How Amandla Stenberg Overcame “Internalised Homophobia”
Amandla Stenberg has said she had to work through some "internalised homophobia" before publicly coming out as gay in June this year.
The Hate U Give actress spoke to Seventeen magazine about her journey of self-discovery and how she was initially "scared" to confront her sexuality.
"It’s okay to take your time… I’d been out as bisexual, and people have known I’m queer for a long time," Stenberg said.
"I saw some comments that made me chuckle, like, 'Girl, we been knew!'" she added.
"But I wanted to make it very clear that I have romantic love for women," she said of publicly coming out as gay.
The Hunger Games actress currently dates singer and musician Mikaela Straus -- known by her stage name, King Princess.
"I realised I had so much internalised homophobia and so much discomfort around hooking up with dudes," she said.
"I always knew that when I hooked up with girls, it was the happiest I’d been in any sexual dynamic."
Stenberg -- who also appeared in Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade -- added that, while she loves the 'queer' umbrella term, she realised she was hiding underneath it.
"...because I was scared -- on a personal and a public level -- to confront what I was," she said.
"It was easier for me to say “I’m bi” or “I’m pan” as I was figuring it out. But I came to a place where I felt really proud of my sexuality, and I decided I wanted to share that pride.”
The Hate U Give will hit Australian cinemas in January 2019.
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