Carole Baskin an American big-cat rights activist and CEO of Big Cat Rescue, a non-profit animal sanctuary based near Tampa, Florida. has publicly come out as bisexual at 59.
She made the announcement during her interview with Pink News on Monday October 19, saying:
“I have always considered myself to be bisexual. Even though I’ve never had a wife, I could just as easily have a wife as a husband.”
In the interview, Baskin who has been married three times to men disclosed that she started exploring her sexuality during the AIDS crisis in the 80s when she was spending lots of time with the LGBT+ community.
“I was always very male-oriented in the things I did … I never had any mothering instincts or anything, you know, I never played with dolls. And so I always thought that there was something off there, that I couldn’t quite put my finger on,” she recalled of her childhood.
She also stated that it was at that time she realized that her feelings for women and men were equal.
“But it was during the ’80s that I discovered that through dealing with the LGBT+ community that I [realized] I had just as equal feelings for women as I did for men,” Baskin continued.
She added, “As far as the way I feel about us, I think we are all one and I just don’t see us as being different genders or different colors or anything.”
The big-cat enthusiast was married to Howard Baskin for 16 years. She was previously married to Don Lewis, who vanished on Aug. 18, 1997, and was later declared dead. Prior to Lewis, she later married Michael Murdock from 1979 until 1990.