"Everything, Everything" actress Amandla Stenberg just recently revealed that she was gay after a moving conversation with King Princess.
During an interview for a spread on Wonderland Magazine, the 19-year-old actress revealed that she was gay by saying "Yep, I'm gay".
Stenberg first came out two years ago when she was 17, saying that she was bisexual. This happened while she was being interviewed via Snapchat for Teen Vogue. Now, the actress finally accepted that she is indeed gay, and the moment she realized her truth, she felt a "profound sense of relief".
“I had a few big Gay Sob moments when I realized I was gay. One might assume that they were mournful sobs, but actually quite the opposite in my lived experience. They were joyful and overwhelmed sobs. Socialization is a [expletive] and kept me from understanding and living my truth for a while. I was so overcome with this profound sense of relief when I realized that I’m gay ― not bi, not pan, but gay ― with a romantic love for women.”
Amandla continued to say details about what it was like to finally realize her sexuality, saying she had to unravel "a long web of denial and self-deprivation".
“I was flooded with a sense of calm and peace because everything that I struggled with or felt discomfort around finally made sense to me, and once those floodgates opened and years of pent up pain and shame were released, I found the freedom to live my best life waiting for me just underneath.”
The conversation between King Princess and Amandla Stenberg was so good, that they were able to tackle a lot of taboo topics that don't usually come to light, such as breaking down heteronormative stereotypes, to lesbian porn, to what Stenberg loves about being gay.
She said that the lack of queer black women represented in pop culture and on screen has made it extremely difficult for her to recognize her own sexuality.
"Had I had more representations of black gay women growing up I probably would’ve come to conclusions around my sexuality much earlier because I would’ve had more of a conception of what was possible and okay. Having more representations of black gay women now and seeing myself reflected in them has been a huge aid in seeing myself as whole, complete, and normal.”
Amandla shares that there is something truly special about falling in love with another woman. She claims that being in-love with another woman has a divine mutual respect and understanding that allows both people in the relationship to be honest and authentic.
“There’s such a divine mutual respect and understanding that gives [women] the safety to be honest and authentic, and a friendship and appreciation injected into the dynamic because of the degree of empathy we have for each other and others as we walk in the world."
Last Sunday, the proud actress posted a photograph from their spread shoot to share that she has finally announced that she was gay on print media for the first time.