“Sometimes female celebrities say they are ‘bisexual’ as a way to get attention, not because they are really lesbians looking for a safe way to come out,” says psychiatrist Carole Lieberman.
“Women know that men fantasize about seeing two women becoming sexual together, so claiming to be bisexual brings female celebs instant buzz.” It could be why “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon joked when describing her lesbian partner in recent interviews.
“We’re seeing, more and more gay and bisexual people, including celebrities, living openly and honestly,” says Jarrett Barrios, President of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).
But the positive brand building around female sexuality doesn’t hold true for male celebrities who come out of the closet, not as gay, but as bisexual.People wonder if it means you will never be in a monogamous relationship or if it means you will always be dating both a man and a woman at the same time.It is more confusing for the public than coming out as simply gay,” Penn said.“I don’t know how helpful it is when some celebrities have come out as bisexual or changed their mind," Penn said."Those of us who live in the Hollywood area know that there are managers and agents out here telling these people what they can and can’t do, and it is discouraging for the bisexual community because it reinforces the stereotype and the myth that bisexuality is just a phase." Gay and lesbian activists say that at the end of the day, all honesty about a person’s sexuality advances the gay movement, whether that admission be about homosexuality or bisexuality.
Celebrities who purport to be supporters of the gay, lesbian and bisexual communities and opt to come out as bisexual should think before they make a public declaration, since their announcement, if not sincere, could do more harm than good.