In honor of Bisexual Awareness Week, we at Men’s Health have been celebrating the under-and misrepresented bisexual community. All too often, bisexuals, specifically bi men, can be left out of the ever-growing conversation when it comes to LGBTQ+ identity and politics. That’s why it’s such a welcome occurrence when people with a public platform speak up about bisexuality—no matter what their sexual orientation is. It shows people who are bisexual that their identity is valid and they’re not alone, even though it sometimes can feel that way.
In recent years, there’s been a surge of celebrities, artists, journalists, politicians, and more high-profile people come out as bisexual. A number of stars have also stepped up as vocal allies to the bisexual community, and it’s great to see more monosexuals (people who are attracted to one gender) acknowledging that bi people experience unique hardships, even from within the LGBTQ+ community. Things are gradually getting better.
It’s amazing to see people—like the famous faces on this list—finally saying the word “bisexual,” as simply stating the word was often deemed taboo in the past. In celebration of Bisexual Awareness Week, we compiled a list of some of the best celebrity quotes from people of all sexual orientations where bisexuality is directly mentioned—and validated.
“Personally I think choosing between men and women is like choosing between cake and ice cream. You’d be daft not to try both when there are so many different flavors.”
“It doesn’t matter if you’re married or not, or having sex with anyone or not… There are straight couples who don’t have sex. There are gay people who don’t have sex. But if you’re sexually attracted to both sexes, you’re bisexual.”
“Remember, bisexuality doesn’t mean halfway between gay or straight. It is its own identity.”
“I’m extremely open with my sexuality. I can be in love with a woman. I can be in love with a man.”
“I’ve gone both ways. I do as I please. I’m too f**king curious to sit here and not try when I can.”
“So I’m bisexual. So what? It’s a thing and it’s real. I mean it’s called LGBT for a reason – there’s a B in there and it doesn’t mean BADASS. Okay, it kind of does, but it also means Bi.”—Grey’s Anatomy
“Everyone—whether straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender—should be allowed to show their true colors, and be accepted and loved for who they are.”
“You can’t use the fact that I’m bisexual against me if that’s something I’m proud of.”
“I went into boxing, and I’m bisexual, and I still achieved and performed at the highest level, and I came away with gold and made history. So with that said, anything is possible.”
“I want to be a spokesperson for everyone. Ya know, straight people, gay people, bisexual. I don’t want it to be limited.”
“Some people call me queer; some people call me bisexual, whatever it is now. I’m happy with all of it ’cause it all sort of represents me, in a way.”
” I believe bisexuality is not a choice—it is a fact. “
“A lot of people told me I should be quiet about being bisexual and not say anything, but for me this is a part of my identity.”
“I’ve been pretty open about myself from the beginning. I think it’s wonderful that you know, it’s being accepted more and more.”
“Bisexuality is misunderstood; the adage is that you’re either straight or gay or lying, but that’s not my experience. To call me anything other than bisexual would be inaccurate.”
“You know, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender—people are people.”
“I don’t believe in straight or gay. I really don’t. I think we’re all degrees of bisexual.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Straight people say, ‘You know you’re just gay,’ and gay people say, ‘You know you’re just gay.’ There is such a thing as bisexual!”
“Bisexuality often needs an explanation. It isn’t something you can often ‘read’ on a person, and because of that bi people sometimes feel like an invisible part of the LGBTQIA community. People’s sexuality is often defined by who we’re partnered with at any given moment, which can be a frustrating limitation for me.”
“We’re all technically bisexual—it depends on your circle. Your upbringing and all kinds of things. Or maybe I’m just talking about myself?”
“People don’t become gay, bisexual, pansexual, transexual. People just fall in love with another person.”
“The more the world understands their bisexuality, the better we’ll be. I’m attracted to souls. I can be attracted to both.”
“I’m open about being bisexual, and I have this wantingness to talk about it, and for me, it’s about more than being a role model for any specific community.”
“I’m someone who believes being bisexual is actually a thing. It’s not made up. It’s not a lack of decision. It’s not being greedy or numerous other ignorant things I’ve heard at this point.”
“You stood up for me.
You stood up for the world.
And now the world is better because of you.
We still have a long way to go
I am bi your side.
“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.”
“I don’t believe that if I came out as bisexual the world will change. But it’s really important for people to be truthful about who they are and fight for equality. We need to help the world usher itself into the next phase.”
“The time has come, I think, when we must recognize bisexuality as a normal form of behavior.”
“People sometimes tells me that they’re baffled by bisexuality. They are convinced that having sex with women is totally different from having sex with men. But it isn’t. No more than having sex with anyone is totally different from having sex with anyone else.”
“I do not in the least underestimate bisexuality… I expect it to provide all further enlightenment.”
I am not bisexual. I am not gay. I have never had sex with men. Matt LeBlanc
You know, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender – people are people. Judith Light
A lot of people told me I should be quiet about being bisexual and not say anything, but for me this is a part of my identity. Katie Hill
I’m bisexual. And so, you know, I’ve dated men and women. Rachel Dolezal
I’m not lesbian; I’m not bisexual; I’m not straight. I’m just curious. Alice Walker
If I wouldn’t have found Courtney, I probably would have carried on with a bisexual lifestyle. Kurt Cobain
Straight people say, ‘You know you’re just gay,’ and gay people say, ‘You know you’re just gay.’ There is such a thing as bisexual! Andy Dick
The issue of equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals has vexed politicians for decades. I have my own cloudy history with the issue, having supported a law in Mississippi that made it illegal for LGBT couples to adopt children. I believed at the time this was a principled position based on my faith. Ronnie Musgrove
All identity labels are umbrella terms to some degree, but this term ‘bisexual’ is not only serviceable, but it is sufficient. And yes, it brings together a bunch of people who are maybe shades different from one another. And maybe that’s the beauty of labels: that they force you to be with other people and see the difference. Charles M. Blow
I’m Anna Paquin. I’m bisexual and I give a damn. Anna Paquin
I was in a band with a boy who was quite androgynous and a bit bisexual, and we used to play up to that a little bit to be provocative in a theatrical way, but I guess you either are or aren’t. Noel Fielding
I’m open about having bipolar disorder. I’m open about being of mixed race. I’m open about being bisexual, and I have this wantingness to talk about it, and for me, it’s about more than being a role model for any specific community. Halsey