Anna Paquin shut down criticism of her marriage to Stephen Moyer by reminding her followers that bisexual erasure can be a type of bigotry
With the month of June serving as a world celebration of the LGBTQIA+ group, it’s an annual reminder that there’s a lot work that must be accomplished to not solely amplify queer voices and visibility, but additionally to grasp that somebody’s identification doesn’t change based mostly on who they’re partnered with.
Ahead of this 12 months’s Pride celebrations, Anna Paquin is reminding her Instagram followers that simply because she’s married to a person, she continues to be proudly bisexual — and that bi erasure is a type of bigotry even when somebody is in a relationship that seems to be hetero-passing.
Paquin has been married to her True Blood costar Stephen Moyer since August 2010, and got here out publicly as bisexual in a video for a marketing campaign to advertise LGBTQIA+ equality in March 2010. But she nonetheless has to remind followers and followers that her identification is not any much less vital simply due to her husband’s gender, taking to Instagram to close down criticism of her sexuality and her marriage.
On May 17, the mother of two celebrated International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, an annual worldwide occasion that goals to “draw attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex people and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics,” by sharing two posts to her feed, writing in her caption that she was “sending love to [her] #lgbtqia+ siblings.”
In her caption on the second submit, she addressed bisexual erasure instantly, writing “#bipride💖💜💙 #fuckbierasure #binotconfused.”
It nonetheless didn’t cease folks from taking to the feedback part to jot down issues like they’re “tired of seeing ‘bi’ celebrities constantly advocate for it only to end up conventionally married to men with multiple children, living out the so-called white-picket-fence life.”
Paquin was having none of it, posting each to her Instagram Stories and to her essential feed to remind followers and followers that bi erasure is a type of bigotry and hatred. She shared a display seize of 1 significantly nasty remark to Instagram Stories, writing above it, “Ah yes … the ‘you aren’t queer enough’ BS.”
She then reminded followers that they will fortunately hit the ‘unfollow’ button in the event that they’re going to “put their bigotry on display” within the feedback part of her posts.
In one other message, she wrote, “I’m a #proudbisexual who is married to a wonderful human who happens to be a man,” captioning the submit, “”If he doesn’t have an issue with it why ought to anybody else? #loveislove🌈 #fuckbierasure #bipride💖💜💙” after sharing extra messages from trolls on her posts.
The Flack star has been vocal about bi erasure for years — in a 2014 interview, the late Larry King requested her if she was a “non-practicing bisexual” and she or he defined that her sexuality has not modified simply because she’s spending her life with a person. “I am married to my husband, and we are happy monogamously married,” she replied.
When King requested if she “was” bisexual, she summed it up flawlessly. “Well, I don’t think it’s a past tense thing,” Paquin stated. “Are you still straight if you’re with somebody? Doesn’t mean you’re not, if you were to break up with them or you were to die. It doesn’t prevent your sexuality from existing. It doesn’t really work like that.”