Ellis reflected on her sexuality, saying that being bisexual was never a secret, it was just that "nobody asked."
This is not a coming out for the "King Richard" and "Lovecraft Country" actress, who told Variety that nobody asked about her personal life when she had rhinestones reading "Queer" that lined the sleeve of her outfit for the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards.
"I was like, they probably thought it said 'Queen,' she told the magazine in an interview published June 1. "It wasn’t that I was expecting any sort of major reaction or anything like that. One of my family members noticed, but nobody else did."
Ellis, 53, said she remembers noticing she was queer as a child, often questioning misogynistic themes discussed in the Bible and spending time trying to "talk my body into correct behavior" as a teen, calling it a "lonely" and "violent" experience.
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"It’s violent because you literally have to tuck and place so many parts of you to be acceptable, so people won’t run from you and don’t want to be around you. It was exhausting," she said adding that now she is "public about it."
But it never came up in her press tour around Academy Awards season.
"My job was to talk about 'King Richard,' the Williams family, these wonderful young women I worked with, Will Smith’s incredible work in that movie," Ellis said. "I wasn’t going to be like, ‘And by the way, in case you ain’t heard yet…’ Because that’s artificial."
The Oscar-nominated actress guessed that maybe because of her Mississippi background and age there might be a "presumption" about who she is as a person.
"I don’t know what the mechanics are that goes into (people) not processing, or them not just being able to believe that in the same way: I am Black. I am queer. This is who I am," she said.
'Bachelor' star Elizabeth Corrigan comes out as bisexual
On June 26, Elizabeth Corrigan, a contestant on the latest season of "The Bachelor," came out as bisexual on Instagram, while reflecting on attending her "first Pride in NYC."
"It’s hard to know the right way to say these things, or the right time. Today seems like both and neither," she wrote. "I sprung out of bed, went to get a coffee-bought a flag- and quickly began feeling anxious. Overwhelmingly so. Am I ready? No. Am I scared? Yes. Will 'the right time' come? Qualify it."
Corrigan added she gets scared every time she comes out to someone.
"Everytime I tell someone new this information I experience fear. Fear that it will end a business transaction, fear that I will make someone uncomfortable, fear that I would be ostracized from my family," she wrote. "what’s more important to me at the end of the day -is to be me. Authentic. Genuine. Raw. So maybe one person will feel less alone... If you’re that one. I’ve got you."
'Game of Thrones' star Maisie Williams reveals she thought Arya Stark was queer
In an interview with Teen Vogue, published Tuesday, “Game of Thrones” actress Maisie Williams revealed she felt “surprised” when Arya Stark, the character Williams had played since she was 12 years old, slept with a man.
“The first time that I was surprised by Arya I guess was probably in the final series where she whips off her clothes and sleeps with Gendry,” Williams, 25, said during a video interview. “I thought that Arya was queer, you know? So … yeah. That was a surprise.”
Stark developed a cult following from those who praised her daring and strong-willed ways, with some speculating she was a lesbian. After Stark’s sex scene with Gendry Baratheon in the show’s eighth and final season, many fans were gob-smacked the character wasn’t gay — as titled by a Buzzfeed article “We Can All Agree That Arya Stark Is Actually A Lesbian, Right?”
“The New Mutants” star opened up to GQ UK in April about the resentment she began to have toward her character, who was known for her tomboyish style.
“I think that when I started becoming a woman, I resented Arya because I couldn’t express who I was becoming,” Williams told the magazine. “And then I also resented my body, because it wasn’t aligned with the piece of me that the world celebrated.”
Rebel Wilson debuts 'Disney Princess' girlfriend on Instagram
"I thought I was searching for a Disney Prince," Wilson began in her caption. "But maybe what I really needed all this time was a Disney Princess."
The actress added the hashtag "#loveislove" and a rainbow and heart emojis.
Wilson has subtly been hinting at her relationship with the clothing brand founder, whom she met through a mutual friend. "We spoke on the phone for weeks before meeting," she told People Magazine in May. "It was a bit old-school in that sense — very romantic."
Wilson noted that she's been doing a lot of self-reflection, which led her to be in a good position to open up to love.
"I think going through the process of finding more self-worth, I think that what you want in a partner is elevated and so it's great to have someone who feels like an equal partner and be in a healthy relationship," she shared.
Christina Aguilera honored by peers Ricky Martin, Angelica Ross for LGBTQ allyship
"Christina is a force! Her voice has become synonymous with greatness and the most commendable thing is that (after) becoming one of the most successful female artists of all time, she uses her voice as a constant ally to the LGBTQ+ community," said Ricky Martin, who collaborated with Aguilera on the song "Nobody Wants to Be Lonely" in 2001.
Lauren Jauregui said the Grammy-winning singer's music was a formative influence in her life.
"Her video for 'Beautiful' was an amazing statement," Jauregui said, adding that Aguilera's songs "Fighter" and "Can't Hold Us Down" also "played a huge role in shaping my self-confidence as a little girl."
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"I sang along and cried to (it) so many times as a young trans girl who wasn't the confident woman I am today," said Ross, whose organization TransTech Social Enterprises has been supported by Aguilera. "I truly had to find my voice and took every single lyric of that song to heart. I have honestly been in tears every morning so grateful as I sing and affirm that I have indeed found my voice. I'm forever grateful for Christina."
Aguilera told the outlet that being an LGBTQ ally is "in my DNA."
"I'm all about people standing up for what they believe in, which is why I think the LGBTQ+ community feels connected to me," she said. "We've all come from struggle; We've all had to fight to be heard."
Elliot Page discusses the 'euphoria' of transitioning
"I can’t overstate the biggest joy, which is really seeing yourself. I know I look different to others, but to me I’m just starting to look like myself. It’s indescribable, because I’m just like, there I am," he shared. "To go out in a group of new people and be able to engage in a way where I didn’t feel this constant sensation to flee from my body, this never-ending sensation of anxiety and nervousness and wanting out."
Page used the word "euphoria" repeatedly in his interview to describe the bliss of walking in a shirt that fits him without "constant feelings of shame and self-hatred" and being able to relax and read a book without thinking of "discomfort and struggle" that prohibited him of enjoying the mundane things in life.
'Umbrella Academy': Elliot Page reveals character Viktor Hargreeves is transgender
The "Umbrella Academy" actor previously came out as gay in 2014. In the feature he explained that the reaction to his coming out as trans was exactly what he expected: "love and support from many people and hatred and cruelty and vitriol from so many others."
"I came out as gay in 2014, and it’s different. Transphobia is just so, so, so extreme. The hatred and the cruelty is so much more incessant," he added.
Page went on to describe an instance where he was harassed by a man who screamed transphobic slurs at him while also threatening to kill him. "I ran — I was alone — I ran into a convenience store, and as I was opening the door he yelled, 'This is why I need a gun!' Yeah, I don’t think people really get it."
Janelle Monáe on the complexities of coming out
Monáe came out as nonbinary in an episode of "Red Table Talk" in April. The "Antebellum" star is also pansexual, something she revealed in 2018.
The singer discussed the nuances of coming out in the "LGBTQ&A" podcast episode released Tuesday.
"Nobody tells me what to do. I mean, I knew that this was the time for me. I'd already talked to the necessary folks and I was at peace," she said candidly. "I have no interest in releasing who I'm dating or not dating, that's not important. But what I did feel was important that that representation of what it meant to live in your truth, regardless of friends or family supporting it, regardless of people having opinions, it was really more so for me, it was like, I need to say this out loud."
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Monáe added that although she didn't formally come out before 2018, she's always had anecdotes in her music. Her 2018 album "Dirty Computer" had a lot of vulnerability, which is what propelled her to discuss her sexuality.
"I just didn't feel a need to go do an interview," she said.
"I just felt more comfortable with diving deeper into what it meant to be queer, what it meant to also have community that you wanted to feel seen and be heard," she said. "I always talked about my attraction to whatever I'm attracted to. I've always done it. I think this though, this project was more declarative."
Sara Ramírez talks playing nonbinary character on 'And Just Like That'
Sara Ramírez's character Che Diaz on "And Just Like That" caused a stir in the "Sex and the City" reboot. Che, a nonbinary podcaster and standup comedian, was at the center of drama when it came to Miranda Hobbes' (Cynthia Nixon) marriage crumbling. Aside from their relationship with Miranda, Che's queerness wasn't popular with people of all sexualities.
Ramírez, who is nonbinary and bisexual, opened up about Che's flaws and why the character is important for the LGBTQ community in a Variety cover story.
"What I love about Che is that Che is complicated and messy and human. Che is a great reminder that even when we don’t like someone in our community, they still deserve love, safety and joy, like everyone else," they told Variety. “But the movement for liberation includes everyone, even people we don’t like. This movement, this fight, this party of pride, isn’t just for the people who make us feel cozy and cute — it’s for everyone.”
The comedian also discussed the importance of focusing on real-life issues such as anti-trans laws in Texas and Florida from politicians "trying to legislate trans and nonbinary people out of existence.”
"If you’re going to get caught up in this character at least learn about how people like Che Diaz are currently trying to survive escalating attacks on our community," Ramírez said.
Billy Porter sings, reminds 'Pride was a riot!'
On June 1, Billy Porter brought in Pride Month on Instagram with a song.
The "Pose" star belted Aretha Franklin's "A Deeper Love" while swaying and snapping on camera in an all-black outfit accessorized with a black straw hat.
"Happy #Pride y’all! And never forget that pride was a riot," Porter wrote, referring to the 1969 Stonewall Inn riots in which the celebratory month originates.
Gabrielle Union's '10 toes down' with love for daughter Zaya
The actress posted a clip of the 15-year-old fashion icon smiling and modeling a Loewe dress in partnership with LogoTV for Pride Month.
In the reposted clip Union wrote: "Our PRIDE never wavers. Our LOVE is unconditional. Our ACTIONS match our intentions. Our BELIEF knows no limits. 10 toes down 'til the wheels fall off. We love you @zayawade always and forever. Happy Pride."
Lynda Carter calls Wonder Woman a 'queer, trans icon'
Lynda Carter, who played Wonder Woman in the 1970s TV series, is emphasizing her superhero's impact on the LGBTQ community.
On June 1, she shared art from a DC comic of Wonder Woman surrounded by a rainbow on Twitter and wished everyone a "Happy Pride," adding that she's "so excited to celebrate with all my LGBTQIA+ friends and fans."
— Lynda Carter (@RealLyndaCarter) June 1, 2022
In a follow-up tweet she recognized her character's impact on queer communities.
"I didn't write Wonder Woman, but if you want to argue that she is somehow not a queer or trans icon, then you're not paying attention," Carter wrote. "Every time someone comes up to me and says that WW helped them while they were closeted, it reminds me how special the role is."
Contributing: Angie Orellana Hernandez
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Pride 2022: 'Bachelor' contestant, Elliot Page, more on being queer