In a heartfelt article at Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, actress Natalie Morales has come out as queer.
The actress, known for her work in “White Collar” and “Parks and Recreation”, has generally been very private, but she says she felt the need to reveal this “one thing” about herself.
“I’m fine being Tom Haverford’s girlfriend to some select cool people,” Morales writes, “but I’d much rather go to the airport dressed like a total slob and go unnoticed. Anyway, I’m about to blow that all up. Hopefully, for a good reason.”
Morales goes on to talk about the changing world, and trying to fit within it, as well as coming to understand her own sexuality. She describes how she has been a supporter of LGBTQIA+ rights since a very young age and her early experiences having crushes on girls.
“There was a girl in my class who was SO cool,” Morales recalls. “I’ll call her Katy. She was a senior and she was gorgeous and funny and was friends with everyone. She was also openly bi. This was new to me. It felt scary and brave and I knew sometimes some people gave her shit and that her parents didn’t approve, but she was confident and proud.”
As for her own sexual orientation, Morales is clear: “I don’t like labeling myself, or anyone else, but if it’s easier for you to understand me, what I’m saying is that I’m queer. What queer means to me is just simply that I’m not straight. That’s all. It’s not scary, even though that word used to be really, really scary to me.”
“The reason I decided to share this with you and with the world is because even though me telling you I’m queer might not be a big deal these days,” Morales says, “things are still pretty bad out there for people like me.”
“I think it’s important that I tell you that this familiar face you see on your TV is the Q part of LGBTQ, so that if you didn’t know someone who was queer before, you do now.”