Young ‘Hunger Games’ actress comes out as bisexual

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SteinbergAmandlaShe made a splash in the first “Hunger Games” movie as Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence’s cute and lovable sidekick, Rue. Although her role may have been ill-fated, the 17-year-old is now being remembered as being very open about her sexuality, and inspiring others to come out.

Amandla Stenberg discussed her bisexuality on Snapchat (one of the new and latest social media ways to reach young people). The video was for Teen Vogue and the actress will be featured on Teen Vogue in February cover story.

Solange Knowles is writing about the young actress’s hot new career and her step into social justice activism as a young African-American woman in the story called “How Our February Cover Star Amandla Stenberg Learned to Love Her Blackness.”

“It’s a really, really hard thing to be silenced, and it’s deeply bruising to fight against your identity and to mold yourself into shapes that you just shouldn’t be in,” she says, looking right into the camera. “As someone who identifies as a black bisexual woman, I’ve been through it and it hurts and it’s awkward and it’s uncomfortable.”

She adds, “Then I realized because of Solange and (director) Ava DuVernay and Willow (Smith) and all the black girls watching this right now that there’s absolutely nothing to change. We cannot be suppressed. We are meant to express our joy and our love and our tears and be big and bold and definitely not easy to swallow.”

Stenberg says in the Snapchat video that it’s important to push boundaries as she steps into womanhood. “I really believe in the concept of rebellion through self-hood and rebellion just by embracing your true identity no matter what you’ve been told. It’s definitely a process but I’m learning and growing.”

Stenberg insists, “This is just the beginning, though; we have a lot of work to do for all women of color. I mean, we need more representation in film and television, and we need our voices to be louder in the media. And not just women of color—bisexual women, gay women, transgender women, mentally ill women. I’m sick of all the misogyny and homophobia and transphobia that I see around me, and I know you are too. Thank you for listening and goodnight.”

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Mike Szymanski

Mike Szymanski has written about bisexual issues since 1989 and has one of the longest-running regular bisexual columns as the National Bisexuality Examiner. He came out as bisexual in a cover story of Genre magazine, which resulted in more than 50 television appearances, including Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue Show and 20/20. Szymanski won the Lambda Literary Award in 2007 for co-authoring an informative humor book “The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways.”

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