As HRC celebrates Bisexual Awareness Week, we honor those who have come out openly as bisexual, sharing their true and authentic selves with the world.

Here are six openly bisexual people who made headlines for all the right reasons:

Shane Dawson: This summer YouTube star Shane Dawson came out as bisexual in an emotional video. “I’m making this video because I feel like it can help a lot of people,” Dawson said. “I feel like a lot of you might be confused and scared and [are] not talking about it. I’m here for you.”

Oregon Governor Kate Brown:  Kate Brown made history in February when she was sworn in as the United States’ first openly bisexual governor. A longtime advocate of equality for all, Brown broke down barriers Brown as Oregon’s second female governor and Oregon's first female senate majority leader. 

Frank Ocean: Singer-songwriter Frank Ocean came out via Tumblr in 2012. “I don't know what happens now, and that's alrite. I don’t have any secrets I need kept anymore,” he wrote. “I feel like a free man.”

Anna Paquin: In an interview with Larry King in 2014, actress Anna Paquin opened up about her sexual orientation, bringing visibility and greater understanding of the difficulties the bisexual community faces. 

Catwoman: In February, DC Comics’ Catwoman Selina Kyle came out as bisexual. Kyle shared a kiss with another woman, making way for more LGBT characters in the comic book world. Her authenticity sent a message of inclusion and acceptance to readers everywhere. 

Evan Rachel Wood: Last week, openly bisexual actress Evan Rachel Wood tweeted several times about bisexuality awareness and the issues facing the bisexual community. While she highlighted her own experience as a bisexual woman, she also shared several facts from HRC’s newest report, Health Disparities Among Bisexual People.

Whether it's for the first time ever or the first time today, the experience of coming out and living openly is a deeply personal and arduous journey. Visit HRC’s Coming Out Center to learn more.

Filed under: Bisexual, Coming Out, Community

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