Alan Cumming Joins #Celibacy Challenge

Alan Cumming OBE (born 27 January 1965) 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.

Alan Cumming OBE (born 27 January 1965) 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.

One of the most out and famous bisexuals of the day, Alan Cumming, is joining a celibacy campaign?! Say it isn’t so!

Well, not quite. Cumming is joining in a public service announcement for GLAAD that spotlights the FDA’s continual discrimination about gay and bisexual men donating blood. The social media hashtag #CelibacyChallenge urges a blood donation system that screens everyone for HIV transmission regardless of sexual orientation when they’re giving blood.

In the early 1980s, the FDA banned bisexual and gay men from donating blood because of AIDS. Supposedly, the ban ended in December last year, but still there was a year-long prohibition for gay men who had sex. Of course, the year-long moratorium is ridiculous.

Cumming urges protestors to a call to action, and to sign a petition  and to help push for an understanding that bisexual and gay men are not risks just because they are bisexual or gay.

Mike Szymanski
Mike Szymanski has written about bisexual issues since 1989 and has one of the longest-running regular bisexual columns as the National Bisexuality Examiner. He came out as bisexual in a cover story of Genre magazine, which resulted in more than 50 television appearances, including Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue Show and 20/20. Szymanski won the Lambda Literary Award in 2007 for co-authoring an informative humor book “The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways.” Write him at [email protected]