Alan Cumming Thinks Bisexuals Are Getting Understood

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.

Actor Alan Cumming could convince Larry King that bisexuality exists (even when Anna Paquin baffled him a bit about it), and he thinks that it’s a bit easier for celebrities to come out as such.

“I do think the world is different now,” he is quoted as saying. “There’s been a kind of a fad where people think, ‘Oh, they’re not bisexual.’ [That it] means you’re either going to be gay, but you don’t feel comfortable with it yet or you’re kind of just a whore. I do imagine of someone from Clive’s generation he had to deal with a lot more of that in the past than now.”

He was referring to the very public coming out of record producer Clive Davis, 82, who last year said he was bisexual. Davis’s book was nominated for the Lambda Literary Awards Best Bisexual Nonfiction category, and recently Cumming’s book Not My Father’s Son was one of three nominees for that same category.

“I do feel very much that people get it now,” Cumming added. “I write about this in the book. I think partly because I saw my father being so not out of control sexually but I saw a man that was not able to control his sexual urges. In a funny way I never had shame about sexuality. I just never did.”

Cumming, who plays Eli Gold in the legal drama The Good Wifemarried Grant Shaffer in New York three years ago.

“I never felt it was wrong,” Cumming said about his attraction to both sexes. “I thought perhaps certain times it was going to be difficult because people weren’t really receptive to it, but I never felt there was something wrong with me.”

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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]