(28 January 1873 – 3 August 1954) Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette was a novelist and actress in the 1920s. Her best novels include Cheri and Gigi, and she was nominated for a Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. After her divorce from her husband Henry-Gauthier Villars, also known as Willy, she started a series of affairs with women. Her on-stage kiss with her lover, Mathilde de Morny, Marquise de Belbeuf, nearly caused a riot at the Moulin Rouge. In addition to Willy, she went on to marry men two more times and have numerous relationships with both men and women.
Daphne Du Maurier
(13 May 1907 – 19 April 1989) was an English author and playwright, best known for her novel "Rebecca" and short story "The Birds", which was later adapted into the well-known Hitchcock movie of the same name.
In 1932, she married Sir Frederick Arthur Montague "Boy" Browning and they were married until his death in 1965. She also had an affair with actress Gertrude Lawrence.
(born June 28, 1970) is an openly bi writer, director, actor and producer for television and film. He wrote for Dawson's Creek and Freaks and Geeks as well as writing School of Rock for his friend, Jack Black.
(November 1, 1996 – November 15, 2017) Gustav Elijah Åhr, known professionally as Lil Peep, was an American-Swedish rapper, singer, and songwriter.
In August 2017 he came out as bi on Twitter.
(January 9, 1900 – presumed dead after March 24, 1939) was an American traveler, adventurer, and author. He traveled the word and wrote about it in best selling books. You might say he invented "adventure travel", by doing such things as registering as a ship and swimming the Panama Canal or duplicating Hannibal's crossing of the Alps by elephant. He dated several young women and wrote letters to them as well as carrying on multiple well documented affairs with men including actor Ramon Novarro.
(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.”
(21 August 1879 – 31 October 1945) was a British actor. He was a well-known for his playing many of Shakespeare's classic roles including MacBeth, Iago, and Hamlet. His 1930 portrayal of Hamlet was selected for a Royal Command Performance. He can also be found in a number of films between 1910 and 1932.
He was married three times, including to novelist Bettina Riddle. Letters possessed by Laurence Olivier's widow, Joan Plowright, also suggest that he had an affair with Olivier in the late 1930s.
(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 and was an important influence on the French New Wave.
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.
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."
(born April 21, 1974) is an American-Australian professional wrestler. He is best known for his tenure in WWE, where he was a one-time United States Champion.
Jordan is openly bi. On October 10, 2013, he announced his marriage to a woman in Australia. The following year, his daughter Dakota Mae, was born
El Hedi ben Salem
(c. 1935 – 1977) was a Moroccan actor best known for his work with German film director Rainer Werner Fassbinder. While in a tumultuous relationship with Fassbinder, he starred in one of the director's best-known films, "Ali: Fear Eats the Soul."
Before moving to Germany to pursue his acting career, he had already fathered three children with his wife in Morocco. Once in Germany he soon became Fassbinder's lover.
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. He was married twice and had 4 children. In his later life, rumors abounded of Ferdinand's trysts with lieutenants and valets. His regular holidays on Capri, then a popular holiday destination with wealthy gay men, were common knowledge in royal courts throughout Europe.
(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; friends claim that she said, "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.”
(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 bi. She did, however, describe herself as "ambisextrous."
Asia Kate Dillon
(born November 15, 1984 ) is an American actor who plays Brandy Epps in Orange Is the New Black and Taylor Mason in Billions.
They identify as pansexual and have stated that they are attracted to multiple genders.
(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. She famously had an affair with Frida Kahlo and Josephine Baker's son Jean-Claude Baker wrote about her bisexuality in the biography "Josephine."
(25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941) was an English writer who is considered one of the most important modernist twentieth century authors and a pioneer in the use of stream of consciousness as a narrative device. She is probably best known for writing "A Room of One's Own." Her work explores gender and the 1925 novel "Mrs. Dalloway" features a bi protagonist and the hero of "Orlando: A Biography" repeatedly wakes up to discover their sex has changed.
She was married to Leonard Woolf and her diaries make it appear that she loved him very much. In addition she had an affair with Vita Sackville-West.
(born October 21, 1983) is an American model and actress. Rose has also made cameos in music videos such as Nicki Minaj's "Massive Attack," Young Jeezy's "Vacation," Wiz Khalifa's "No Sleep," Fabolous' "You Be Killin' Em," Ludacris' "What Them Girls Like and Future's "Mask Off." She was signed with modeling agency Ford Models from 2009 to 2010.
In 2009 she said, "I’m extremely open with my sexuality. I can be in love with a woman, I can be in love with a man. I’m not into bestiality, but as far as humans go, I definitely find beauty in everybody, whether they’re heavy-set, super-skinny, if they’re white, black, Indian, Asian, Spanish."
(February 8, 1931 – September 30, 1955) was an American actor. Thanks in large part to his classic film, Rebel Without a Cause, he became a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment. 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 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 bi member of the U.S. Congress.
(born October 8, 1979) is an American actress and model, she is best-known for her roles in Terminator 3: Rise of The Machines, The L Word, and Burn Notice. In an interview with Curve magazine she said, "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 23, 1970) is an American Grammy Award-winning singer, guitarist, poet, and songwriter. She has released more than 20 albums and created her own record label, Righteous Babe. Ani DiFranco has described herself as bi and written songs about falling in love with both men and women.
(August 19, 1919 – February 24, 1990) was an American entrepreneur most prominently known as the publisher of Forbes magazine, founded by his father B. C. Forbes. He was known as an avid promoter of capitalism and free market trade, and for an extravagant lifestyle, spending on parties, travel, and his collection of homes, yachts, aircraft, art, motorcycles, and Fabergé eggs. Soon after his death in 1990, stories of his numerous affairs with men were revealed.
(27 January 1879 – 30 October 1943) was the pen name of English writer, poet and literary critic Emily Alice Haigh. Much of her work was published in the British Literary Magazine "The New Age."
Her lovers included her editor A.R. Orange, writer Katherine Mansfield, painter Amedeo Modigliani, and painter and critic Wyndham Lewis.
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 July 9, 1987) is an American animator, director, screenwriter, producer, and songwriter. She is known for creating the Cartoon Network series Steven Universe, which has made her the first woman to independently create a series for the network.
In July 2016, Sugar said at a San Diego Comic-Con panel that the LGBT themes in Steven Universe are in large part based on her own experience as a bi woman.
(January 18, 1904 – November 29, 1986) born Archibald Alexander Leach, was an iconic leading man from the 1930s until the 1960s, starring in classics such as The Philadelphia Story, North by Northwest, and An Affair to Remember. 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 June 21, 1960) is governor of Oregon. Governor Brown has a history of smashing barriers and setting records: She is the first openly bi 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 bi 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.
(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 starring in classics including Grand Hotel and Queen Christina . She was one of the most popular actresses of her time and was nominated for an Academy Award three times. 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.
(born March 25, 1971) is a retired American professional basketball player and was the first player to be signed to the WBNA. She won three Olympic Gold Medals, is a three-time WNBA MVP, and is arguably the greatest female basketball player in history. She continues to coach college basketball today. 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. In 2017
Six years later, Swoopes and Scott had broken up and Swoopes announced that she was engaged to longtime friend Christopher Unclesho, they married in 2017. Some in the LGBT community felt betrayed by Swoopes' announcement while some "homophobes" thought her situation proved that homosexuality can be "cured." Swoopes has never publicly embraced the label bi, but her relationship history is clearly just that. I
Fritz Klein, MD
(December 27, 1932 – May 24, 2006) was a bi American sex researcher, psychiatrist, author, and creator of the Klein Sexual Orientation Grid. He was a pioneering bi rights activist, who was an important figure in the modern LGBT rights movement. Dr. Klein also founded the American Institute of Bisexuality.
(born June 6, 1955) is an American model, actress, comedian, singer and author. Bernhard first gained attention in the late–1970s with her stand-up comedy in which she often bitterly critiques celebrity culture and political figures. Bernhard is number ninety-seven on Comedy Central's list of the 100 greatest stand-ups of all time. She is openly bi.
(born 22 October 1972) is an English-American actress and model who is best known for her roles in "Boston Legal", "Troy", "Miss Julie", and "Mozart in the Jungle."
Burrows is open about her bisexuality. She was once engaged to Alan Cumming and is currently married to writer Alison Balian.
(born May 25, 1969) is an American actress, director, and screenwriter known for appearing in a series of hit films including Donnie Brasco, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and Wag The Dog. She had a well-publicized relationship with Ellen from 1997 to 2000 and is now married to Men In Trees co-star, James Tupper.
(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 .
(born 2000) is an American activist and advocate for gun control. As a high school senior she survived the February 2018 Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, and in response co-founded the gun-control advocacy group Never Again MSD. She first drew national attention after a speech she gave at a rally against gun violence went viral.
She is openly bi.
(9 July 1893 – 30 January 1961) was an American Journalist, named one 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. She was married three times, most famously to Sinclair Lewis. She also had an affair with German author Christa Winsloe.
(born 1 May 1990) is an Australian actress known for her roles on the Australian soap opera "Neighbours" and the teen drama "Reign".
She has described herself as pansexual and talked about her sexual fluidity. She says that she is generally more attracted to women, although she is currently in a relationship with a man.
(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."
(March 26, 1911 – February 25, 1983) is considered one of the foremost American playwrights of the 20th century. After years of obscurity, he became suddenly famous with "The Glass Menagerie" (1944), a play that closely reflected his own unhappy family background. This heralded a string of successes, including "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1947), "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (1955), and "Sweet Bird of Youth" (1959).
He was openly gay and mostly had relationships with men. However in his memoirs he does talk about having a fulfilling and sexual relationship with a woman.
(born July 30, 1984) is an American actress, model, writer, producer and director. She is best known for starring as Jane Villanueva in the CW show "Jane The Virgin", for which she has been nominated for three Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy, winning once in 2015.
Although she does not identify as bi, she has said on Twitter, "I don't need anyone to define their sexuality to me nor do I feel the need to either, I love hearts. Period."
(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 5 July 1988) is a British comedian. He has appeared on TV shows including Live at the Apollo, Taskmaster, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, 8 Out of 10 Cats, QI and as the announcer on Saturday BBC One show Epic Win.
He is openly bi and refers to his sexuality in a number of his stand up routines.
(born April 30, 1976) is an American singer-songwriter who is the lead vocalist, pianist, and lyricist of the duo The Dresden Dolls.
In 2007 she told After Ellen, "I'm bisexual, but it's not the sort of thing I spent a lot of time thinking about...I've slept with girls; I've slept with guys, so I guess that's what they call it! I'm not anti trying to use language to simplify our lives."
(born December 19, 1991) is an Australian actor. He is known for his television role as Kid Flash/Wally West on the CW series The Flash (beginning 2015); and for his role in The Divergent Series: Insurgent (2015). In 2017 Lonsdale came out as bi via an Instagram post, “A couple years ago I was able to accept myself, & it saved my life, but now I've gotten to a new road block & I feel kind of lost,” he wrote. “I gotta take the next step & actually embrace who I am, which is pretty exciting. Not faking shit anymore, not apologising for falling in love with people no matter their gender. I've become bored of being insecure, ashamed, scared...no one should feel like that about themselves, especially when there is so much good life to live.”
(born February 15, 1985) is an American actress. She starred in the ABC Family series "The Middleman" and had a main role on the first season of the USA Network series "White Collar". She also had a recurring role on the NBC sitcom "Parks and Rec".
She came out as queer in 2016 on Twitter and wrote a longer essay for Amy Poehler's Smart Girls website talking about her attractions to men and women and how biphobia made it more difficult to come to terms with her own sexuality.
(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.'"
(born 6 November 1972) is a British actress who is best known for her role in the film Crash (for which she won a BAFTA) and more recently for her role as Maeve Millay in Westworld. In an interview with The Advocate, Newton revealed she had a same sex 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."
(30 August 1915 – 12 November 2001), born Kathryn Boyd, was one of the most popular and creative Burlesque queens of the 1950s. She was openly bi and famous for her gender-bending "half and half" act, portraying both bride and groom in the image above.
Carole Ita White
(born August 24, 1949) is an American television and film actress. She played a recurring character in "Laverne & Shirley" and appeared in a number of television shows and films throughout the 70s, 80s, and 90s.
On January 19, 2010, Carole came out as a bi during an interview on Sirius Radio's Frank Decaro Show on OutQ Gay Radio.
(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 April 22, 1986) is an American actress and model. 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.
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."
(born July 30, 1988) is an American actor and model. He is known for his roles in the 2011 film Scream 4, the Fox crime drama series The Following, the ABC Family teen series Make It or Break It, and the TV Land comedy-drama series Younger.
In 2016 he came out as bi and talked about the fact that he is polyamorous. In 2018 he married longtime partner Bethany Meyers.
(8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016) was an English musician, actor, record producer, and arranger. He sold over 140 million albums worldwide in his life and was inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hallo of Fame in 1996. He was a prolific artists, but some of his most popular work includes the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars and the much-loved film The Labyrinth. Bowie "outed" himself as bi in an interview with Melody Maker in January 1972.
(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.
(born 1 April 1986) is a Dutch long track allround speed skater. Wüst is the youngest Dutch Olympic champion in the history of the Winter Games. Following her most recent victory in the 1500 metres at the 2018 Winter Olympics she has won a record ten Olympic medals, more than any other speed skater, making her the most successful athlete of the Netherlands at the Olympics.
Wüst is openly bi and is in a relationship with fellow skater Letitia de Jong.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
(March 20, 1915 – October 9, 1973) was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and recording artist. She was the first great recording star of gospel music and among the first gospel musicians to appeal to rhythm-and-blues and rock-and-roll audiences, later being referred to as "the original soul sister" and "the Godmother of rock and roll"
She was known to have relationships with men and women throughout her life.
(7 March 1900 – 18 August 1969) known as "Hutch" was one of the biggest cabaret stars in the world during the 1920s and 1930s. In New York City, Hutch joined a black band led by Henry "Broadway" Jones, who often played for white millionaires such as the Vanderbilts, attracting the wrath of the Ku Klux Klan. In 1924 Hutch left America for Paris, where he had a residency in Joe Zelli's club.
He had many lovers, both male and female, including Cole Porter, Merle Oberon, and Edwina Mountbatton.
(born December 17, 1959) is an American independent filmmaker best known for Splendor, Smiley Face, and Kaboom. Many of his films feature bi themes and characters. Araki self-identified as gay before acknowledging that he is bi. 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.
(March 5, 1956 – August 16, 1995) was an American singer and musician. DeBarge was the lead singer of the Motown R&B/soul vocal group Switch and was noted for his impressive falsetto vocals.
In her autobiography, his sister confirms that he was attracted to men as well as women.
(born December 7, 1987) is an American singer. He came to fame as a pop and hip hop singer in the late 1990s, establishing himself as a star among pre-teen and teenage audiences during the early 2000s. In 2002 he took a break from releasing studio albums until releasing Love in February of 2018.
In August of 2017, Aaron Carter came out as bi on Twitter. In 2018 he said that his sexuality was "misconstrued" and that although he has had a relationship with a man, he considers himself straight.
Is an American writer who is best known for his work for DC comics, including writing for Midnighter, the first gay male superhero to have his own series from a major publisher. He also wrote "Virgil" for Image Comics, about a closeted gay Jamaican cop.
He is openly bi.
(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 bi woman, Rebecca Walker.
(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. He played many of Shakespeare's heroes and villains on stage and some of his best-known films include Gone With The Wind, Rebecca, and Spartacus. He played the character of Crassus as bi in Spartacus, although it wasn't until 1991 that the famous line "Some people like oysters, some people like snails. I like oysters and snails." was reinserted into the film. He was married three times and was rumored to have affairs with multiple men including Noel Coward and Denny Kaye. Although his biographer Terry Coleman doubts some of the rumors, he notes that Olivier did keep letters from Henry Ainley confirming that they had been lovers.
(October 1, 1890 – November 5, 1950) was an American playwright, poet, and theater actress. Blanche Oelrichs started using the name Michael Strange as a pen name, but eventually began to use it in her everyday life.
She was an activist for women's suffrage and her first collection of poems were published in 1916 (as Michael Strange). Shortly after divorcing her first husband, she married the renowned actor John Barrymore.
In 1921, Strange was among the first to join the Lucy Stone League, an organization that fought for women to preserve their maiden names after marriage.
After divorcing Barrymore, she married Harrison Tweed. Starting from 1940 until her death she was in a relationship and cohabited with Margaret Wise Brown.
(born August 11, 1993) is an American actress, singer, dancer and model. Stoner is best known for her roles in Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), The Suite Life of Zack & Cody (2005–2007) and the Step Up series (2006, 2010, 2014).
In a Teen Vogue article published in March of 2018, she talks about her sexuality. She wrote “I, Alyson, am attracted to men, women, and people who identify in other ways."
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
(12 November 1651 – 17 April 1695) was known in English as Sister Joan Agnes of the Cross. was a self-taught scholar and student of scientific thought, philosopher, composer, and poet.
Sor Juana educated herself in her own library, which was mostly inherited from her grandfather. After joining a nunnery in 1667, Sor Juana began writing poetry and prose dealing with such topics as love, feminism, and religion. Her criticism of misogyny and the hypocrisy of men led to her condemnation by the Bishop of Puebla, and in 1694 she was forced to sell her collection of books and focus on charity towards the poor.
She is believed to have been bi and wrote love poetry to her close friend Maria Luisa.
(born 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.
"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. "Just because I enjoy women doesn't mean I'm allowed to have affairs in my relationship." In other words, Fergie is monogamous and still bi.
(2 April 1725 – 4 June 1798) Giacomo Girolamo Casanova de Seingalt 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.
(born March 28, 1986) Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta 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 bi. She also played a bi vampire in Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story: Hotel.
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.
(born July 26, 1986) is an American actress known for her roles as Maria "Ria" Torres in "Lie to Me", Dana Lodge in "The Good Wife", and Gabriela Dawson Casey in "Chicago Fire".
In February of 2014 she publicly came out as bi via twitter. She followed this up with a tweet saying that she had been out for 10 years.
(born August 31, 1975) is a Mexican American actress, singer, and songwriter. Born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, she graduated with a fine arts degree from the Juilliard School. She is best known for her roll on "Grey's Anatomy" and is now playing Kat Sandoval on "Madam Secretary".
In 2016 Ramirez came out as bi and has been an activist for LGBT rights and promoting bi visibility.
(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. They had an open marriage and he was open with her about his bisexuality.
(born 25 May 1986) is an English singer and songwriter. Her songs "Fuck U Betta" and "Gold" peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart. In 2016 she released her debut album "Anarchy".
She is openly bi.
(born 9 October 1952)is an English television host, media personality, author, music manager, and the wife of heavy metal singer-songwriter Ozzy Osbourne. After successfully running her management company, she rose to fame for the reality TV show "The Osbournes".
In April 2010 Osbourne joined Cyndi Lauper in the launch of her Give a Damn campaign to bring a wider awareness of discrimination of the LGBT community as part of her True Colors Fund.
She has repeatedly discussed that she could imagine a herself being attracted to women if she wasn't in a monogamous relationship with her husband. "My sexual orientation is that I'm in love with my husband. You know, probably, if I wasn't married, I would, but I'm happy with my husband and that's the way it is."
(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."
(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 frequently misremembered as being gay to the very public circumstances around his imprisonment for his relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas. However he was also married to a woman with whom he had two children.
(born July 24, 1987) is an American writer and former child actress. She is known for playing Natalie Hillard in Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) and Matilda Wormwood in Matilda (1996). She is now focusing on writing and her play "Sheeple" was produced for the 2013 New York International Fringe Festival.
She came out as bi in 2016.
(27 December 1901 – 6 May 1992) was a German actress who later moved to the US and became one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. Her performance as Lola Lola in "The Blue Angel" brought her international fame. In Hollywood her partnership with Joseph von Sternberg created classic films such as "Morocco" and "Blonde Venus."
In the 30s the Nazi party offered her lucrative contracts to return to Germany and star in films for the Third Reich. She refused and applied for US citizenship. Along with Billy Wilder, Dietrich created a fund to help Jews escape from Germany. She was also one of the first stars to help sell US war bonds. Dietrich received the Medal of Freedom in November 1947, for her "extraordinary record entertaining troops overseas during the war". She said this was her proudest accomplishment. She was also awarded the Légion d'honneur by the French government for her wartime work.
Dietrich was married to Rudolf Sieber in 1923 until his death in 1976. During that time she had a number of affairs, of which Sieber knew. Among her many lovers were Gary Cooper, John Wayne, Claudette Colbert, Dolores del Rio, and possibly Greta Garbo.
(January 10, 1939 – February 12, 1976) was an actor, musician, and director. 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. Although a same sex kiss never made it pass the censors, director Nick Ray still encouraged Sal to play up his desire for Dean while they acted. His relationships with both men and women were considered one of the worst kept secrets in Hollywood and have been extensively documented in his biography by Michael Gregg Michaud.
(born 30 October 1965) is an English musician and actor, and the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Bush. He was ranked at 100 in the Top 100 Heavy Metal Vocalists by Hit Parader. In 2013 Rossdale received the British Academy's Ivor Novello Award for International Achievement.
In the 1980s Rossdale had a relationship with Peter Robinson. In 1995 he met Gwen Stefani and they were married from 2002 to 2016.
(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.
(c. 84 – 54? BC) Gaius Valerias Catullus was a Roman poet known for writing neoteric poetry, focusing on his personal life rather than the heroes. His poems talk about his two great loves "Lesbia", probably Roman noblewoman Clodia Metelli, and Juventius, a young man.
(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. Although she was married three times to men, one of whom was openly gay costume designer Gilbert Adrian, she also rumored to have had a long term relationship with fellow actress Mary Martin.
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."
Margaret Wise Brown
(May 23, 1910 – November 13, 1952) was an American writer of children's books, including the "Goodnight Moon" and "The Runaway Bunny".
She had relationships with a number of men as well as a long relationship with Blanche Oelrichs, a poet, playwright, and actress who used the name Michael Strange.
(7 August 1876 – 15 October 1917) was a Dutch exotic dancer and courtesan who was convicted of being a spy for Germany during World War I. She was well known for her exotic dancing. Her act was successful because it elevated exotic dance to a more respectable status and so broke new ground in a style of entertainment for which Paris was later to become world-famous. During WWI she operated as a double agent and was eventually executed in France for spying.
Although she had many high profile and wealthy male lovers, she also had female lovers during her life.
(born on August 4, 1950) Ramona Lofton, better known by her pen name Sapphire, is an American author and performance poet. She is best known for her 1996 novel Push, which was the basis for the critically acclaimed film Precious. She is openly bi.
(born October 28, 1974) is an American writer, professor, editor, and commentator. She is the author of The New York Times best-selling essay collection "Bad Feminist" (2014) and the memoir "Hunger" (2017).
In July 2016, Gay and poet Yona Harvey were announced as writers for Marvel Comics' World of Wakanda, a spin-off from the company's Black Panther title, making them the first black women to be lead writers for Marvel. The title was cancelled in 2017.
Roxane Gay is openly bi.
(25 January 1874 – 16 December 1965) was a British playwright, novelist and short story writer. He was among the most popular writers of his era and reputedly the highest-paid author during the 1930s. He was married and had multiple affairs with both men and women. He is reported as having said, "I tried to persuade myself that I was three-quarters normal and that only a quarter of me was queer—whereas really it was the other way around."
(February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003) was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and activist in the Civil Rights Movement. Simone employed a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop. She recorded over 40 albums over her lifetime.
Starting in the 1960s her songs and performances became more overtly political and she performed and spoke at many civil rights marches and gatherings.
Throughout her life she had relationships with both men and women, including dancer and model Marie-Christine Dunham Pratt.
(May 26, 1877 or May 27, 1878 – September 14, 1927) was one of the best known dancers of her time. She is considered by many to be the creator of modern dance, moving away from the more rigid movements of ballet towards more natural and flowing movements. Throughout her life she was a scandalous public figure, communist, atheist, outspoken, and openly bi.
(born January 4, 1960) is an American singer, songwriter, 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. Stipe 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."
(born October 24, 1970) is an American stage and television actor, singer, and voice artist, best known for his role as New York Assistant DA Rafael Barba in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Esparza was the subject of a New York Times profile in which he revealed that he was bi and that he had had same-sex relationships.
(born August 16, 1980) is an American singer-songwriter best known for her hits “A Thousand Miles” and “Ordinary Day.” She came out as bi during a performance on stage at Nashville Pride. 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.”
Edna St. Vincent Millay
(February 22, 1892 – October 19, 1950) was an American poet and playwright. She received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1923, and was also known for her feminist activism. She used the pseudonym Nancy Boyd for her prose work.
She was openly bi and had an open marriage with her husband Eugene Boissevain.
(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 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 of her albums going platinum , 2 records going double platinum, and 2 records going 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 helped bring bisexuality into public discourse and gained new fans.
You can follow Ana Carolina on Twitter (in Portuguese) @sigaanacarolina
(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 an enormous influence on jazz and pop singing. Holiday was openly bisexual and was rumored to have had several affairs with notable stage and film actresses, including Tallulah Bankhead, as well as with a number of men including Orson Welles.
(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 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."
(born June 27, 1996) is an American singer, best known as a member of the girl group Fifth Harmony. Jauregui was voted as the sexiest woman in top 100 list Afterellen.com 2016. She was also voted by the public as "Celebrity of the Year" at the 2017 British LGBT Awards.
She is openly bi.
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 30, 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 May 8, 1961) is an American actress, producer, and aerialist. She has worked as an aerialist on tours for Madonna and Pink as well as choreographing the aerialists for Cher's farewell tour. She produced and starred in the 2006 film, "The Gymnast", which won best feature at OutFest.
She is open about being attracted to men and women and refers to herself as omnisexual.
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."
(born June 1, 1974) is a Canadian-American alternative rock singer, songwriter, musician, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and actress. In 1995 her Album "Jagged Little Pill" made her an internationally famous artist.
On May 22, 2010, Morissette married rapper Mario "Souleye" Treadway in a private ceremony at their Los Angeles home. She once talked about "lesbian experimentation" on Howard Stern's show. When asked about it later, Morisette said, "What can I tell you about it? I think it’s a beautiful rite of passage for everyone to play with their sexuality at some point, so I did exactly that. And it was great!"
(5 Sep 1946 – 24 Nov 1991) is known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the rock band Queen. Mercury was openly bi. 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 September 28, 1969) memoirist and activist. Piper Kerman is best known for her memoir "Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison". Since then she has advocated for prison reform and better conditions for incarcerated women. Kerman Kerman serves on the board of the Women's Prison Association. In 2014 she testified at a hearing on "Reassessing Solitary Confinement" before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights chaired by Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin. And in 2015 she Kerman testified at a hearing on "Oversight of the Bureau of Prisons: First-Hand Accounts of Challenges Facing the Federal Prison System" before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee chaired by Senator Ron Johnson.
Kerman has stated, "I'm bisexual, so I'm a part of the gay community". She says she came out of the closet around 18 years old and has identified as a lesbian for most of her youth. In 2006, Kerman married writer Larry Smith, who created the popular concept of Six-Word Memoirs.
(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."
(Born 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. In 2012 he famously came out via a tumblr post describing a man that he had fallen in love with as a teenager. His 2017 song Chanel has been embraced as a bi anthem.
(born April 18, 1989) is an American actress probably best known for her role as Maeby Funke in "Arrested Development".
In a 2017 interview with Out magazine, she came out. "I was a tomboy growing up, and I remember my mom asking me when I was 10, 'Are you attracted to boys or girls?' I said I don’t know. Now I consider myself bisexual, and I think balancing my male and female energies has been a big part of me growing as an actor."
(born on April 21, 1947) is an American musician and actor who achieved fame as the frontman of The Stooges. He is 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. His solo career was boosted by a partnership with David Bowie and it is commonly thought that the two had a sexual relationship.
(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."
Leslie Cheung Kwok-Wing
(張國榮; September 12, 1956 – April 1, 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 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."
(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.
(January 5, 1936 – January 6, 2016) is an American novelist, essayist and columnist. 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. In her semi-autobiographical book Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady, King says she had relationships with both men and women during college.
(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.”
(born 1966) is a Canadian broadcaster, musician, filmmaker, and actress. She is known for her lead role in John Cameron Mitchell's film "Shortbus". Her feature film directorial debut Year of the Carnivore premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2009.
She is openly bi.
(October 17, 1920 – July 23, 1966) was an American film and stage actor. Clift received four Academy Award nominations during his career, three for Best Actor for the films The Search, A Place in the Sun, and From Here to Eternity and one for Best Supporting Actor for Judgement in Nuremburg. In Patricia Bosworth's biography "Montgomery Clift: A Biography" his brother Brooks says, "Monty was a bisexual... He was never exclusively one thing or the other; he swung back and forth. Because we'd been raised in Europe where homosexuality was more or less accepted, he never felt ashamed - until much later when he grew up."
Johannes, Prince of Thurn and Taxis
(5 June 1926 – 14 December 1990) was a German businessman and head of the immensely wealthy, Thurn und Taxis family from 1982 until his death. Johannes and his wife Gloria were famous jet-setters and socialites. He was known to be bi and famous for throwing avant-garde parties in the 70s and could frequently be spotted in gay discos.
(4 July 1898 – 6 September 1952) was an English actress, singer, dancer and musical comedy performer known for her stage appearances in the West End of London and on Broadway in New York.
She won a Tony Award for Best Actress for premiering the role of Anna in "The King and I".
She was married twice, to Francis Gorden Howley and Richard Aldrich, as well as having an affair with the author Daphne Du Maurier.
(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").
(born May 30, 1986) is an Australian author, television writer and actress. Rosie’s first book, The Anti Cool Girl, published by HarperCollins in 2015, was a critically acclaimed national bestseller.
Waterland rose to popularity in 2013, with her satirical recaps of the first season of The Bachelor Australia. Towards the end of season 2, her recaps on mamamia.com.au received more than 6.6 million unique clicks and in excess of 450,000 Facebook shares.
In 2016 she came out as bi on a Facebook post.
(born June 26, 1984) is an American comedian and actress best known for her portrayal of April Ludgate on NBC's "Parks and Rec." In a 2016 interview with The Advocate Plaza said, "I know I have an androgynous thing going on, and there’s something masculine about my energy. Girls are into me — that’s no secret. Hey, I’m into them too. I fall in love with girls and guys. I can’t help it."
(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".
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."
(May 19, 1925 – Feb 21, 1965) was an African-American 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; detractors accused him of preaching racism and violence. He has been called one of the greatest and most influential African Americans in history.
Malcolm X was generally presumed to be straight until the publication of Bruce Perry's biography "Malcolm - The Life of a Man Who Changed Black America." In numerous interviews with associates, friends, and family it was revealed that Malcolm X had multiple same-sex partners before his marriage to Betty Shabazz.
(born December 21, 1965) is an American actor, comedian, writer, and musician. Dick portrayed Matthew Brock on NBC's NewsRadio from 1995 to 1999 and played Owen Kronsky on ABC's Less than Perfect. Although he's often described as gay, Andy Dick told The Washington Post, “Just because I’ve been with guys, and I’m bi, doesn’t mean I’m gay.”
(April 15, 1894 – September 26, 1937) Bessie Smith was born poor in Chattanooga, Tennessee. By the time she was 9, both of her parents and her older brother had died. Her sister Viola then took over raising her. As a child Bessie and her brother would sing on dance on street corners to earn extra money for the family. In 1912 she auditioned for the Stokes troupe and was hired as a dancer. Eventually she found singing jobs and released her first record in 1923. 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. She was married to a man and it was widely known that she had female lovers including Ma Rainey and Lillian Simpson. Her lyrics also talked about her experiences with women, "When you see two women walking hand in hand, just look ’em over and try to understand: They’ll go to those parties — have the lights down low — only those parties where women can go."
(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.
(born 12 December 1992) is a Dutch singer-songwriter. He won the Dutch talent show "De beste singer-songwriter van Nederland". He has released three albums and represented the Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.
In a 2016 interview with OutTv, he came out as bi.
(April 18, 1944 – November 30, 1997) was an American experimental novelist, punk poet, playwright, essayist, postmodernist and sex-positive feminist writer.
Her controversial body of work borrows heavily from the experimental styles of William S. Burroughs and Marguerite Duras. Her writing strategies at times used forms of pastiche and deployed Burroughs's cut-up technique, involving cutting-up and scrambling passages and sentences into a somewhat random remix. Acker defined her writing as existing post-nouveau roman European tradition.
She was openly bi.
(January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) was an American singer and rock star. In 1995 she was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. During her too short life, Janis Joplin openly had relationships with both men and women.
(6 June 1875 – 12 August 1955) was a German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist, and the 1929 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate. He is possibly best known for the novel "Death in Venice" in which a writer travels to Venice and falls in love from a distance with a stunningly beautiful young boy. In 1905, Mann married Katia Pringsheim with whom he had 6 children. His diaries also revealed his sexual attraction to many of the young men in his life.
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
(31 May 1945 – 10 June 1982) was one of the best-known and most prolific German filmmakers of the 1960s and 1970s. He is one of the key figures of the New German Cinema. Some of his best known films include "The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant", "Ali: Fear Eats the Soul", and "The Marriage of Maria Braun."
He had many relationships with both men and women and often cast his lovers in his films. His lovers included El Hedi ben Salem, Armin Meier, Juliane Lorenz, and many others.
(born July 2, 1986) is an American actress, singer, and fashion designer. She achieved fame through her roles in films The Parent Trap and Mean Girls. She has released two albums that went platinum and gold and also launched her own clothing line. When she began dating Samantha Ronson dated in 2008 and 2009. When asked in a Harper's Bazaar interview whether she is bisexual, she replied: 'Maybe. Yeah.' 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'.
(14 October 1888 – 9 January 1923) was a well-known writer. She was friends with Virginia Woolf and D.H. Lawrence.
She also kept extensive journals that chronicled her struggles with her attraction to women and her romantic relationships with two women. The first was Maata Mahupuku (sometimes known as Martha Grace), a wealthy young Māori woman whom she had first met at Miss Swainson's school in Wellington. The second was the author Edith Kathleen Bendall (whose pen name was Beatrice Hastings). In addition she was married twice to men and had a number of affairs.
(September 14, 1934 – September 6, 2017) was a feminist, writer and activist. She has been described as "a seminal influence on second-wave feminism", and is best known for her book Sexual Politics (1970). 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." Millett replied that she was bi.
(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 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.
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."
(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 his 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 also had a long relationship with Harold Jackman. It was Jackman who introduced Cullen to his first wife, Yolande DuBois.
Rabbi Debra Kolodny
Debra Kolodny is a bi rights activist and Jewish renewal rabbi. She edited the first anthology by bi 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.
(born 26 October 1982) is a British professional boxer. The first woman to win an Olympic boxing title, she is the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medallist in the women's flyweight division.
She is openly bi, and was named the most influential LGBT person in Britain by The Independent in 2012. She also became the first openly LGBT person to win an Olympic boxing Gold medal, after her win at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Prince Felix Yusupov
(March 23, 1887 – September 27, 1967) is best known for being one of conspirators in the murder of Rasputin. Felix was bi, 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.
(born May 7, 1979) singer Franchell "Frenchie" Davis achieved fame is an American Idol contestant. In 2012, she told the St.Louis Post-Dispatch that she has been in a relationship with another woman 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."
King Edward II
(25 April 1284 – 21 September 1327) Edward ruled the England throne in 1307 to 1327, when he was forced to relinquish the throne to his son, Edward III. While he fathered at least five children by two women. During his reign there were also rumors about his very close friendship with his advisor, Piers Gaveston. This relationship later inspired Christopher Marlowe's play, Edward II, which explicitly describes their relationship as sexual.
Dolores del Río
(August 3, 1905 – April 11, 1983) born María de los Dolores Asúnsolo López-Negrete, she 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.
(born January 19, 1985) 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 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."
(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 bi, making her one of the first celebrities to "come out."
(April 4, 1932 – September 12, 1992) was an American actor, best known for his Oscar-nominated role in Friendly Persuasion (1956) and for playing Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960) and its three sequels. According to Charle's Winecoff's biography, Split Image, Perkins only had same-sex relationships until his late 30s. Rock Hudson and Tab Hunter were both counted among his lovers. It wasn't until he was 39 that he had an affair with Victoria Principal and eventually went on to marry photographer Berinthia Berenson at age 41.
(born 19 May 1948) is a Jamaican-born model, singer, and performance artist. She is known for igniting the big screen with her bold, sexually ambivalent characterizations. In her private life, Grace Jones has had relationships with both men and women.
John Maynard Keynes
(5 June 1883 – 21 April 1946) John Maynard Keynes, 1st Baron Keynes, 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.
(born September 1882 or April 26, 1886 – December 22, 1939) born Gertrude Pridgett, was one of the earliest African-American professional blues singers and one of the first generation of blues singers to record. She was billed as the "Mother of the Blues".
She was married to Will Rainey in 1904 and was also rumored to be the lover of Bessie Smith. Her song "Prove It To Me" supposedly refers to an incident when in which she was arrested for hosting an orgy at her house that included some of her chorus girls.
(born May 24, 1963) is an American author, who explores bi 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.” He married the writer Ayelet Waldman in 1993. They currently live together in Berkeley, California with their four children
(March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was 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. Reed spoke openly about receiving electroconvulsive therapy as a young man when his parents attempted to "cure" him of his same sex attractions. He was known to have relationships with men and women.
(born June 19, 1978) is an American actress. In 2009 she became more widely known through her roles in "Avatar" and "Star Trek". Since 2014 she has also portrayed Gamora in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In an 2016 interview with BET's Smriti Mundhra Saldana said, “If I look at beauty, I’m going to admire and love beauty whether it comes in the form of a masculine essence or in the form of a feminine essence. Beauty is just beauty.” she went on to say “...up until now I’ve known my life to be with men. I’ve been attracted to the male species, but if one day I wake up and I want to be with a woman, I’m going to do that. And I know that I’m going to be supported by the creatures that have raised me and loved me.”
(June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962) born Norma Jeane Mortenson, she was one of the most glamorous and iconic stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood. She starred classic films including Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Some Like It Hot, and How To Marry A Millionaire. She had a turbulent personal life that included 3 marriages, 2 miscarriages, an ectopic pregnancy, and 3 divorces. There were rumors of her having relationships with countless men and women. She did develop a very close 7 year relationship with her acting coach Natasha Lytess, with whom she lived for a short time in the 1950s.
(born November 17, 1969) is an openly bi 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, 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 bi woman.
(born 27 March 1988) is an English singer and songwriter. In 2014 her third album made the top 5 in the UK and reached number 10 on the US Billboard 200. Asked about her bisexuality in an interview on the "In Demand" radio show on 3 March 2011, Jessie J stated, "I've never denied it. Whoopie doo guys, yes, I've dated girls and I've dated boys – get over it.
(3 November 1964 – 9 May 2004) Fassie was a South African pop singer. She was considered a voice for disenfranchised blacks in apartheid South Africa. She was affectionately known as the Queen of African Pop or Africa's Madonna. Brenda Fassie was bi which, while taboo for many Black South Africans, served to enhance her rebellious image among her fans in the country's defiant townships.
(born November 15, 1991) is an American actress and activist best known for her roles as Tris Prior in The Divergent Series and Amy in The Secret Life of the American Teenager. She is an avid environmental activist and was arrested while protesting against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
In a 2014 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, she said, “I fall in love with human beings based on who they are,” she says. “Not based on what they do or what sex they are.”
(born 29 May 1975) Melanie Janine Brown, also known as Mel B or Melanie B, is an English singer, songwriter, actress, and television personality. She rose to fame as Scary Spice, a member of The Spice Girls. She has since had a successful career as a solo musician.
She has been open about having longterm relationships with both mean and women.
(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, as well as playing 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. In an October 2013 in an interview with Entertainment Weekly Rodriguez 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."
Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven
(12 July 1874 – 15 December 1927) was an avant-garde, dadaist poet and artist. She also worked as a model for artists George Biddle and Man Ray and collaborated with Marcel Duchamp. She was an early sound poet, but most of her work remained unpublished until 2011 when Body Sweats was posthumously published. She had 3 husbands throughout her life and plenty of lovers including her editor and agent Djuna Barnes.
(born August 4, 1965) is an American actress best known for her roles in "Days of Our Lives", "Guiding Light", and "One Life to Live". She has also executive produced the soap opera web series "Beacon Hill" and created the web series "Venice"
She is currently married to Michel Sabatino, but is very open about her bisexuality. When asked, she says that she is equally attracted to men and women.
(born 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 bi 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.”
(born October 8, 1997) is an American actress and singer. Although she had acted in a several television shows, her role in the Disney Channel's "Shake It Up" is what built her significant fan base. Her first single, "Watch Me", hit 86 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and went gold.
In August of 2016, Thorne came out as bi via twitter.
(5 June 1931 – 27 October 1990) was a French director, lyricist, and screenwriter. He is best known for directing the 1960 musical "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg".
He was bi and married to fellow French filmmaker Agnes Varda.
June Millicent Jordan
(July 9, 1936 – June 14, 2002) was a bi 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 exploring issues of race, gender, class, and American society. 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.
(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. She is currently running for Governor of New York.
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."
(February 3, 1938 – July 23, 2013) was a professional boxer from the U.S. Virgin Islands who became a World Champion in the welterweight, junior middleweight, and middleweight, classes. In 1963 and 1964, Griffith was voted Fighter of the Year by The Ring magazine and the Boxing Writers Association of America. In 2002, He is listed #33 on Ring Magazine's list of 80 greatest fighters of the past 80 years.
In a 2005 interview with Sport's Illustrated he said, "I like men and women both. But I don't like that word: homosexual, gay or faggot. I don't know what I am. I love men and women the same, but if you ask me which is better ... I like women."
Óscar de la Renta
(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. He is reported to have had an affair with a man before 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 bi.
(born December 1, 1985) is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, actress, and model. She is signed to her own imprint, Wondaland Arts Society, and Atlantic Records. Her third album "Dirty Computer" featured the bi anthem "Make Me Feel" (accompanied by an amazing music video).
She had alluded to her bisexuality before, it wasn't until her 2018 Rolling Stone interview that Janelle Monáe made it official. "Being a queer black woman in America," she says, taking a breath as she comes out, "someone who has been in relationships with both men and women – I consider myself to be a free-ass motherfucker."
(born 12 August 1992) is an English actor and model. Delevingne won the "Model of the Year" award at the British Fashion Awards in 2012. She recently starred in the Luc Besson film "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets", an adaptation of the comic book series "Valérian and Laureline".
Delevingne is openly bi.
(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, Asian Americans, and the LGBT community and is openly bi.
(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.
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."
(Chinese: 白灵, born October 10, 1966) is a Chinese-American actress known for her roles in "The Crow", "Anna and the King" and "Entourage" in the US. She has also starred in a number of independent Chinese films including "Dumplings" and "Coco."
She is very open about the fact that she is bi.
(born 19 May 1945) is an English guitarist and songwriter, famous for being a member of The Who. In his 2012 autobiography Who I Am, Townsend wrote that he at one point felt as if he was "probably bisexual".
(born March 1, 1987) is an American singer, rapper, and songwriter. Kesha's music and image propelled her to immediate success, with her debut album Animal premiering at the top of the charts in several countries. 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.
(22 January 1788 – 19 April 1824) Lord Byron - George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron 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. In his lifetime Byron had a tumultuous love life that included multiple relationships with both men and women.
Sophie B. Hawkins
(born November 1, 1964) is an American singer, songwriter, musician and painter. She is best known for her hit songs "Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover" and "As I Lay Me Down." In a 2008 interview with Go Magazine Hawkins said, “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.”
(born April 12, 1987) is an American singer, songwriter, musician and multi-instrumentalist. He is best known as the lead vocalist of Panic! at the Disco.
In a 2013 interview, Urie told reporters, "I find myself being attracted to dudes all the time. I'm like, 'Wow, that's a beautiful man.' There's no shame in it; that's how I feel. To stifle that would probably bring on stress and probably make somebody homophobic... I guess if I had to classify myself, I'd say I'm straight. But I have, in the past, experimented in other realms of homosexuality and bisexuality. Overall I'm more attracted to women."
(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. In an interview with The Advocate in 1996 Granger said, “I’ve loved both men and women in my long life, but I don’t find that talking about my preferences or saying the words ‘I am out’ will do anything to change Hollywood or the world. I see no reason to come out unless it’s important to your work or your politics.”
Louis XIII, King of France
(27 September 1601 – 14 May 1643) was a monarch of the House of Bourbon who ruled as King of France from 1610 to 1643 and King of Navarre (as Louis II) from 1610 to 1620, when the crown of Navarre was merged with the French crown. On 24 November 1615, Louis XIII married Anne of Austria, daughter of Philip III of Spain. The marriage was only briefly happy, and the King's duties often kept them apart. After twenty-three years of marriage and four stillbirths, Anne finally gave birth to a son on 5 September 1638, the future Louis XIV.
His interests as a teenager increasingly focused on his male courtiers, and he quickly developed an intense emotional attachment to his favorite, Charles d'Albert, although there is no clear evidence of a physical sexual relationship. He also had very close relationships with Francois de Baradas and Henri Coiffier de Ruzé, Marquis of Cinq-Mars.
(27 March 1952 – 3 February 2011) was a French actress. She became famous for her role in Bernardo Bertolucci's "Last Tango in Paris". She felt that her choice to appear nude in the this film led to her being thought of as a sex symbol rather than a serious actress and she refused to appear nude in future projects. Throughout her career she was an advocate for improving the work of women in film.
In 1974 she came out as bi.
(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.
He wooed Elizabeth Hatton, but she eventually rejected him for his friend, Edward Coke. Years later he still wrote that he regretted having lost her. Eventually he married Alice Barnham and wrote 2 poems about his love for her. Still many historians believe that most of his lovers were male.
(born June 27, 1997) is an American actress. She made her acting debut in the Netflix drama series "Stranger Things" as Barbara "Barb" Holland, and portrays Ethel Muggs in The CW's teen drama series "Riverdale".
In 2017 she came out as bi on Twitter.
(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 bi 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 December 31, 1948) is an American actor most famous for staring in multiple Andy Warhol films. Although he never became a mainstream film star, Dallesandro became 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.
Tamara de Lempicka
(16 May 1898 – 18 March 1980), was a Polish Art Deco painter. Lempicka became a leading representative of the Art Deco style and a favorite artist of many Hollywood stars, painting kings and queens and socialites. Famous for her libido, she was bi. Her affairs with both men and women were conducted in ways that were considered scandalous at the time. In the 1920s she became closely associated with lesbian and bi women in writing and artistic circles, such as Violet Trefusis, Vita Sackville-West, and Colette.
(December 8, 65 BC – November 27, 8 BC) 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, allowing him to become one of leading Roman lyrical poets of his time. In his highly accomplished and influential poetry, Horace often reflects the easy bisexuality of the Roman upper class in the first century B.C.E.
(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 bi, 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.
(born July 16, 1996) is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, and director. Abstract is a founding member of the Brockhampton band. Abstract released his debut album, MTV1987, in 2014, and received attention from a number of major music blogs and magazine publications.
He is openly bi.
(October 31, 1896 – September 1, 1977) was an American blues, jazz and gospel vocalist and actress. Her best-known recordings include, "Dinah", "Stormy Weather", "Taking a Chance on Love", and "Cabin in the Sky." In 1962 she was also the first African American woman to be nominated for an Emmy Award.
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.
Evan Rachael Wood
(born September 7, 1987) is an American actress, fashion model and singer. In August 2012, Wood identified herself as bi 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."
(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.
(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 bi state official in 1997. Mantilla has held leadership positions with the National Council for Community and Justice and the Hartford Sexual Assault Crisis Service.
(20 April 1492 – 21 October 1556) was an Italian author, playwright, and satirist who was celebrated throughout Europe for his bold and shameless literary attacks on the powerful. He is credited with inventing modern erotic literature.
Pietro Aretino was a bi 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.
(born May 23, 1975) is a writer and editor in the United States. In 2014 she published "A Cup of Water Under My Bed", a memoir about growing up queer in a Colombian-Cuban family.
She is openly bi.
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. He is also well 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."
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. 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.
Mary Lynn Rajskub
(born June 22, 1971) is an American actress and comedian, best known for portraying Chloe O'Brian in the Fox action thriller series 24."I am bisexual and women are beautiful," In her podcast Kickin’ it Mary Lynn Style, she is open about her bisexuality, "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."
(born August 9, 1968) is an actress who achieved fame playing FBI Special Agent Dana Scully in The X-Files. In an interview with The Sunday Times, Gillian Anderson was very clear that for her, sexuality is not about labels, but about fluidity, but that she felt like it was time to talk about a female lover she had had. "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."
(born February 22, 1975) is an actress, producer, writer, and director. As a child actress, she became well-known for her performance in E.T.. Since then she starred in many films and, along with Nancy Juvonen, has started her own production company, Flower Films. In 2003 in and interview with Contact Music she acknowledged that she is and always has been bi.
(9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English singer, songwriter, and peace activist who co-founded the Beatles. By 2012, Lennon's solo album sales in the United States had exceeded 14 million units. He is responsible for 25 number-one singles on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart as a writer, co-writer, or performer.
In 2002, Lennon was voted eighth in a BBC poll of the 100 Greatest Britons and in 2008, Rolling Stone ranked him the fifth-greatest singer of all time. In 1987, he was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Lennon was twice posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame—first in 1988 as a member of the Beatles and again in 1994 as a solo artist.
His widow Yoko Ono says that they had discussed Lennon's attraction to men and she considered him bi.
(born 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, was presented an honorary damehood 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 effective 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."
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 New York 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 10 February 1981) is an Argentine-born American actress best known for playing Detective Rosa Diaz in the FOX comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Jessica in the acclaimed independent drama Short Term 12.
In 2016 Beatriz came out as bi on Twitter.
(August 25, 1918 – October 14, 1990) was a composer, conductor, and pianist. He is one of the first American born composers to achieve international fame. Along with his long tenure as musical director of the New York Philharmonic, he achieved mainstream fame for composing for West Side Story and On The Town. His letters to his wife Frida talk about his sexuality and the their agreement that he could pursue relationships with men as long as he was discreet. In the 70s he quite being so discreet and they separated for a time, although he returned to her when she became ill.
(March 23, 1905 – May 10, 1977) was an Oscar-winning American actress in film, television and theatre. She appeared in the classic film The Women, famous for its all-female cast, Mildred Pierce, which earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress, and the cult favorite Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. In 1999, Playboy Magazine listed Crawford as #84 of the "100 Sexiest Women of the 20th century." In 2010 her daughter, Christina, confirmed Crawford's bisexuality with Joy Behar, “I understand that, of course I was very young. But I understand that, yes. In those days, people didn’t come out of the closet. Everybody knew it, but it wasn’t public information.… I think she was bisexual. That’s what I think.”
(born December 17, 1974) is an American film, stage, and television actress. Her film credits include The Notorious Bettie Page (2005), and 12 Years a Slave (2013). She was also featured in 6 seasons of 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 August 20, 1992) is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She started out on the children's show "Barney and Friends" and the Disney Channel. Lovato has earned one number-one album (Here We Go Again in 2009) and five top-five albums on the US Billboard 200.
Although she has yet to use the word bi, Demi Lovato has been open about being attracted to men and women.
( 27 July 1979 – 14 March 2018) was a Brazilian politician, feminist, and human rights activist. She served as a city councillor of the Municipal Chamber of Rio de Janeiro for the Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL) from January 2017 until her death.
On 14 March 2018, while in a car after delivering a speech, Franco and her driver were shot multiple times and killed by assailants in another vehicle.
Franco was openly bi and had been with her partner, Mônica Benício, for over 12 years.
(July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954) Kahlo is arguably Mexico’s most famous artist. She was a socialist, lived with chronic pain, and openly bi 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 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. His relationships with both men and women are equally obscure, but it seems that he had a series of intensely romantic (and possibly sexual) relationships with both men and women.