Amandla Stenberg Came Out Beautifully As Bisexual Last Night
Amandla Stenberg, who you might know as Rue from the Hunger Games movies, or as Jaden Smith’s prom date, or for calling out Kylie Jenner’s nonsense on Twitter, or as February’s Teen Vogue cover model (interviewed, no less, by Solange), came out as bisexual via Teen Vogue’s Snapchat last night (video at the link).
She spoke to the power of representation and identity and just comes off as a great teenager and overall human. Here’s the full transcript (via Autostraddle):
“I wanna thank Teen Vogue for giving me this opportunity, I cannot stress enough how important representation is, so the concept that I can provide for other black girls is mind-blowing. It’s a really really hard thing to be silenced, and it’s deeply bruising to fight against your identity and just mold yourself into shapes that you just shouldn’t be in. As someone who identifies as a black bisexual woman, I’ve been through it, and it hurts and it’s awkward and it’s uncomfortable. But then I realized: because of Solange and Ava Duvernay and Willow and all the black girls watching this right now, there’s absolutely nothing but change. We cannot be suppressed. We are meant to express our joy and our love and our tears, to be big and bold and definitely not easy to swallow. I definitely believe in the concept of rebellion through selfhood, and rebellion through embracing your true identity, no matter what you’re being told. Here I am, being myself; and it’s hard and vulnerable, and it’s definitely a process, but I’m learning and growing. Thank you for supporting me and doing this, and thank you to Teen Vogue. This is just the beginning, though; we have a lot of work to do for all women of color. We need more representation in film and television. We need our voices to be louder in the media. And not just women of color — bisexual women, gay women, transgender women, mentally ill women. I’m sick of all the misogyny and homophobia and transphobia that I see around me, and I know you are too. Thank you for listening and goodnight.”
Did I mention that she’s seventeen? Lord, it makes me happy that young LGBT people have role models like her, these days.