Thursday, April 8, 2010

Anna Paquin: Coming out for Give A Damn

Anna Paquin, the star most of us have come to know and love on True Blood, has raised a few eyebrows. Clay Aiken, Cindi Lauper, and Anna Paquin have all publicly declared their sexuality. Anna Paquin made her announcement of bisexuality in the Give A Damn campaign against hate crimes. Many celebrities chose to appear in this ad, which supports an organization that offers anything from same day loans to certain GLBT causes to public service announcements such as the one Anna Paquin spoke in.

Anna Paquin comes out of the closet

At the start of a 30-second public service announcement, Anna Paquin very simply states “I’m bisexual”. Who Anna Paquin could be dating – if anybody – is nevertheless unknown.

Watch Anna Paquin speak out

See Anna Paquin reveal her bisexuality on the Give A Damn ad. The Give A Damn site is experiencing occasional server overload, so it might be down.

What Anna Paquin’s bisexuality means

What, really, does it mean when Anna Paquin says that she is bisexual? Generally, a person identifies as bisexual if they are attracted to both genders. Some self-identified bisexuals are equally attracted to both genders. Other self-identified bisexuals have a slight preference for one gender or the other. The Klein Sexual Orientation Grid and Kinsey scale both codify this spectrum of sexuality. The Kinsey scale measures sexuality on a 0 to 6 scale, with 0 being exclusively heterosexual and 6 being exclusively homosexual. Generally, individuals who rate themselves in the 3 – 5 range identify as bisexual.

Other celebrities join Anna Paquin

The Give a Damn campaign tapped many celebrities in addition to Anna Paquin. Wanda Sykes, Elton John, Whoopi Goldberg, Eric Roberts, Sharon Osbourne, Kelly Osbourne, Jason Mraz, Judith Light, Cynthia Nixon, Kim Kardashian, and Kevin Alejandro all speak out in the advertisement. Some of these celebrities are openly queer, others are straight.

Speaking out against Hate Crimes and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

For the most part, the Give A Damn PSA speaks out against hate crime. It also takes on the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy without specifically bringing it up. The DADT policy is at present under review by the government. After they are kicked out of their home or their military group, many GLBT individuals are forced to get cheap payday cash advances to survive. The Give A Damn campaign wants to do something about problems like this.

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