The B in the LGBTQ+ community can sometimes be overlooked, especially when it comes to famous bisexual men, with many bi male celebrities finding that their sexuality is erased or overlooked.
Bisexuality is often misunderstood to be enforcing a binary when, in fact, bisexuality is the attraction to more than one gender.
Nevertheless, biphobia still rages in modern society, brushed off as ‘a phase.’ Bisexual men can also be under a particular patriarchal pressure of masculinity which requires straight and gay relationships to exist seperately.
So it’s more important than ever to continue lifting up the voices and stories of bisexual people, especially underrepresented individuals.
Keep reading to find out more about the male bisexual icons, from the past and the present, we should be celebrating.
Alan Cumming is a fierce LGBTQ+ activist. (Arturo Holmes/Getty Images)
First up in our list of famous bisexual men is Scottish actor Alan Cumming, best known for his roles on stage and screen, including Cabaret and The Good Wife.
The 59-year-old was married to fellow actor Hilary Lyon from 1985 to 1993. After their separation, Cumming married his current husband Grant Shaffer in 2007.
Cumming is also a fierce LGBTQ+ activist, he’s worked with GLAAD and the Trevor Project and campaigned for the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Scotland.
Frank Ocean came out as bisexual in 2019. (Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Frank Ocean; a music icon; a mysterious man; and the most powerful LGBTQ+ figure in the American music industry.
The bisexual icon came out on Tumblr in 2012 when he revealed he was in love with a man.
In a sincere and intimate post, he wrote: “I was 19 years old. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Everyday almost.
“By the time I realised I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless. There was no escaping. No negotiating with the feeling. No choice.
“It was my first love. It changed my life,” he concluded.
Fritz Klein (1932–2006) (Creative Commons/Wikipedia)
Fred ‘Fritz’ Klein was a pioneering American psychiatrist and sex researcher whose work predominantly focused on bisexual people and bi relationships.
Klein, a bisexual man himself, devised the Klein Sexual Orientation Grid which developed the descriptions of complex sexual orientation.
In his 73 years of life, Klein also made massive contributions to bisexual research: he founded the American Institute of Bisexuality to encourage research and education about bisexuality.
He also founded the Journal of Bisexuality.
Rugby pro Jack Dunne made rugby union history. (David Rogers/Getty Images)
Jack Dunne came out in 2022 and subsequently became the only active bisexual professional in rugby union.
The professional rugby player opened up about his sexuality on the BBC’s LGBT Sports Podcast where he admitted homophobia at his school delayed his coming out.
Dunne did come out slowly to his friends at school but was already out when he signed as a professional player for Leinster in 2020.
He noted he hasn’t faced any backlash for his sexuality from his team or fans.
Jeff Molina got some backlash from MMA fans. (Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC)
Jeff Molina came out as bisexual in March 2023, making him the first openly LGBTQ+ male UFC fighter.
The 26-year-old American mixed martial artist addressed his sexuality after a private sex tape involving him was leaked.
Molina has been visibly proud of his sexuality, wearing UFC Pride Month shorts during a fight that raised money for LGBTQ Center of Southern Nevada.
Following the outfit choice, Molina received hateful backlash from some MMA fans.
He responded to the harassment: “I just thought in 2022 people would be a little more open-minded and not pieces of s**t, but I guess I was wrong.”
Kit Connor plays Nick in the beloved Netflix series, Heartstopper. (David M. Benett/Jed Cullen/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
The Heartstopper star came out in 2022 under unfortunate circumstances when he was taunted on social media for not publicly labelling himself.
“I’m bi. Congrats for forcing an 18-year-old to out himself,” he wrote. “I think some of you missed the point of the show. Bye.” Connor then deleted his Twitter account.
The 19-year-old actor plays Nick in the beloved Netflix series, Heartstopper, the character is the love interest of protagonist Charlie (Joe Locke).
Kyle Schickne formed he first college bisexual rights group in the US. (Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
American film producer, writer, director, actor and bisexual rights activist, Kyle Schickner is a force in the entertainment world.
In college, Schickner formed BIAS (Bisexuals Achieving Solidarity), the first college bisexual rights group in the US.
Schickner then founded FenceSitter Films in 1995, a production company devoted to entertainment for women and sexual and ethnic minorities.
Keiynan Lonsdale is best know from Love, Simon. (Dave Benett/Getty Images for Hermès)
The Flash’s Keiynan Lonsdale came out as bisexual in 2017.
They announced that he would not apologise for “falling in love with people no matter their gender.
“I like to change my hair, I like to take risks with how I dress, I like girls, and I like guys,” Lonsdale also added.
You may also recognise Lonsdale from Love, Simon in which they played Bram, the protagonist’s (Nick Robinson) love interest. Love, Simon was somewhat monumental as it marked the first major Hollywood release to focus on a gay teenage romance.
Lou Reed is often branded as the first out rockstar. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
No list of famous bisexual men would be complete without American musician and songwriter Lou Reed – who was best known as The Velvet Underground’s frontman.
Reed passed away in October 2013, aged 71, and he’s remembered as a hugely talented bisexual musician – often branded as the first out rockstar.
As a teenager, Reed was said to have spent time in a mental hospital due to his “homosexual tendencies”.
Reed underwent horrific electroconvulsive therapy, an experience he vividly relays in his 1974 song ‘Kill Your Sons’.
Karan Brar played Ravi in Disney Channel’s Jessie. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
The 25-year-old actor – who played Ravi in Disney Channel’s Jessie and its spin-off series Bunk’d and Chirag Gupta in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid –shared he had experienced difficulty being his true self in the spotlight.
Brar details that he was living with fellow Disney stars Cameron Boyce and Sophie Reynolds when he came out to them while drunk.
“Soph and Cam had been my best friends for years and loved me every step of the way,” he shared of his colleagues and roommates.