Amandla Stenberg has come out as gay in an interview for Wonderland.
The 19-year-old is best known for their roles as Rue in the first “Hunger Games” and in the teen romance “Everything, Everything.” They came out as non-binary in 2016 and revealed they prefer “they/them” pronouns. The same year Stenberg also came out as bisexual in a video for Teen Vogue.
They explained in the Wonderland interview that they hadn’t fully understood their sexuality yet.
“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. All of the things that felt so internally contrary to my truest self were rectified as I unraveled a long web of denial and self deprivation,” Stenberg says.
“Like oh, maybe there’s a reason why I kissed my best friends and felt ashamed growing up. Or watched lesbian porn and masturbated (and more) with my friends at sleepovers. Or stifled a scream of horror the first time I saw a penis and had to convince myself with much internal strife that I was enjoying what was going down. Or could only find attraction towards gay men and femme boys who damn near had the sensibility of a woman. Or developed earth-shattering, all-consuming crushes on… GIRLS!” she continued.
Stenberg also recalled their first lesbian crushes as Mila Kunis in “After Sex,” Mirage from “The Incredibles” and Christina Vidal in “Freaky Friday.”
They celebrated their official coming out on Instagram posting, “So happy to say the words Yep, I’m Gay in official print.”
🏳️🌈✨ OUT & PROUD. ✨🏳️🌈 So happy to say the words Yep, I’m Gay in official print. Interviewed for @wonderland by someone I stan infinitely – the fiercest garbagio pop queen @kingprincess69. Thank you to KP for providing me with such a safe space to come out. We talk about gay sobbing, first encounters with lesbian masturbation, queer icons, Toni Morrison, disillusionment as a critical step, the art I’ve been working on, and the films that I have coming out this year. Full interview on newsstands now and available online Monday. 😁🎉