Tyler James Williams cleared up rumors surrounding his sexuality in a message of solidarity during Pride Month.
In several now-expired posts he shared on his Instagram Story over the weekend, the Abbott Elementary actor noted that he normally “wouldn’t bring up these kinds of things” but felt like “the conversation is more important than me “. people reported.
“I’m not gay, but I think the culture of trying to ‘find’ some kind of hidden trait or behavior that ‘misses out’ on a closed person is very dangerous,” the 30-year-old wrote, condemning People, who try to label others as queer before they are willing to reveal their sexuality.
“Over-analyzing a person’s behavior in an attempt to ‘get’ them head-on contributes to the anxiety many queer and queer-ask people feel when they fear living in their truth,” the Emmy nominee said. nominees. “It makes most conversations and interactions in rooms feel less safe for our gay brothers and sisters and those who may be asking questions.”
The former Everybody Hates child star noted that making assumptions about a person’s sexuality based on stereotyped traits “also reinforces an archetype that many straight men live by that is often unrealistic, less free, and constraining individual expression. “
He added that homosexuality or heterosexuality “doesn’t look like it” and warned that “what may seem like harmless fun and entertainment can actually send a dangerous message.”
Williams, who once played a gay character in 2014’s “Dear White People,” concluded his message by wishing, “Happy Pride to all my queer and questioning brothers, sisters and individuals.”
“I pray that this month’s celebrations will make you feel empowered, that you feel safe,” the actor added, before vowing to help the world move towards a “future where we are all accepted and the given permission to be ourselves”.
After Williams’ post circulated on social media, some Twitter users offered their support and praised his words.
The Wedding Year actor’s message also found support from his younger brother, 26-year-old Tyrel Jackson Williams.
“The way he dealt with my younger brother’s coming out and our younger brother should be investigated. He COMPLETELY deconstructed his views on masculinity and made sure we created spaces where we could be comfortable and seen until we were ready to tell our friends/family,” the Lab Rats graduate wrote in a detailed part Twitter thread that also referred to the couple’s younger sibling, 21-year-old Tylen Jacob Williams.