For St. Paddy’s Day – a List of Bisexual Irish Folk
It’s time for St. Patrick’s Day (Tuesday, March 17), and instead of wearing green or pinching someone who isn’t, you can peruse this list of Irish singers, politicians and historic figures who have a bisexual history.
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Kevin Sharkey. A Dublin-born painter, he wrote songs for Bob Geldof and Boney M and became a celebrity as well as an activist for same-sex causes in the United Kingdom. He first came out as gay, saying that he dated a police sergeant, and has been married to a woman in the past.
Nuala O’Faolain. An unabashed bi journalist, reviewer, writer and TV producer, she hit it big as a New York Times Best Selling author with her memoirs “Almost There,” “Are you Somebody?” and “My Dream of You.” She died of cancer last May, but not without talking about her relationships with female journalist Nell McCaffery (who wrote her own memoir, “Nell”) and male lawyer John Low-Beers.
Eoin O’Duffy. Not a model bisexual, he was the leader of the Blueshirts, and a police commissioner. He was also Fascist who admired Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.
James Joyce. Considered by many to be one of the most significant writers of the 20th Century, Joyce wrote the landmark novel “Ulysses” with some kinky things in it, and wrote some nasty S&M letters to his wife.Cathleen Finn. This activist, in 1992, helped lead the protest against the discrimination against GLBT marchers at the Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Cathleen Finn. The bisexual daughter of Irish immigrants, she became an activist and worked on getting BGLT people into the Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Mike Szymanski has written about bisexual issues since 1989 and has one of the longest-running regular bisexual columns as the National Bisexuality Examiner. He came out as bisexual in a cover story of Genre magazine, which resulted in more than 50 television appearances, including Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue Show and 20/20. Szymanski won the Lambda Literary Award in 2007 for co-authoring an informative humor book “The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways.” Write him at [email protected]