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Anna Paquin: Being Bisexual is Still Meaningful

True Blood star discusses the importance of her sexuality

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Anna Paquin: Being Bisexual is Still Meaningful
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Anna Paquin says that, despite being married to and expecting a baby with her “True Blood” co-star Stephen Moyer, being bisexual is still “meaningful” to her. That’s good to know. The last time I checked, getting married and popping out a kid doesn’t mean you have to renounce your bisexuality. Unless, of course, there’s a clause in the marriage certificate I haven’t been made aware of. If so, all apologies, folks. I had no idea.

In a recent interview with Zooey magazine, the star of the smash HBO series discussed the PSA that caused all of the controversy surrounding her sexuality. After tying the proverbial knot with Moyer, Paquin participated in a public service announcement called “Give a Damn”, in which the actress boldly proclaims that she’s bisexual. She’s joined in the clip by Elton John, Wanda Sykes, Cyndi Lauper, and Whoopi Goldberg, among others.

“I think it’s a really minor biographical detail,” Paquin explains. “If you’re going to talk about some cause in a way that’s meaningful, you should identify why it means something to you.”

Paquin went on to discussed what being bisexual meant to her. “For me, it’s not really an issue because I’m someone who believes being bisexual is actually a thing. It’s not made up,” she said in the Zooey interview. “It’s not a lack of decision. 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.”

Good for her. You can catch Paquin and Moyer in season five of “True Blood” when the series returns on June 10th. The “Give a Damn” PSA resides below.

Anna Paquin: Being Bisexual is Still Meaningful


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  • VG

    As for the writer of this article, he apparently has no idea what marriage and family are about. “Getting married and popping out a kid?” “Renounce your bisexuality”? You must be queer yourself. Either that or you’re too young to know any better. And we wonder why, morally speaking this country is in the shape it’s in!

    Anna, I’ll just pray for you.

    “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”
    Proverbs 14:34

    • Brandia

      VG: Telling someone you’ll pray for them because they are sinning, in whatever way, is rude. Pray for them privately.

  • JD

    VG is right. We should all judge people on the claims they make because that’s totally the righteous and Christian thing to do. After all, when Jesus was preaching about loving thy neighbour, he totally didn’t mean the weird ones.

    Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. You obviously need to brush up on the basic tenants of your religion again.

    • VG

      Didn’t say anything about judging, nor did I cast a stone. As far as religion, I have no idea what you’re talking about. It’s about relationship. I’ll pray for you, too.

      By the way, the word is “tenet”.

      • Brandia

        JD: VG’s right. He or she wasn’t judging anyone. Stop twisting people’s words. You’re being deceptive to get a point across.

      • Jay

        “As far as religion, I have no idea what you’re talking about.”

        Yet you quoted scripture above. …interesting.

        “Didn’t say anything about judging, nor did I cast a stone”
        “You must be queer yourself…and we wonder why, morally speaking this country is in the shape it’s in!”

        Somehow these two statements don’t really go together. Bigot.

      • EuphoricAnguish

        “…he apparently has no idea what marriage and family are about. “Getting married and popping out a kid?” “Renounce your bisexuality”? You must be queer yourself. Either that or you’re too young to know any better. And we wonder why, morally speaking this country is in the shape it’s in!”

        ——–

        See that quote above? That is judgmental by any definition of the word. Don’t try to hide behind not actually saying something verbatim, while saying it in your entire message. Passive aggressive wielders of religion are a problem in this world. Either have the conviction to stand up for your beliefs whole-heartedly, or keep them to yourself, stop with this backhanded BS.

    • http://yahoo LB

      “We should all judge people on the claims they make because that’s the totally and righteous and Christian thing to do.”
      Jesus, Himself stated, “I come not to judge”.
      If Jesus did not judge, who are we as Christians to judge. I know that we do, and I think it is wrong. Personally, I’ve got more important things to do, like taking care of my own life.

      • Brandia

        LB: JD was being sarcastic. Get a clue.

    • Scott

      “I’ll pray for you” is the ultimate sign of a irrepressible jackass.

      • Erin

        Agreed.

  • Will

    This is a prime reason why retards should not be allowed to act. Now,it is common knowledge, most actors and actresses are borderline stupid but this girl is moronic. She says “For a bisexual, it’s not about gender.” Really? Moronic, if you are boy and prefer a boy or a girl and prefer a girl you are GAY,,,,GAY, not bisexual. So gender has everthing to do with being bisexual. Bi’s are the most selfish people in the world. This is the having my cake and eat it too mentality. Anne Paquin is to goddamn stupid to have a relationship or have children.

  • jerry

    Anna , sounds like your hubby is a fortunate man as what you are really saying is “threesome” for him. You’ll wise up as you mature and realize you run a risk of losing him to a better female lover who is more selfish than you and how you jeopardize your budding family’s unity. Marriage within hetersexuality protects women from abandonment , poverty and the destruction of the stability of a family’s children. It’s time for you Anna to be selfish and lay claim to your husband and the future of your child. Anna , It ain’t about you anymore , it’s about your child. Why is it actors and actresses are so narcissistic ? Occupational hazard ?

  • Ryan

    Actually Will, you are the moron if you really didn’t understand what she meant.

    Wills kid: Hi everyone, this is my dad Will. He’s straight. But dumb as a box of rocks.

    • Big Pond

      Ryan,
      Your comment sounds like something my son would say to folks about me… You are a good son, and I am very sure your father is proud of you.

      As for Anna, she has not a clue what or why she is talking. But people are paying attention to “her” !!!

  • Mike jones

    JD & VJ: It must be great to be in your shoes! You go to church and read scripture from the bible so you can have the power of being a True American Christian HYPOCRITE!Lets all flip our thumbs through a book that was writen by man and go against what it says, because it is our obligation in life to Judge other peoples lifes! Really? You are the the Judge? Not the Lord above? I sure am glad that I haven’t read anything in my Bible that saye I will have to answer to you, because it would be a cold day in hell before I have to answer to a close-minder fool! I’m sure there are bigger problems in this world that GOD impersonators like you should be fixing!

  • Kat

    Who cares??? I believe people can be bisexual, but at the same time, you have to admit that it’s not the same level of stigma as being gay. She’s married to a man. People don’t view her the way they view lesbians.

  • ET

    WHO FREAKING CARES IF SHE’S BISEXUAL! That is her decision and that is her life. Why must we all judge each other so critically. We only have one life to live. Therefore we can make as many good or bad decisions as we want. Shame on those who preach the bible but yet you go against God’s words. God taught us to love and forgive our neighbors despite what we have done.

  • http://youtu.be/DwL8b0Lg048 Ana

    I think she is brave and honest person. I can imagine how something like this can hurt her career in the moment when she is very popular. I really appreciate this and more stars should learn something from her.

  • majaji

    She’s not saying that she is forgoing her relationship with her husband. She found someone she fell in love with. It didn’t matter to her that person’s gender. It doesn’t sound like she’s saying she’s going to go get with a woman just because she’s bi, she’s just saying that for her, it’s not really about gender, but about who she finds herself attracted to. It’s about who that person is, their qualities and their faults, their personality, their looks. A woman can look at another woman and say that she is beautiful or a man look at another man and say that he is good looking, but it doesn’t mean that they are attracted to them. For her it’s not about gender. She’s not ruining her life or her husbands or her child’s. She is just spreading the word about love. Love is what is really important. I just don’t understand how anyone can look down on anyone else for being in love with a person. Love is the key to peace and happiness. Why try to take that away?

  • CG

    I suspect that Anna made her announcement not to advertise “threesomes” with hubby, espouse moral turpitude, nor out of self-serving ignorance; but to lend her name to a cause that promotes equal treatment and ending violence to individuals of differing sexual orientation.

    Therefore it could in fact be seen as a brave and courageous choice. If she identifies as bisexual publicly in order to stop bigotry yet lives a heterosexual married family life day to day, does she need to “prayed for” from a perspective of idiotic self-righteous condescension?

    Point the finger if you wish, but you may be surprised at your own sins God points out to you on the day of your judgement. Espouse humility and keep a contrite heart.

  • MS

    - Well said CG, well said!

  • ChrisDC

    All the angry voices on this. Wow.

    To my fellow gays and lesbians, getting angry at bisexuals for what you think is really going on in their heads and their hearts, as opposed to what they say they’re thinking and feeling, is a little hypocritical. How many times have people said to you, “I don’t know how you people can call yourselves gay when we know how miserable you actually are?” About the third time we insist that we’re happy, we start to get irritated, at which point they say, “See? I knew you weren’t happy.”

    To the bisexuals, as someone who is so gay I broke the Kinsey Scale, but who told himself “Maybe I’m just bisexual” even though that was a lie, I apologize if I ever did anything to throw your sexual orientation into doubt. Just because I once lied to myself about me doesn’t mean you are lying to yourselves, or us, about you.

    And to the religious fundamentalists who believe that sexual orientation is a choice, think about this: You can only be right about that if we are all, at least potentially, bisexual. We’re not, but let me concede that point just for argument’s sake.

    If you believe that we are all, at least potentially, bisexual, the only thing that Anna Paquin has said here should be something that you see as proving your point. If you actually believe what you say you do, the only thing she’s said is that she’s made the choice you would prefer her to make out of the range of choices you think she has (even though she doesn’t).

    But here’s the very telling irony – she happens to be living her life the way you want her to live it, but that doesn’t make one bit of difference in how you treat her. (And there isn’t anything she said that even hints that her marriage is not monogamous, so don’t cite that.)

    We gay and lesbian folks pick up on that very quickly. If you treat her this way when she actually does what you want (but only because that coincidentally aligns with what she wants, I’m sure), how should we expect you to treat us if we were to do what you want and pretend that we’re straight?

    Not very well, I’m guessing. Except, after this, I don’t have to guess.

    And to Anna Paquin, thank you for finally smoking out the fact that the fundamentalists do not actually mean what they say they mean. You put the B in LGBT and only a bisexual could have made this point in quite this effective a way.

  • gg

    *sigh* did she really need more press time?

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