Just another reason to love her. Actress Amandla Stenberg came out as bisexual during a Snapchat takeover for Teen Vogue earlier this week.
Stenberg made the announcement right before signing off for the night.
“It’s a really, really hard thing to be silenced and it’s deeply bruising to fight against your identity and to mold yourself into shapes that you just shouldn’t be in,” she says.
“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 is absolutely nothing to change. We cannot be suppressed. We are meant to express our joy and our love and our tears and be big and bold and definitely not easy to swallow.”
“We were already so incredibly thrilled for our entire February issue dedicated to celebrating girl power and loving the skin you’re in. We support every person’s right to be who they truly are, and we’re so proud of Amandla for being brave enough to walk in her truth, let alone have Teen Vogue be a part of her journey,” Terron Moore, Social Media Director at Teen Vogue, told NewNowNext.
Stenberg says this is only the beginning, saying there’s a lot more work for all women of color, citing the lack of representation and the need for their voices to ring out louder. “And not just women of color,” she says. “Bisexual women, gay women, transgender women, mentally ill women – I am sick of all the misogyny and homopobia and transpobia I see around me and I know you are, too.”