Anna Paquin, star of vampire TV series “True Blood,” publicly came out as bisexual in a public service announcement for Cyndi Lauper’s True Colors Fund “Give a Damn” campaign.
"I’m Anna Paquin. I’m bisexual, and I give a damn," the actress says in the organization’s video. Other celebrities taking part in the “Give a Damn” campaign in which individuals disclose and discuss their sexuality include Cynthia Nixon, Clay Aiken, Whoopi Goldberg, Elton John, and Kim Kardashian.
Paquin, 27, won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress when she was only 11 for her role in “The Piano.” The True Colors Fund that Pacquin is affiliated with is a non-profit organization that counters homophobic discrimination with public education campaigns about anti-gay prejudice.
Paquin’s announcement came only a few days after another celebrity loudly came out, marking a great week in LGBT visibility. On March 30th, Ricky Martin wrote a blog post on his website, confirming long-held public suspicions that he is gay. Martin wrote in part: “I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man. I am very blessed to be who I am.”
Martin attributed part of his decision to discuss his sexuality frankly to his forthcoming memoirs, which he described as : “A project I knew was going to bring me closer to an amazing turning point in my life. From the moment I wrote the first phrase [of the memoir] I was sure the book was the tool that was going to help me free myself from things I was carrying within me for a long time. Things that were too heavy for me to keep inside. Writing this account of my life, I got very close to my truth. And this is something worth celebrating.”
The pop star also thanked fans for giving him support and strength when he updated his Twitter two days after the announcement, writing, "What’s going on gang? I’m doing great! Stronger than ever! I’m here relaxing @ home enjoying ur messages! I feel the love! Thanx for all! Peace."