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Famous Bisexuals in History: H-M




Famous Bisexuals in History: H-M

and people whose love life/sexual history 
includes more than one gender 
or who have publicly expressed bisexual attraction

List compiled by Sheela Lambert

**** over 220 listings****


Note: the word “out” in a listing indicates those who are publicly out as bi (or its equivalent: omnisexual, pansexual, ambisexual, etc.) Listings of people whose bisexuality has been uncovered by posthumous research will site a source.  Listings of people who have made a public statement expressing a bisexual attraction will contain a quote, but will not have the word “out” in the listing. 


See bottom of list for explanation of sources, source codes, history of the list and how to add someone to the list.


1.       William Haines – silent film star/interior designer (bio by William J. Mann)

2.       Wallace Hamilton – writer/playwright (memoir Christopher and Gay)

3.       Mildred Harris – actress, wife of Charlie Chaplin (The Girls by McLellan)

4.       Moss Hart – writer/director

5.       Sophie B. Hawkins – singer/songwriter (out)

6.       Anne Heche – actress, Ellen Degeneres' ex-girlfriend now married (out, autobio, Men in Trees)

7.       Nona Hendryx – singer LaBelle (out)

8.       Katherine Hepburn – actress (most likely, bio Katherine Hepburn: The Untold Story)

9.       Elaine Holliman – filmmaker (Oscar-nominated doc Chicks In White Satin, out)

10.    Laurel Holloman – actress (The L Word, The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls In Love, out--married, discussed bisexuality on L Word special)

11.    Billie Holliday – singer (bio by John Chilton)

12.    Brenda Howard – bi & gay rights activist who co-organized first marches commemorating Stonewall in 1969 & 1970 and countless marches and demonstrations thereafter for LGBT rights as well as other causes, one of the original founders of New York Area Bisexual Network in 1987 she continued to help run NYABN until her death from cancer June 2005. (out)

13.    Michael Huffington – oil millionaire, US Congressman, ex-husband of Arianna Huffington (came out in Esquire Jan 99 article by David Brock, later qualified he is bisexual—not gay and is producing the bi documentary Bi the Way)

14.    Langston Hughes – poet*

15.    Simon Hughes – President of Britain’s Liberal Democrat Party (out, Britain’s The Sun newspaper 1/26/06, widely reported in all UK press after)

16.    Loraine Hutchins – bi activist, author, sexuality educator, recipient of 2005 award from The Task Force

17.    Patricia Ireland – former President of NOW (out)

18.    Mick Jagger – singer (autobio by Angela Bowie wife of lover David Bowie)

19.    James I - King of England*

20.    Angelina Jolie – actress (out)

21.    Grace Jones – singer (out)

22.    Janis Joplin – singer (Going Down with Janis by lover Peggy Caserta

23.    June Jordan – writer, activist (out)

24.    Ashley Judd – actress (maybe, said on The View 9/13/05 that she has a crush on k.d. lang and would like to kiss her)

25.    Lani Ka’ahumanu – bi activist, author, safer sex program director Grand Marshall of San Francisco 1994 Pride March

26.    Jane Kasmeric – actress (outed by husband Bradley Whitford that she has a crush on Angelina Jolie)

27.    Danny Kaye – entertainer (bio of lover Lawrence Olivier by Spoto)

28.    Jack Kerouac – beat writer (out)

29.    John Maynard Keynes – economist*

30.    Billie Jean King – tennis pro* (out and previously married)

31.    Dr. Alfred Kinsey – sex researcher (film Kinsey, 2004)

32.    Dr. Fritz Klein – psychiatrist, author, inventor of the Klein Sexual Orientation Grid, bi activist

33.    Eva La Gallienne – actress (multibio The Girls by Diana McLellan)

34.    Heddy Lamarr – actress (out, memoir Ecstasy and Me: My Life as a Woman)

35.    D. H. Lawrence – author  

36.    Lotte Lenya – actress/singer, wife of Kurt Weill (bio by Donald Spoto)

37.    President Abraham Lincoln – (see Introduction--The Intimate World of Abraham Lincoln by C. A. Tripp, Sex Lives of the Presidents by Nigel Cawthorne))

38.    Lindsay Lohan – actress, (At a 2005 movie premiere when asked about her stated crush on Brad Pitt she said "Well, he's beautiful. But I've got more of a crush on Angelina (Jolie), though, than Brad," Lindsay laughed. "I'm infatuated with Angelina…And she's sexy as hell.")

39.    Kristanna Loken – actress, L Word, BloodRayne, Terminator 3(out, Advocate Jan 2007 “you fall in love, and you have a relationship. It doesn’t really matter if it’s one gender or another…there’s part of me that struggles with this confusion of not really ever being able to pick one gender.”)

40.    Eva Longoria – actress (Desperate Housewives. Playboy Aug 2006 "I wish I had a full-on gay experience because I think women are beautiful creatures. They're much more attractive naked than men and it sounds like fun. Maybe I'm just holding out for the future…I did kiss a woman one time and it was particularly shocking as I was not prepared for it. I met a girl in Las Vegas who I didn't know liked me. We were hanging out with a bunch of friends and we were saying goodbye and she gave me a kiss…It was very surprising but very nice. There were tongues involved and it was definitely a real kiss which was soft and gentle and sweet.")

41.    Rebecca Loos – british TV personality and former girlfriend of David Beckham (out, New Magazine, LOGO)

42.    Phillip of Macedon – King*

43.    Madonna – singer (famously open-mouth-kissed Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera on 2003 MTV Video Music Awards [the kiss heard ‘round the world] and for previous concert and TV performances where she danced provocatively in drag with other women and scenes with other women in The Sex Book and her Erotica video)

44.    Maria Maggenti – filmmaker (The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls In Love, Puccini for Beginners, out)

45.    Thomas Mann – novelist*

46.    Robert Mapplethorpe – photographer (commonly referred to as “gay” in the press but had relationship with rocker Patti Smith see p.20 of Oct 10, 2006 Advocate)

47.    Evelyn Mantilla – Connecticut State Representative (out)

48.    Princess Margaret – (British ITV documentary reported her 2 yr. affair w/American socialite Sharman Douglass who confirmed relationship, see ezresult.com)

49.    Ricky Martin – singer (semi-out, see Barbara Walters interview)

50.    W. Somerset Maugham – novelist*

51.    Carson McCullers – author*

52.    Rep. Stuart McKinney (Conn.)*

53.    Rod McKuen – poet*

54.    Margaret Mead - anthropologist (Margaret Mead and Ruth Benedict, by Lapsley)

55.    Herman Melville – writer (bio by Laurie Robertson-Lorant/BB)

56.    Freddy Mercury – lead singer Queen (memoir by lover Tim Hutton)

57.    Edna St. Vincent Millay-poet (bio by Nancy Milford)

58.    Kate Millet-writer/feminist*

59.    June Miller – (novelized autobio Crazy Cock by ex-husband Henry Miller, diaries Henry and June by lover Anais Niin)

60.    Anchee Min – author (autobio Red Azalea)

61.    Sal Mineo – actor (out, co-starred w/James Dean in Rebel Without A Cause)

62.    Vincent Minneli – director, Judy Garland’s husband/Liza’s dad

63.    Megan Mullally – actress, “Karen” on Will & Grace and host, The Megan Mullally Show (out)

64.    Iris Murdock – author (bio by Peter J. Conradi, movie Iris)


List compiled by Sheela Lambert. This list was first started in 1997 as content for my then bisexual boyfriend Alex Hajnal’s website: The New York Bisexual Website. Listings taken from Lavender Lists by Lynne Yamaguchi Fletcher and Adrien Saks, published by Alyson are marked with an asterisk*. Listings from Wikipedia are marked W. Listings marked Alex were contributions from Alex Hajnal. For those listed as “out,” google them (type their name in on Google.com) and look up magazine articles/interviews especially in Advocate or Out (this is easier if you also type Advocate or OUT in the search box.) Song lyrics can also be found by googling the artist’s name w/the word “lyrics” or “song lyrics.” All books listed as a source were personally read by Sheela unless marked BB (to order books mentioned try BRC or amazon.com.) Listings marked BB were taken from the Bisexual Biography section of the Bisexual Resource Center (BRC) website.  Also thanks to queertheory.com, ezresults.com and Wikipedia for leading me to additional sources.  Some quotes and quote sources were found in The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe by Mike Szymanski and Nicole Kristal.

Is there someone who should be on this list but isn't?
Let me know but please include a source.


9th Jan, 2009 22:05 (UTC)
That is so hot, its not even funny!!!