“The Flash” star Keiynan Lonsdale came out as bisexual in an emotional Instagram post on Friday.
Lonsdale, 25, described his journey to self-acceptance in a caption for a photo of himself wearing a black sweater and a silver key earring.
“I like to change my hair, I like to take risks with how I dress, I like girls, and I like guys (yes), I like growing, I like learning, I like who I am and I really like who I’m becoming,” Lonsdale, who plays Kid Flash, writes. “Spent way too many years hating myself, thinking I was less valuable because I was different … which is just untrue.”
Lonsdale continued, “A couple years ago I was able to accept myself, & it saved my life, but now I’ve gotten to a new road block & I feel kind of lost. I gotta take the next step & actually embrace who I am, which is pretty exciting. Not faking shit anymore, not apologising for falling in love with people no matter their gender. I’ve become bored of being insecure, ashamed, scared… no one should feel like that about themselves, especially when there is so much good life to live.”
The actor shared the photo on Twitter and received an outpouring of support.
@KeiynanLonsdale kid flash might have powers but you’re the superhero dude
— mikaela (@anddirtyrain) May 13, 2017
— Pascal Garoute (@PascalGaroute) May 14, 2017
@KeiynanLonsdale Congrats. Live your life for the people you love & the things you hope for not the people you fear and the things you are afraid of.
— Glen Murray (@Glen4ONT) May 14, 2017
Lonsdale thanked everyone for their positivity with his own tweet.
Nothing better than happy tears. The love is beyond measurable, thank you. Don’t forget to give that same love back to yourselves x
— Keiynan Lonsdale (@KeiynanLonsdale) May 13, 2017
“The Flash” airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on CW.