Alan Cumming Is Sick of Talking About His Bisexuality, But Amber Heard Won’t Be Silent

The two stars have very different approaches to making their bisexuality a nonissue.

When it comes to the larger LGBT movement, bisexuality is often glossed over, and bi-erasure is a real thing that needs to be dealt with in the community.

Two highly visible celebrities have spoken out about their bisexuality recently, but have very different viewpoints.

Alan Cumming, who was married to Hilary Lyon from 1985-1993, recently spoke with
The Independent about how his sexuality is addressed in his recent memoir, Not My Father’s Son.

Some people have said about the book: ‘He doesn’t mention that he was first married to a woman and then married to a man’. But that’s not what this book is about… it’s not about me being bisexual.

…if I was straight, you wouldn’t think that I should make references to the fact that I was straight, so it just feels a little bit double standard-y.

The whole bisexual thing keeps coming up, and I just think that, eventually, hopefully, we’ll all live in a world where we don’t talk about it as much and just get on with it.

Amber Heard, however, thinks that discussing bisexuality is the only way it can be normalized.

VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05:  Johnny Depp and actress Amber Heard attend a premiere for 'The Danish Girl' during the 72nd Venice Film Festival at  on September 5, 2015 in Venice, Italy.  (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

The Danish Girl star told The Independent that marrying Johnny Depp didn’t change her sexual orientation:

The one way we will achieve change in a positive direction towards accepting people for who they are and looking beyond superficial means to judge people instead of falling prey to our prejudices and our tribal instincts towards fear.

The only way we’re going to get over that is by being familiarized with it… I’ve said this before, but education is the antidote to prejudice.

Both actors hope to make their sexuality a nonissue, but with very different approaches. Which is more effective?

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