Actress Natalie Morales came out as “queer” in a personal essay that detailed her journey to accepting her sexuality.
“I’m coming out. I want the world to know #PrideMonth,” Morales tweeted along with a link to the post on Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls website.
— Natalie Morales (@nataliemorales) June 30, 2017
The 32-year-old actress explained her Catholic school upbringing and her eventual secret relationship with an openly bisexual girl at her high school. She says she didn’t come out to her friends until she was in her 20s living in Los Angeles.
Morales says she chose the term “queer” to describe her sexuality because it fits her best.
“I don’t like labeling myself, or anyone else but if it’s easier for you to understand me, what I’m saying is that I’m queer,” Morales writes. “What queer means to me is just simply that I’m not straight. That’s all. It’s not scary, even though that word used to be really, really scary to me.”
She went on that she hopes her confession will help bring awareness to the LGBT community because of her presence on TV.
“I know this isn’t some big, life-shattering revelation that everyone will be shocked by,” Morales continues. “The reason I decided to share this with you and with the world is because even though me telling you I’m queer might not be a big deal these days, things are still pretty bad out there for people like me. There are gay concentration camps in Chechnya where people are being tortured right this second. In our very country, 49 people were killed and 58 people were wounded just last year because they were dancing in a gay club. Our safe spaces are not safe. I think it’s important that I tell you that this familiar face you see on your TV is the Q part of LGBTQ, so that if you didn’t know someone who was queer before, you do now.”
Morales has appeared on “Parks and Recreation,” “The Santa Clarita Diet” and “Girls.”