem to have toned it down any. She has never hesitated to give her take on the celebrities around her. A famous example was on the Letterman show in 1988, where Bernhard said that Madonna – appearing on the show with her – was much better than Sean Penn in bed, thus alluding to Bernhard's then bisexual status and fuelling speculation about her relationship with the singer.
(3 November 1964 – 9 May 2004) Fassie was a South African pop singer. She was known for her "outrageousness" and widely considered a voice for disenfranchised blacks during apartheid. She was affectionately known as the Queen of African Pop or Africa's Madonna. Brenda Fassie was bisexual which, while taboo for many Black South Africans, served to enhance her rebellious image among her fans in the country's defiant townships.
Ferdinand I of Bulgaria
(26 February 1861 – 10 September 1948) Born Ferdinand Maximilian Karl Leopold Maria of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha-Koháry, was the ruler of Bulgaria from 1887 to 1918, first as Knyaz (prince regnant, 1887–1908) and later as Tsar (1908–1918). He was also an author, botanist, entomologist and philatelist. Ferdinand was born in Vienna, a prince of the Koháry branch of the ducal family of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha.
(Born April 4, 1932) American record producer and music industry executive. He has won five Grammy Awards, is a former president of Columbia records, is the founder and former president of Artista records, and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performer. After decades of relationships with both women and men, Davis came out very publicly in the hope that he could help spread "greater understanding" of bisexuality.
Author Michael Chabon, who explores bisexual themes in novels like Wonder Boys and The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, once wrote, “I had slept with one man whom I loved, and learned to love another man so much that it would never have occurred to me to want to sleep with him.”
While King Edward II fathered at least five children by two women, he was rumoured to have been bisexual. His inability to deny even the most grandiose favours to his unpopular male favourites (first a Gascon knight named Piers Gaveston, later a young English lord named Hugh Despenser) led to constant political unrest and his eventual deposition.
Mantilla was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico and moved to Hartford, Connecticut in 1978. She was first elected to represent the predominately Latino 4th district in a special election held in February 1997, and she served for a time as Deputy Majority Leader. She came out as America's first openly bisexual state official in 1997. She has held leadership positions with the National Council for Community and Justice and the Hartford Sexual Assault Crisis Service. She has received awards from the Connecticut Institute for Community Development and the National Association of Social Workers, among others.
Catullus, a Roman poet humorously known as the "inventor of the angry love poem", was from an emotional and sexual point of view, bisexual.
(Born July 28, 1965) Daniela is a Brazilian axé, samba-reggae and MPB singer, songwriter and record producer. Mercury is one of the best known Brazilian female singers, selling over 20 million albums worldwide. She is also the Brazilian female performer with most #1 hits in the country, with 14. In April 2013, she announced her bisexuality and married Malu Verçosa, journalist and head of TV Bahia.
Mary Lynn Rajskub
"I am bisexual and women are beautiful," Mary Lynn said. "I have had a lot of experiences with women. People don't want to hear me philosophize, they want to know what my experience is." As she says at the end of her most recent podcast, "And I still think Megan Fox is hot, so gay marriage, equality, let's do this."
Ezra Matthew Miller (born September 30, 1992) is an American actor, perhaps best known for starring in the 2012 teen drama "The Perks of Being a Wallflower." Miller's career jumped to the next level in 2014 when Warner Bros. announced that he will star as the lead in a live-action film adaptation of The Flash set to be released in 2018.
In a 2012 interview with Out Magazine, Miller stated that he is Queer. In an unfortunately typical act of Bi Erasure, many people assumed that was just a fancy way of saying gay (i.e. homosexual), and the media quickly began labeling him as such. In a follow up interview with The Advocate, Miller clarified things. “The way I would choose to identify myself wouldn’t be gay. I’ve been attracted mostly to ‘shes’ but I’ve been with many people and I’m open to love wherever it can be found,” he said. “I think a lot of people are projecting their own troubles and fears concerning sexuality onto those around them, and it does result in the perpetuation of a lot of hateful notions."
In an interview with The Sunday Times, Gillian Anderson was very clear that for her, sexuality is not about labels, but about fluidity. But she felt the time was right to talk about being with women because the death of a female lover was on her mind. "I was talking to Out about gays and choice and the view that you can just choose not to be gay in some way. I decided to talk about it now because someone with whom I was in a relationship a couple of decades ago — a woman — passed away about a year ago.
Last night an episode of Biography about Janis Joplin aired on the Bio channel. Among the interviewees was Peggy Caserta, a woman who had an affair with Janis over several years. "It worked for what it was. We had a lot of fun. We made a lot of love. It wasn’t a relationship that people think of or look at today as a ‘lesbian relationship.’ It was not like that at all. We were compatible and young and wild and interested in each other." What she probably means by not a "lesbian relationship" is that their relationship was very open and they were both dating other girls and guys. It was, after all, the height of the sexual revolution in Hippy central, San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury.
Ramona Lofton (born on August 4, 1950), better known by her pen name Sapphire, is an American author and performance poet. Sapphire lives in New York City. She is openly bisexual. Like her character Precious, Sapphire herself was sexually abused - in her case by her own father, a US army sergeant, at the age of eight.
Azealia Banks, the 20-year-old rapper being pegged as the "next big thing" in the industry, came out as bisexual in a new interview with the New York Times. What's more -- she did it with little fanfare, the admission taking up just two lines that appear near the end of the story: "Ms. Banks considers herself bisexual, but, she said: "I'm not trying to be, like, the bisexual, lesbian rapper. I don't live on other people's terms.'"
Dorothy Thompson, American Journalist, name on of the two most influential women in America by Time Magazine in 1939 (along with E. Roosevelt). She was the first reporter to write about the threat of Hitler, after interviewing him in 1931. Though married to Sinclair Lewis, it was well known that their marriage was not a happy union and Thompson had many affairs with women.
Known professionally as Dusty Springfield, Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien OBE (16 April 1939 – 2 March 1999), was a British pop singer whose career extended from the late 1950s to the 1990s. With her distinctive sensual sound, she was an important white soul singer, and at her peak was one of the most successful British female performers, with 18 singles in the Billboard Hot 100 from 1964 to 1970.
Laurence Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM (22 May 1907 – 11 July 1989) was an English actor, director, and producer. He was one of the most famous and revered actors of the 20th century. Not only was Olivier bisexual in real life, he played one in a scene famously cut from the original version of Spartacus. When it was reinstated in 1991, the public finally got to hear the pointedly bisexual dialogue: "Some people like oysters, some people like snails. I like oysters and snails."
Kate Brown (born June 21, 1960) is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party. She currently serves as the Oregon Secretary of State and was elected to that office in the 2008 elections. She was re-elected to a second term in 2012. Brown lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband Dan. She has two stepchildren Dylan and Jessie. She identifies as bisexual and was America's first openly bisexual statewide officeholder.
(Born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947) Bowie is an English musician, actor, record producer, and arranger. Bowie "outed" himself as bisexual in an interview with Melody Maker in January 1972, a move coinciding with the first shots in his campaign for stardom as Ziggy Stardust.
Millett, a feminist writer and activist, was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and earned a B.A. in English in 1956 at the University of Minnesota. From 1956 to 1958, she studied at St. Hilda's College, Oxford, where she became the first American woman to be awarded a postgraduate degree with first-class honors by that college. In 1959 she moved to New York City, and in 1961 she moved to Japan, where she taught English and pursued a career as an artist. In 1963, she returned to the United States with sculptor Fumio Yoshimura, whom she married in 1965, then divorced in 1985. In 1970, while appearing on a panel at a conference on sexual liberation at Columbia University, a woman in the audience confronted Millett: "Why don't you say you're a lesbian, here, openly. You've said you were a lesbian in the past." In response, Millett stated that she was bisexual.
This American Idol contestant, singer Frenchie Davis, told St.Louis Post-Dispatch that she has been in a lady-loving relationship with another lady for about a year: "I wasn’t out before the relationship, but I wasn’t in. I dated men and women, though lesbians weren’t feeling the bisexual thing. Now I’m in love with a woman I think I can be with forever."
Leonard Bernstein - Composer, conductor, pianist “According to biographers, Bernstein knew that he was bisexual by the time he arrived at Harvard and lived in an era when homosexuality was socially unacceptable.” — Harvard Crimson, 2006
(February 21, 1903 – January 14, 1977) was a French-Cuban author, based at first in France and later in the United States, who published journals, novels, critical studies, essays, short stories, and erotica.
Baker (June 3, 1906 – April 12, 1975) was an American-born French dancer, singer, and actress. Baker was the first African-American female to star in a major motion picture, Zouzou (1934), to integrate an American concert hall, and to become a world-famous entertainer. Josephine Baker's son Jean-Claude Baker and co-author Chris Chase wrote about her bisexuality in the biography "Josephine."
One of the most popular and creative Burlesque queens of the 1950s, Zorita was famous for her "half and half" act. Above, the openly bisexual beauty performs as bride and groom.
Charles M. Blow
Charles M. Blow (born August 11, 1970) is a New York Times columnist and frequent commentator on CNN and MSMBC. Previously, he was graphics director of the Times and art director of National Geographic magazine. The father of three discusses his sexuality in “Fire Shut Up in My Bones: A Memoir," released in 2014. As Blow describes it, he long chafed at the word bisexual because he too held common misconceptions about the term and because, in general, he resisted his own sexuality in a futile attempt to become straight. “In addition to being attracted to women, I could also be attracted to men. There it was, all of it. That possibility of male attraction was such a simple little harmless idea, the fight against which I had allowed to consume and almost ruin my life. The attraction and my futile attempts to ‘fix it’ had cost me my dreams."
Malcolm X (May 19, 1925 – Feb 21, 1965) was a Muslim minister and human rights activist. To his admirers, he was a courageous advocate for the rights of blacks, a man who indicted white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against black Americans. In his late 30s, after his Hajj, he denounced the Nation of Islam and many of the controversial, militant views with which he is still associated in popular culture. Before he married, Malcolm X had relationships with men as well as women.
(Born 27 January 1965) Cumming is a Scottish stage, television and film actor, singer, writer, director, producer and author. His roles have included the Emcee in Cabaret, Boris Grishenko in GoldenEye, Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler in X2: X-Men United, Mr. Elton in Emma, and Fegan Floop in the Spy Kids films. He has also appeared in independent films like The Anniversary Party, which he co-wrote, co-directed and co-starred in. "I have a healthy sexual appetite and a healthy imagination," Cumming told Instinct Magazine in a 2013 interview. "I still define myself as a bisexual even though I have chosen to be with Grant. 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."
(April 4, 1932 – September 12, 1992) An American actor, best known for his Oscar-nominated role in Friendly Persuasion (1956) and as Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960), and its three sequels.
Actress Cynthia Nixon, best known for her role as Miranda Hobbes in the film and TV series "Sex and the City".
Garbo (18 September 1905 – 15 April 1990), born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson, was a Swedish film actress. Garbo was an international star and icon during Hollywood's silent and classic periods. Many of Garbo's films were sensational hits, and Garbo was nominated four times for an Academy Award. Greta Garbo was intensely private about her personal life, which included relationships with both men and women. When she died in 1990, Garbo had been living with a female companion for many years.
Melville (August 1, 1819 – September 28, 1891) was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet. He is best known for his novel Moby-Dick. Melville married and had four children. Over the course of his life, he also had relationships with men including Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of The Scarlet Letter.
(5 Sep 1946 – 24 Nov 1991) Best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Queen. Mercury was openly bisexual. His relationships included Mary Austin to whom he willed his home and the royalties from his music, and about whom he wrote the song 'Love Of My Life." Later, Mercury was involved with Barbara Valentin, who is featured in the video for "It's a Hard Life." In 1985, he began a relationship with hairdresser Jim Hutton that lasted until Mercury's death.
Leslie Cheung Kwok-Wing
Leslie Cheung Kwok-Wing (12 September 1956 – 1 April 2003), nicknamed elder brother (哥哥), was a film actor and musician from Hong Kong. Cheung was considered as "one of the founding fathers of Cantopop", and "combining a hugely successful film and music career". In 2000, Cheung was named Asian Biggest Superstar by China Central Television, and voted/ranked the 1st as The Most Favorite Actor in 100 Years of Chinese Cinema in 2005.
Baez (born January 9, 1941) is an American folk singer, songwriter, musician and a prominent activist in the fields of human rights, peace and environmental justice. In a 1972 interview with a Berkeley paper, Baez called herself bisexual, making her one of the first celebrities to "come out."
Johannes, Prince of Thurn and Taxis
Johannes, Prince of Thurn and Taxis (5 June 1926 – 14 December 1990) was a German businessman and head of the immensely wealthy, princely Thurn und Taxis family from 1982 until his death. Johannes and his wife Gloria were famous jet-setters and socialites. In the 1970s Johannes threw avant-garde parties and, as a bisexual, was often seen in gay discos.
Rebecca Walker (born November 17, 1969) is an American writer. She has been named by Time Magazine as one of the 50 future leaders of America. Walker has received several awards for her work, including the Women of Distinction Award from the American Association of University Women, "Feminist of the Year" award from the Fund for the Feminist Majority, the "Paz y Justicia" award from the Vanguard Public Foundation, the "Intrepid Award" from the National Organization for Women, the "Champion of Choice" award from the California Abortion Rights Action League and the "Women Who Could Be President Award" from the League of Women Voters. Walker spends much of her time speaking about (her) multicultural identity, enlightened masculinity and intergenerational and third-wave feminism at universities and conferences around the world. She also teaches writing workshops, consults on non-fiction manuscripts, and has written four books herself. Walker is bisexual and previously had a relationship with neo-soul musician Meshell Ndegeocello, whose son she helped raise. Walker lives with her partner, Choyin Rangdrol, an African-American Buddhist teacher whom she refers to as Glen, and in December 2004 gave birth to a son, Tenzin.
Oscar-winning actress Anna Paquin of True Blood came out in an anti-bullying campaign in 2010. Soon thereafter, she told Zooey Magazine in an interview that "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."
Pietro Aretino was a bisexual libertine in the larger-than-life mode of Renaissance Italy, so outspoken as to be beyond any counterattacks. Gay themes are scattered throughout his poems and plays, notably in the comedy Il marescalco, in which a man is overjoyed to discover that the woman he has been forced to marry is really a page boy in disguise.
Joan Crawford (March 23, 1905 – May 10, 1977), born Lucille Fay LeSueur, was an American actress in film, television and theatre.
"Monty was bisexual," his brother Brooks maintains. "I met two girls he got pregnant. He was never exclusively one thing or the other; he swing back and forth."
(Born Eugene Louis Vidal, October 3, 1925 – July 31, 2012) was an American writer known for his essays, novels, screenplays, and Broadway plays. He was also known for his patrician manner, Transatlantic accent, and witty aphorisms. Vidal was bisexual and confidently proclaimed "everybody is bisexual, and that is a fact of human nature. Some people practice both, and some practice one thing, and some people practice another thing and that is the way human beings are."
Sheryl Swoopes, three-time WNBA MVP and the first player to be signed with the league when it was created, recently announced her engagement to a man. This announcement came six years after she received a lot of media attention after coming out when she announced her relationship with then-partner Alisa Scott. Since her announcement, some people have questioned her sexual orientation. The news of her engagement has prompted some negative coverage and reactions that accuse her of, essentially, not being gay anymore. It's a popular way to conceptualize sexual orientation, but one that is entirely incorrect and even harmful. The idea that at any given time, a person's sexual orientation is a function of their current romantic relationship misunderstands how identity works, erases bisexuality completely, and simply misses the point. This conflation of a person's current romantic relationship with their identity is a big part of why the "B" in LGBT has remained virtually invisible in the sports world and in the broader culture.
Known by her stage name Lady Gaga, Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (born March 28, 1986), is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, activist, businesswoman, fashion designer, actress and philanthropist. Her single "Poker Face" is about dealing with the experiences of being bisexual.
Mike White, American writer, director, actor and producer for television and film, is an L.A. native and self-described bisexual whose sideways sensibility has resulted in two great and failed Fox TV series about twisted families (Pasadena and Cracking Up), the tenderly observed Jennifer Aniston redemption vehicle The Good Girl, and three giant mainstream hits (Orange County, School of Rock and Nacho Libre).
Alexander the Great
Alexander III of Macedon (20/21 July 356 – 10/11 June 323 BC), commonly known as Alexander the Great, was king of Macedon, a state in northern ancient Greece. Alexander was tutored by Aristotle until the age of 16. By the age of thirty, he had created one of the largest empires of the ancient world, stretching from the Ionian Sea to the Himalayas. Alexander had several wives and a Persian-style harem, but the central relationship of his life was with his lover and general, Hephaestion.
(Born Angelina Jolie Voight; June 4, 1975) is an American actress and film director. When Barbara Walters asked Jolie if she was bisexual, Jolie responded, "Of course."
Walter "Walt" Whitman (May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) was an American poet, essayist and journalist. A humanist, he was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse. His work was very controversial in its time, particularly his poetry collection Leaves of Grass, which was described as obscene for its overt sexuality.
Michael says he first started talking about his bisexuality in 1994 and couldn't believe it when it became big news in the UK in 2001. 'It's something that I've always considered to be private and not of interest to people. I've always been open about it - to my family, friends and the band. 'Finally it just became ridiculous so I thought f*** it, I'll just say it.'
Somerset Maugham was well-placed to come up with his wonderful description of the French Riviera - 'a sunny place for shady people'. The most louche of all the expatriates who congregated on the beautiful stretch of coast between Nice and Monaco before World War II, the prolific writer held court at his fabulous mansion, the Villa Mauresque, in glamorous Cap Ferrat. Nude bathing parties, drugs, lashings of champagne and nightly seductions of the local lads . . . Almost everyone who visited was shocked by his decadence. The predatory Maugham had so many affairs, with both sexes, that even the most promiscuous of his companions described him as the most sexually voracious man they had ever known, and couldn't understand why, at a time when homosexuality was illegal, he hadn't landed in prison.
Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 Oct. 1854 – 30 Nov. 1900) was an Irish writer and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. Today he is remembered for his epigrams and plays, and the circumstances of his imprisonment (for same-sex relations) which was followed by his early death. He was survived by his wife and children.
In his highly accomplished and influential poetry, Horace reflects the easy bisexuality of the Roman upper class in the first century B.C.E. Quintus Horatius Flaccus, or Horace, as he is usually known among English speakers, was the son of a freed slave of Venusia in southeastern Italy. His father was sufficiently successful in business, and sufficiently ambitious for his son, to afford him a literary education. Accomplishment in literature could give access to a career in the Roman civil service or, in the case of a budding poet, to the networks of aristocratic patronage.
James Byron Dean (February 8, 1931 – September 30, 1955) was an American actor. He remains a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment, as expressed in the title of his most celebrated film, Rebel Without a Cause (1955). Dean is sometimes a target of bi erasure by gay critics who dismiss his amply documented relationships with women as nothing more than publicity stunts. Dean's same-sex relationships were far less public. When questioned about his sexual orientation, Dean is reported to have said, "No, I am not a homosexual. But I'm also not going to go through life with one hand tied behind my back."
Nathaniel Hawthorne (born Nathaniel Hathorne; July 4, 1804 – May 19, 1864) was an American novelist and short story writer, most famous as the author of "The Scarlet Letter." During his life, Hawthorne married and had three children. He also had relationships with men, including fellow author Herman Melville (author of "Moby-Dick").
Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed (born March 2, 1942) is an American rock musician, songwriter, and photographer. He is best known as guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of The Velvet Underground, and for his solo career, which has spanned several decades. In 1956, Reed, who is bisexual, received electroconvulsive therapy as a teenager, which was intended to cure his bisexuality; he wrote about the experience in his 1974 song, "Kill Your Sons."
Óscar de la Renta
Óscar Aristides de la Renta Fiallo (born July 22, 1932) is one of the world's leading fashion designers. He became internationally known in the 1960s as one of the couturiers to dress Jacqueline Kennedy. An award-winning designer, he worked for Lanvin and Balmain; his eponymous fashion house continues to dress leading figures, from film stars to royalty, into the 2010s. De La Renta is particularly known for his red carpet gowns and evening wear. Some have asked how de la Renta got his start in fashion. His career blossomed when he met an Estonian-born baroness and two-time divorcée named Aino de Bodisco. De la Renta had little interest in an intimate relationship with the much-older baroness who, says Gross, had "bad skin and wore heavy makeup." But "she was wealthy and well connected," and de la Renta soon found himself living in a free, luxe apartment and commenced an apprenticeship at Balenciaga soon after. The relationship was short-lived. Once he no longer had much use for his "sugar mommy," de la Renta moved on to an affair with someone else—a man—and then his first marriage to Françoise Langlade, the editor of French Vogue at the time. Langlade had been divorced twice and was widely known—much like de la Renta—to be bisexual.
Caesar (100BC - 44BC) was a politician and general of the late Roman republic, who greatly extended the Roman empire before seizing power and making himself dictator of Rome, paving the way for the imperial system. Julius Caesar was a man of great intensity who openly enjoyed the "company" of both men and women. Curio, the famous orator of ancient Rome, described Caesar as "every woman's husband and every man's wife."
Esparza was the subject of a New York Times profile in which he revealed that he was bisexual and that he had same-sex relationships. Married to Michele Esparza, his high school girlfriend, since 1993, they had been separated "off and on", the actor has said.