Bisexual in Hollywood: OK for Girls, Not Guys

While E! online gossip columnist Ted Casablanca claims male actors "absolutely" fool around with the same sex as much as their female counterparts, he doubts he'll see a day when a hunky, A-list, alpha-male -- a Jake Gyllenhaal (who made waves when he starred as a gay cowboy in "Brokeback Mountain") or a Chace Crawford (the "Gossip Girl" pretty boy rumored to be gay) -- talks about it publicly.

"The public just doesn't know about it. It's still Hollywood's biggest, dirtiest secret -- absolutely always will be," Casablanca said. "The business is built on fantasy. If Joe is talking about how he likes to go around with Kenny, it doesn't work. But if Jenny wants to talk about getting it on with Katie, it sells tickets."

Casting directors and network executives contacted for this story were reluctant to talk about how the employability of actors, male and female, changes when they reveal they don't conform to the heterosexual norm. But while the bulk of bisexual Hollywood may still be in the closet, many gay actors have come out in recent years and haven't hurt their careers because of it.

"We've had a spate of them recently: David Hyde Pierce, Lance Bass; Neil Patrick Harris came out and still has his role as a womanizing man on 'How I Met Your Mother,'" Scholibo said. "Anytime someone comes out and says, 'I'm going to keep doing what I'm going to do,' it opens up the door for the public to accept a new kind of gayness which encompasses every kind of representation. But whether they owe it to us, I don't know."

In Lohan's case, revealing a relationship with a woman probably wouldn't affect her career one way or another. She's made so many headlines over the past year and a half that coming out as bisexual would just be another drop in the bucket.

"Lindsay, she's a professional celebrity to a degree. Her last few movies haven't done so well; she's become an insurance problem. I'm not sure if we could judge her career's success or failure by this," Scholibo said. "There's a lot of speculation about Ellen Page right now. If she came out, that would be drastically different. If Scarlett Johansson came out, that would also be drastically different. But I don't think Lindsay can be an example of anything."

And as for Tequlia, who some speculate flaunts her bisexuality only because it bought her reality TV stardom and probably knows Lohan and Ronson as well as you and I:

"She should just focus on her reality show," said publicist Lizzie Grubman. "If this is her only way to get press, then it's pathetic."

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