(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.
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.
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."
(born April 12, 1987) is an American reality television personality, actor and activist who gained fame as a cast member on the MTV series The Real World: D.C. During his time on the show, episodes in which he was featured focused on his struggle between his being a devout Christian and openly bisexual, and also highlighted his work for the Human Rights Campaign and for the Energy Action Coalition. He has since appeared in numerous TV and film roles and produced a documentary called Kidnapped for Christ.
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."
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").
Prince Felix Yusupov
(March 23, 1887 – September 27, 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. Felix was exiled for his role in Rasputin’s murder, which meant that his family was one of the few who escaped the Bolshevik massacres.
Felix and Irena had a happy, if unconventional, 50-year marriage. By his own account, Felix enjoyed dressing in women’s clothing and cavorting with gypsy bands. 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.
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.
(born May 25, 1969) is an American actress. She once identified as lesbian and was coupled with comedienne Ellen DeGeneres, but now she's married to a man. She doesn't seem to have embraced the term bisexual, but she's certainly living the life.
(born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta on March 28, 1986) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, activist, businesswoman, fashion designer, actress, an outspoken activist for LGBT rights worldwide, and a gay icon. Gaga rose to prominence with her debut album The Fame (2008), a critical and commercial success which produced global chart-topping singles such as "Just Dance" and "Poker Face," a song about dealing with the experiences of being bisexual. In 2014, Gaga released a collaborative jazz album with Tony Bennett titled Cheek to Cheek, which debuted at number one in the United States and became her third consecutive number one album in the country.
Lady Gaga has been open about her bisexuality from the beginning of her career. In 2009 she candidly spoke about it during an interview with Barbara Walters as a part of the journalist's "Most Fascinating People" series.
(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.
(born May 16, 1986) is an American actress and model who became world famous after starring in the first two Transformers films. In a 2011 interview with Esquire magazine, Megan Fox 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." Unfortunately, she went on to say "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." Fox is married to actor Brian Austin Green.
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).
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."
(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."
(born April 9, 1966) is an American actress, best known for her portrayal of Miranda Hobbes in the HBO series Sex and the City (1998–2004), the film Sex and the City (2008) and its sequel Sex and the City 2 (2010). She has won two Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award and a Tony Award. In March 2010, Nixon was recognized by GLAAD with the Vito Russo Award, an award for openly LGBT media professionals "who have made a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community." A breast cancer survivor herself, Nixon is an outspoken activist in the fight against breast cancer.
Nixon was partnered with a man from 1998-2003, with whom she has two children. In a 2008 interview with The Telegraph, Nixon was asked about her relationship with her then-girlfriend (now wife) Christine Marinoni. Nixon remarked, "I don't really feel I've changed. I'd been with men all my life, and I'd never fallen in love with a woman. But when I did, it didn't seem so strange. I'm just a woman in love with another woman."
In January 2012, Nixon spoke with the New York Times in an interview that unleashed a maelstrom of controversy among LGBT activists, "I gave a speech recently, an empowerment speech to a gay audience, and it included the line ‘I’ve been straight and I’ve been gay, and gay is better.’ And they tried to get me to change it, because they said it implies that homosexuality can be a choice. And for me, it is a choice. I understand that for many people it’s not, but for me it’s a choice, and you don’t get to define my gayness for me. A certain section of our community is very concerned that it not be seen as a choice, because if it’s a choice, then we could opt out. I say it doesn’t matter if we flew here or we swam here, it matters that we are here and we are one group and let us stop trying to make a litmus test for who is considered gay and who is not.”
In a May 2012 interview with The Daily Beast, Nixon publicly identified herself as bisexual, after years of avoiding the term. She remarked "I don’t pull out the “bisexual” word because nobody likes the bisexuals. Everybody likes to dump on the bisexuals."
(April 4, 1932 – September 12, 1992) was 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.
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 11 July 1934) is an Italian fashion designer, particularly noted for his menswear. He is known today for his clean, tailored lines. He formed his company, Armani, in 1975, and went on to become one of the most successful designers in history accumulating a personal fortune worth over $8 billion. In an interview, Armani told Vanity Fair magazine "I have had women in my life. And sometimes men... to do this work, one must have a free mind."
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.
(born Lucille Fay LeSueur, March 23, 1905 – May 10, 1977) was an Oscar-winning American actress in film, television and theatre. Her career spanned many decades but was at its height in the 1930s when she was one of the most famous people in the world. Crawford frequently played hardworking young women who overcome adversity to find romance and success in films designed to be especially appealing to Depression-era audiences. Joan Crawford's hand and footprints are immortalized in the forecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood and she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1750 Vine Street. In 1999, Playboy Magazine listed Crawford as #84 of the "100 Sexiest Women of the 20th century."
(born Destiny Hope Cyrus on November 23, 1992) is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Her father is country singer Billy Ray Cyrus. Miley became famous as a teen idol after starring in the Disney Channel television series Hannah Montana. Since then, she has had five number-one albums on the U.S. charts.
At age 14, Miley came out to her mother, but her sexuality only made international headlines in 2015. At first she resisted any identity labels to describe her sexual orientation, but in August 2015 she declared herself pansexual. Miley Cyrus runs a non-profit called Happy Hippie that advocates for homeless and LGBT youth. As part of her work for LGBT youth, Cyrus makes keen use of social media to spread positive images of gender-nonconforming people and the families who love them.
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."
(12 or 13 July 100 BC - 15 March 44 BC) was a Roman statesman and general. He was a skillful politician and popular leader who turned the Roman Republic into the powerful Roman Empire. Julius Caesar greatly extended the territory of Rome before seizing power and making himself dictator, 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."
John Forbes Nash
(June 13, 1928 – May 23, 2015) was an American mathematician who made profound and fundamental contributions to game theory, differential geometry, and partial differential equations. His theories, many of which he developed when he was only in his 20s, continue to be important in fields as diverse as economics, computing, evolutionary biology, artificial intelligence, accounting, computer science, games of skill, politics, and military theory. In 1994, he shared the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his work on game theory.
John Nash was a genius whose mind could be too powerful and too out of control for his own good. By his early 30s, Nash began showing clear signs of mental illness that seriously impeded his life and his work. He spent several years at psychiatric hospitals being treated for paranoid schizophrenia. Over time, Nash was able to adapt to and largely overcome his mental illness through lifestyle changes, and he resumed both his theoretical work and his teaching. Nash's life and struggles were featured in the book and subsequent film titled "A Beautiful Mind."
Like many bi kids, Nash was bullied as a student for being queer. In 1954, while in his 20s, Nash was arrested for indecent exposure in an entrapment sting targeting queer men in Santa Monica, California. Although the charges were dropped, he was stripped of his top-secret security clearance and fired from RAND Corporation, where he had spent a few summers as a consultant. Nash was married to his wife Alicia from 1957-1963 and again from 2001 to their untimely death in a taxi accident in 2015.
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."
(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.
(born Eleanora Fagan; April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959) was 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.
(born November 17, 1969) is an American writer. She was 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 lives with her partner and in December 2004 gave birth to a son, Tenzin. Her mother, Alice Walker, is also a famous bisexual woman.
(born January 4, 1960) is an American singer, lyricist, film producer and visual artist. He was the lead singer of the alternative rock band R.E.M. from their formation in 1980 until their dissolution in 2011. 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.' In a 2014 Op-Ed in The Guardian, Stipe recounted outing himself 20 years earlier. "I decided to publicly announce my sexuality. I said simply that I had enjoyed sex with men and women my entire adult life. It was a simple fact, and I’m happy I announced it." Stipe tends to use the word queer to describe his sexual identity which, as often happens, various news outlets interpret as "gay."
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.
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."
(born June 21, 1960) is governor of Oregon. Governor Brown has a history of smashing barriers and setting records: She is the first openly bisexual person to lead a U.S. State and the first sitting Governor to be openly LGBT. Before becoming Governor, she served as Oregon's Secretary of State and made history as the first openly bisexual person to hold statewide office in the United States. In 2004, she became the first woman to serve as Oregon Senate Majority Leader. During her service to the people of Oregon, Brown has been instrumental in passing comprehensive civil rights and domestic partnership laws.
(born Malcolm Little; 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. His self-identity was not bisexual, however his sexual orientation and behavior were.
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.
(born 24 July 1982) is a Canadian-born actress who grew up in New Zealand. Her first film was The Piano, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in March 1994 at the age of 11. She is the second youngest Oscar winner in history. Paquin is best known for her role as Rogue in three X-men films and, more recently, for playing Sookie Stackhouse in True Blood. Paquin 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." In June 2014, she tweeted, “Proud to be a happily married bisexual mother. Marriage is about love not gender."
He's bisexual and thousands of years old, and we love him. John Barrowman, who portrays him, is gay - but hey, nobody is perfect! Jack is the first openly non-heterosexual character in the history of televised Doctor Who, making his first appearance in 2005. The popularity of the character amongst multiple audiences helped launch a spin-off series called Torchwood that ran from 2006 to 2011. As an ongoing and positive depiction of bisexuality in mainstream British television, the character became a role model for young gay and bisexual people in the UK and beyond.
(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.
(born Angelina Jolie Voight on June 4, 1975) is an American actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian. She is one of the biggest stars in Hollywood and has won an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards. She has been recognized repeatedly for her humanitarian work including honors from the United Nations, an honorary damehood presented by Queen Elizabeth II, and was made a member of the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations. Angelina Jolie's film career reached stratospheric heights after the huge success of the two Lara Croft: Tomb Raider films in 2001 and 2003. Her biggest blockbuster to date was as the lead in the 2014 Disney film Maleficent, which grossed over $758 million worldwide.
While filming for Tomb Raider in war-torn Cambodia, Jolie personally witnessed the effects of a humanitarian crisis for the 1st time. She was so moved by the experience that upon her return home, she became involved with United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), paying her own expenses and sharing the same rustic working and living conditions as UNHCR field staff. She has been on missions to the world's most troubled crisis areas and has been particularly affective at leveraging her celebrity spotlight to bring awareness to the plight of refugees. In 2012, after more than a decade of service as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, Jolie was promoted to the rank of UN Special Envoy.
Over the years, Angelina Jolie has been romantically connected with both men and women. In a 2003 interview for "20/20", when Barbara Walters asked Angelina Jolie if she was bisexual, she responded, "Of course." Angelina Jolie married Brad Pitt in 2014. The two have 6 children together.
(born Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed on 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 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."
(born February 16, 1963) Originally from Puerto Rico, Evelyn Mantilla is an American politician and activist who served from 1997 to 2007 as a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives. She came out as America's first openly bisexual state official in 1997. Mantilla has held leadership positions with the National Council for Community and Justice and the Hartford Sexual Assault Crisis Service. You can follow Evelyn Mantilla on Twitter at @mantilla.
Hercules, the most famous alpha male of all time, is the Roman name for the Greek divine hero Heracles. He 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.
Ferdinand I of Bulgaria
(26 February 1861 – 10 September 1948) 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. On July 15th, 1910, during a trip to Belgium, Ferdinand became the first head of state to fly in an airplane.
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'.
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.
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".
(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."
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.
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.
(born Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien; 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 six top 20 singles in the United States and sixteen on the United Kingdom Singles Chart from 1963 to 1989. She is a member of both the US Rock and Roll and UK Music Halls of Fame. With her signature look, Springfield was an icon of the Swinging Sixties.
With such public success, Springfield's personal life was a topic of considerable discussion. While she dated men, she was never reported to be in a heterosexual relationship and was in long term relationships with other women over the years. In September 1970, Springfield told the Evening Standard "many other people say I'm bent, and I've heard it so many times that I've almost learned to accept it ... I know I'm perfectly as capable of being swayed by a girl as by a boy. More and more people feel that way and I don't see why I shouldn't."
(October 6, 1906 – September 14, 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 won a single Oscar for multiple film roles. Once in the public eye, Janet Gaynor's bisexuality was not exactly an asset to her career. Her strategy to avoid the issue was to divert questions about her romantic life to discussions of her work. Later, she married and had a son, which in the public's mind established her as straight.
(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. She is mother of another famous bisexual woman, Rebecca Walker.
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.
Duncan (May 27, 1877 — September 14, 1927) was a dancer, considered by many to be the creator of modern dance.
(born September 9, 1974) is a Brazilian singer, composer, and musician. She released her first CD in 1999 and was nominated for a Latin Grammy. Carolina went on to enormous success with 5 albums winning platinum record awards, 2 records winning double platinum, and 2 records winning double diamond. In 2005, Carolina came out in Veja Magazine as bisexual in an article titled "Sou bi, e daí" (I'm bi. So what?). Given her fame, her announcement created a lot of debate in Brazil, home to the largest Catholic population in the world. By coming out, Carolina brought bisexuality into public discourse and she also gained new fans.
You can follow Ana Carolina on Twitter (in Portuguese) @sigaanacarolina
(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 the James Bond film 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."
Alexander the Great
(20/21 July 356 – 10/11 June 323 BC), Alexander III 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. He was undefeated in battle and is considered one of history's most successful military commanders.
Alexander had several wives and a Persian-style harem, but the central relationship of his life was with his lover and general, Hephaestion.
(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.
(born March 25, 1971) is a retired American professional basketball player and the head coach of the women's basketball team of Loyola University Chicago. She was the first player to be signed in the WNBA when it was created. She won three Olympic Gold Medals, is a three-time WNBA MVP, and is arguably the greatest female basketball player in history. Swoopes was married to a man, her high school sweetheart, from June 1995 to 1999 with whom she had a son, Jordan Eric Jackson in 1997. In October 2005, Sheryl Swoopes' personal life made the headlines after she told the New York Times that she had tired of "living a lie" and that she was "tired of having to pretend to be somebody I am not." She announced that she and her partner, former basketball player and Houston Comets assistant coach, Alisa Scott, were in love and hoped to get married someday.
Six years later, Swoopes and Scott had broken up and Swoopes announced that she was engaged to longtime friend Christopher Unclesho. Some in the LGBT community felt betrayed by Swoopes' announcement while some "homophobes" thought her situation proved that homosexuality can be "cured." The news of her engagement prompted some negative coverage and reactions that accused her of, essentially, not being gay anymore. It is 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 sexuality works. Swoopes has never publicly embraced the label bisexual, but her relationship history clearly is just that.
On a happier note, activists were pleased that when Loyola University Chicago recruited Swoopes as head coach in 2011, her sexual history did not appear to affect the Catholic institution's decision to hire her. Travis Olson, then a recent graduate who was president of Advocate, the Official LGBTQA Student Organization of Loyola University Chicago, remarked "It's very encouraging that they hired [Swoopes]. I think that the university takes its social justice mission very seriously. The staff and the administration that are there see LGBT issues as part of that social justice mission."
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.
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.
Óscar de la Renta
(born Óscar Arístides Renta Fiallo, 22 July 1932 – 20 October 2014) was a Dominican-American fashion designer. He became internationally known in the 1960s as one of the couturiers who dressed Jacqueline Kennedy. His eponymous fashion house continues to dress leading figures, from film stars to royalty. 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.
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.
(born Richard Alpert; April 6, 1931) is a contemporary American spiritual teacher and the author of the seminal book Be Here Now (1971). Earlier in his career, Ram Dass, in collaboration with Timothy Leary, conducted pioneering research on human consciousness using LSD and other mind-expanding agents. Amid a firestorm of public scandal over their psychedelic investigations, both professors were fired from Harvard University in 1963.
In 1967, he traveled to India where he met his guru, Neem Karoli Baba, who gave him the name "Ram Dass", which means "servant of God." Over the ensuing decades, Ram Dass devoted himself to many causes working to bring about social change. His Hanuman Foundation has developed diverse projects, from helping the spiritual growth of prison inmates to providing support to the dying, including those with AIDS.
In the 1990s, Ram Dass came out about his bisexuality 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."
(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.
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
(born Kesha Rose Sebert on March 1, 1987) is an American singer, rapper, and songwriter. In an interview with Seventeen magazine, pop star Ke$ha made it known 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.
(born December 17, 1959) is an American independent filmmaker involved in New Queer Cinema whose films often have a bisexual theme. Araki self-identified as gay until he discovered that his sexual orientation was actually bisexual. In 1997, he entered a two-year relationship with actress Kathleen Robertson, whom he directed in Nowhere. Araki's tenth film Kaboom made its premiere at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, and was awarded the first ever Queer Palm for its contribution to LGBT issues.
(Born April 4, 1932) is an 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. In 2013, 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.
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.”
(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?"
(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."
(April 15, 1894 – September 26, 1937) Bessie Smith was born poor in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Her parents died when she was eight years old and she began singing to support her family at age seven. She sang on street corners with her brother accompanying her on guitar. Smith's heart-wrenching blues reflected the harsh realities experienced by the black underclass in the Jim Crow era. Bessie Smith went on to become the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s. Her first recording, “Downhearted Blues”, established her as the most successful black vocalist of her time. More than any other performer, she was responsible for introducing the blues into the mainstream of American popular music.
(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 open about being bi. "I think women are beautiful, I've had a lot of fun with women, and I'm not ashamed of it," she told The Advocate in 2010. "I also love a well-endowed man. But just because I enjoy women doesn't mean I'm allowed to have affairs in my relationship." In other words, Fergie is married to a man, monogamous and, of course, still bi.
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."
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.
(14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011) was an English musician known for her eclectic mix of musical genres and her deep, soulful voice. In 2008 she won 5 Grammy awards in a single night for her second album, Back To Black. Amy's troubling personal life and recurring battles with drug addiction, self harm, and eating disorders colored some of her best work. Her personal struggles endeared her to her fans who could relate to her vulnerability and fight against adversity. The singer was always open about her sexuality; "There is something about being with a woman that is very satisfying. I don't care what people think about me being bi — I do what feels good,” said Winehouse as quoted in News of the World. She died tragically from alcohol poisoning at the age of 27 in 2011.
(born September 27, 1974) is an American musician, writer, and actress, who first became known as a guitarist and vocalist in Sleater-Kinney. She is also a star and writer for the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning TV series Portlandia. Brownstein plays the role of Syd in the Golden Globe winning TV series "Transparent," a show about a Los Angeles family and their lives following the discovery that the person they knew as their father is trans.
Brownstein was outed as bi 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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.”
(born July 12, 1978) is an American actress, screenwriter, and DJ. She is famous for playing tough, independent women in blockbuster action films such as Avatar, Resident Evil, Fast and the Furious, S.W.A.T., and Battle: Los Angeles. Rodriguez also played Ana Lucia Cortez in the television series Lost.
Rodriguez has long been open about her bisexuality, speaking frankly to everyone from Cosmopolitan Magazine to The Advocate about her personal life. For example, in an October 2013 in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. The 'Fast and Furious' star casually commented,"I've gone both ways. I do as I please. I am too f**king curious to sit here and not try when I can. Men are intriguing. So are chicks." In a May 2014 interview with Gay Star News, Michelle Rodriguez said that she hoped her actions would help others be more open about being bi: "Maybe by me opening my big fat mouth like I usually do and stepping up and owning who I am, maybe it might inspire somebody else to do the same."
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.
(born March 8, 1976) is an educator, politician and Wisconsin state Representative. She is a Democrat who in 2010 became the first Latina elected to Wisconsin’s legislature. In a July 2012 interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Zamarripa announced that she is bisexual. “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...I feel remiss that I didn’t come out then.” Zamarripa went on to win reelection in 2012 and 2014, each time capturing 83% or more of the general vote.
You can follow Rep. Zamarripa on Twitter at @repjocasta
(born May 31, 1991) is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter who was raised in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. While still in High School, she began releasing her music on MySpace. She soon caught the attention of record producers and was signed to XL Recordings when she was still only 17. Banks came out as bi in an interview with the New York Times. What's more -- she did it with little fanfare, the discussion 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.'"
(31 May 1922 – 6 October 1992) was an English film, television and theatre actor with more than 120 film and television credits. In the 1980s, he won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in three consecutive years, the only actor ever to have achieved this. He is perhaps best known for portraying Dr Marcus Brody in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) and as "Coleman" in Trading Places (1983). In 1988, Elliott was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to acting.
The primary relationship in Elliott's life was to American actress Susan Robinson (7 March 1942–12 April 2007), with whom he had two children, Mark and Jennifer. The two had an open marriage and both lived rather uninhibited lives.
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.
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.
(October 17, 1920 – July 23, 1966) was an American film and stage actor. The New York Times’ obituary of Clift noted his portrayal of "moody, sensitive young men." Clift received four Academy Award nominations during his career, three for Best Actor and one for Best Supporting Actor.
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.”
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.
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.
Leslie Cheung Kwok-Wing
(張國榮; 12 September 1956 – 1 April 2003), nicknamed big brother (哥哥), was a film actor and musician from Hong Kong. Cheung is considered one of the founding fathers of Cantonese pop music and enjoyed a hugely successful film and music career. In 2000, Cheung was named "Asia's Biggest Superstar" by China Central Television and MTV. In a 2010 global poll by CNN, Cheung was ranked #3 music icon of all time behind only Michael Jackson and The Beatles, and ahead of Elvis Presley and Reggae godfather Bob Marley.
Leslie Cheung took on film roles that were explicitly queer or trans, including in Wong Kar-wai's 1997 film "Happy Together." For such a high-profile star to take on a queer roles brought LGBT issues into public consciousness throughout the region. Cheung was far more reserved about his personal life, and cleverly used the ungendered pronoun in Cantonese to speak of his lovers in gender-neutral terms. When his relationship with Daffy Tong (a man) became known, he was asked in a Time Magazine interview whether he was gay. Cheung answered "It's more appropriate to say I'm bisexual."
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 April 22, 1986) is an American actress and model. She is married to actor Johnny Depp. Her career breakthrough came in 2008 with the film Pineapple Express. Heard often appears in magazines' Most Beautiful and Sexiest lists. She is also involved in social activism for causes such as LGBT rights and abolishing slavery.
Before she was together with Depp, Amber Heard came out at GLAAD's 25th anniversary event in 2010. There she told the audience, "I don't label myself one way or another—I have had successful relationships with men and now a woman. I love who I love; it's the person that matters."
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
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.”
(20 April 1492 – 21 October 1556) was an Italian author, playwright, and satirist who was celebrated throughout Europe in his time for his bold and shameless literary attacks on the powerful. He was so popular that he wielded immense influence; kings and nobles often paid him what amounted to blackmail money to be depicted favorably in his writings. Aretino was an important figure in contemporary art and politics and invented modern erotic literature.
Pietro Aretino was a bisexual libertine in the larger-than-life mode of Renaissance Italy, so outspoken as to be beyond any counterattacks. Queer 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.
Aretino is depicted as St Bartholomew in the famous Sistine Chapel frescos by Michelangelo.
(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.
(May 30, 1903 – January 9, 1946) was an American poet who was a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance. The exact details of Cullen's youth have been lost to history, but what is known is that he was orphaned and raised by his maternal grandmother who died when he was still a teen. He was then raised by a conservative minister from the renowned Salem Methodist Episcopal Church in Harlem. Despite these setbacks, Cullen was already an award-winning poet in High School and went on to attend New York University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1925 and won the Witter Bynner Poetry Prize. That same year, Cullen released his lauded debut volume of poetry, Color. Cullen graduated with a master's from Harvard University in 1926 and subsequently joined the editorial staff of Opportunity magazine, penning the column "Dark Tower," which was a review of works from the African-American literati. Cullen worked in a variety of literary forms, was a children's author and playwright, a novelist, and even translated Euripides' classical work Medea from the ancient Greek.
Cullen's work was charged by the intersections of race, religion, and sexuality that marked his life. Cullen was married twice, and was married when he died, and yet, as often happens with non-heterosexual historical figures, you will often find Countee Cullen on lists of gay men. This plays into a popular societal belief in a "one drop rule" of male sexuality where a man with any same-sex attraction is automatically 100% gay.
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).
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."
Dolores del Río
(born María de los Dolores Asúnsolo López-Negrete; August 3, 1905 – April 11, 1983) 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. She was the first Latin American actress to achieve international stardom. 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.
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.
(born December 26, 1994) is an American football placekicker at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. In January 2014, Mertens came out publicly as bisexual. He was the first active college football player at any level to publicly come out, and quickly attracted considerable media attention. In his first year playing, Mertens was second in his Conference in field goal percentage and second on his team in points. Mertens has become a source of inspiration and a resource for young LGBT athletes across the United States.
(Born July 28, 1965) Daniela is a Brazilian axé, samba-reggae and MPB (Brazilian Pop) singer, songwriter and record producer. Mercury is one of the best known Brazilian female singers, and has sold 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.
(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 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.”
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.
(August 7, 1911 – June 16, 1979) was an American film director best known for the movie Rebel Without a Cause. Although he enjoyed mainstream success, Ray was also well-regarded for his more experimental and artistic work. He was an important influence on French New Wave cinema, and Jean-Luc Godard famously wrote in a review that "There was theatre... poetry... painting...dance... music...Henceforth there is cinema. And the cinema is Nicholas Ray."
In 1933, before his stint at Hollywood success, Ray joined the first fellowship of participants at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin (Wisconsin). After eight months, Wright expelled Nicholas Ray for engaging in same-sex activity. Ray relocated to NYC and met writer Jean Evans, with whom he had a son in 1937. By 1941 the FBI had opened a file on Ray, because of his socialist leanings and association with African Americans. In 1944 Ray was forced to resign his position with Voice of America on the basis of further damning FBI reports of leftist political sympathies and homosexual activity.
In remarks made in Roy Connolly's television documentary James Dean: The First American Teenager (1975), Ray may have provided the clearest public indication of his own sexuality. In response to questions about Dean's bisexuality, Ray asserted, "He was normal, which may mean bisexual." In contrast to this view of bisexuality as normative, Ray often represented exclusively heterosexual relationships as unstable and repressive.
(born December 17, 1974) is an American film, stage, and television actress. Her film credits include What Women Want (2000), The Notorious Bettie Page (2005), and 12 Years a Slave (2013). Paulson's career has been recognized with multiple Golden Globe, SAG Award, and Emmy nominations, including for her work on the TV show American Horror Story. In a 2014 interview with New York Magazine, Paulson said “Guys don’t ask me out because they think I like women. Women don’t ask me out because they don’t know what I am. Do I have to write a sign that says EQUAL-OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER?”
(born Deborah Ann Harry on July 1, 1945) is an American musician, actress, and international sex symbol known best for her role in the new wave and punk rock band 'Blondie'. She frequented the famous disco Studio 54 and her sultry image became known world-wide when she was regularly featured on the cover of Rolling Stone during the music video revolution. Harry confirmed rumors of her bisexuality in a 2014 interview, saying "women are more sensual” but that her most enduring relationships had been with men. She expressed a longing to fall in love again and implied that the gender of the person was unimportant.
(born James Newell Osterberg, Jr. on April 21, 1947) is an American musician and actor best known for his larger-than-life persona and outrageous stage antics. Inspired by the rowdy stage presence of Jim Morrison, Iggy Pop was known liked to push boundaries on stage, shocking and thrilling audiences with stunts such as cutting himself on broken glass, exposing himself, or diving into the crowd while performing with his three piece band 'The Stooges’. His solo career was boosted by a partnership with David Bowie and it is commonly thought that the two had a sexual relationship. His mainstream fame surged when his song "Lust For Life" was featured in the 1985 film Desperately Seeking Susan and Ewan McGregor portrayed a glam rocker that was loosely based on Iggy in the 1998 film Velvet Goldmine. The Stooges were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.
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.
(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.
(born May 16th 1951) is a French high-fashion designer with a background in theater and historical clothing. In 1987 he opened his own haute couture house and by 1989 he had boutiques all over the world. He has designed many dresses for Hollywood stars, including Christina Aguilera's wedding gown and was a favorite designer of Edina Monsoon for her wardrobe in the UK sitcom Absolutely Fabulous.
Lacroix was living with a man when he moved to Paris in his 20’s. Later, he fell in love with a woman whom he married in 1974. The two have been happily married for over 40 years, but Lacroix proudly lets it be known that he has “always been bisexual.”
(June 23, 1894 – August 25, 1956) was an American biologist and professor of entomology and zoology. In 1947, he founded the Institute for Sex Research at Indiana University, now commonly known as the Kinsey Institute. Kinsey's research was absolutely groundbreaking for his time. He studied human sexuality with a frankness that went against deep cultural taboos, and his work caused great controversy as soon as it was published. Although Kinsey preferred to describe sexuality according to his 7-point Kinsey Scale, parts of his research regarding sexual orientation led to the common estimate of 10% for homosexuality in the general population .
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."
(January 5, 1931 – December 1, 1989) was an American choreographer and human rights activist who founded the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City. He is credited with popularizing modern dance and revolutionizing African-American participation in 20th-century concert dance. Ailey's choreographic masterpiece "Revelations" is believed to be the best-known and most often seen modern dance performance in the world. In 2008, a U.S. Congressional resolution designated the Company as “a vital American cultural ambassador to the world,” one that celebrates the uniqueness of the African-American cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance heritage. In 2014, President Barack Obama selected Ailey to be a posthumous recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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.
(born Sia Kate Isobelle Furler on December 18, 1975) is an Australian singer, songwriter and music video director. Sia first rose to international prominence in 2005 when her epic song “Breathe Me” was featured in the last scene of the hit HBO show, Six Feet Under. Her songwriting credits include Rihanna's “Diamonds,” Beyonce's “Pretty Hurts,” and David Guetta's “Titanium.” Sia performed her own hit song "Chandelier" for President Obama and the crowd at the Democratic National Committee's annual LGBT Gala in June 2014.
Although long out about her relationships with both men and women, Sia was frequently labeled a lesbian by the media because of her relationship with JD Samson from the bands Le Tigre and MEN. Sia came out as bisexual in August 2013, tweeting, “I’m queer. I don’t really identify as a lesbian because I’ve dated predominantly men. But I’ve certainly dated women.” Sia married documentary filmmaker Erik Anders Lang at her home in Palm Springs, California in August 2014.
Sir Alec Guinness
(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."
(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.
(22 January 1561 – 9 April 1626), was an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator, essayist, and author. He served both as Attorney General and Lord Chancellor of England. He was was one of the fathers of modern science, and his works helped discredit the old medieval forms of science still dominant at the time. Sir Francis Bacon popularized what we now call the scientific method, a process of inquiry that relies upon empirical or measurable evidence.
(born July 12, 1976) is an American politician and the U.S. Representative from Arizona's 9th congressional district, first elected in 2012. A member of the Democratic Party, prior to being elected she served in both chambers of the Arizona legislature, being elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 2005, and the Arizona Senate in 2011. Sinema is the first openly bisexual member of the U.S. Congress.
Tamara de Lempicka
(Born Maria Górska, 16 May 1898 – 18 March 1980), was a Polish Art Deco painter and the first woman artist to be a global star. Lempicka became a leading representative of the Art Deco style and a favorite artist of many Hollywood stars, painting kings and queens and socialites. She worked hard and played hard, and created a body of work that soon found its way into museums and the collections of the rich and famous. Lempicka's style remains iconic and immediately recognizable to this day.
(January 31, 1902 – December 12, 1968) was an American actress of the stage and screen, talk-show host, and libertine. She was an avid supporter of liberal causes and railed against the socially conservative trajectory of the Democratic party in the Southern U.S. during the 1950s. Bankhead lived, worked, and played loudly and spoke her mind. She is quoted in Girls: Sappho goes to Hollywood saying "I don't know what I am, darling. I've tried several varieties of sex. Going down on a woman gives me a stiff neck, going down on a man gives me lockjaw and conventional sex gives me claustrophobia." Bankhead never publicly described herself as being bisexual. She did, however, describe herself as "ambisextrous."
(May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) was an American poet, essayist and journalist. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse. He wanted to bring poetry to everyone and through his writing, developed a singularly American voice. His work was very controversial in its time, particularly his poetry collection "Leaves of Grass," a towering achievement in its celebration of life, humanity, nature, and the strength of the human body and spirit. At the time, the work was widely considered obscene for its overt sexuality.
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."
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.
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."
(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.