Amandla Stenberg took over Teen Vogue's Snapchat story on Friday to share something important with her fans. The Hunger Games actress officially came out as bisexual.
“It’s a really reall,y 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 said. “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 [Knowles] and Ava DuVernay and Willow [Smith] and all the Black girls watching this right now, that there’s absolutely nothing to change.”
She continued to talk about self-acceptance: “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… Here I am being myself and it’s definitely hard and vulnerable and it’s definitely a process but I’m learning and I’m growing.”
Amandla teased the news on Twitter Friday morning with the simple message, “Shared something on the teenvogue snapchat last night. Bi black girls unite.”
Watch the young star's inspiring message below:
(Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Amandla makes some vital points about intolerance against the LGBT community in her Snapchat. For a deeper look at the struggles of the Black LGBT community in the church, watch BET.com's original documentary Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church, below:
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